The Balne parish room is steeped in history and is a focal point for the village. Now used for parish council meetings and local functions, it was, in its early life, a small schoolroom for the village children. The children were employed to break up stones that were dropped nearby, carted by farmers from Askern and Womersley, at the rate of seven shillings a load. It was then spread on the road by workmen whose wages varied from a farthing to ten pence a day.
In its day, the parish room has seen a huge variety of activities, ranging from the Silver Jubilee Celebrations and unveiling of a commemorative plaque 1977, VE Day Commemorative Celebrations May 8th 1995, Christmas parties for village children, evening classes for residents and meetings.
Balne Methodist Chapel was demolished in the 1980s. Permission was then given for Methodist Church services to be held in the Parish Room until October 1999!
A more complete history with some samples of handwritten documentation can be seen on our Balne Parish Rooms History document.