Stokesby village school was built in 1875 at a cost of £600 to accommodate 85 scholars, a house was added for the Schoolmaster in 1881. For many years the infant class was taught in a gallery above the main hall and the school Inspectors report for 1923 remarked that this was very cramped. It was to be some time before money could be found to provide a separate room for them, a new classroom was added in 1896 to increase capacity to 100.
The school also acted as the Parish meeting room until the first Village Hall was built after the First World War. It was also the venue for Coroners inquests including the death of Thirza Kelly on Christmas Eve 1900 when John Cossey was sent for trial for murder.
The number of children in the village gradually declined over the years, and finally the school was closed in 1978 with just 15 children on the roll. Over 1000 children have passed through the school during its 100 year history.
Thanks to a small number of enterprising local residents the school was saved from redevelopment or conversion and bought from the County Council by the village for use as a Community Centre.
The Community Centre is now used for a variety of fundraising events, including Christmas parties, dinners, and quizzes. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Pilates classes are held and on Friday mornings there is an Art Class.
Local residents also perform in locally written Murder Mystery plays.
The hall can be hired for a small fee - Contact Richard Dixon 01493 754136 or [email protected] .
A printable booking form with the hire prices is now available Booking Form. Please check with Richard that the hall is available before you complete the booking form.
We are also able to offer bookings for shorter periods, please ring to discuss your requirements.
Within the Community Centre is the Social Club, where you can have a quiet drink and watch boats sail by on the river. Why not come and play darts on a Friday evening from 7.30pm or just enjoy a drink and a chat with friends or make new friends.
Future events planned in the Community Centre will be listed on the Stokesby Calendar link.
Village Hall and Social Club
Committee Members for 2017/18
Village Hall Committee
Chair: Rob Lloyd 01493 741008
Treasurer: Steve Short 01493 730229
Secretary: Niki De La Sierra 01493 753971
Hall Bookings: Richard Dixon 01493 754136
You can now complete your booking form on line.
Please contact the booking officer to ascertain that the date you require is available.
Hourly booking are also available but please contact the booking officer to ensure the time you require is available.