Youlgrave is a village in the heart of Derbyshire, located in the south of the Peak District three miles from Bakewell. It sits on the hillside just above the River Bradford, near its confluence with the River Lathkill. Youlgrave is one of the largest villages within the Peak District National Park and is a thriving rural community which takes pride in its resourcefulness and rural character.
The village hall was donated to the village in 1933 by Miss Mary Hoyle Melland, a local resident and registered as a charity the same year (Registered Charity 520538). The hall is managed by a Committee of volunteer trustees who are currently:
- Mr Mike Baitup (Chair)
- Mr Ralf Wilson (Parish Council Representative)
- Mrs Carol Fletcher (Secretary)
- Mrs Sandra Harrop
- Mrs Kathryn Rhodes
- Mr Adrian Rhodes
- Mrs Judith Taylor (Pantomime Representative)
The hall continues to be used as a venue for a wide variety of village clubs, local events and some private functions. We have continued to subsidise the cost of hiring the hall for local people and clubs, by generating income from our own events such as concerts, well dressing teas, attic sales and, of course, the annual pantomime.
During 2013 we started a two-year programme to review, refresh and, where necessary, renew the main systems that give safety and comfort to the users of the hall. The safety of volunteers and the users has been underpinned further with updated management processes and rigorous testing regimes. We have also been working on the building infrastructure – for example, this year we have refurbished the main hall floor, extended the coverage of our smoke alarm system, installed new fire doors to reduce the risk of fire spreading, improved the performance of our heating system, and started the introduction of energy-efficient LED lighting in high usage areas.
We are a registered charity and rely solely on the income generated from bookings, fund raising events or donations. The price to hire the hall has been held as low as possible to encourage local use and participation – it has not changed since January 2012 – and community activities can still hire the main hall for a couple of hours for only £12, or one of the smaller rooms for only £1 per hour – making it one of the lowest-priced venues in the area!