Become a Friend of the Victoria Hall
The Victoria Hall, Ealing’s largest indoor public venue, is in danger of falling under private control and lost to the community after more than a century.
The Victoria Hall is the large public hall built next to Ealing Town Hall in the 1880s with money raised by public subscription. The Council wants to dispose of it to a developer so that it can be subsumed into a new hotel.
Public use of the hall would then be available only on a restricted basis, with price increases controlled for just ten years. After that, it could likely become part of a commercial hotel.
Because the Victoria Hall is owned by a charitable Trust which states that the building must be run for the benefit of the local community, the Charity Commission is being asked by the Council to examine the issue and decide whether it may proceed with its disposal of the Victoria Hall Trust’s property.
In December 2019 the Commission has published the draft of a ‘Scheme’ that would clear the way for this to happen, subject to the result of a public consultation that will end on Monday, 6 January 2020.
Seven prominent Ealing associations have joined together under the name of the Friends of the Victoria Hall to campaign to save the building for the community as a performing arts, exhibition and meeting space.
The founding organisations of the Friends of the Victoria Hall are:
Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum, Campaign for an Ealing Performance & Arts Centre, Central Ealing Residents’ Association, Ealing Arts & Leisure, Ealing Civic Society, Save Ealing’s Centre and West Ealing Neighbours.
Sign the petition to protest about the proposed scheme:
Join the Friends now by filling in the membership application here. Its constitution can be downloaded here.