The Story of Kirknewton Hall
The old village hall was in fact the village school until 1964. It had been built in 1794, extended in 1886, and had served the children of the area from several miles around.
The hall was becoming increasingly dilapidated with serious problems with dampness and the floorboards rotting and dangerous. The kitchen and other facilities needed to be brought up to a satisfactory standard.
During the 1990s the trustees decided, after seeking an expert opinion, to raise funds for a new hall as this was considered the best option.
With generous Lottery funding, additional funding from Leader, the Countryside Agency, Northumberland National Park and from several grant making charitable trusts, the work was able to start in 1999.
The building was completed in early 2001 and the official opening took place on November 30th of that year.
The hall is a pleasing Larchwood clad structure with a roof profile which complements the nearby church. It has a large multi purpose room, with access to a separate bar and kitchen, which provides an ideal venue for social gatherings such as Northumbrian evenings, concerts or ceilidhs. This large space can also be used for sports such as archery and badminton. The archery club meets on Tuesday evenings and two Sundays a month and the badminton group meets on Monday evenings. The thriving art group uses the hall on Tuesdays during the day and annually there is a very popular Art Exhibition over the Easter weekend.
The foyer hosts an information board and leaflets for local walks together with memorabilia of the old school. The toilet facilities are available during daylight hours for the use of visitors to the church or walking in the area.