In 2018/19, we were awarded a £55,000 Phase 1 Grant from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund to:
- Establish the viability of the disused waiting room at Herne Hill Station as a resource to benefit the community and local economy
- Produce a costed proposal to convert the premises into an accessible community asset able to support itself financially
In January 2019, the lost waiting room of Herne Hill Station opened its doors to the public for the first time in over ninety years as ‘Station Hall’.
We are currently seeking funding for a lift and other access works.
What We Did
In the first nine months of operation, Station Hall was far busier than expected –
- 456 events held
- Hosted by 79 different users or organisations
- Attended by over 5,000 people
- 60% of bookings to charity or community groups at ‘what you can afford’ or zero hire-charges.
The Station Hall project is best told by the children of Charter School, our nearest Secondary. They came to use Station Hall and then wanted to get involved by creating a short video.
This was a unique opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and take on a massively creatively rewarding project. It has helped build my portfolio, increase my confidence in film making and allowed me to connect to the local community – something that as an 18 year-old doesn’t happen often.
Holly McCandless-Desmond, Media Student, Charter School