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The building that is today the Hurley Village Hall originally formed part of Lee Farm House and, underlining the status of wealthy farmers of the past, was the music room of that property.
Immediately after the Second World War, the building, still known as The Music Room, was used as a general Village Community Centre by such groups as the British Legion and the Womens Institute. The Hall was administered by Cookham Rural District Council. Charge to the British Legion was £5.0s.0d (£5.00) per year!
In 1954 the property was "decommissioned". At a public meeting it was agreed that the building should be acquired on behalf of the village and an Association formed for this purpose. The organisation was titled Hurley Village Association with the purpose of "social intercourse, mutual helpfulness and rational recreation". The price was £2000 and a mortgage of £800 was arranged.
In 1976 the part of the hall facing the High Street was burned down and smoke damaged the main hall making the whole building unusable. After many meetings and some degree of differences of opinion about the style of the new building, the Hall was rebuilt in 1978 largely in the style of the original building. A Grand Review was organised in December 1978 to celebrate the reopening of the hall with participation by many of the villagers.
The Hall continues to flourish and act as a centre for many village and other activities not least acting as the Polling Station for all the various official elections. Funding to support ongoing maintenance and development is largely raised through lettings and the annual village fete. Funds were also found to allow the crafting of the Hall sign by long term village resident, Peter Freebody.
Courtesy: Peter Fieldhouse
The recently published History of Hurley by Peter Fieldhouse and is now available in the Village Shop price £5 with all proceeds going to Hurley Village Association.
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