A brief history of the Hall and its activities
The Hall was opened in 1911 by Lord Hothfield as the Conservative Club, as indicated by the datestone. In the 1960s the Hall was gifted to the Village to be used for 'educational and social community activities and events'. Trustees were appointed to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Hall and this group became the core of a Management Committee. The Hall is a registered charity.
The Hall is available for anyone, whether local to Dufton or from further away, to book and make use of. It has hosted weddings, birthday parties and funeral teas. Community Events, like Coffee Mornings and Big Breakfasts are held and interest groups, such as Open Circle, Yoga, Book Club and Baby and Toddler regularly use either the main hall or community room.
In view of Dufton's key position on the Pennine Way and its proximity to High Cup Nick, the Hall is used as a key check-in point for the Montane Spine Race, held in January, and the focal point of the High Cup Race, held in February.
Another key event in the annual calendar is Art in the Hills, traditionally held on the last weekend in July. Art in the Hills is an exhibition of works by professional and amateur artists in Eden and surrounding areas.
The Village Hall is supported by a monthly lottery which draws much local support. Further details may be obtained through the contact button on the Home Page.