March 2016

Ottershaw Village Hall gains a Defibrillator

On Wednesday 9 March Mel Few, County Councillor for Foxhills, Thorpe & Virginia Water, presented a defibrillator to Ottershaw Village Hall, the charity that runs Brook Hall in Ottershaw.  In making the presentation Mr Few noted that this is one piece of vital equipment that we hope will never be used but, when needed, we are extremely glad to have it!

Defibrillator OVH

Thanking Mr Few for the County’s generosity, Sally Gane, Trustee of Ottershaw Village Hall and chair of the Ottershaw WI’s ‘Night Owls’ group spoke both for the charity and as an ex-nurse when she said how important it is for venues, such as the Hall, to have such straightforward lifesaving equipment readily available. “Indeed” she said, “when a person is in cardiac arrest, time is of the essence and mere minutes can make the difference between a full recovery or a much sadder outcome.”

The defibrillator will be kept in the hall’s lobby for ease of access and user groups will be encouraged to ensure that their leaders and several of their members understand how the equipment is used.


July 2015

Ottershaw Open Gardens

Ottershaw Village Hall ran its third Open Gardens event on 4th/5th July 2015.  We were lucky with the weather on both days and over 260 people visited 11 local gardens, most of which provided access that was suitable for the disabled.  Some visitors took advantage of the Saturday ticket which allowed Sunday visits too, either as revisits or allowing a gentler visit programme.  Our thanks to those repeat visitors who also brought friends along on the Sunday! It was a very successful event with over £2,000 raised for the Hall (a third up on 2014) and lots of enjoyment for both visitors and gardeners. It is worth noting that some visitors had come a good distance – showing the power of advertising on the web!

The organisers are hugely grateful for all the local support we received and thank Trident Motors for printing our leaflets, Otter Nursery for promoting the event and gifts for the plant stall, the Castle for a valuable raffle prize and those who grew and gave plants, flowers and vegetables for the plant stall.  Thanks too to all the volunteers who staffed the ticket sales, plant stall and refreshments at the Hall, donated cakes and helped with the cream teas.

Once again there was a great variety in the kind of gardens taking part, from a Bonsai specialist to a 3 acre cottage garden.  Three new gardens joined us this year and two left but we hope they will come back in future years. The event was held slightly later than last year and that worked well for the weather though no date suits all gardens and their growing programme. Three more gardeners have indicated that they would like to take part next year!

Before the event Sally Gane, the co-ordinator, visited all gardens taking part to do a risk assessment and held an initial gardeners’ meeting to discuss how to deal with past and potential problems All gardeners were given safety and Open Garden notices. The leaflets were printed courtesy of Trident Motors and were delivered to all houses in the village during March – early in the year but it was combined with the church delivering their Easter leaflet and got our event into local diaries in good time.

As last year, a ‘wrap up’ meeting was held in the autumn as a preliminary to the next year’s event, to be held on 2nd/3rd July 2016. If any further local gardeners would like to participate, please contact Sally Gane via


July 2013

Ottershaw Village Hall wins funding for improvements

Ottershaw Village Hall, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £13,800, by the CEMEX Community Fund for the replacement and improvement of lighting and effects circuits and controls in Brook Hall (Ottershaw’s Village Hall). This improvement is an integral part of the ”Raise the Roof” project aimed at improving the thermal and acoustic insulation of the hall.

Improving the insulation of the Hall is essential, both to help control operating costs and for the comfort of users and, as all the cabling for hall and stage lighting is in the roof void it is important to take the opportunity to replace the old cables at the same time as insulating the roof space, so as to minimise disturbance to users.

The Hall has been the ‘home’ of the award-winning Ottershaw Players for the last 50 years and they will be the first to benefit from these improvements. These better facilities will also enable greater opportunities for other hirers, especially youth dance and drama and disabled users.

Ottershaw Village Hall has been fundraising for this second part of the Hall’s development programme since last autumn so this grant from the CEMEX Community Fund is a huge boost and brings work on the next phase much closer.

The CEMEX Community Fund is a dedicated grant resource for enabling and assisting communities local to CEMEX quarry and landfill sites to carry out projects which improve or enhance local community facilities and places of interest. CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. It provides products and services in more than 50 countries and has 50,000 employees worldwide. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments.

February 2012

Panto plays to full houses at Brook Hall

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February,  the pantomime Cinderella was enjoyed by packed houses in Brook Hall and raised funds for the ongoing refurbishment of the Hall. The cast was made up of members of several of the Hall’s regular user groups – the Oak Academy of Performing Arts, Dancing Shoes and the Ottershaw Players – and supported by members of the WI and the Hall’s management committee. The event was also celebrated on the front page of the Walton and Weybridge Informer….

September 2011

MP praises Ottershaw Village Hall

On Saturday 17 September Ottershaw Village Hall celebrated the completion of the first phase of the refurbishment of the Village Hall. The Management Committee invited Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP to cut the ribbon and he showed a lot of interest in this community achievement, describing it as a ‘perfect example of the Big Society’.

After the official opening, many of the Hall’s regular users showcased their own activities and refreshments were served all afternoon, including a seemingly endless supply of wonderful home-made cakes. Many supporters who came to join in the celebrations were surprised to learn of the wealth of activities regularly going on in the Hall. Despite wind and rain outside, the event was a great success.

The new extension includes a fully fitted kitchen with an easy-to-manage double oven, a fridge-freezer and is fully equipped for catering for events of up to 100 people. There are new toilets and a separate meeting room.

Additionally, the dressing room (with toilet) to the right of the stage has been modernized and refitted. In the main hall the wood block floor has been sanded and oiled. The Management Committee and Friends have also redecorated the walls.

Outside there is a new ramp to the front door providing step free access

The result is that, in less than a year, the Hall has been transformed and is now a really attractive, convenient and pleasant venue for events, classes and meetings.

Recent users have commented that the new facilities were ‘just right’ for their celebrations and for so many other community activities.

October 2010
Ottershaw Village Hall
Refurbishment to start very soon!

Ottershaw Village Hall Management Committee are very pleased to announce that we now have pledges of over £100,000 so we can start the refurbishment of Brook Hall. Building work for Phase 1 will start in November, whilst fundraising continues to enable the completion of the whole project.

With many thanks to:
•Surrey Community Buildings Grant Scheme
•Local business and individual donors
•Chertsey Combined Charities
•Mel Few (Surrey County Councillor)
•All our Hall users, ‘Buy a Brick’ supporters and 100 club members

19 September 2009

100 CLUB – 1 year old birthday draw
The 100 Club is a monthly lottery open to everyone wanting to support the refurbishment of Brook Hall in Ottershaw and the organisers would welcome new members – please telephone 07704 835543

The photograph shows Mr Peter Moore (of the Ottershaw Players), who won the first prize and Mrs Stella Ensor (a long-time resident of the village, and first ever head teacher of the Marshfields Primary School), who won one of the other prizes in the September draw, receiving their cheques from Ottershaw Village Hall Committee members Peter Williams (Chairman) and Sheila Binns, outside Brook Hall, Ottershaw.
The Ottershaw Village Hall management committee would like express our thanks to the 100 Club members and all our supporters, wishing you the very best of luck in the future !