Published Tuesday, 12 March 2019
The refurbished Memorial Hall in Farnham was officially re-opened by Major General Tim Sulivan, a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey on Friday, 8 March 2019.
Major General Sulivan, along with around 80 guests including the Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal, the Leader of the Council Julia Potts, Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, Waverley Borough Councillors, Trustees and clients of The Gostrey Centre and other community groups that use the hall, as well as Meg Daniels, a relative of one of the fallen soldiers Frederick Charles Mansey, celebrated the re-opening with a cutting of the ribbon ceremony and a tour of the venue.
Built by the owner of Farnham United Breweries in 1920 and opened in 1921, the Memorial Hall was created in memory of his fallen employees, Private George William Ayres, Private Mark William George Glazier, Charles Thomas Hawkins, Frederick Charles Mansey and John Baden-Powell Wallace. As a mark of respect, all of the rooms for hire are named after the fallen soldiers.
When welcoming the Major General and guests, the Mayor, Councillor Denise Le Gal, spoke of the council’s major investment and development of Memorial Hall and how its transformation fulfilled the original stipulation from Farnham United Breweries, who gifted it in 1947 to be used for the local community. She remarked the project was an excellent example of local partnership, with major contributions from the developers of Brightwells Yard, Crest Nicholson, the Farnham and NE Hants Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey County Council and how the building now had a sustainable future.
Major General Sulivan heard how members of the Gostrey Centre, Waverley Training Services and other community groups based at the venue, were settling in and remarked on the commemoration of the five soldiers at the hall, making reference to the many who lost their lives in the Great War.
The hall has become a thriving community hub which includes a number of rooms to hire, including activity rooms, a health and wellbeing suite, hair salon, therapy room, meeting room, classrooms, office space, a new kitchen, dining area and sunny terrace overlooking the football pitch, as well as a refurbished main hall which provides the perfect space for parties or wedding receptions.