A Brief History of Belmont Parish Hall

  • Belmont Parish Hall was officially opened by Reverend Dr Robert Innes in April 2006, it was the culmination of a fifteen year search by the Scouts and Guides for a new home, and six years of intense research and development work, planning and fundraising by a dedicated group of enthusiasts known as the New Hall Reference Group.
  • The closure in the late 70s of the old Scout Hut in the Vicarage grounds and the Old School Centre (in 1993) nearby created a real need for a central community facility.
  • The Scouts and Guides had successfully raised nearly £100,000, and this gave a great head start to the project, with a further £575,000 raised between 2000 and 2005. Fundraising included filling Smarties with 10p pieces (£4,000), sponsored bricks (£12,000), and Lottery funding (almost £200,000).
  • Belmont Parish Hall Association became a registered charity in 2006, and its Constitution changed from a fundraising/hall-building group to an Association managing the many different aspects of a busy community facility.
  • Since 2006 the Hall has thrived. There is an ever increasing range of community activities and often a waiting list. The Hall continues to serve the young, the aged and infirm or isolated, according to our Community Fund Grant targets, as well as the community in general.