The Tyneside folk-rock group ‘Lindisfarne’ topped the Festival bill with a performance of their seminal 1971 album ‘Fog on the Tyne’ revisiting the Island from where the original photoshoot was made and what became the biggest selling UK album of 1972. Two hundred people packed in the new village hall on its first ever gig on Saturday, 26 June 2016.
The new ‘Crossman Hall’, named after Lady Rose Crossman MBE for her support in the rebuilding appeal which received a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund following the closing down for safety reasons of the original timber built village hall in 2005 and demolished in 2007.
The community hall is an essential ingredient to community life on the Island. Before closure, the former hall was used by the Mothers’ Union, knitting circle, keep-fit clubs, billiards, boxing, bowls and dances. The new hall will extend these uses to include Parish Council meetings, Fisherman’s Society, book exchange, health clinics, youth club, choral society, Holy Island Development Forum and Development Trust plus tourists and pilgrims. An official opening is planned for October 2016.
The entrance to the new Hall includes three 1.2m x 2.5m enlarged photographs of three pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels, illuminated at night. http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/all-news/gospels-are-reproduced-in-holy-island-s-new-hall-1-4164379
When funds are available, the concrete fence between the Lindisfarne Meade Shop and the new hall will be removed and a new connection and open amenity space will be formed.