Crewkerne Mayor, Kathy Head, cut the ceremonial ribbon at The Speedwell Open Day on Friday June 25th. Trustees of the community hall in Abbey Street were pleased that the opening ceremony was able to go ahead, having originally been planned for September last year but postponed because of the Covid pandemic.

Social distancing and safety measures were in place as visitors were able to look around the recently refurbished hall, with its new wooden floor and see the photographic exhibition by local photographer Jeffrey Hutson. A selection of Jeff’s photos, depicting local countryside scenes and group activities have been enlarged and framed, with the nett proceeds of any sales made being kindly donated by Jeff to The Speedwell.

The Grade 2 listed Speedwell Hall was left in trust in 1923, to provide a club for the use and benefit of all girls in and around Crewkerne. The ‘Little Hall with a Big Heart’ is regularly used by a variety of local organisations, including Guides, Brownies, dance, music and sewing groups. It is available for hire to all the community and its fine walled garden is the ideal ‘open air’ setting, during the sunnier months, for social events and family gatherings.

At last week’s Open Day, the lower part of the garden was transformed into a cafe area, where visitors were able to enjoy a free cup of coffee and sample chicken and halloumi wraps, made by Crewkerne Community Kitchen, at the launch of their weekly cookery sessions at The Speedwell. For more information on the cookery sessions, please contact Michael Fox on 07515483994. To discover which groups regularly meet at The Speedwell and how to hire the hall and/or the garden area, please visit www.thespeedwell.co.uk.

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