The old Church of England school was purchased in 1976 by the Kirkburton Parish Council from the Wakefield Diocesan Council and leased to the Shelley Community Association to be used as the Village Hall.

Before this could happen a lot of conversion work had to be done and despite the Grants that were received the new Association had to find from somewhere its contribution of 2,500. A very large sum indeed in 1976. Although the newly formed Association had no capital the members set to and did indeed raise that money.

The Hall was officially opened on May 7th 1979 (May Day) by Lord Savile.
Since then the Association has not sat back but has continued with an ongoing programme of improvements to the Hall.

The Hall is now used on a regular basis by various groups, some of whom when they first started were actively encouraged by the Association until they became established.
Presently the Hall is home to the Shelley Over 60s Club, a Modern Sequence Dancing Club, Cubs, Line Dancing classes, a very successful Bridge Club, an Amateur Dramatic Society and a large number of social events both private and run by the Association.

In 2013 the Community Association signed a new 125 year peppercorn lease with the Council.
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