The Robert Pashley Hall, which serves the village of Walford near Ross-on-Wye, has been operating successfully since 1965 and has, in that time, provided a venue for many disparate groups to meet, for children to have birthday parties, wedding parties and, in the summer, hosting Caravan Clubs.

For a period of time, the hall committee ran social events but that has largely declined due to the full timetable of regular users.

For the last few years, it has been a struggle to gather together a committee to administer the Hall and its activities but they have always managed. However, this year they lost one of their major users, the Walford Pre-School Playgroup; this was due to financial pressures and an insufficient new intake of children. The Playgroup Staff also provided the Hall with three committee members who, understandably, will not be standing for re-election.

Whilst there are representatives of some of the regular user groups on the committee, all the Officers, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Booking Clerk wish to stand down having served for a number of years.

The hall is in a sound financial position but, in order to continue providing its charitable remit to provide a valuable community resource, it is vital to find new committee members. They hold quarterly committee meetings and often get things done by consensus but need new blood.

With the loss of the Pre-school Playgroup, there are now several daytime ‘slots’ available; the Robert Pashley Hall needs a lively committee to help to organise the best use of the hall.

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