Mary Esther Hollway Memorial Trust
Stanhoe’s Reading Room was set up in the late 1800s “to provide a village reading room and club for the use and mental improvement of the male inhabitants”.
The Reading Room is now administered – with a more inclusive remit – by a charity, the Mary Esther Hollway Memorial Reading Room (registered charity number 208302), generally known in the village as the MEHM Trust.
The MEHM Trust also looks after the playing field behind the Reading Room.
As of June 2017 the trustees are (chair) (tel 518 324), Anne Jackson, Nick Lyons, Roddy Rowe, Jill Husselby, Laura Pocock, and David Vincent.
The Reading Room improvement project
The MEHM Trust is working to modernise and improve the Reading Room. Our aim is to create a welcoming multi-purpose hall that will attract users from outside Stanhoe as well as within the village.
At the beginning of 2015 we installed electric radiators to replace the old radiant heaters.
Next on the list is a furnishing, lighting and redecoration project, plus a second phase of maintenance work on the adjoining Caretaker’s Cottage.
Ideas for the future include internet access, new flooring, a kitchen refit, and a partition to separate the old Reading Room from the extension.
At the start of the original refurbishment project the Trustees worked hard on a National Lottery grant application, but were rejected for lack of community involvement.
Since then the focus has been on step-by-step improvement using the money we already have, including a generous bequest from the former Sports and Social Club and a grant from the Jack’s Lane Wind Farm Community Fund.
You could help to speed up our progress by becoming a Trustee (see above). Alternatively you could become a Friend of the Reading Room – one of an informal group of people who help with particular activities without the responsibility of being Trustees.
If you’d like to join the Friends, become a Trustee, or just find out more about the modernisation project, contact MEHM Trust chairman (tel 518324).
We welcome donations, which we use to improve the Reading Room and promote activities for the enjoyment of Stanhoe and Barwick residents.