Village Hall

The Elizabeth Griffin Memorial Hall

Slapton’s Village Hall, officially opened in December 1956.

An extract from the Observer from December 1956:

Pride and joy of Slapton, the new £3000 Elizabeth Griffin Memorial Hall, was officially opened by Mr N.Shand-Kydd on Saturday, and dedicated by the Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt. Rev. Robert Hay.

In opening the hall, Mr Shand-Kydd spoke of Mr Griffin’s part in the project.

“At a moment when Christian belief, self-sacrifice and high standards of craftsmanship are at a low ebb in the country, it is heartening to find someone like Mr Griffin, generous enough to pay the major portion of the construction of the hall” he said.

“It is a fact that today many parents think that having produced children, their duty ends, and that it is schoolmasters or parsons who should be responsible for their welfare. It is the duty of parents, and you are fortunate in having a hall where you can watch what is happening, keep your eye on your children, and see they go the right way.”

Mr E. Griffin, Mr T. Sayell and Mr. N. E. George also spoke, and Mrs Shand-Kydd was presented with a bouquet by Anita Barrett.