Ellesmere Town Hall was officially opened on the 25 March 1968 by Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Major General The Viscount Bridgeman K.B.E.1 C.B.2 D.S.O.3 M.C.4 to replace the Old Town Hall which was situated in the centre of the town.
The new Town Hall was originally owned by North Shropshire District Council and managed as a community hall rather than a seat of administration. In 1981 a decision was made to offer the management of the Hall to Ellesmere Town Council and a 21 year lease was signed in December 1981. In 2002 when the lease expired, Ellesmere Town Council bought the Town Hall for the price of £1.
Ellesmere Town Council continues to operate from the building, which is open for Public enquiries on a Tuesday and Thursday Morning from 9am to 12pm. Outside of these hours the Town Clerk and Assistant Town Clerks can be contacted by phone. In addition to the Town Council, the local Police also have facilities at the Hall, and other organisations use the facilities on a regular basis as a base for activities. These include Girl Guides, Age Concern and Swan Mere Day Centre.
The building is easily accessible and generally user friendly as the whole complex is on one level. There are 3 rooms for hire as well as a Kitchen and licenced bar. The main hall has a maximum capacity of 180 with chairs and stage, or 110 with tables and chairs; the small hall and committee room are separated by a folding screen, so that when necessary they can be combined to make a bigger room. A foyer, cloakrooms, toilets (including an accessible toilet) and a kitchen complete the internal public setup. Externally there is ample parking at the front and rear of the building. Additionally there is an outside patio area and garden.
The halls and committee room can be hired 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm, with the pricing structure set into sessions: daytime; evening; hourly; and whole day. The council lease out the Bar rights and the current Licensee holds a personal licence to sell alcohol on the premises. The Halls are also licenced for public entertainment holding a PRS and PPL5 licence.
Many Local organisations use the premises on a regular basis throughout the year, and events are advertised on the website and notice boards within the Foyer area and by the bus stop next to the building.
The town council has other facilities available for hire to the public, including a stage, gazebos and art screens. These are hired out at a reasonable cost for many different town events.
A full list of regular events is available.
1Knight Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire.
2Companion of the Order of the Bath
3Distinguished Service Order
5PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music. PRS for Music collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics