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Kirby Cane Memorial Hall

At one time there were four buildings available locally for meetings, functions and so on. These included St Mark's Mission Hall, the Methodist Chapel and the Green Hut. Now there is but one:
           Kirby Cane Memorial Hall

About us

The Hall is registered as a Charity and run by volunteer trustees on behalf of the Parish Council, who represent the many groups who meet there. It serves as a community hub for residents of all ages from Ellingham, Kirby Cane and surrounding villages.

   33 Yarmouth Road,
   Kirby Cane,
   NR35 2HQ
Charity number 213794


The rooms are now open for hire with certain restrictions and rules associated with the pandemic. The back room has been totally refurbished with a new floor, insulation, redecoration and wheelchair access.

Please see the document: Keeping the Hall safe.


Hall Administrator, Mrs Sandy Blake
A returnable deposit is required when booking parties and other functions.


The main hall is 20 x 10 m with well equipped kitchen, disabled toilet, 10 large tables and ten smaller tables and about 50 chairs. (further tables and chairs are in the outside store and can be used for events on the green)

A smaller hall, with carpet and patio doors to the green, is also available.

A committee manages the hall on behalf of the Parish Council of Kirby Cane and Ellingham:

  • Chairman: John Cook
  • Secretary: Sarah Oldham
  • Treasurer: Heather Boyd
  • Parish Council Representatives: John Cook and Mike Skipper.
  • Trustees: up to a further 10 members.

The Groups who meet regularly are:

  • Art Group
  • Carpet Bowls
  • Knit and Natter
  • Keep Fit
  • Pre School
  • Qi Gong
  • Pilates
  • Table tennis
  • Chair Club and WI. Meetings, elections, private parties and fund raising events also take place.


The building of Kirby Cane Memorial Hall was funded by Simon John Crisp of Kirby Cane Hall and dedicated to those of Kirby Cane who sacrificed their lives in World War 1:

  • A. Baldry
  • P.F. Buck
  • C.L. Buck
  • W.G. Buck
  • A.V. Grimwood
  • L.A.Watson.



In the original conveyance dated 31st December 1924 the trustees were:
John Robert Crisp, Henry William Alpe, Alfred William Baker, John Francis Crisp, Reginald Harvey, John King, Frederick James Morris, Albert Osborne, and Albert Tills.

Memorial Hall c1950

Memorial Hall (left), the shop (right of centre) and Methodist Chapel (far right)

When the last trustee died on 27th November 1966 new trustees were appointed. These were: John Simon Crisp, David Frank Webster of Sheepwalk Farm, Harold John Hinsley of Belle View, Ernest James Warnes of Pinecroft, Mervyn Harold Acquin Martin of Leet Hill, William Sydney Verdun Leech of Newgate and George David Henderson of Red House Farm.


In 1962 the Hall was registered with the Charity Commission (number 2137904). Following the Charity Act of 1993 a scheme of management was agreed.


In 1967 the hall management was handed over to the Kirby Cane Parish Council. There are two sets of trustees: The Charity or Managing Committee and the Holding or Custodian Trustees (the Parish Council).


1982 saw the beginning of the popular Christmas shows produced by Jo Gooderam, which ran until 1988. Sadly, through changing times the Bowls Club, the Drop In Club, Whist Drives, Youth Club, Table Tennis Club, the Hundred Club, and W.I. all closed. However, a good range of clubs now use the hall, including a newly formed W.I. In addition the hall is used for private hire, social gatherings, for parties, church events, parish meetings and elections.


Many major improvements have taken place over the years with the help of The Lottery, South Norfolk District Council, WREN, the Parish Councils, the local charities and others. In 1996 a new floor in the main hall, followed by renovation of the committee room, new uspended ceiling and recessed lighting was provided. Double glazing and new heaters throughout, new disabled toilets, a modern kitchen and new roof, brought the hall up to date.

In the winter of 2005/6 every household in Ellingham and Kirby Cane was surveyed to investigate why the Memorial Hall was not used more frequently by residents of the parishes of Ellingham and Kirby Cane and to identify the requirements of the parishioners. The survey was conducted by representatives from Ellingham Parish Council, Kirby Cane Parish Council, Kirby Cane Village Hall Committee and members of the community.The resulting report, published in February, gave the Memorial Hall Committee several suggestions for improvement and the results suggested there was insufficient demand from the current population for a new community centre.


Sadly, with nobody to organise the bowls events, the bowls club closed in 2011 (date to be confirmed). The green was then used by the pre-school and for public events.


The hall facilities continue to be improved. Ellingham United Charities provided comfortable new chairs. In 2013 brick weave paving was placed to front and side entrances provides easy access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The latest addition has been double fire doors leading out onto the green and a summer house has been installed to replace the old bowl's pavilion which was beyond repair.


In June 2015 an Automatic External Defibrillator was installed, courtesy of the Ambulance Service and the parish council, on the front wall for public use.


Feb. 2016 - Building work commenced to improve the facilities to the rear room. The aim being that the hall will be able to stage two independent events simultaneously. This involved adding a kitchen to the rear room, modifying the toilets and other aspects of the rear room. Work was completed in the spring.


2020 Saw the outbreak of covid and lock-down restrictions. It also signalled the closure of the Ellingham & Kirby Cane Playgroup.