JH & LR Bell, Sept 1949November 7, 2012 5:45 am Uncategorized
Somewhere, somehow, we have to note important historical events about the village hall. Perhaps there is already an archive in Allendale’s library, and perhaps this item will be just an intriguing footnote there, with the continuing passage of time, or perhaps it will suffice to raise a smile and prod a memory neurone. . . .
Anyway, the story: Thanks to a generous donation from the trust fund, Goodland Ventures Ltd, established by Hartlepool United Football Club, and supplemented from their own resources, the Allen Valleys Drama Group have been able to finance a comprehensive and professional grid installation above the stage. This grid will supplement the 3 new lateral scaffolding bars strung across the main hall, which have been so much appreciated in the most recent dramatic productions/pantomimes. The main concern for the new stage grid, however, is safety.
Stage Electrics will be installing the new grid, which will include three pivoting side curtains on each side, and incorporate a more felicitous arrangement for backdrops, during the week of 28-30th November, 2012.
In anticipation of this installation, Nigel Baynes and Margaret Stonehouse, for the drama group, assessed the job required to remove the old scaffolding, water pipes and other bits of accumulated structures on which the company’s previous lighting has been erected. In the course of this assessment, Nigel determined that the job was best done expeditiously, and so he took hammer and crowbar to task, and within a single Sunday the workspace was fully cleared for the professionals.
But the point of this story really is that the main structure, supporting the side curtains and many different sorts of lighting, over the years, was installed most competently a lifetime ago by joiners and casket-makers JH and LR Bell, in September, 1949! Their signatures and the date were revealed when the wall mounting was finally removed.
If the new grid lasts sixty years, or long after most of us have departed, then that will be another success story in the history of the hall!