The hall shortly after it was built.

The Trust was founded on 13 December 1919 when William Henry Bishop of Farley Court, Farley Hill, gave the land and the hall to the inhabitants of Farley Hill. The original Trustees were all inhabitants of Farley Hill.

The original document was an ‘indenture‘.

 

  • William Henry Bishop of Farley Court
  • William Simonds of Bunces Shaw
  • Walter Mortimer Allfrey of Farley Castle
  • William Robert Ogilvie-Grant of The Cottage
  • Reverend Alfred Percival Pott of Woodbury

The hall in 2024

The Victory Hall Trust is now a registered Charitable Trust (Charity Commission number 220940) that holds the hall and land in trust for the inhabitants of Farley Hill. The Trust is managed by elected managing trustees (who serve a three year term and are unpaid) and there are also two holding trustees (purely for legal reasons).

Since the Trustees took over in October 2010 after a public meeting, much has changed for the better at the hall. Back then there was no heating, rotten windows, an unusable kitchen and a leaking roof.

 
 

Improvements

All the funds we receive from hiring, donations and grants are invested in the hall. We have improved the hall immensely since 2010 and more improvements are planned.

Mar-2024Resurface the car park.
Feb-2024Acoustic panelling added to ceiling to reduce the reverberation in the hall. This will reduce the noise level when the hall is busy.
Feb-2024New online booking system for weekend bookings and a completely rebuilt web site.
Aug-2023Rebuilding of the toilets including the addition of a disabled toilet, funded by a grant from BiffaAward.
New fire alarms with linked detectors and call buttons.
Jul-2023Upgraded the fibre connection to 1 Gbps, courtesy of Gigaclear. Vic the vacuum robot started work.
Jun-2022Repainted the entrance corridor inside & out, repainted the Bishop room and touched-up elsewhere.
Dec-2021Replastered the entrance corridor ceiling.
Apr-2020Replastered and redecorated the changing rooms.
May-2019New furniture – 12 folding tables and 69 stacking chairs to replace the non-folding/stacking wooden ones.
Oct-2018New flooring – Wilton Axminster carpet in the main hall and Bishop room plus Karndean oak planking for the dance floor. Thanks to both for excellent prices and service.
Sep-2018Major interior refurbishment, with new moulded panelling in the main hall, radiator covers and painting throughout the hall, bar and Bishop room in shades of grey.
Feb-2018Removal of a brick pillar and installation of a 7.6m steel beam, to open up the main hall and give a more flexible space.
Mar-2017A spring clean, some re-painting, repairs and improvements.
Mar-2016A quick re-paint of high wear areas and some repairs.
Nov-2015New five-bar gate and pedestrian gate by back door. New speakers in main hall. Lots of maintenance jobs done.
Sep-2015Upgraded to an HD projector – fantastic picture (the rugby was just a coincidence!).
Jun-2015Just added a new LED light to the entrance corridor, which can be dimmed for parties.
Feb-2015The work is complete and the hall looks fantastic, much as it would have done when it was built. The original ceiling, new lights, more radiators and fresh painting throughout have truly transformed the hall.
Jan-2015

Work to remove the suspended ceiling in the main hall, renew the original vaulted ceiling and fit new lights throughout the hall. Starts 18 Jan and finishes 31 Jan.

18 Jan – volunteers removed the 1980’s suspended ceiling to reveal the original 1920’s ceiling for the first time in 40 years (approx).

Mar-201401Mar was a work day at the hall. We removed old trees and added new fencing and hedging in the garden – now much tidier and brighter. Plus many other jobs and lunch!
Jan-2014New back door and ramp. Quite a few hall hires this month.
Nov-2013Fitted a new alarm system.
Sep-2013Finished attic insulation, fitted a new floodlight and completed some painting & cleaning. Thanks to all the volunteers.
Aug-2013Completed the garden, new fence, turf laid. An excellent amenity for events.
May-2013Wi-Fi, the hall now has access to the internet!
Apr-2013The new roof is now complete, together with insulation and guttering. Thanks to Biffa Award and the FHVS for the funds plus Phoenix Roofing for a great job.
Feb-2013

New tables and chairs bought for the Snooker Room. New plates and bowls bought for the kitchen. Corridor and boiler room tidied up and new shelving fitted. Having sorted insurance, contract and Building Regulations, we expect work on the new roof to start w/c 04 March and to last for 4-6 weeks. Hall open as usual throughout.

Oct-2012The snooker room and kitchen refurbishments are almost finished – just a few small jobs left. If you have not seen them recently, do drop by one Friday evening.
Sep-2012We have been conditionally awarded the grant for the roof. The main condition is that the FHVS raise 10% of the amount, which is now in progress. Please buy some raffle tickets!
Aug-2012Kitchen refurbishment started. Awards For All grant now fully spent and closed.
Jul-2012Cavity walls insulated! Snooker room in progress.
Jun-2012Snooker room refurbishment – started. Cavity wall insulation ordered.
Apr-2012New consumer unit installed in bar. Bar redecorated. AGM was held on 20th.
Nov-2011The main hall was repainted (by volunteers) and the electrics updated.
Sep-2011A new underground gas tank and combi boiler were installed. 11 windows replaced
Jun-2011Awarded a grant of £10,000 by Awards for All (Big Lottery)
Oct-2010Trustees elected for the first time in many years