Residents enjoyed finding out more about a community building’s history at a special 50th anniversary event.
As well as refreshments and decorations, information boards were put up at Merton Hall in Ponteland. Officials were delighted with the turnout on the day.
Towards the end of the 1950s there was a growing need for housing and the population became more mobile through the ready availability of motor transport.
Ponteland offered an attractive alternative to urban living and in the 60s there was a surge in development. At Merton Way, the approach to Ponteland Railway Station was cleared for the construction of Merton Hall, the working men’s club and the shopping centre.
The first meeting of the management committee took place in December 1964 and Mrs M Leatherland was elected as chair. The official opening ceremony was held on September 15, 1965.
It quickly became an integral part of the village and the venue for a number of community groups. There were details about some of the people who have been in charge over the years, including Shirley Bennett.
Today, the building is packed with people most mornings as they can enjoy a beverage and biscuit and read daily and weekly newspapers whilst chatting with friends.
It is used by bridge, whist, history and photographic groups among others.