Where would we be without volunteers?

The Worplesdon Memorial Hall, recreational ground and Sime gallery trustees in Worplesdon are so grateful to local people and for the volunteering they do. The hall will be 100 years old soon; it was built from a donation on land gifted to the village for the purpose in memory of those, who lost their lives in the Great War.

The enchanting entrance gate has just had a make-over by volunteer Dennis Stewart, he is the husband of Marjory the Trust’s voluntary secretary. He has cleaned the name plaques of those who died in WW1 and WW2 repaired the pillars and entrance light above and painted all the iron works and sign above.

With the generous donation of stone plant pots from Dave Jenkins of Perry Hill Antiques, Worplesdon and Lyndon Weeks of Holly Lane landscapes  Worplesdon who has planted skimmia, japonica rubella, confusa , primula vulgaries and heuchera for all to enjoy as they walk past or come to use all the facilities on offer.

The trustees are grateful to all those who have volunteered and have done something very special for the community.

The recreation grounds not only have  a large children’s play area and tennis courts for hire provided by Worplesdon Parish council there is also an outdoor tennis club used daily and flood lit for night time use.  Worplesdon football club and cricket club play regularly and use their excellent facilities in the pavilion.

The large hall and additional rooms are available to hire and we are fortunate to have a variety of things on offer for all as regular bookings, we are always looking to offer more. Maybe the facilities will meet your needs. Including for weddings and children’s parties. The main hall has recently been redecorated and there is a spacious new kitchen.

Many people forget we have our hidden gem in Worplesdon The Sidney Sime art gallery. The gallery houses a major collection of the fascinating and highly characteristic work of Sidney Sime 1865-1941 the famous artist, illustrator and caricaturist, who lived in the village. We are delighted to say 5 volunteers are going to be researching and archiving for the gallery. The gallery is run by volunteers Trustee Mary Broughton and curator Anne Philps. Who can be contacted at enquiries@sidneysimegallery.org.uk  or 01483 233869.

We look forward to celebrating our 100 years very soon, please do get in contact  via our website worpmemhall@hotmail.com or 01483 232117 for more information  about the facilities on offer. Perhaps you would like to share pictures or memories for our centenary celebrations. Trustees can be contacted via enquiries@worplesdonmemorialtrustees.org.uk . We look forward to welcoming you and hope that you will enjoy the centenary celebrations officially will be in 2022.

In the very near future the trustees invite you to “Worplesdon Past, People and Place” a talk by David Rose, Geoff Burch and Stephen Cranstone. Sunday 3rd March 3-5pm in the Worplesdon Memorial hall.

Left: Marjory Stewart (Secretary of Trustees), centre: Chris Ewbank (Chair of Trustees) , right: Dennis Stewart (Volunteer)

The Trustees currently comprise: Chris Ewbank, Mary Broughton, Suresh Pillai, Adrian “Binny “ Binfield , Cllr Jan Messinger and Cllr Gordon Adams