Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Party for 350-year-old hall

EVERYBODY in Watlington is invited to a free party to mark the 350th anniversary of the town hall.

There will be a reception for invited guests at the venue on Friday, July 11 followed by the community celebration in the Paddock, an open space behind High Street, from 6pm to 10.30pm.

The event will be staged in conjunction with Watlington Primary School’s parent teacher association. There will be music from the Watlington Concert Band and jazz ensemble the Stanley Moon Trio. Families are invited to bring picnics but refreshments including pizza, hamburgers and ice cream will be on sale.

Tim Horton, chairman of the hall’s trustees, said: “It’s a very special year for those who have an affection for the grand old building in the centre of the town. We don’t have many events like this in the town or Paddock. We believe this is the place to bring people together in the summer to have a really good time. We hope we will have scores of people.”

He said the hall was Watlington’s greatest symbol of township, adding: “Despite its ancient sinews, it’s a flexible building for meetings and celebrations of all kinds.” Mr Horton said three historic maps of the town — from 1780, 1794 and 1815 — would be on show for the reception.

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