COVID-19 Update from The Chair

Hello All!  I just want to let you know that the Victoria Hall is still here, still your community hall and we will soon start to open up the hall for activites subject to Government advice to keep everyone safe.  We are accepting bookings from 7th September 2020.  For booking enquiries please contact Jill our bookings secretary on 01962 761414 or email; For updates and information visit our website;

Sadly the village Panto, run by Act Too, will not be able to take place this year. Like all the theatres in the land no live interactive shows can take place. This year's panto was to be Sleeping Beauty. The script is written and the terrible jokes ready. Oh no it's not!..... The Princess will just have to sleep for an extra 365 days. The directors thought of all sorts of ways of complying with the Coronavirus guidelines and even considered having a pantomime cow with the front end two metres away from the back end! But it cannot be.

Some interesting information about the Victoria Hall. It was built in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In the February of 1897, a small group of local 'worthies' (all men!) met and decided the village needed a hall. Seven months later on 23rd of September 1897 it opened at a cost of £400. Today we'd still be trying to get planning permission never mind raise the funds ! Five years later, in 1902, the clock tower was built to celebrate the coronation of King Edward the Seventh and Alexandra. The clock, which was installed the same year, was built by W. H. Bailey of Manchester. It's known as a Turret clock and has to be wound once a week . All through these strange times one thing could be relied on: the Victoria Hall clock will chime the hour. There's something rather reassuring and comforting about that and it's all down to one man, Mick Hill.

Our current clock minder Mick, is only the eighth winder in its 118 years history. The clock is a marvellous feat of engineering and still keeps remarkably good time , losing perhaps two minutes a week! Mick has been climbing the ladder up the clock tower every Sunday morning for the last five years. Like many things I suspect we will only miss it when it stops! Thanks Mick. Keep climbing.... and keep safe.

Alistair Black, (Chair of the Victoria Hall)

Holy Trinity Wonston Pop Up Cafe

If you are partial to delicious home baked cakes and biscuits plus lovely teas and coffees then please join us on the 1st Wednesday of every month.  We're open from 9.30am until midday and there's always someone to chat with whilst enjoying your coffee (or tea) and cake.

We don't have a price list.  Please donate what you can afford.  Donations will go to a different charity each month.

2020 dates are  5th February / 4th March / 1st April / 6th May / 3rd June / 1st July / 5th  August / 2nd September/ 7th October/ 4th November/ 2nd December



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