Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall


News May 2020

The Civic Hall is currently closed due to COVID-19 and thus the Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall are not currently meeting. The Annual General Meeting has been postponed to a later date


Do have a look at our News Page to find out about FORCH’s 2019 improvements to Hall facilities.

FORCH Purpose

Ramsbottom’s 19th century Civic Hall has truly entered the 21st century with its £500K recently completed transformation. As well as catering for the needs of various community groups, the new light, bright décor of the Holcombe Room, Main Hall and bar area attracts private, public and commercial bookings.
The Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall (FORCH) played a key part in obtaining funding from the Pilsworth Environmental Company for the Hall’s refurbishment. FORCH was formed to safeguard the hall in 2007 and our constitution was adopted at the first of our General Meetings.
FORCH’s purpose is to help to secure the hall’s future and protect it from those who may see short term gain in removing the only large-scale community venue within the centre of the semi-rural Lancashire town of Ramsbottom.

Hall Facilities



● Main Hall, with a small stage, capable of seating up to 200
● Holcombe Room - can accommodate 50 people
● Fully licensed, completely refitted, bar
● Community kitchen with equipment that is easy for all to use (catering may either be undertaken by the hirer or provided by Bury Venues Catering)
● All toilet areas, including disabled toilet, refitted to a high standard.
● Baby changing facilities
● New garden to rear, a project by the Alpine Garden Society (users of the Hall)
● Landscaped garden and courtyard
● Ample car parking nearby
● Marriage licence

Contact Details
Hall enquiries:
Bury Venues Central Booking Office Tel 0161 253 5513
Hall Manager:

Become a FORCH member

Bury Venues, including Ramsbottom Civic Hall, continues to be the subject of reviews and council reports for future decisions.

Our Friends group is always keen to welcome new people.



In January 2010, a Partnership Agreement was signed by FORCH and Bury Council (who own and manage Ramsbottom Civic Hall). We assist with future Hall planning and raise public awareness of the venue. Our FORCH News and FORCH Events sections show how we work with the community and initiate projects to increase Hall’s facilities. Following the long-term closure of the Hall’s upper floor, we are committed to working on ways of bringing it back into use. Recently, on a practical level, we have been working with community groups to help to improve the Hall’s garden and courtyard.

FORCH enquiries:
FORCH c/o Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Market Place, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AJ
or email: