Outreach Post Office

Wymeswold’s Outreach Post Office Service

At the Memorial Hall, Clay Street.

Opening times are:

Tuesday 1:15-3:30pm

Friday 12-2:45pm

Main Hall Specification

The Main Hall was built in 1922 as a Memorial to the fallen in the Great War with large single glazed windows and a high ceiling.  It has a spacious feel and the suspended wooden floor gives a good acoustic resonance. An extension was added in 2000 to provide excellent amenities including a lounge bar area, catering kitchen and ample toilets including disabled facilities. The first floor ‘Jubilee room’ is accessed by stairs and a platform lift, and benefits from good natural light and a view over the bowling green.

The management committee of volunteer ‘trustees’ runs the hall for the benefit of the community and strives to keep the premises in good condition with a focus on flexibility and safety. Over the years, fund raising events have enabled the purchase and installation of a wide range of equipment for the benefit of users.

Dimensions

The main hall measures 8m x 13.5m with a height of 4.5m.

The Stage

A traditional high, curtained stage occupies the north end the full width of the hall.

A flexible ‘apron’ or tiering can be created from up to 16 stage blocks (stored under the stage) each measure 120cm x 120cm, 40cm high and can be stacked up to 4 high. A further 12 ‘Quarter size’ blocks 120cm x 60cm, 20cm high have recently been added to facilitate a fully stepped ‘choral’ arrangement.

Access to the stage is via a utility area with unisex toilet off and accessed from both the hall and the lobby, which doubles as a green room. For large productions, the first floor Jubilee room can be used for costumes, changing and make-up.

Lighting

The hall has low energy LED panels for general use and dimmable wall lights for ‘theatre’ use.

The stage has simple dimmable flood lights, and recently a number of theatre spotlights have been installed on a DMX controlled circuit (see separate sheet) to give a more versatile illumination of performers, a basic setup is available with the potential to expand for a full production.

Sound System

A basic PA system is available with CD/MP3/USB input, this is intended for announcements, ‘background’ backing music, sound effects, and multimedia this will NOT be suitable for ‘live’ music [a fully installed performance system is available to hire locally, tailored to performer’s requirements, sound engineer available]

Seating

The hall can seat up to a maximum of 144 people.

There are 9 round (5ft) tables & 10 rectangular (6ft)  tables which seat 8 – 10 people.
We have recently purchased 6 (3ft) round tables which can accompany our existing smaller square tables.

The seating can be arranged in various formations:
Concert style – 12 rows of 12 with centre aisles.
A cabaret style plan accommodates 90 seated on 9 round tables of 10.
Ten rectangular tables can be spaced around a dance floor to seat 80 plus.

The double fire escape doors at the rear of the hall lead onto a slabbed patio/play area and must be kept clear at all times and closed during a performance to prevent noise nuisance to neighbours.

Lounge/Bar

There is a lounge/bar area with folding doors to the hall and serving hatch to the Kitchen which provides a useful area for serving food and drink it also gives access to a slabbed patio/play area to the south of the premises.

Premises licence

The hall ‘s licence requires that any activity cease at midnight (except for new year)

The hall’s licence to sell alcohol is vested in the trustees to whom permission must be obtained to run a retail bar, there is a small fee for this towards our annual licence from the District Council.

Overview

The main hall has Low energy LED panels for general use and dimmable wall lights for ‘theatre’ use.

These are controlled from a switch panel on the left as you approach the main doors.

The stage has simple dimmable flood lights, and a number of theatre spotlights on a basic six channel dmx controller situated Stage right front.

Stage Lighting System

A DMX ring runs at high level around the hall and connects four Dimmer packs wired to 16A cable to separate MCB’s isolated at the rear of stage left. Access points to the ring are situated at either side of the stage and to the rear of the hall. Further dimmer packs may be added, for example to provide controllable overhead lighting to the stage.

The basic controller comprises a 6 channel dimmer and master controller and is mounted on the wall stage right front.

Alternatively 8 no Led par 64 DMX controlled floodlights are fitted above the stage, giving full R G B colour wash.

Lanterns

First row – 2 Fresnel floods 500w

Middle Row – 8 Strand Prelude profile spots 500w, colour frames and limited gels available on request.

Back row – 2 Strand Spots 1000w

Dimmer packs

First Row – 2 Soundlab 4x1000w programmable start address

Second Row – 2 Soundlab 4x1000w programmable start address

First floor function room, measuring 7.5 x 9.7 metres. Access by stairs and a fully DDA compliant lift, the room benefits from a lot of natural light, however all windows and roof lights have blinds should you need a ‘black out’ situation for presentations etc.

The room also has a small kitchenette (approximately 3 x 4 metres) and there is a first floor toilet.

The room has collapsible tables and stacking chairs and can be configured in a number of different layouts, and has a capacity of up to 60 people.

Jubilee Room

Kitchenette

Ground floor meeting room adjacent to the main entrance, measures 2.8 x 3.75 metres and accommodates a meeting for eight people comfortably around a rectangular meeting table (more chairs are available if required) plus flip charts etc.

Ground floor, full stainless steel catering kitchen with current hygiene certificate, ideal if you are using an external caterer for your event. Room measures 4.75 x 3.75 metres.

Memorial Hall Timetable

What’s On

 

 

Weekday Mornings 9:15am-12:15pm Wymeswold Playgroup 07599 059061 wymeswoldplaygroup@gmail.com
Monday 7-8pm DeVas Exercise Class Shelly Pitman 07800 505535 devas.info@gmail.com
2nd Monday every month 7-9pm WOW Club Hazel Harvey 01509 880647
Tuesday 9:30am-10:30am Pilates Class Claire Wilson 07769 177149
futureyou@hotmail.co.uk
Tuesday 4:30-7pm Haslam Dance Academy Elizabeth Haslam 0115 937 6632
07534 720384
elizabethhaslam@hotmail.com
Tuesday 7-8pm Meditation Group Nigel Feetham
nigefeetham@gmail.com
Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm Yoga Rex Shaw 01509 880691
Wednesday 7-9pm Art Group Angie Boorman 01509 880766
2nd Wednesday every month 10am-3pm Textile Art group (Charnwood U3A) Lorraine Ellison 01509 880858
Thursday 10-11am Yoga Katy Powell 07814 808626
katypowell@btinternet.com
Thursday 7-8pm Pilates Class Claire Wilson 07769 177149
futureyou@hotmail.co.uk
Friday 9:30-11:15am Little Munchkins Baby and Toddler Group Joanne McCombe
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Friday 6:30-7:30pm Highland Dancing Jan Mortenson 07582 139333
Friday Various shows See Events
Saturday 9:30am-2pm Haslam Dance Academy Elizabeth Haslam 0115 937 6632
07534 720384
elizabethhaslam@hotmail.com

Memorial Village Hall

Wymeswold Memorial Hall is a versatile venue, in use by many groups for a variety of purposes.  The hall’s weekly timetable is available here, and a main hall specification is available here if you wish to read about the hall in more detail.

The village hall is on Clay Street, post code LE12 6TY

To book the village hall contact Mel O’Riordan on 07904 518410, email wymeswoldmh@gmail.com.

For more information on facilities available contact Howard Cox on 01509 881000, email wmh@coxies.freeserve.co.uk.

Wedding Event

Basic features

  • Car park
  • Designated parking for people with disabilities
  • Designated parking for parent & toddlers
  • Level entrance
  • No internal width restrictions for wheelchair users
  • Wheelchair accessible toilet
  • Commercial kitchen and appliances, Food Hygiene Certificate 3.
  • Assistance dogs welcome.

Centre Stage Event

Activities

  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Exercise and art classes
  • Dance clubs
  • Polling station
  • Model aeroplane club (indoors)
  • Playgroup
  • Toddlers
  • Wolds club
  • Parish Council meetings
  • First Responders base
  • Centre Stage Productions

Dogs Trust Event

 

Outdoor facilities

  • Bowling green
  • Play area
  • Fenced area with grassed bank and slabs

 

Village Contacts

Memorial Hall
Chairperson: Jo Applebee wymeswoldmh@gmail.com
Booking Officer: Mel O’Riordan wymeswoldmh@gmail.com
01509 889287
07904 518410
Neighbourhood Watch
Garry & Angie Boorman garryandangie26@gmail.com 01509 880766
East Midlands Ambulance Service – Community First Responders
Peter Blount 01509 889692
Washdyke and Community Orchard
Richard Ellison 01509 880858
Village Project Fund
Duck Race – Wilma O’Leary wilma.oleary@googlemail.com 01509 881600
The Christian Link – Church and Community News
Editor Wymeswold Jenny Bokor 01509 881428
Garden Walkabout Committee
Adrian Cooke 01509 880155
Parish Footpath Warden
Richard Belton 01509 880557
Wymeswold Church Appeal Fund
Michael Burden 01509 880747
Bringing Them Home – WW1 Project
Ivor Perry ivorfperry@gmail.com 01509 880528

Village Services

GP Surgeries
Barrow Health Centre
East Leake Health Centre
01509 274430
01509 852181
Hospitals
Loughborough Hospital
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Leicester General
Queens Medical Centre (Nottingham)
01509 661600
0116 258 5121
0116 249 0490
0115 924 9924
Police
PC 4122 Lisa Mansfield
PC 3109 Georgina Lockton
PCSO 6048 Adam Loydall
PCSO 6144 Jade Martin
Email: charnwoodbeatN59@leicestershire.police.pnn.uk
999 for emergencies

101 for non-emergencies and advice

Utilities
Gas
Electricity
Water
0800 111 999
0800 056 8090
0800 783 4444
Mobile Library
Visits Wymeswold fortnightly on Mondays. Stops at:
Trinity Crescent 9:30-9:50
1 Appleton Drive 9:55-10:20
50 Brook Street 10:25-11:00
Bus Services
Centrebus 8 – Grantham to Loughborough
Taxi Services
Rik’s Taxi 01509 881480
07796 535807
Parish Walks
Charnwood Borough Council
All Local Authority Agencies and Social Services
Refuse Collection – Waste/Recycling alternate Tuesdays, Garden Bins alternate MondaysPlanning Portal
01509 263151

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Village Heritage

Wymeswold flora and fauna

The village Heritage Warden has compiled a list of all plants and animals seen in the village during 2007. She is interested in hearing from anyone who sees anything not included on the list.

Wildlife seen in Wymeswold in 2007 (MS Excel, 30 Kb)

Wolds Historical Organisation

The Wolds Historical Association (WHO) was founded in 1987 to promote interest in the local history of villages in the Wolds area specifically in Wymeswold, Burton-on-the-Wolds, Cotes, Prestwold and Hoton.

Wolds Historical Organisation

Village Information

Information about clubs, societies, shops, amenities and local businesses is listed in the Welcome to Wymeswold leaflet which has been produced for new residents, but also provides useful information for anyone living in Wymeswold.

Welcome to Wymeswold Leaflet

A short history of Wymeswold

Wymeswold lies in a shallow valley in the gently rolling area known as the Wolds, which straddles the Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire border. The village is a very compact settlement built around the fourteenth century St Mary’s church. The older parts are mostly eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings, now infilled with a number of small estates and detached properties.

History

The village probably took shape in the mid-Saxon period (700-900) together with its associated roads and footpaths. In early records the name appears as Wymund’s Wald (ie wood). The Domesday book shows that in 1086 the village was divided into four parts and subsequently these lands had various owners. In the time of Edward III Richard de Willoughby was granted a charter to hold a weekly market and annual fair.

Architecture

Wymeswold is typical of a working village, the development of which has evolved over many centuries. Far Street still retains one of the finest Georgian street-scapes in Leicestershire. Around the village are many pleasant corners with groupings of houses which illustrate the vernacular architecture of the village.

The pattern of fields and roads derives almost entirely from the Enclosure Act of 1759. One of the indirect results of this was the building of farm houses and buildings away from the village in positions more convenient for the new fields. It must have been a period of increasing prosperity as a number of houses appear to have been built around this time.

Population changes

In the Domesday Book 39 men of various ranks were mentioned, so a population of under 200 may be assumed. The first census in 1801 gives a total population of 782. There followed a period of rapid growth, with the total reaching 1,276 in 1831 which has been attributed to the development of the lace and framework knitting industries. From 1851 the population decreased fairly steadily due in part to the migration to larger industrial centres. This decline halted in the 1950’s since when the population has increased steadily.

If you are interested in finding out more abut the history of Wymeswold there is a wealth of information on the Wolds Historical Organisation’s website at http://www.hoap.co.uk/who/

Village Map

© Susan Crinage (2000)

KEY TO VILLAGE MAP

  1. St Mary’s church and lych gate
  2. Methodist chapel
  3. Church of England Primary School and playing field
  4. Sports field, pavilion and scout hut
  5. London Lane allotments
  6. Wymeswold Court Nursing Home
  7. Memorial Hall and Outreach Post Office
  8. Bowling green
  9. Children’s play area
  10. ‘Wymeswold Country Furniture’ shop
  11. Former Butcher’s shop
  12. Former Antique shop
  13. Former Post Office and grocery shop
  14. Stockwell Stores (newsagent)
  15. The Vicarage
  16. Pharmacy
  17. Former Hairdressers
  18. ‘Three Crowns’ public house
  19. ‘Hammer and Pincers’ restaurant
  20. ‘Windmill Inn’
  21. Wymeswold House
  22. Wymeswold Hall
  23. East Road allotments
  24. Queens Park
  25. The Hall Field
  26. River Mantle