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Goadby Marwood VillageHall

 

About Us

Welcome to Goadby Marwood Village Hall – the beating heart of our local community. Our volunteer-led organization, Friends of Goadby Marwood Village Hall, is dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive space for people of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that community is key, and our social events, craft workshops, coffee mornings, and pop-up-pub nights are designed to bring people together and foster a sense of belonging. Get involved today and discover the warmth and friendship that can be found in our village hall.

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Latest News

Everything You Need To Know!

Village Open Day

The annual Village Open Day on June 22nd was a resounding success, blessed with a sunny day that drew people from Goadby Marwood and other surrounding villages. Stalls lined the area in front of the village hall, offering a delightful array of plants, bric-a-brac, and the ever-popular tombola. There was a fascinating display of spinning and weaving, the hook-a-duck game was a hit with the children, while the human fruit machine provided endless laughter, with its quirky, animated volunteers. Adults enjoyed the well-stocked bar and the smoky aromas wafting from the barbeque, while the tea and cakes served in the village hall offered a sweet respite from the summer heat. The day was filled with joy, laughter, and a strong sense of community, making it an unforgettable event for all who attended.

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She Said Yes!

When Liam discovered our beautiful village hall online, he knew it would be the perfect place to pop the question to his lovely girlfriend, Meg. He secretly adorned the hall with balloons, candles, and red roses, before inviting Meg for a country walk in Goadby Marwood where he suggested taking a break to peek inside the unusual Grade II listed building. The cosy open fire added to the romantic atmosphere and, of course, Meg said yes! We're thrilled to have played a small part in the start of their lives together and wish them all the happiness in the world.

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National Garden Scheme Open Day

The National Garden Scheme Open Garden Day on May 19th was a resounding success with the community coming together to raise funds for charities supported by the NGS and for the much-needed repair and renovation of our village hall. Blessed with perfect weather, the event saw a steady stream of visitors from mid-morning until late afternoon, all eager to explore the beautiful gardens on display. The sun shone brightly, casting a warm glow over the vibrant flowers and lush greenery, creating an idyllic setting for families and friends to enjoy a leisurely day out. The gardens at Goadby Hall and The Old Rectory, lovingly tended by Vicky & Harry Westropp and Nettie & Nigel Allen, showcased a stunning array of colourful blooms and carefully manicured topiaries, and are a testament to the dedication and horticultural skill of their owners. An amazing sum of over £3,600 was raised for NGS supported charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie.

A fantastic array of delicious, locally-made treats was available at the village hall to delight visitors of all ages. Tables laden with a variety of cakes, from classic Victoria sponges to decadent chocolate fudge cakes, tempted the sweet-toothed, while savoury offerings such as locally baked quiches, tasty scotch eggs, and delicious sausage rolls provided a perfect balance for those preferring something less sugary. The community spirit was palpable, with volunteers cheerfully serving refreshments and engaging in lively conversations with guests. A raffle featuring gardening themed prizes drew considerable interest and contributed to the overall fundraising efforts. By the end of the day, the event had raised a fantastic total of £1,636 for village hall and church funds, exceeding expectations and reinforcing the strong sense of unity and collective effort that defines our village.

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The Music of Trees

On Saturday 9th March visitors to our beautiful parish church were treated to a wonderful concert of inspiring guitar music.

Trees have presence, personality, longevity, mythology, colour…and music.
Geoff Robb, composer and classical guitarist, has composed melodies whilst spending time in his local forest. Each species of tree has its own quality and Geoff’s music is inspired by the “magic” and wonder of his experiences with them. 
We are grateful to Geoff for travelling from Brighton to our remote village and performing to a full house in our Grade I listed Church. An evening of beautifully played acoustic guitar; meditative and full of soul. These melodies were interwoven with tales about the experiences that inspired Geoff, and, little known facts about the connectivity of trees with each other and the rest of the natural world.  Thanks to ticket sales and a grant from the Hinrichsen Foundation we raised £668 to be shared between our Village Hall and Church.

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Annual Quiz Night - A Great Success!

On Saturday evening (27th January 24) the Goadby Marwood Annual Quiz night took place in front of a roaring open fire at the wonderful Grade II listed Old School Hall.

Hosted, organised, catered and delivered by the incredible double act, Denise and Kit Kitson. The hall was full the tickets completely sold out. Each of the attendees was treated to a home cooked two course meal of local sausages/potatoes/peas and onion gravy with the option of vegetarian cottage pie for those that may prefer it. Pudding was either hazelnut cheesecake and cream or homemade pancakes with lemon, sugar, fresh fruit and ice cream.

The inimitable Pat Sutton brilliantly ran the raffle and no one was able to refuse her charm and determination. A superb £187 was raised from the raffle alone.

The main event being The Quiz was an enormous success. Ten rounds of questions matched everything that Mastermind, University Challenge and Only Connect can offer and more. Subjects including sport, music and magnified images of unusual objects were supplemented by questions including ‘How many men have walked on the moon?; what does a lorimer make? and what was the name of the Leicestershire resident who was the first to be kicked out of the Traitors castle this year’.

So, an enormous thank you to Denise & Kit Kitson, Gerry & Jody Downes, Pat Sutton and all the amazing crew who prepared, served, cleaned and tidied up afterwards. A grand total of £922 was raised towards saving our Grade II listed Village Hall.

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Further Success Towards Funding Target!

We are excited to announce that in early December we were awarded a generous £5,000 grant from the Leicestershire County Council Shire Community Fund. This award comes in addition to £5,000 we were awarded by Eaton Parish Council in November. We have also received donations from the Samworth Foundation and Melton Building Society bringing the total amount raised so far to nearly £35,000. We are extremely grateful for the continued support from our volunteers, who share our passion for creating a vibrant and welcoming space for the whole community. We still have a long way to go - our target for the building repairs, renovation and extension is £240,000, so if you can help with fundraising ideas let us know!

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