The Schoolroom is Torver's Village Hall
A bit of history: For those unfamiliar with the Schoolroom and its origins, it was once (obviously) our village school, founded by Reverend Thomas Ellwood. The date of origin is not clear since my records show that it was 'rebuilt' in 1873 and Ellwood came to Torver in 1861. In 1914 an extension was added to the School to include toilets and a small storeroom. The original outside privys are still in place.
School life continued there until 1955 when the pupils were transferred to Coniston. Adult education classes were held at the Schoolroom until 1970 and since then it has been our village hall. A photograph of the last children to be educated at Torver School can be seen on the Torver's Children page.
When the building came up for sale in 1955 the price was set at £500. The Rector at that time, Rev R S Heaton, decided it should become our village hall and put up his own money towards the purchase. This made up a large part of the PCC's £380 contribution with the remaining £120 given by Torver villagers.
The Schoolroom is owned by the St Andrew's and St Luke's Parochial Church Council (see Announcement below) and managed through its Schoolroom sub-committee under the chairmanship of the Parish Priest (vicar), although Rev Tim Harmer retired in July 2016 and has yet to be replaced.
Manager: Linda Inman
Dale Cottage, Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston, LA21 8ED. 015394 41777
Treasurer: Hazel Bowness
Colwith Orchard, Little Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9NU. 015394 31869
Bookings Secretary: Pat Barr
The Crossings Cottage, Torver, Coniston, LA21 8BS 015394 41348
Schoolroom bookings may be found in the Village Calendar
Torver Schoolroom ‘100 Club’
To help raise much needed funds for the Schoolroom and provide a regular income after the renovations are complete a “100 Club” has been formed.
Residents of Torver and surrounding areas, their families, friends, and any other interested people are invited to join.
Each “100 Club” member would be asked to give £25 per year. This would raise £2,500 a year of which one half will be given awayin prizes to the members, leaving £1,250 a year for the Village Hall.
Four times a year there will be a draw at a Social Evening in the hall to which you are all invited. The dates will be announced through the Nobbut Torver email service and in the Parish Newsletter. You will also find them posted on the Torver Website Calendar page.
Half the amount raised by the 100 Club goes in prizes
and the other half to the Old Schoolroom.
How to join the ‘100 club’
Please complete the Membership Application form (attached below) and post it to Mrs H E Bowness at the address on the form.
Or call her on: 07908 156740
The application form is accompanied by a Standing Order form for your bank, or you can set it up online if you do online banking.
For additional forms and a full set of 100 Club rules, please contact Mrs Bowness on the above number.