The hall is available for hire at a modest charge of £8.50 per hour for the whole building or £5.00 per hour for the smaller meeting room only. Tables and chairs can also be hired for private functions. You can see which dates have been booked already by looking at the calendar here and bookings can be made by contacting Clare Round on 01900 876454 or by emailing her here. If she cannot be reached, please contact Derek Poate on 01900 85265.
The hall is a historic building in High Lorton, in use for 100 years. The hall was formerly the 19th century malthouse of the Jennings family brewery and was let in 1910 to a body of trustees, becoming the village hall for Lorton. It is situated on the banks of Whit Beck, across from the famous Lorton Yew, and adjacent to the Village Pound, a small grass enclosure originally used to gather sheep and now a community facility owned and managed by the Parish Council. It is a popular spot for children to play and for passing cyclists on the C2C route to pause before tackling Boon Beck hill.
The hall has space to accommodate events of up to 100 people. It is stone built with a traditional slate roof. The building is Grade 2 listed owing to the historical brewing connection. The basic fabric is in good condition and a substantial programme of modernisation was carried out some years ago which included new wooden floors, improved heating and a hearing loop. There are two main rooms, the hall and a smaller room known as the ‘Supper Room’. The kitchen has recently been modernised with grant support from Cumbria Country Council and the Hadfield Trust. Modern facilities include a hob, two ovens, a microwave oven, hot water geyser and a refrigerator. The Hall has a premises licence that covers most forms of entertainment and includes a licence to sell alcohol with the approval of the Committee.
A small garden adjacent to the Hall and the Boon Beck bridge is maintained by the Hall Management Committee with the support of the Lorton Vale Gardening Club. It is open to the public to visit and sit and enjoy the location.
A wide range of activities take place in the hall, including a weekly table tennis group, monthly meetings of clubs and societies; a youth group meets once a month on Friday evenings; seasonal events such as the harvest supper, recycling and handicraft activities, wreath making at Christmas, a Christmas fair, committees such as the Melbreak Communities Planning Group meet in the hall; the Lorton Parish Council meets at the hall; and from time to time the hall is used for training of community first responders, private parties, local, national and European elections. The village primary school makes occasional use of the hall for projects and other activities.
The Yew Tree Hall governing constitution can be viewed here.
Committee Meeting Minutes
In addition, there are five clubs or organisations in the community that use the hall on a regular basis: the Bowls Club; Lorton Women’s Institute; Lorton & Derwent Fells Local History Society; Lorton Vale Gardening Club; and the Vale of Lorton Community First Responders.