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Target - 12th Aug 1999 - A Hallmark Of Enjoyable Village Life

Cottingley Town Hall - a real village resource, much loved by the local community.

"A Hallmark Of Enjoyable Village Life"


Cottingley folk are planning a day-long party to celebrate their heritage and boost desperately needed Town Hall funds.

Members of the local WI and Town Hall Church have got their heads together to plan a special Heritage Day in the village on Saturday September 11.

The fun will start at 10am with a table top sale, followed by lunches, organ recitals, cream teas and a video of last year's famous fairy film premiere in Bradford.

One of the day's organisers Margaret Krupa, of Woodland Grove, is appealing for residents to loan her photos of old Cottingley so she can stage an exhibition on the village.

And she's also arranging guided tours of the Town Hall, which is much loved and used in the village.

The Town Hall was built by Cottingley people for locals and in its past has been the village school, a mechanics institute, a health clinic and a bank. It's still used today for churchgoers, by groups such as the Scouts and WI and for a Monday morning drop-in centre.

Mrs. Krupa, who's also designed a website on the internet all about Cottingley, said: "We want to preserve what we've got, it's already well used but it could be used even more if we can get it in good condition."

Fellow organiser Christine Balmforth, who was born and bred in Cottingley, has seen all her children married at the Town Hall.

"It's a lovely building and is a particularly special place for me," she said.

"We've just had some roof work done but it needs the electrics and central heating doing - the decor as well.

"We've sent out letters to everyone living in the village asking for their support on the day," she added.

Anyone interested in having a stall at the Heritage day should contact Christine on Bradford 562375.

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