Hall’s £250,000 facelift restores it to 1930s glory

Raven Hall has been restored. Pictured are Louise Wetherell and her dad Bip Wetherell
Raven Hall has been restored. Pictured are Louise Wetherell and her dad Bip Wetherell
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Corby’s Raven Hall has been restored to its 1930s glory by owner Bip Wetherell and is set to be revealed at a grand opening night this month.

The transformation of the hall, which first opened in 1936, has been a family affair.

Mr Wetherell’s wife Elaine and son Glen masterminded the facelift, designing every detail of the new look and managing the project, and his daughter Louise, marketing manager at the Raven Hotel and restaurant, is promoting the new venue.

Bookings are coming in fast and the family are confident the Raven Hall will be a huge success.

The opening night is on Saturday, September 29, from 9pm until 1am, and the theme will be a Nag’s Head reunion, featuring local band Rocky Road and The Cissy Stone Band, a favourite at the Old Village pub which has now been knocked down.

Mr Wetherell, 63, said: “I decided on a Nag’s Head reunion because I ran the place for eight years and was really happy there.

“We often featured The Cissy Stone Band. All the music on the opening night will be from 1976 to 1984.

“My wife and son have put a lot of hard work into the transformation and we’re pleased with the result.

“The Raven Hall is a great venue and a big part of Corby’s history. My mum and dad met at a dance in the hall and Elaine and I met there too.”

The facelift, which cost £250,000, has taken three months and the main hall’s original 1930s dance floor has been restored.

Bespoke crystal chandeliers and new carpets and fittings finish the look.

The hall boasts a conference room and a small performance area with a bar, which can be used for acoustic nights and smaller events.

Louise said: “We put a lot of thought into making it a fabulous venue and we’ve already had calls from 10 couples who are planning their weddings. We can cater for 150 guests for a sit-down meal and 300 guests for a buffet.

“The hall is really versatile.”

Other events planned at the Raven Hall are a charity dance and a production by Corby Performing Arts in November, as well as a Christmas dinner and dance.

Tickets for the opening night are £10 from the Raven Hotel, or £12.50 on the door.