The W.I. Hall became an important asset to the village, hosting not only Institute activities but also meetings, weddings, dances, whist drives, concerts and all forms of celebration.
During the 2nd.World War, troops were billeted there and later, the Hall was rented to Durham County Council to prepare and serve School Dinners, over 750,000 meals were cooked in the Hall Kitchens.
Sadly, due to falling membership and lack of use/revenue ( the new school having integrated catering facilities ) the Hall became un-economical and a financial burden. W.I. Meetings were transferred to a room in the Community Centre and the Hall was sold for conversion to a private dwelling house.