The original War Memorial Institute
The Institute Hall was set up both as a memorial to those people from Malpas who sacrificed their lives in the Great War of 1914 to 1918 but also as part of a growing trend to provide leisure and educational facilities for ordinary people. A roll of honour was produced for display in the new hall. Unusually, for this type of memorial, everyone who served in the war was included on the plaque and not just those who had lost their lives in battle. In fact when the Hall was reopened after a period of disuse,in the 1970s as a Community Opportunities project centre, Colonel Phillips who with his father was included on the original roll of honour attended the opening ceremony.
The list of subscribers include some well known local people who gave from 6d to £100. Raising a total of £830. 6 shillings. (According to the Bank of New Zealand’s calculator)
One pound in 1919 would be worth about £46 in 2005. Therefore £100 would be worth £4600 and £10 worth £460 which is the amount that Lord Tredegar donated to the fund. A fete appears to have raised a further £701. 5 shillings and 7 pence.
The preface to the accounts shows a wide range of activities and plans to build a bowling green and a tennis court. (does anyone know if these plans were realised?)
The centre had a library and provided newspapers and periodicals. Concerts and debates were also held. It was more than half a century before Malpas had its own official library and community centre.
trust deed stipulated that no intoxicating liquor should be consumed
in the hall and not used for the purposes of any
religious denomination, sect or political party.
The fund remained with the Charity Commission until the present trust was set up.
William Goodman and William Bishop
William Goodman was killed in action in the First World War and was awarded the Military Medal. This evidence came to light in the early 1980s when Queenie Bishop wrote to the local press with memories of the Institute. Her husband William Bishop was the son of William Goodman’s sister. ( William was one of three sons and three sisters)