Memorial Hall signage showing fallen soldiers signs

Published Friday, 9 November 2018

The hoarding has come down at the newly refurbished Memorial Hall, Farnham to proudly display the silhouettes of five fallen soldiers for Remembrance Sunday.

The unveiling of this fitting tribute comes at a poignant time as the Hall was built in memory of five members of staff from Farnham United Breweries who lost their lives serving their country in the First World War.

The stunning building was built by the owner of Farnham United Breweries in 1920 and opened in 1921 in memory of his fallen employees, Private George William Ayres, Private Mark William George Glazier, Charles Thomas Hawkins, Frederick Charles Mansey and John Baden-Powell Wallace.

As a mark of respect, all of the rooms for hire are named after the fallen soldiers and include activity rooms, a health and wellbeing suite, hair salon, therapy room, meeting room, classrooms, office space, a new kitchen, dining area and sunny terrace overlooking the football pitch, as well as a refurbished main hall, ideal for larger parties or weddings.

Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, Councillor Jenny Else, said: “We are immensely proud of the Memorial Hall and would like to think we have fulfilled the legacy of the owner of Farnham United Breweries to create a thriving hub for the local community and a fitting tribute to those brave men who lost their lives.

“Not only has it provided a new home for The Gostrey Centre and Waverley Training  Services but it holds such great potential for those in our community to come together, be it for a meeting, event or wedding space. We hope that the existing users of the hall will enjoy the excellent facilities and look forward to welcoming new visitors through its doors to find out more about the unique offer and it’s special history.”

Visit www.waverley.gov.uk/memorialhall for further information and to make an appointment to view/book call 01483 523340 or email memorial.hall@waverley.gov.uk              

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For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk