Those who have recently moved to Aslockton will not know the story of the ‘New Rooms’. The New Rooms were sold demolished and replaced by housing and the proceeds from the sale helped to finance the building of the Thomas Cranmer Centre. The article below was transcribed from the Grantham Journal of April 1914 and recounts the opening of the New Rooms.
Wednesday, April 22nd was a red-letter day in the history of Aslockton where a new Parochial Room was opened by Captain M. H. Hall, of Whatton Manor. There were teas at 4.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. together with a concert, which included instrumental music, songs, and a dramatic sketch, entitle, “He, She, and the Poker.”
At the opening, the Vicar (the Rev. J. Standish) explained the lines upon which the deed for the room were drawn. In the first place, it is to be used as a Sunday School and for other purposes connected with the Church of England, and secondly under a Committee, or Committees, of Management, it is to be used for other meetings having in view the spiritual, intellectual, moral, and social needs of the parish and neighbourhood.
Captain Hall, who has given one of the best sites in the village for the new room, after expressing his appreciation of the building and the value and need of such in the neighourhood, and his hope that it would be fully and continuously made good use of, declared the new room open.
Mr. Wright, of Aslockton, then spoke as a Nonconformist of the many social advantages that he hoped would accrue from the work already accomplished. He said that he was at one with the Vicar in desiring and being anxious to work for the young men and women of the parish and neighbourhood, and that he would do his best to help in the cause they all had at heart.
Votes of thanks were heartily passed to Captain Hall and the Vicar, after which a short concert was given to a crowed audience, the programme being provided by Miss L. Bates, Miss Armstrong, Miss Vogel, the Misses Standish, Mr. Edwin Hadley, and Mr. Neville Smith.
The room has been built according to the plans of Mr. W.R. Gleave, and is commondious and artistic building. Mr. Smith, of Newark was the contractor.
The total cost, including furniture &c., will run to £400, of which sum, half is still to be raised.
Thanks are due to Mr. F. Stokes, Mr. John Mee, a Committee of ladies and helpers, too numerous to name, for making the inauguration such a success.
A visitors book was circulated, in which the names and signatures of 173 appear.
On the platform, the following parishioners and others gave their support to Captain Hall and the Vicar:-
Mr. Bissill, Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. W. R. Gleave, Mr. Kenneth Hill, Mr. Kirkby, Mr. John Mee, Mr. W. F. Payling, Mr. F. Stokes and Mr. Wright; and apologies for inability to attend were received from Mr. Walter Black, Mr. T.S. Cheetham, Captain Sopper, and Mr. Norman Stafford.