This week is National Village Halls Week and to celebrate we’re putting the spotlight on the wonderful Village Halls, and Community buildings that host our Spot On Events. Today we hear from Longton VM Club!
Today we find out more about Longton Victory Memorial Club from Spot On Promoter Andrew…
Who are you and where’s your village hall? (How old is it? Any interesting facts to tell us?) We are Longton VM Club. Longton VM was established in 1922 on land off School Lane, and purchased through local voluntary contributions in memory of Longton people who died in World War 1 (and later in World War 2). Originally built as Longton VM Bowling Club, it forms part of the larger Longton Victory Memorial Recreation Ground. VM stands for Victory Memorial. In 1989, the original wooden clubhouse was destroyed by fire and a new brick clubhouse was built on the burnt-out site. Shortly afterwards, the new facility became known as Longton VM Sports & Social Club.A second bowling green was then built under the Government`s Manpower Services Commission Community Programme, and the two bowling greens now host 16 men and ladies teams in the local Preston, Leyland, Burscough and Southport leagues. In addition, 2 Winter Bowling Leagues are sponsored each Autumn, as well as 2 NW Open Doubles Competitions in July and a means of encouraging young people to get involved in sport, the annual Spar Trophy is held each June between the two local junior schools This is an example of how the Club works with local businesses and the local community
What type of thing happens in your village hall?
Just about everything, We have A monthly Movie Night, Weekly Quiz, Live Music Events, Comedy Nights, Longton VM Choir, Crown Green Bowling, The Local Community Church have a weekly service, theatre (Via Spot On), Guitar Group, Over 50’s Table Tennis, 16 Crown Green Bowls Teams, Inter-Schools (Junior) Bowls Teams, Boulles, plus Weightwatchers, Slimming World.
How long have you been involved with your village hall and how did you get involved?
11 Years, I was employed as a manager to change the direction of the club from Bowling Club to Community Centre.
Why do you think Village Halls are important?
I think they are a centre of the community and vital to village life we deal with all aspects of life from Christenings to Funeral wakes and all stations in between.
Tell us a little bit about how Spot On events happens in your village hall… How long have you been hosting events? What sort of things do you like to host?
We have hosted two events (Chip Shop Chips) and (Standing In Line) plus we have another in the pipeline (Joan & Jimmy) We have currently only hosted plays but are willing to try most things. From our perspective, the beauty of Spot on is it allows us to try events that we wouldn’t be able to try on our own due to the costs involved… which in turn means our community get a more varied choice of entertainment.
Joan and Jimmy comes to Longton Victory Memorial Club on Sunday 10th March, find out more about the show here.