Orpington Village Hall is a community facility for the people and businesses of Orpington to meet, socialise and learn.
Based in a brand new development at the entrance to the High Street, and boasting two new Halls, a private meeting room and kitchen, we are home to a wide range of regular groups and activities, as well as available to hire for meetings, conferences, social events, theatre productions, dances, craft fairs and much more.
Please visit our “What’s On” page to find out more about what is going on at the Halls.
HISTORY OF THE HALLS
Built in 1890, the original Orpington Village Hall was given to the villagers by the late Alfred Brown, Esq and placed under the administration of a Trust to be held for the welfare of the Village.
Originally situated at the end of the High Street, the building housed a concert hall with a seating capacity of about 350, a billiard room and small committee rooms, together with kitchen and toilet facilities.
During the First and Second World Wars, the Orpington Village Hall supported its community as a V.A.D. hospital, general mustering point, reception for refugees and a rest centre for local residents made homeless in the Blitz. It then continued its role in the community as a meeting place and social centre of Orpington.
Sadly the original building was severely damaged by fire in 1962 and had to be demolished. In the following years, the old site was sold and the eventual completion of ‘The New Village Hall’ on its current site was not until 1982. In 2008 The New Village Hall was demolished to regenerate the site and facilities offered.
ABOUT THE TRUST
Orpington Village Hall Trust was set up in 1896, with objectives to maintain and keep in good order the Halls donated to the community of Orpington and to further charitable causes within the local area.
The Trust has always been governed by a voluntary group of Trustees who have met regularly throughout the years to discuss and develop the Halls based on its objectives. Today, this responsibility continues to lie with the Trustees with the day to day management of the halls falling to the Facility Manager.
Our Annual General Meeting is held every year in May at which our annual accounts are available for public inspection. Orpington Village Hall Trust receives no government or council financial help and relies entirely on our hall hire income and public support to keep this community facility open.
The Trust is bound by our Trust Deed which is held with the Charity Commission www.charity-commission.gov.uk
- Chair of Trustees: Mike Smart
- Vice-Chair of Trustees: Paul Cavalli
- Secretary to Trustees: Pamela French
- Trustee: Julie Bailey
- Trustee: Bob Gower
- Trustee: Norman Farrow
- Trustee: Terry Wilson-Hooper
- Trustee: Dawn Pickering
- Facility Manager: Lucy Jervis