On original site
Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Inscribed on a plaque
- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
In 1922, in the car park at the rear of the Mill Road, Primitive Methodist Church, a memorial hall built in brick was erected .
The Memorial Hall was opened on Thursday 22nd March 1923, as this article in the Grimsby Telegraph explains.
CLEETHORPES RECREATION HALL OPENED
Described as a “Home from Home”, for the young people of the Church, the Primitive Methodist Memorial Recreation Hall at Cleethorpes was formally opened for use yesterday.
Situated near the chapel, the building is likely to serve its purpose well. It stands as a memorial to men from the church who fell in the war. The building and furnishings have cost about £700. There are facilities for billiards and other games, whilst there is a library.
A good company gathered, but the proceedings outside the building were brief owing to the conditions. Dr. Williamson performed the opening ceremony. The Rev. G. T. Chappell introduced Mr. J. G. Kirkman, the first president of the Hall to whom he said they were much indebted for the erection and equipment of the building.
Mr. Kirkman introduced Mr. T. Wilkinson, who was responsible for building the Hall. In handing the key to the doctor, Mr. Wilkinson said that was an unusual event. He hoped the object of the promoters in encouraging the young to devote their leisure to healthy and wholesome recreation would be fulfilled.
Dr. Williamson then opened the door, and the company passed inside. Here a statement was read by Mr. G. H. Lidgard, the energetic secretary, showing that £349 had already been received towards the cost of the Hall. This sum included two anonymous gifts of £50 each, two of £25 each, one of £20, five of £10 each, and ten of £5 each. Other promises had been received, and allowing for cash and goods received they required £231 to clear the place of debt. The idea of the hall was to minister to the wants of the young folks after they left Sunday School. They were liable to get astray if they had nowhere to go. They wanted to preserve them from the vice of the world and make them good citizens.
Mr. H. Mudd, who presided, said it was a revelation to many to visit their chapel and see the large number of young people present at the services. They wanted them to feel the Hall was their “Home from Home”. He was told that they had received subscriptions towards the building from many people including publicans and sinners (Laughter.) He hoped it would serve a useful purpose.
Dr. Williamson said that it was the first public ceremony he had performed since he came to Grimsby. They could not have a better memorial to those members of the congregation who did their duty, and who lost their lives in the Great War, than a Hall of that kind.
The speakers were thanked on the motion of Mr. H. Croft Baker, seconded by Mr. H. Adams.
The Rev. G. T. Chappell said they wanted the young people to feel that the Church was their home and that they were just as free there as in their own homes.
It was announced that Sir Thomas Robinson, J.P., C.C., had apologised for his inability to be present owing to another engagement in Hull.
A tea followed, and in the evening there was a concert presided over by Mr. Albert S. Barter. The programme was given by the Aeolian Quartette Party and Mr. Will Lucas who gave selections on the ‘cello and Miss Adelaide Grey and Mr. C. R. Jones were the accompanists
In 1979, when the new church on the site was opened called St Andrew's Methodist Church, an extension was added to the old hall. The hall has been used since it was installed for all sorts of events. A Boy's Brigade & Girls Brigade was based there. Services took place in the hall whilst the new church was being built.
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