The Hall:

The Hall is well worth a visit as it has its own Community Association which was formed in 1933 and continues to thrive with over 700 members enjoying its facilities. Providing a large range of activities some of which include: Mums and tots, various dancing classes, craft workshops and drama groups catering for all members of the community through out the day and during the week.

The Hall also accommodates Audenshaw Library point which is a small access point for the loan of library books and computer use. It is also available to hire for Weddings and Birthdays or any other special events. The Hall also has a Management Committee made up of the different user groups who meet monthly. Ryecroft Halls Management Committee and Ryecroft Hall Friends Group, a sub division of the committee, also provide an annual Fun day with help from user groups from the Hall and in conjunction with Audenshaw Local History Society provide an Annual Heritage weekend. The local MP and Ward Councillors hold their surgeries in the Hall.

 

The Grounds:

There are a number of reasons as to why the park is so popular with the local community some of which are : a large playground for ages 3 to 14 years and a new range of activity equipment has just been installed.The playground is inspected daily and any faults reported immediately. The Park has a well used bowling green, which is open for public use throughout the summer season. Recently the Bowling Club celebrated its 60th Anniversary and is still an active and important Group within the park. Both the ladies and mens Bowling Teams use the green and during 2006 their pavilion was refurbished, which was supported by the Council , the Management Committee and local MP Councillor Andrew Gwynne. The Bowlers also have a summer building with kitchen facilities by the bowling green which is used throughout the summer and during matches by the bowlers for serving refreshments.

The park contains a mixture of planting including some of the original trees dating from when it was privately owned and maintained. As well as the tree planting the site contains a mixture of shrubberies and bedding displays. The bedding displays are in permanent beds located around the main Hall and the bowling green as well as tubs and hanging baskets at strategic locations. The spring and summer displays are a much appreciated feature of the park.


A longer term programme allows other areas to be rejuvenated and planted with a wide variety of shrubs and trees as existing plants become over mature. To the rear of the park are various paths that take you through a large woodland area, which is enjoyed by park users and wildlife. The woodland areas have benefited from naturalised bulb plantings of Narcissus and Crocus many of which have been planted in conjunction with School children from the local Primary Schools. Various varieties of wildflower were also planted in drifts creating a meadow style. These included colourful and hardy perennial species mixed with cornfield annuals to encourage continuity of the wildflower meadow drifts and an established habitat for a higher diversity of insects. Last year we extended the wild flower meadow and installed an interactive wildflower information board.

In conjunction with the bird and bat boxes that have been installed to encourage a habitat for a higher diversity of wildlife. An area has been developed to encourage butterfly habitat. Recently Victorian style lights were installed outside the Hall, which ensured the heritage of the Hall is not lost.