St John's Memorial Hall in Woking gets final go-ahead
By mattcollison | Friday, November 16, 2012, 15:01
A RUN-DOWN community hall in Woking is to get a new lease of life after councillors agreed to a new building.
An artist's impression of the new St John's Memorial Hall.
St John's Memorial Hall, in St John's Lye, has for decades provided a hub for local groups and activities.
The venue, which was built by the Canadian Ary 70 years ago, will be demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art facility, following a council agreement.
Tony Hannaford, chairman of St John's Memorial Hall Trustees, has helped run a three year campaign to raise funds for the new building.
A legal agreement signed between Woking Borough Council and the Memorial Hall trustees means it can now go ahead.
Mr Hannaford said: "Without the council's support, all the work we have done over the last three years would have had to be shelved.
"Organisations using our facilities have repeatedly complained of the cold, the damp, and the lack of IT and AV equipment.
"All these problems will now be resolved and we will be delighted to have a well-equipped, state-of-the art building to offer to our 'users' and to become the community hub for the area."
Cllr Graham Cundy, ward councillor for St Johns and Hook Heath, said: "I am delighted that at long last we are building a new Memorial Hall in St Johns village. I am sure this will quickly become an important local amenity which will be used and enjoyed by residents of St Johns as well as the surrounding area for many years to come."
Trustees are now looking for new volunteers and a hall manager before the building is completed. It is hoped the new hall will open next year.