Hoe and Worthing Archive: The Parish Room 

 


mens club

The Parish Room was built in 1912 and has served as a reading room, men's club and venue for meetings and celebrations. This report is from September 1950.



burial ground plan

In 1918, Noel Byam Grounds, owner of Hoe Hall, gave the plot of land shown here in red to the church for an extension to the burial ground. The Parish Room is the little white rectangle in the corner. Grounds was an officer in the army, resident in London.

[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office CSP 21/10]



BDC team

Staff from Breckland District Council on a team-building exercise in 2010 cleaned and redecorated the room in a day.



exhibition

The first exhibition of the Hoe & Worthing Archive in the Parish Room, 2010.



plaque

In 2013, with a grant of money from Norfolk County Council, an extension was added to the Parish Room including a kitchen, lavatories and a paved area outside. This was the first improvement to the Room since Major & Mrs Wormald had generously paid for what was described as an 'inner-room', in 1935.



clearing the site

An overgrown area of the churchyard was cleared.



concrete lorry

Getting concrete onto the site was tricky.



foundations

Foundations



tank

The drainage tank before it was buried.



roof

Old and new



extension


extension

The new kitchen.



soldiers

In March 2014 soldiers from the Light Dragoons based at Swanton Morley generously volunteered to help with the landscaping following the building of the extension.