Events @ St. Francis Hall


27th January:
Join us for our monthly Coffee Morning 10-12, new jigsaw corner and exchange, Food Bank Donations, delicious cakes, scones and savouries.

3rd February:
Band Night - Born Villains Doors open @7pm. Tickets £10 (Selling fast) Contact Andrea 07801418459.
Thursday 29th February:
6–7pm PACT meeting with local police.
BAND NIGHT-Friday 8th March:
7pm with THE NEW NOTE. BYO Drink + Tickets £5 + the return of one of our favourites.
BAND NIGHT-Friday 19th April:
7pm Band Night with BYO Drink + Tickets £tbc + An exciting all live 5 piece party/wedding band with a playlist spanning 5 decades, they literally have something for everyone.
Thursday 2nd May: the Hall will be used as a Polling Station for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election.
BAND NIGHT-Friday 17th May:
7pm with MONSTERS BYO Drink + Tickets £5 + The return of one of our favourites.
Save the Date – Ladies Day Wednesday 19th June
Advanced notice that our ever-popular Ladies Day will take place on Wednesday 19th June. This year our guest speaker is - Rosie Paige, 'James Herriot's' daughter and of course Judith Shield will once again be amazing us with her floral displays. (more information to follow).

Event Posters

regular coffee morning

Coffee Morning

Saturday 24th February: 10am Monthly Coffee Morning – Fairtrade
Saturday 30th March: 10am Easter Coffee Morning
Saturday 27th April: 10am
Saturday 25th May: 10am
Saturday 29th June: 10am

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Carpet Bowls

Due to the popularity of our recently formed carpet bowls group, we are pleased to announce that we:
• have purchased a second mat to enable more to play at anyone time
• have increased from 2 sessions a month to every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm.
• are hoping to establish an evening session commencing 7th February from 7pm.

For those unable to make the afternoon session. If you are interested or want to know more, please pop along to the hall and meet up with those already enjoying this activity.

Help and instruction for people who are absolute beginners will be available. There is a possibility of an evening session being included at a later date, once the club is established and leaders for the group are recruited.

Several people have expressed an interest and now we are getting geared up to start, we would ask them to re-affirm their interest, together with all others who would like to be part of this exciting new group.
Please contact Hazel by phone or text on 07974789583.

The Hutton Henry History and Heritage Group

What is the Hutton Henry History and Heritage Group?
The group has been established as a section of the Community Association. At our initial meeting in April we decided to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month at 7pm which gives members and visitors the chance to pop in.

regular coffee morning We are basing our collection of information from 1876 when the Hutton Henry Colliery opened. It closed in 1897. The history of the village from Saxon times has previously been well documented in the books ‘Hutton Henry – the Story of a Village’ and ‘Our Patch” by John Etherington and ‘Wingate’ and ‘Mostly Mining’ by William Moyes.

We already have a lot of interesting material. We have started collecting maps, photos and personal stories of village life – school days, youth club, ladies’ club, boys’ brigade, leek club, the allotment association, St. Francis church and the Roman Catholic church of Sts Peter and Paul.

We would really like anyone who has photos or documents or anyone who is prepared to write down family reminiscences to share them with us.

Our group is open to everyone who has an interest in the long history and development of our village. Drop in to our informal meetings and have a tea or coffee. Our next meeting dates are 3rd and 17th October and 7th and 21st November.

If you live in the village, you are already part of its history.
We have arranged for a local writer and genealogist, Margaret Hedley, to give us a talk called ‘Hannah’s Story’ at our meeting on Tuesday 21st November. Margaret has written two books on the role of women in the colliery communities. ‘Hannah’s Story’ and ‘Hannah’s Daughter’ trace the history of a family from the 19th into the 20th century against the harrowing backdrop of a miner’s life. This meeting will be open to anyone from the village. Further details will follow nearer the time.

regular coffee morning One of the unique features of our village is the village pump and following on from our August coffee morning, we demonstrated the pump working, under the watchful eye of Alan Johnson whose family has maintained the pump over several generations, it was primed and produced a steady flow of palatable water.

The picture shows Alan and Patrick with the water flowing.

Ladies Club

The First meeting will held on the 9th October at 7pm at St Francis Village Hall We intend our first meeting to be an opportunity to chat about what people would like to be included in the future, interests, activities, future demonstrations and Speakers.

We hope the group will evolve over time, to include what the ladies of the Village are interested in and of course it’s a time to make new, and meet old friends.

Our First speaker is already planned for the 13th of November, exciting!!

The group will initially meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 till 8.30 and if interest is strong this could increase to two meetings per month.

The costs will be £3.00 per session, which will include refreshments If you are interested please contact Sue Hutchinson by phone or text on 07402628350 or simply come along on the 9th October to see what we have planned.