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The Solomon Browne Memorial Hall On-line art auction

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Classic Cottages love to help local charities and when we were asked if we could assist with local fundraising to support community projects in Mousehole we were delighted to help.

The history of the Memorial Hall



The original hall was built in the 1890’s and used as a fish store and net loft for the local fleet of fishing boats. Over the years it fell into disrepair and in 1997 was offered by the local council to the community of Mousehole for a peppercorn rent of £10 per annum, provided the building was cared for, if not it would be sold for development. In response to this a group of locals, who became the founding group of Trustees – then named “Mousehole Community Centre Committee” was set up in order to try to raise funds to convert the building into a community hall for the village. After a vote it was decided to name the hall in memory of the local Lifeboat Crew of the Solomon Browne who all sadly lost their lives whilst trying to rescue the crew of the Union Star in 1981.


The Solomon Browne Hall today


After 18 years of hard work by the committee and local community, funding was gained through The Big Lottery and the Community Hall dream was realised for the village. Following further refurbishment, the Solomon Browne Hall opened her doors to the village in August 2016 and it is now a fabulous stylish communal space used by locals and visitors alike. With events from a thriving weekly farmers market, quiz nights, art exhibitions and a pre-school, the hall has become the beating heart of the local community. The charity also supports the local community through a range of projects including a community garden for Mousehole School, free IT support and community meals. They have also done a fantastic job during the pandemic, delivering “smile bags” to reduce isolation and run a help line to administer grants for people in financial need. 


On-Line Art Auction to Support Community Projects in Mousehole


The Art Auction has been organised by the fantastic team of dedicated supporters who work tirelessly to raise funds for the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall which helps the local community in a variety of ways. 

Classic Cottages are thrilled to sponsor the on-line charity auction, where local artists have donated pictures to the charity. Bidding is currently open and there’s a great selection of artistic work on show. The closing date is 7th September so take a look at the great works of art on offer, safe in the knowledge that any contribution will go to such a worthy cause.  


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