The Trustees of The Victoria Hall are delighted to announce that their award of £7,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to fit folding doors into the main function room is now complete.
Two alcoves at the sides of the main function room in the hall have been enclosed by a series of sympathetic, yet practical, folding doors to create much needed storage space and changing facilities and allow more flexibility, particularly to smaller community groups. The doors will open fully to allow the full size of the hall to be maintained when large groups, weddings and parties need the full use of the space.
The Award is a great achievement for the Victoria Hall and will provide key benefits to the current users and potential new users in the community. These include:
- More flexible accommodation.
- Providing much needed storage space.
- Providing changing facilities for theatre and exercise groups.
The Victoria Hall Trustees are also very grateful to The Rutland Trust and The Oakham Memorial Institute for their donations to enable the project to be completed with matching paintwork and door furniture.
The Victoria Hall is located in the centre of the lovely market town of Oakham, and a multi-functional event venue. It offers the perfect setting for a wide range of events from weddings and parties to charity balls, dinner dances, craft and art exhibitions, conferences, film shows, theatrical productions and yoga, salsa and fitness classes.
Peter Knight, one of the Trustees involved in this project said, ‘The Victoria Hall is a significant asset to Rutland and the County Town of Oakham and a great benefit to the local community. The main function room is a wonderful space for large gatherings, and can accommodate up to 200 guests. This award has allowed the hall to be used by smaller groups and gives us much greater flexibility to be a fantastic room for many more people in the community to hire. There is no facility in the centre of town like the Victoria Hall and in order to meet the growing demand for community facilities we need to constantly make improvements. We are truly delighted with this Award.’
John Allman, Chair of the Trustees also involved in the project commented, ‘We hope people will take a look at our Website and Facebook photographs and images to see its many uses and the array of events held here. We look forward to seeing old friends old and meeting new.’
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About the Hall – Media Notes/History
The Victoria Hall was known as The Agricultural Hall from its construction in 1858, the building was utilised as a meeting place for farmers and, as a library. In 1899 the name was changed to The Victoria Hall and the hall was formally established as a charity. This unique Victorian Grade II listed building has a rich history, charm and character. Over the years the building has been the focus of social life for the town and county.
The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.