Bisley Village Hall

OUR HISTORY



Bisley Village Hall 2019
Memorial Windows Heritage Project
was awarded £10,000 towards the replacement of
the Memorial Windows and Heritage Project about WW1
together with funding from
Surrey Heath Borough Council £3000


 

AVAILABLE NOW supported by the HERITAGE FUND

BISLEY VILLAGE HALL - GREAT WAR BOOKLET

The booklet tells of the impact of the Great War 1914-18 on
Bisley's Shaftesbury Homes/Schools and on the village.

Suggested donation £3 min. towards continuation of the Heritage Project

To order contact: Sue Smith susan.smith983@ntlworld.com

 

 


Bisley Village Hall
was built in 1874 and was originally the chapel to the Farm School & Shaftesbury School



The Chapel with Chancel extension after 1914-18 World War


Interior of the School Chapel with the extended Chancel about 1928 and the stained glass windows
The windows were removed about 1960 after the school closed in 1959


New windows replaced the original stained glass windows in 2019 as part of our Heritage Project.

The Village Hall was opened in 1962 and the Jubilee Hall was added in 1982.

In 1955 a committee, representing all the village organisations, was formed to raise funds to build a new village hall. They started with just £170. Money was to be raised by the residents at fairs, bazaars, dances, ,jumble sales, carol singing etc. By 1959 the total had reached £2,000.

Bisley Boys School closed down at the end of the Summer Term July 1959. It was decided that the funds that had been raised by the village, were to be used to purchase the chapel in 1961 and pay for the conversion.
The total cost was £6,100. The village residents had raised £3,500 over 7 yrs.

In 1961 the Chapel of the Bisley Boys School (previously the Farm School & The Shaftesbury School) was transferred from the Shaftesbury Homes and Arethusa Training Ship for the sum of £500. In 1962 the hall was opened as Bisley Village Hall and charitable status was conferred on the Hall.

(In 2001, 40 yrs later the Hall had to be insured for £600,000 and we are grateful to the Shaftesbury Homes & Arethusa for their transfer to Bisley Village Hall).

Over the years we have been contacted by people tracing their family histories. We do not have records of all the boys that were at the Farm School & Shaftesbury Schools, but we do have the names of the boys who gave their lives in WW1 and WW2. The first list is from the school log book and the second from the memorial tablets (Appendix G "A Hundred Years Behind The Times" by Tim Price) which used to be on the front of the chancel walls of the Chapel. They were removed when the school was closed and sold in 1959/1961.

    The names of the Old Boys of the Farm School and Shaftesbury School in Bisley
    who
    died in WW1 from the Shaftesbury Society LOG BOOK.
    The two schools were amalgamated as Bisley School after WW1.


The Memorial Tablets that were on the outside of the Sanctuary wall at the
Boys' School Chapel

 

In 1999, to mark the NEW MILLENNIUM the Village Hall was used as the venue for the VILLAGE MILLENNIUM NEW YEAR PARTY.

Held on Friday 31st December 1999 until Saturday 1st January 2000. Certainly a night to remember !!

 

Replacement Roof for the Jubilee Hall 2009 (Click here) to see pictures and for information)


From this flat roof .......

 


........to this pitched roof.......



IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HALL 2017/18

Having received £10,000 of Lottery Funding together with other
grants
& donations in addition to our own fundraising, we now
have a new flat roof over the entrance and foyer of the Village Hall.