Rector immortalised with plaque

Norma Futers unveils the blue plaque at West Hallam village hall.
Norma Futers unveils the blue plaque at West Hallam village hall.

A West Hallam benefactor, who died 350 years ago, has now been immortalised with a blue plaque on the village hall.

Former rector of St Wilfird’s church John Scargill left a legacy which has helped village children’s education since his death in 1638.

One of the trustees to have benefitted from the legacy left by Scargill is Norma Futers, who unveiled the plaque at a special ceremony on Saturday.

Village historian Roger Wood said that the village hall, which is celebrating its 160th anniversary, was once the Scargill school building, during the time that it first began to admit girls as well as boys.

Norma was also presented with a copy of the Scargill key, which fits the lock to a box kept at the church.

A commemorative blue plaque for John Scargill on the wall of West Hallam village hall.

A commemorative blue plaque for John Scargill on the wall of West Hallam village hall.