About us

The Victoria and Jubilee halls are the hub of the vibrant and growing Hartley Wintney community. The halls host a variety of events ranging from monthly on-screen entertainment through to live music.

There are over 40 regular hall users; running different dance and exercise classes, stage events, musical recitals, live bands, celebrations and wedding receptions. Thus, creating more than 40,000 visits each year!

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History

The Victoria Hall has a long history dating back to 1898. Our goal is to keep the halls alive for our community and to preserve history.

The Victoria Hall was opened by Lady Calthorpe on 20 October 1898, after a year of planning and raising of public subscriptions. The Parish Council built the hall in order to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The cost of the building was some £998 and constructed in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style. The village of Hartley Wintney became an ‘Arts and Crafts centre’ at the turn of the century.

After the grand opening there are no further records of Minutes until 1921. This was when the building of an additional small hall was on the agenda. It became the Edward Hall, built to commemorate the reign of King Edward V11.

In June 1996 the Victoria Hall Charity and Management Committee formed and took an active role to restore the Hall to its original design. Providing modern facilities that would sustain the building for a further 100 years.

In recent years, there have been many highlights but the most important one occurred in 2012, the construction of the stunning Jubilee Hall.

None of the above could have happened without our dedicated volunteers, the hosts of fundraising events and the fantastic support from the community.

Victoria Halls history book

Find out more about the fascinating history of the Victoria Halls in our new book. All proceeds will be used to maintain and improve this important and historic building. Price: £12.00 To buy a copy contact Cas on 01252 844 876 or admin.victoriahall@gmail.com.
£12.00

Trustees

The Victoria and Jubilee Halls trustees work hard to raise money for the halls to ensure their survival. This is because they believe the halls provide crucial entertainment services to the Hartley Wintney community.

Edward Woods
Chairman

Edward Woods, Chairman of the Victoria and Jubilee Halls since 2017. Educated in UK and USA before spending 30 years in the Army with the Scots Guards. In 2000 I set up an education charity for young people not achieving at school and on retiring in 2013 it had 15,000 students and 1,000 volunteers.

Derek Smee

A trustee for the Victoria and Jubilee Halls since 2015. Born in London, school days spent in Grays Thurrock, Essex. I trained for 2 years to be an airline pilot and flew 36 years for British Airways. I have been a resident of Hartley Wintney since 1982.

Nick Gibbons

I am a chartered accountant and have lived in Hartley Wintney for 25 years with my wife and two sons. For over 30 years I have worked in senior roles in food companies in the UK and overseas supplying major retailers. I now work part time and am pleased to have the opportunity to join a dedicated group of volunteers helping to run the charity for the benefit of the local community.

Philip Baylis

I have retired from a career in the construction industry and from my university posts. I am now enjoying life of freedom from corporate pressure to helping in the community. I was brought up overseas and continue to enjoy travelling when we are able.

Graham Yule

A Hartley Whitney resident since early 2019 and a Trustee since 2020. I am retired from the IT industry where I fulfilled senior Sales and Marketing roles in a variety of industries after an early career in product development. I have experience in community involvement and the voluntary sector.

Gil Springett

I spent over 40 years working for Shell, mainly in Human Resources. I have been a trustee with Shell’s Benevolent Fund, offering support to their pensioners in need, for more than 10 years. Since retiring in 2009 we moved from Surrey and lived in rural Kent before relocating to Hartley Wintney in March 2021.

Justin Tadman

I have lived in Hartley Wintney for over 30 years with my wife Sue and our three children. Post Covid, seemingly like many people, I realised that my passion for corporate life had faded and made the decision to concentrate on new activities. So far these include taking my love of tennis into a new area by becoming a LTA qualified coach and by volunteering as a Trustee at The Victoria Hall Charity in Hartley Wintney - where I am applying my knowledge of live events to help our local community.