The Hall was built in 1939 on land gifted to the village by Capt the Hon R H Baillie-Hamilton-Arden of Arderne Hall. The original build cost a pricey £7300, and the Hall was opened by Lady Grisell Bailie-Hamilton.
During the war it played its part as an evacuation centre for elderly Liverpool residents, but suffered bomb damage when a German bomber jettisoned its payload returning from a Liverpool raid.
Previous Activities have been:
- Girl Guides and Brownies
- A Motorcycle Club
Along with storm damage and water leak damage has been repaired through time by local residents and the hall now it serves the local community of 600 with regular activities and events.
During 2017 plans have been drawn up to extend and modernise the hall increasing the kerb appeal and providing improved kitchen facilities. The proposal is to commence with this work during 2018.
Funding for this extension is being drawn from multiple grant applications with the over-riding application being with the Wren grant organisation. Many local businesses collaborate with the hall committee to run joint events and share fundraising. The hall itself is a registered charity, and support St Luke’s Hospice as their charity of choice.
The lead committee members photographed here at the November Quiz Night remain positive this work will proceed in 2018
Cotebrook was named in 1875 when St John’s Church was built. The name derives from the small brook running near to the Alvanley Arms where sheep were “coted” (or penned) prior to being washed. However, the settlement itself is far older and up until this time was known as Utkinton-cum-Rushton.
Before what it was called now it was called Cote-Brook. Cotebrook once had its own state school. Sadly that closed in 1955, but it kept our village hall which was built in 1938. For most of the 19th Century (about 150 years ago) Cotebrook would hold an event called the Tarporley Horse races. The outline of the course can still be seen on maps, and local road names such as Stable Lane; Sadlers Lane; and Racecourse Lane, pay homage to the excitement of the past.