The church hall was built in 1900, as the commemorative stone above the main door notes, at the princely cost of £950. During the last 100 years or so the hall has been added to and in constant use, hosting various community activities such as pantomimes, a youth club, the Girls Friendly Society, Scouts, Guides, sequence dancing, judo, karate, wedding receptions, community interest meetings, a lending library. Surprisingly, in the early 70s it was used by the local secondary school to provide extra classroom space. In the winter of 2016 church services were held in the hall whilst the church heating system was being replaced.

An extensive modernisation of the hall complex began approximately five years ago and is still going on.
The next phase in the plan is to make a coffee / tea lounge in the Jubilee meeting room, which will also
have internet access. This latest development should
be under way shortly.

 

The hall has recently been re-wired and the main door
on Front Street, Newbottle has a mag-lock system fitted, which may be easily switched on or off according to the user’s needs. This means hall users can restrict outside access during their meetings, should they choose to.
This is particularly useful if children’s groups are meeting.  There are baby changing facilities in the toilets and the hall is accessible for wheelchairs.

 

The large main hall has a sprung wooden floor which
is excellent for dancing. The floor has recently been stripped and re-polished. There is a stage at one end
of the main hall, which is ideal for hosting plays
and pantomimes.

The hall kitchen has also been refurbished, and includes a commercial size 6 burner gas cooker and oven. Next to the kitchen there is a separate meeting / dining room which is lined with book shelves and stocked with a large selection of over 1,000 novels and more than fifty jigsaws, all of which which may be purchased at a nominal cost. This has proved a very popular facility, with many folk buying books and jigsaws, returning them when they’ve been read or completed and so there is always a good stock in circulation.

 

The church hall management committee are always happy to receive enquiries from local groups or individuals who are looking for a venue to hold regular meetings or one off parties. Hourly rent is kept to an absolute minimum and is set to cover running costs of cleaning, heating and light only.

CONTACT US

St. Matthew's Church

Front Street

Newbottle

Houghton-le-Spring

DH4 4EP

Rev. Edward Wilkinson

Email: wilkinson.edward.rev@gmail.com

Tel: 0191 584 3244

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