A Letter from Nantwich                            

November 2010

Updated in October 2012 with new pictures and again in 2014

A hall by any other name . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Parish Hall . . . Church House . . . the Parish Rooms . . . opposite St Mary's Parish Church. The lower area reached by the steps is the Church Well (non-water variety). Note the new entrance to the building to the left of the picture. Below, the frontage at it was in 2010.

TO me, the building is the Parish Hall, Nantwich's version of church halls throughout the land where the congregation of the parish church - and others - hold secular events. It is the name by which I have always known it, although I was aware that some people called it Church House and the Church Hall.

   The church's magazine, This Month, calls it the Parish Hall.

   The town-centre venue for church events as well as a wide range of events that have nothing to do with St Mary's Church, it has been called the Parish Rooms in recent years. Parish Hall, Parish Rooms? Near enough.

   But I had to chuckle at an item in a local newspaper at the end of the month (November 2010) when a few paragraphs in the news briefs column announced that the 100 (Nantwich) Squadron, Air Training Corps, were to hold a coffee morning in "Nantwich Tea Rooms." I had never heard or seen it called that before! It gave the building the air of a watering hole for visitors to the town, but, as you can see, it is not the quaint building normally associated with the name of tea rooms.

   For website visitors who do not know the building, the castellated protrusion on the left is the staircase to the first floor, and the glassed area is the all-weather front entrance to a hall-cum-small meeting area. Behind the window next to that is a kitchen, while the rest of the ground floor is the Church Office - formerly .Nantwich Tourist Information Centre (TIC) - with a separate

   

such as keeping the building in good order, and there is a Parish Hall manager who sees to the day-to-day running of it. The many bookings - some regular, some one-offs, which include coffee mornings on at least two days of every week - are handled by the Church Office personnel.

 

lThe lift on the right is the reason for the new-look entrance. The hall is regularly hired by a number of organisations, and people with mobility problems who wanted to attend a meeting on the first floor had to find a way round a flight of stairs. The Trustees decided that a lift was the answer.

 

UPDATE: The Civic Hall is currently (2015) owned by Nantwich Town Council who acquired it with some other Cheshire East Council assets. The Town Council never had the chance to buy the Parish Hall room, it having been already sold back to the Trustees, but are happy to be next to the bus station in Beam Street, one of the arrival points for visitors to the town,  

entrance.

  In passing, people were dumbfounded when the TIC left this easy-to-find town centre location to move to the Civic Hall several hundred yards away round a corner. The TIC operated under the auspices of Cheshire East Council - Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council at the time of the move - who owned the Civic Hall and it made financial sense to cut costs by consolidating council activities into one building.

   The upper storey of the Parish Hall has a small entrance hall/large landing (over the glass-fronted extension) and a large room for all sorts of activities. This room has what used to be a minstrels' gallery high in one

wall but this was closed in with a wall and is now - as I recall - used for storage.

   The Parish Hall is run by Trustees who see to things

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