HISTORY AND THE FUTURE
Cobham has had a village hall since the end of the 19th century when the generosity of local worthies first inspired its construction in Anyards Road.
The hall was originally opened in 1887 by the local squire, Dominic Coomb, and from its outset Cobham Village Hall has been at the heart of our community.
The lobby to the Small Hall in the old building commemorated those who lost their lives in the Second World War, during which time the hall was adopted and used as a British Restaurant. By the 1960’s the hall became too dilapidated to continue its service, so the Cobham community, under the inspirational leadership of Jack Leatherdale, raised funds for refurbishment.
However, it was in 1987 following the fund- raising efforts of a special committee under the dynamic, Mrs Mary Merrifield that our current hall was finally built at Lushington Drive. Most fittingly it was opened by Dominic Coombe, grandson to the squire who had opened the original hall 100 years earlier.
WHY WE NEED COBHAM VILLAGE HALL - NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE
Cobham Village Hall is the only venue in Cobham that belongs to its people and being together in a community is what makes it special. A charitable trust, with no funding except what it receives in hire fees, this hall hosts over 80 different groups a year, providing space to exercise, learn, party, dance, act, raise money for charity and nurture the youngest and eldest of our community.
WHY SUPPORT YOUR VILLAGE HALL?
Community space is taken for granted, but with pressure from commercial developers growing even greater, it is increasingly down to local organisations and residents to fight for, provide and support this space.
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE NEXT 100 YEARS OF COBHAM VILLAGE HALL
Cobham Village Hall is a registered charity and in accordance with our brief that is must be used for the benefit of all those living in Cobham, we are proud that our charges are some of the most cost effective in Elmbridge. We are fortunate that we are assisted in this by the favourable rental agreement we have in place with the Council, but for the hall to survive for future generations we need the ongoing support of our local community.
If you are interested in helping to shape the future of Cobham Village Hall please contact the secretary for information