All images – credit: Jonathan Farber
Egerton Hall, at the heart of Rostherne, has been gifted by the Tatton Estate to the newly-formed Friends of Egerton Hall group in order to bring the historic building back into active use.
The Friends of Egerton Hall have worked in recent weeks to rejuvenate the key local amenity for their community, and the provision of the hall is set to ensure a community space is sustained in the village.
Rostherne sits at the centre of the historic Tatton Estate – nearby the main entrance to the separately owned Tatton Park.
The village is a conservation area with a vibrant community, however, since the closure of the local Post Office it has lacked any facility to bring residents together.
The historic Egerton Hall was recently vacated by a Girl Guide group and was in a state of disrepair – however, it features three large and well-proportioned rooms and is situated on the main cycle route into Tatton Park.
A great deal of work has gone into returning Egerton Hall to use, including repairs on the roof and a brand new boiler that Mr and Mrs Randle Brooks and Monckton Properties have funded.
Meanwhile, redecorating has commenced – with over 20 local volunteers stripping, sanding and painting; bring the village together even before the hall reopens!
The Friends of Egerton Hall are aiming to become self-sufficient, assisted by local businesses, and it is hoped that regular commercial income will help cover running costs.
Carla Sinta Brooks, chair of the Friends of Egerton Hall, said: “It is brilliant to see that Rostherne and the wider area will again have a venue for all members of our local communities to meet, be active, get to know one another, celebrate and commiserate, and use these superb facilities for new activities including for the many older and younger people living here.”
A spokesperson from Friends of Rostherne added: “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped so far, especially to the Brooks family and the Tatton Estate for making this possible with huge energy as well as financial assistance.”
More help is now being sought – in particular: time, donations and local groups to rent the hall. (See below.)
Join the volunteers – sanding, painting or anything else to begin to bring the building back to its former glory!
Or, help set up impactful marketing, social media, newsletters, run an event or drum up support.
If you’re able to make a financial donation – no matter how small – every penny you donate will go directly into the hall. A local business has kindly offered substantial match funding for the first three years.
In addition, donations such as furniture, equipment, or marketing materials to make the space as attractive as possible for people to rent and use.
Rent the hall
Egerton Hall has enough rooms for multiple events and meetings, and is large enough for parties and birthdays, and ideally situated for local events.
The friends group is launching, at a very reasonable £15/hour hire fee, for such events.
Money raised will all go towards ensuring the hall can remain self-supporting and open throughout the year.
Bookings can be made through the Friends of Egerton Hall mobile (call: 07584 854 822) or through the soon to be launched www.egertonhall.com website.
Open Day – Sunday 26th January
Friends of Egerton Hall will be holding a formal launch for phase one of Egerton Hall on 26th January, 10.30am – 3pm.
All are welcome to help celebrate bringing the historic building back to the community.