The Earl of Stradbroke lays the foundation stone in February to the accompaniment of what the Lowestoft Journal describes as a 'biting snowstorm' and the hymn 'O God our Help...' gallantly sung by the Church Choir.
The vicar, the Rev. R N Pyke, speaks of the 'urgent need of a Parish Hall for Southwold' which has a current population of 3000. The total cost of the hall, including fixtures and fittings, is estimated to be just over £2,550, much of which will be raised by public fund-raising and interest-free private loans with an additional loan from the diocese of £500.
The Hall, which has been constructed by local builder, Hubert Palfrey, is opened in August this year. In the event it is £200 over budget.