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Breamish Hall Into The Future

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Breamish Hall 2122

Predicting the future…

Some things about the future are impossible to predict. Others are not:

Tis impossible to be sure of anything but Death and Taxes.

Christopher Bullock, 1716

We knew, for example, that a corrugated iron and timber village hall built in 1897 would have to be replaced at some point. And we knew that the costs of maintaining a village hall would only rise. We even knew that a global pandemic was inevitable, but we just didn’t know when it would happen – or what it would look like (Duff-Brown, 2016).

Acknowledging inevitabilities, such as those above, allowed the numerous women and men from our community who have acted as guardians of the village hall, to make appropriate plans for its continuation. For example, they created a charitable trust; bought better premises (and celebrated its opening); ensured modern standards of safety, access and similar are met.

We’ve seen how many of the activities initiated and enjoyed at the Jubilee Hall continued well into the 20th century and on towards the 2000 millennium. The hall has kept its proud tradition of acting as an emergency centre and a place “where people can be assured of finding a safe, warm and friendly environment in which to enjoy refreshments, social activity, information and advice and the company of other people” (CAN, undated). And, throughout all the ups and downs since 1897, members of the local community have remained loyal to the hall. This is well illustrated by the fact that two community groups have retained their long-standing relationship with the hall: the Hedgeley Women’s Institute since 1930 and the North Northumberland Spinners since 1982. And Jennifer Guthrie has remembered fondly her personal association with the Jubilee Hall as a young child. In sum, as the Breamish Hall moved into the 21st century it has remained a centre of community life.

But what about the future?

100 years from now…

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  • Will we still have a hall?
  • What will it look like?
  • How much will everything cost?
  • What sorts of activities will we do?
  • Who will be using the hall?
  • Will we be wearing space suits?
Artist impression of a futuristic village hall in 2122

Thanks!

We’ve enjoyed being involved in the Breamish Hall Heritage Project (1897-2022) and we’re grateful to the many people who have contributed stories, memories, photos, documents, newspaper clippings, and more. We’ve listed those who have contributed in the Credits. We hope we haven’t forgotten anyone but please let us know if we’ve forgotten to credit your contribution and we’ll correct it.

Signing off

Well, we’ve arrived at the end of 2022 – and the end of this initial project. Of course, the history of Breamish Hall doesn’t end here. But for now, we’re signing off.

Artist impression of male and female astronauts in 2122

See you in 2122!

References

Bullock, C. (1716) ‘The Cobbler of Preston’ [WWW] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cobbler_of_Preston Accessed 02 November 2022.

CAN (undated) ‘Warm Hubs’[WWW] http://www.ca-north.org.uk/supporting-individuals/warm-hubs Accessed 02 November 2022.

Duff-Brown, B. (2016) ‘A global pandemic is inevitable, yet we are woefully unprepared’ [WWW] https://healthpolicy.fsi.stanford.edu/news/larry-summers-global-pandemic-inevitable-yet-we-are-woefully-unprepared Accessed 02 November 2022.

Credits

NB: Dates in (brackets) indicate the year when the images were first shared with either the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection or the Breamish Hall Heritage Project and, therefore, the date when permission to use the images was granted.

  • Header image, ‘Breamish Hall 2122’ and ‘Signing Off’: Graham Williamson personal collection (2022)

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