The Barbour Institute has been Tattenhall's Village Hall since 1898 and has served the village throughout the intervening years in many ways. A place for Parish Council Meetings, sporting activities including snooker and badminton and during the Great War of 1914-1918 it was requisitioned as an Army Hospital.
Its uses have expanded and grown over the last 120 years and it has always been a welcome venue for Tattenhall Amateur Dramatics Society and their many superb productions... it becomes a "theatre in the village". Today it is home to many activities and groups that cater from tiny tots through to every age group and interest. A hub for the village it hosts parties, celebrations and music concerts and is the focus of village life during Remembrance in November and Christmas. All rooms are well appointed and the Trustees are devoted to constant upgrading and improvements. Brides and Grooms are discovering how beautifully the building converts to a rural wedding venue.
After the most difficult 2020-2021 period, dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic, we are all looking forward to welcoming our groups and societies and seasonal events back to the Barbour again, bringing it back to life and returning to a pivotal role in our village.
Anne McGrath (Trustee)
The Trustees have been busy putting the new website together, with much help from ThenMedia, which has provided valuable technical assistance and advice. We hope the new layout will make the site easier to navigate.
The 200 Club has continued to run and the £500 April draw is scheduled for 10th April, possibly on the Millfield, depending on the weather. Look out for news of the lucky winner – perhaps it will be you. The new membership year will be starting in the Autumn – if you haven't joined yet, please consider doing so to support Tattenhall's Village Hall.
To get the building ready to welcome residents back, we've cleaned and sanitised so the space is safe for everyone to use. The Covid-19 precautions are still in place, of course, and we ask that you wear a face covering while in the building to protect yourself and others around you. Track and Trace still requires that you leave contact details and a form is provided as well as the BI's QR code which you can scan. We only keep these details for the required period of time after which the form is shredded as we take your security very seriously.
Social distancing will continue which means that our room spaces have a much smaller capacity for the time being. You can book a larger room for the same price as the smaller one you would normally have had.
Flooding in the centre of the village caused much damage to property and distress to residents. The Barbour Institute was able to offer a safe space for those who had to leave their homes, with local businesses providing refreshments to evacuees and fire service staff who came to assist with the rescue. Many residents offered help in the form of beds and blankets which is a testament to the community spirit in Tattenhall. Our own staff, Graham and Caroline, who live locally, were on hand to assist as were Trustees and Parish Councillors. A Flood Committee has now been set up to look into the causes of the flood and consider what steps can be taken to prevent a repetition of this appalling event. The Barbour Institute will be represented on this committee.
Sadly some groups will not be returning to their usual slot in the Barbour Institute timetable but we have enquiries from new and different sources so we are hopeful that there will be something for everyone by the time we are all back to "normal".
Pat Black, Chair of the Tattenhall Community Association.