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The Hall is located on Catisfield Lane,
The present Memorial
Hall is the second building with this name.
- Founded 1946
- On 31st May 1946, Mr Samuel Reginald Mortimer
donated the land upon which the Hall is built to various Trustees upon
trusts which were set out in the Conveyance of that date
"for the inhabitants of Catisfield and its neighbourhood to be used
as a site for a Memorial Hall ...
"to be used in perpetuity as a non-sectarian and non-political place
of recreation and social intercourse under the name of "Catisfield
Memorial Hall" for the advantage or benefit of the inhabitants
of Catisfield and its neighbourhood either gratuitously or on such terms
as the Committee may think fit
The document not only served to transfer the land into the collective
ownership on the Trustees but also set out the terms and conditions
upon which the Hall would operate and the management structure of the
- 1947 (original) Memorial Hall built
(actually it was an ex-Ministry of Works 'hut' brought
from Corhampton Down)
- 1962 New (current) Memorial Hall built
- 85/86 New Constitution formed under Charity
- 6/3/86 The Memorial Hall AGM adopted the new
constitution. Management of the Hall now in the hands of 5 elected reps
and one from each of the 9 main user groups.
- The plaque at the Hall entrance says:
In Memory of Samuel R Mortimer, who gave the land on which this War
Memorial Hall stands
- A tablet inside the Hall records that:
This Hall perpetuates the memory of those men and women from Catisfield
and District who lost their lives during the period of the Second World
War. Geoffrey D Berney, Diana S Biddlecombe, William C Bushell, John
W Butt, John P Couzens, Edward Dominey, Moses W Evans, William H Flood,
Frederick A Gates, Christina E Gordon, Harold Hargreaves, Frank McLeod,
Robert S Milliner, Graham E Mortimer, Edmund C Neville, John W Spanner
,Dennis Streten, Alfred C Stone, John C Young.
Some other historical notes...
- It's a well-run hall, but in the past
there have occasionally been problems:
Police called to party at the hall. A group, armed with sticks,
bats etc, had invaded an event. Windows smashed. Five people arrested.
Control of Pollution Act being raised re noise nuisance, caused
by band practices on Mon, Tues and Thurs evenings, and Saturday
- In the 1990s developers involved in
possible housing redevelopment of the Wine Stores area presented proposals
to build the village a brand new hall. The current hall grounds would
be used for housing and the new hall built in the paddocks just north
of the Limes' petanque terrains.
- Memorial Hall Catisfield 2006