On Friday 13th December 2013 over a hundred villagers and friends enjoyed a Magic Lantern Show by Andrew Gill in the Village Hall to mark the 60th anniversary of the opening of the hall. There was a cake to celebrate which was cut by Lilian Brooks & her granddaughter Isabel. The cake was iced by Susan Stanwix  and featured an iced model of the Hall as it looks today. Lilian had presented flowers to Mrs Milbank who opened the Hall in 1953.

Cava was then opened to toast the Hall and accompany the cake and was followed by a speech by Dr Tim Mawer, Chairman of the Village Hall before Mrs Clarissa Milbank cut the ribbon to open the exhibition “The Hall Past & Present” which had been prepared by Linda Sherwood & Sheila Wappat and displayed by Jane Thompson. A further 60 people visited the exhibition during its opening hours on Saturday 14th Dec 2013 and donations totalled £90 with cake, teas and coffee raising another £25.

Photographs and press cuttings from the past provided by villagers and are available to buy on a CD “Dalton & Gayles Village Hall 1953-2013” at a cost of £4 (all proceeds towards village hall funds) contact 01833 621307 or 01833 621593 to order. Postage will be charged extra.

During the evening the final draw of the Hall’s 60th Anniversary Countdown Raffle was drawn prize winners over the last 5 weeks have been:-

£500 Andy Stanwix (Gayles)
£250 S Burnett (Dunsa Manor)
£100 Susan Stanwix (Whashton)
£100 Brian Ashman (Newsham)
£100 E.Orton (Breaston, Derby)
£100 Martyn Dean (Gayles)
£100 Tim Ellis (Dalton)
£50  H Vlatus (Sunninghall)
£50  Caroline Griffiths (Dalton)
£50  Lesley  (Barnard Castle)
£50  Jamie (c/o Hazel. Dalton)
£50  S.Hoare  (Aylesbury)
£50  Harry & Cate Collingwood (Newsham)
£25  Stan Bainbridge (Dalton)
£25  Hazel  Hamilton (Dalton)
£25  N.Gales (Scorton )
£25  S.French (Dalton)

Thanks to everyone who sold and bought tickets for the raffle & the Anniversary Night. Raffle prize money given out totalled £1,650 which raised £768 for Village Hall funds. The Village Hall Management Committee held the event not planning to make a profit on the weekend but due to tremendous support in excess of £250 was raised for the Hall funds.