News – Updated January 23rd 2019

Wednesday January 23rd

Well my first month with the hall has been fun filled.
We had a night of rock’n’roll with the Dolomites
which raised £815 for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
More music in aid of this great cause coming soon.

Then there was the quiz night for Ash, Citizens Advice
A great cause staffed by volunteers with all kinds of specialisms
The hall was packed (My team didn’t win 🙁 )
£430 raised!

This Sunday (27th Jan)
There is a book sale from 10am
Used books, mainly fiction along with game sand jigsaws
All proceeds to NSPCC
I have a list of available books which is posted on the facebook page
Pop us a message if you’d like to reserve something for your collection!
All books on the list only 50p!!

Monday January 7th

Happy New Year to all and I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m Susan Bowles and have just joined the committee at Victoria Hall. I’m looking forward to keeping you up to date on all the events and group activities at the hall. There’s quizes and a book and game sale all coming soon but more about those later.

Blast away those January blues with a boogie and a sing song with the Dolomites. 50’s and 60’s classics which you’ll be sure to know from one of the busiest local bands in the business.
Get you tickets before its too late!!!
Contact Dave Brown on DAVID.BROWN15@NTLWORLD.COM

Monday November 26th

This will be my final update here as we are moving away from the village in the new year so I have handed over the secretary’s baton . Look out for updates soon from the new incumbent. It has been a real privilege to be part of the management team of this beautiful hall for the past three years and I will miss it. Please continue to support the hall and the committee who run it and look after it on behalf of the community.  Jane Morgan

Monday November 19th 2018

Tickets are selling fast for the “Sounds of the Sixties” gig on December 1st performed by  Out Of The Shadows. Tickets are £10 and available from Dave Brown. A bar will be available and we are looking forward to a night of nostalgia and maybe a little singing along. The proceeds will go to The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Don’t miss out – contact Dave Brown today!

Wednesday November 14th 2018

Don’t forget the two events coming up at the hall in the next few weeks.

On Thursday November 22nd at 7.30 pm we have the AGM – your chance to come and meet the management committee and talk about any issues connected with the hall.

On Saturday December 1st at 7.30pm, Band Out Of The Shadows will be performing “Sounds of the Sixties” . Tickets are £10 and available from Dave Brown. A bar will be available and we are looking forward to a night of nostalgia and maybe a little singing along. The proceeds will go to The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Monday October 29th 2018

Dave Brown hosted a very successful quiz night last Friday raising over £400 for the RSPCA. Thank you to everyone who took part. The next quiz is just two weeks away on Friday November 9th and will be in aid of The Army Benevolent Fund. The evening will follow the usual format; 7.30 start, £5 per person entry, bring your own food and drink and there will be a raffle. No prizes for winning the quiz as all the money goes to the charity. If you can make up a team of six or thereabouts please do but if not you can join a team on the night. Get in touch with Dave Brown via the Contacts Page for more information.

Wednesday October 17th 2018

Over the weekend, we have developed a problem with the roof at the back of the hall, which led to water leaking into the rear disabled toilet. Repairs to the roof and toilet are scheduled but it may be some time before the toilet is usable again. In the meantime, there is another toilet behind the stage (up two steps) and another disabled one in the front lobby.

Please make a note of the date for the AGM of the hall management committee and think about becoming part of the team. The hall is managed and run by a group of volunteers on behalf of the community of Ash either as local residents or representatives of the groups which use the hall. If you think you would be interested please get in touch (via the contacts page) with Dave Brown or Jane Morgan who can tell you more. Jane is standing down as secretary at the AGM as she is moving away and, as you know, we sadly lost Hazel Everett earlier this year so a few new hands on deck are needed. Thursday November 22nd at 7.30pm.

Wednesday October 10th 2018

Plans are coming together for an exciting live gig at the hall in December. Band Out Of The Shadows will be performing “Sounds of the Sixties” on Saturday December 1st at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and available from Dave Brown. A bar will be available and we are looking forward to a night of nostalgia and maybe a little singing along. The proceeds will go to The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Also in December PALS will be presenting their annual pantomime from 14th-16th December This year will be their own take on the traditional story Hansel and Gretel. More details soon

Monday September 24th 2018

If you have been in the hall in the last week you will have come across the plumbers refurbishing the toilets in the front lobby. The work is almost done with just a few finishing touches to be made. The cleaning issues have also been addressed and hopefully things are better now.

The Annual General meeting of the hall will be held on Thursday November 22nd at 7.30pm in the main hall. The management committee is made up of regular users of the hall and anyone  interested in joining us would be very welcome. Please get in touch and we will tell you what is involved.

Monday September 17th 2018

The first quiz night of the season was a quiet success on Friday night with four teams battling it out and raising a good sum for MacMillan Cancer Care.

We have had some very sad news this week with the passing away of one of our committee members, Hazel Everett. Hazel was part of the fabric of the hall community, running her Creative Needles classes and as part of craft groups and organiser of the annual MacMillan Coffee mornings. She had lived near the hall most of her life and everyone who knew her is shocked by the news. The planned MacMillan coffee morning on November 28th is cancelled but her friends are hoping to get together with cake sometime in the next few months to raise money for the charity. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends at this sad time.

Monday September 3rd 2018

This autumn at the hall sees the return of Dave Brown’s popular charity quiz nights. The first one, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support is on Friday September 14th and the other dates are in the Upcoming Events Section. There will also be a MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday September 28th – more details to follow

Wednesday August 22nd 2018

Following the maintenance week closure of the hall, the new floor in the main hall is finished and looking fabulous.

In addition to the floor and a few other smaller repair jobs, the toilets are having a bit of a makeover with new toilet roll holders, hand driers, grab rails and lights and will soon be redecorated. There is now a radiator in the ladies toilet ready for the colder weather.

Tuesday July 31st 2018

If you have been around the hall in the last week or two you may have noticed some building work going on and there is more to come.
By the end of August hand driers will have been installed in the front toilets and a radiator in the ladies toilet, which will be much appreciated as the cooler weather arrives.
The hall will be closed completely from 13th-21st August to allow the floor in the main hall to be refurbished. Unless previously arranged with Dave Brown, there will be no access to any part of the hall, including the storage cupboards or small halls.  If you are likely to need to get in for any reason please get in touch as soon as possible.

Monday July 9th 2018

Nothing much to report this week except to say that we are aware that the clock is wrong. It is a very old clock and needs to be looked after carefully so we have requested a call out from the specialist company which has the contract for its maintenance. It may be a couple of weeks before they can come but it will be mended soon. In the meantime the chimes are bonging at the right time so you can still be guided by the sound.

Monday June 25th 2018

 Hope you are all enjoying the good weather even though I suspect our gardening clubs are wishing for rain
Well done to PALS – another show over. Next stop Christmas and the panto in the middle of December.
Don’t forget the charity show planned for the end of September and get in touch with Dave Brown or Mick Hills if you would like to perform.

Monday June 18th 2018

Down at the hall, PALS are entering the final stages of rehearsals for their summer show and lots of girls and boys are preparing for their dance show and for exams. Good luck to you all. The PALS production is called “Help the Aged”, it is a comedy written by local lady Susan Morton Freke. The production will run from 22-23 June and tickets are available here.

Monday June 11th 2018

The final quiz night of the season last Friday was a great success with £362 being raised for f4t, a local charity helping young people with music.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for PALS production of “Help The Aged. ” Details below

Monday May 21st 2018

It has been a quiet couple of weeks at the hall with just the usual regular clubs meeting and a couple of birthday parties. Rehearsals are well under way for the next PALS production. Called “Help the Aged”, it is a comedy written by local lady Susan Morton Freke. The production will run from 22-23 June and tickets are available here.

Monday May 7th 2018

The quiz night on Friday was a great success with £411 being raised for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and an enjoyable evening of brain searching had by all. The next quiz will be on Friday June 8th at 7.30. Do come and join us.

Monday April 30th 2018

Spaces are still available for the quiz night this Friday, May 5th. Start time is 7.30pm. Bring your own food and drink. Raffle. £5 entry per person – teams of six or thereabouts. No prizes for winning so that all of the proceeds go to charity, which this month is Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Contact Dave Brown

Monday April 23rd 2018

Several acts have volunteered for the September concert in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell but more are welcome so if you fancy strutting your stuff please get in touch with Dave Brown or Mick Hill via the contacts page of the website.

A date for the diary. Ash Garden Club will be holding their annual plant sale on Saturday May 12th from 10am-1pm in the main hall.

Monday April 16th 2018

The charity quiz on Friday night was a great success as always and lots of fun was had by all. The event raised £300 for the Brain Tumour Charity , who are based in Farnborough. The next quiz, in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, is on Friday May 4th.

The date for the charity concert has now been rescheduled to September but Dave and Mick are still looking for acts so please get in touch via the contacts page of the website if you would like to take part.

Wednesday April 11th 2018

Dave Brown and Mick Hills are organising a charity concert in the summer for which they are looking for acts. They are hopeful that many of the groups who use the hall will have some hidden talent which they would be prepared to bring out to raise money for The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Any sort of performance at any level will be appreciated – no nasty auditions or trials. The emphasis is on fun and community participation. We have several groups who already perform – singers, musicians and dancers and who knows what others may be able to do. The provisional date is June 30th; there will be a licensed bar and two or three acts have already pledged their support. Please get in touch if you would like to join in. Mick will be putting together the programme and, as he will need to get in touch with you about arrangements, will temporarily hold your email address.

Monday March 12th 2018

About twelve people attended the first defibrillator training session at the hall today and all agreed it was a good meeting and very useful to understand how the machine works. There is a second session at 6pm on Thursday 15th and we would love a representative from all the groups who use the hall on a regular basis to undertake the training so please come if you can. No need to book – just turn up. The trainers have left some instructional DVDs with the committee so please get in touch if you would like to borrow one.

Tuesday February 20th 2018

Last Friday’s quiz night was a great success with 13 teams enjoying a great evening’s quizzing to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which is the Mayor of Guildford’s charity this year. Fittingly, the mayor’s team won the quiz which raised over £400.

Monday February 5th 2018

As promised training in the use of the defibrillator has been arranged. The dates and times are: Monday 12th March at 2pm in the main hall and Thursday 15th March at 6pm  – hall to be confirmed. No need to book; just turn up. The session should take a maximum of 30 minutes and there will be time for questions afterwards.

Monday January 29th 2018

Quite a few people have expressed an interest in being shown how to use the defibrillator so we will be setting up some training sessions soon. Dates and times will be posted here as soon as they are fixed.

The next quiz night is on Friday February 16th and is in aid of The British Heart Foundation. The usual format – 7.30 start. £5 per person. No prizes so that all the money goes to the charity. Bring your own food and drink if required. Raffle.

Monday January 22nd 2018

Friday’s quiz night was a great success with ten teams fighting it out for the honour of taking first place. The entry fees along with the proceeds from the raffle came to about £430, all of which was given to Ash Citizens Advice Bureau to help them continue their good work.

Anyone who has been in the main kitchen this week will have noticed that we now have a defibrillator.  It is all ready to be used if anyone is in the unfortunate position to need it and all the instructions are there. It is apparently very straightforward but we are planning some training sessions so please get in touch if you would like to attend one.

Monday January 15th 2018

The management committee met last week and a few plans are in place for improvements to the hall. All will be revealed in due course so keep an eye on this page for more details.

The first quiz night of the year is taking place this Friday, 19th January and is in aid of a local organisation; the Ash Citizens Advice Bureau. Please come and support them and have a fun evening out. The quiz starts at 7.30 and costs £5 per person. Teams of six or thereabouts. Bring your own food and drink to consume as the evening progresses. There will also be a raffle. No prizes so that all the money raised goes to the CAB.

Monday January 8th 2018

The final totals from the fund-raising for the NSPCC  over Christmas are in and  the hall events raised just about £500 so well done to all involved.

The regular groups are back in the hall and we welcome a group of musicians rehearsing 60s music and a two new U3A groups – beginners bridge and a second table tennis group. Welcome to all.

Monday January 1st

Happy New Year to all users of the hall. We are looking forward to a busy year in 2018 with lots of events, groups continuing to make use of the facilities and  new groups joining us for the first time.

The board games day and book sale on December 29th was a great success and we will be holding another book sale later this year so watch this space

The final totals are still being counted but we took over £150 on the day, which will be added to the proceeds from other events run by Dave Brown and sent off to the NSPCC soon.

Monday December 18th

We have bid the pantomime farewell for another year – I hope you enjoyed it.

A reminder of the next event which is the board games day and second hand book sale at the hall on Friday December 29th. A whole host of board games, old and new, will be available to play and a good choice of second hand books for adults and children will be on sale. Come and join us and enjoy a quiet break away from those Christmas films and the noisy shops. Dave Brown will be at the hall between 10and 12 on Monday 19th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th to sort books and will be very happy to take in any you would like to donate.

Wednesday December 13th 2017

If anyone would like to donate books for our second hand book sale on December 29th, we would love to take them off your hands. Dave Brown will be at the hall on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December from 10am-12 noon to receive them. Message me with any questions please. And thank you in advance.

Monday December 11th 2017

This week sees the long awaited pantomime , “Puss and Boots” performed by PALS. Preparations have been long and hard so please support them if you can.
Tickets £10 – £8 concession. Click here for tickets

Monday December 4th 2017

Work continues on the refurbishment of the lightning conductors outside the hall. The job should be finished today and we hopefully will all be safe in the next storm.

Dave Brown’s Christmas Quiz night on Friday was a huge success. Ten teams worked out the answers to a host of Christmas themed questions and identified Christmas number one hits from the last 50 years. In the interval we were treated to music by the Victoria Hall Ukulele Band, whose first performance was much enjoyed. £386 was raised for the NSPCC.

Fund-raising for the NSPCC continues on Friday December 29th with a board games day and second hand book sale at the hall. A whole host of board games, old and new, will be available to play and a good choice of second hand books for adults and children will be on sale. Come and join us and enjoy a quiet break away from those Christmas films and the noisy shops

Monday November 27th 2017

Last week was quiet in the hall but Christmas begins on Friday December 1st with Dave Brown’s Christmas Quiz Night. There are spaces available so please get in touch if you would like to bring a team.

The cost is £5 per person in aid of the NSPCC. 7.15 for a 7.30 start. Raffle. Bring your own food and drink. In the interval there will be entertainment from the Victoria Hall Ukulele Band. The band is newly formed and this will be their first public performance and a first for the hall.

There will be workmen around outside the hall this week. They are repairing and replacing the lightening conductors and should not impact any of the hall’s activities.

Monday November 13th 2017

Last week saw the latest of Dave Brown’s charity quiz nights at the hall. Over £300 was raised for Help for Heroes so well done everyone who came. The next one is a Christmas Quiz on December 1st. See the events dairy for more details.

Last weekend the hall provided overnight accommodation for a large group of students taking part in the regional finals of a sport called Ultimate . We had not heard of Ultimate so went off to their website to find out about it.  “Ultimate is a fast-moving team sport enjoyed by millions of players the world over. Although frequently compared to sports like soccer or American Football, Ultimate has some unique features that set it apart. There are no referees. And it’s played with a flying disc.”

Monday November 6th 2017

The management team have been having a clean up and a van load of rubbish collected from all over the hall has been taken away. All the cupboards have been checked and unused ones cleared. Every organisation using a cupboard in the hall now has a key and there is a spare in the hall for emergencies. In the front hall there are some cushions and we would like to know who they belong to. If no-one claims them they will be disposed of.

Don’t forget the quiz night on Friday. Dave Brown will be hosting one of his fun charity evenings, this time in aid of Help for Heroes. All are welcome. Start at 7.30. £5 per person. Teams of six or thereabouts. Bring your own food and drink. Raffle. No prizes as all the proceeds go directly to the charity

Monday October 30th 2017

Hopefully the village has noticed that the clock has been repaired and is now showing the correct time and striking the right number of times! The problem turned out to be a small piece of wood from the structural timber which had worked loose and was catching in the mechanism.

If you are using the hall toilets please be aware that the temperature of the hot water has been turned up following health and safety advice. Warning notices are in place near the sinks.

Monday October 16th 2017

 Fifty new chairs arrived in the hall this week . They are padded and hopefully hall users will find them more comfortable than the old plastic ones.

The engineers are coming on Friday morning to have a look at the clock so it should be back to normal working by the weekend.

Remember there is a quiz night this Friday, the 20th, in aid of the RSPCA. Start time is 7.30 and cost is £5 per person. Teams of about six or come along and we will find you a team to join. Bring your own food and drink and a raffle prize if possible. No prizes – just for fun and to raise money.

Monday October 9th 2017

At the AGM last week the committee was re-elected and a new member, Mick Hills from the Victoria Hall Ukulele Band has joined us.

At the committee meeting following the AGM the matter of the clock was raised and we are now in touch with the maintenance company who will come and look at it. We are aware that it seems to be somewhat erratic both in the time it is showing and the number of chimes.

It was decided to purchase some new padded chairs for the hall and they will be arriving in the next few weeks.

Monday October 2nd 2017

The counting up is done and we are delighted to announce that the grand total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support last week was………… £986.25.

Well done to Hazel Everett and her crafting ladies for the coffee morning and to Dave Brown for the quiz night. I am sure everyone will agree this is a fantastic result.


Monday 25th September 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Hall Management Committee will be held on Wednesday October 4th at 7.30pm in the front small hall. All are welcome


Wednesday  20th September 2017

The heating is now on its winter timetable and the radiators are scheduled to switch on in advance of main hall booking times. The small halls can be supplemented with the gas heaters. Any problems please let us know.


Don’t forget our two events next week in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. On Tuesday 26th we have a coffee morning from 10-12 and on Friday 29th , a quiz night, beginning at 7.30.