Start of a new era for Todmorden's Fielden Centre

The Fielden Centre on Ewood Lane is now called Fielden Hall
The Fielden Centre on Ewood Lane is now called Fielden Hall

A historic and well used Todmorden community venue has a new name, and more help is needed because it is becoming busier.

The Fielden Centre on Ewood Lane is now called Fielden Hall and after a new manager was appointed a year ago the Hall has gone from just ‘ticking over’ to becoming increasingly busy.

The venue is now licensed for wedding ceremonies as well as receptions, and the Hall has community groups and organisations using it every day.

Bill Griffiths, the current Chairman of the Fielden Centre Association (FCA) said: “The Hall is run as a charity for Todmorden but it needs help from the community to keep going.

“The FCA management group is now too small.

“We must strengthen the Association’s committee to ensure the Hall runs smoothly and can continue to provide a first class service.”

The restoration of this Victorian building was fully completed in 2006 and the Hall, which had previously been a school, and then the Fielden School of Art, was given a new role.

The aim was to make sure it could continue as a valuable community venue well into the future.

Bill voiced the concern of the FCA and many people who have used the Hall over the years when he said: “The Hall cannot close. We are busy and successful.

“I’m sure there must be people out there who can help us.”

“If you are able and willing to assist the Association you could be co-opted on to the committee which meets once a month.

“You can then decide how much or how little time you have to spare. We are not looking for people to take on major or time consuming responsibilities.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Fielden Centre Association committee member can be contacted through Sarah, the committee secretary at sandrpennie@gmail.com or at info@fieldencentre.plus.com.