Improvement Works
Completed Works
We have now finished the major 3 year improvements plan. We are aware that there are still more maintenance issues to tackle, and are starting to save up for these.

Achievements are:
New Kitchens - Both the Old School Hall & Sculptor's Hall have brand new fully fitted kitchens
Separate CH systems for the Old School Hall & Sculptor's Hall - two separate central heating / hot water systems have been installed and are being monitored for performance.
Sculptor's Hall Floor & Skirting - Problems with the floor buckling in the South-West corner have been resolved and the skirting has been replaced with easy to remove boxing enabling easy access to CH pipes.
Old School Hall- Radiator covers have a quick release mechanism to enable them to be removed for additional heat on cold evenings.
Old School Hall - New strip lights have been installed.
Wifi- Free wifi with internet access has been installed with range extenders to enable usage thrughout the premises.
Storage- The old ramshackle sheds around the premises have been demolished and new ones installed behind the Sculptor's Hall and outside the Old Boiler Room. Pre-School have new purpose-built storage at the north end of the Old School hall and North Entrance. Storage in the former Headmaster's Classroom is in the process of being taken out of use in preparation for a new Arts / Drop-In Centre in this area. The net result is an increase in available storage.
Car Parking- Demolition of the old sheds, replacement of the bank separating the Sculptor's Hall and car park with a wall and conversion of the grassed area on the west side side of the car park have resulted in a much larger area for parking. This has now been marked out into parking spaces, which, with considerate parking has increased the capacity from 9 cars to 15 spaces.
Front Area - The access area at the front of the building has been closed by lockable barriers either end to prevent access by cars and a 'safe path' constructed across this currently badly damaged area.
Electrics - Remedial and replacement of most electrical components.
Sun Blinds hae been fitted to the high level windows on the West and North sides of the Sculptor's Hall to prevent dazzle late afternoons.
The North & South Old School Hall entrance doors have been stripped of their 1990s veneer addition and restored.

Current Works
The main focus of current works is the staged approach to restoring the former Headmaster's Classroom and fitting it out as an Arts / Drop-In Centre.
Future Works
We have an outline programme of future works which will further improve our premises and facilities.

Redecoration - A schedule of ongoing touch-up and maintenance is required.
Acoustics - The acoustics of the Old School Hall will need further work to reduce echos.
Ladies Toilets - Possible installation of a shower.
Front Area - A major works plan for this needs to be considered. This will be complex as it involves Mole Valley, Highways Agency, Sutton & East Surrey Water, The Environment Agency and North Holmwood Village Hall and possibly other utility companies.
Former Headmaster's Room - This (the north end of the premises) is in need of structural repairs. Ther area was partitoned to form 3 stores in 1992, and access to the areas of concern is currently difficult from inside the building. In the first instance, the 3 stores are to be demolished, opening the room back up, then the the area will be developed into an Arts / Drop-In Centre, adding an exciting new facility to North Holmwood Village Hall (See seperate page linked left).

The Front Area
This area has become problematic due to a history of what appears to be discoordinated works dating back to at least the 1950's.

Spook Hill - At some point Spook Hill was levelled to reduce the gradient of the climb - the result of this is that the village hall (then St. John's School) was left below the level of the road. At the time, we believe Spook Hill was still operating as the A24 trunk road to Horsham and therefore not under local authority control.
A concrete wall was constructed and subsequently fenced on top. This concrete wall is showing signs of cracking and bulging and the pavement above showing signs of subsidence.
Drainage & Utilities - the drains and untility conduits appear to have been left at the original level of the road, now residing within the village hall area. Some of these are now in disrepair and may be part of the cause of the water problems in the Sculptor's Hall.
Access to the school / village hall - to provide access to the premises at some point the area between the building and the concrete was was built up with tarmac including ramps.
Damp Course & Air Bricks - In parts the tarmac is above the damp course and even above the air bricks. In other parts the air bricks were partially left clear by the construction of mini brick walls around them forming a recess in the tarmac. The air bricks are below the tarmac level and the areas fill with debris stopping air circulation.
Damp - Where the damp course has been breached we have some issues with damp on the lower part of the walls.
Car parking - with sloped access from the road to the lightly tarmac'ed front area of the premises, the area became used for parking cars at busy times. The layer of tarmac over mud in this area has been churned up and partially destroyed making the area pot-holed and a risk to the elderly & infirm.

What we want:
- The front area dug up and services and utlities properly repaired.
- Proper land drainage installed at a level which allows us to have the damp course and air bricks once again above ground.
- A properly hard-core supported new surface laid with ramps to the level of Spook Hill such that the area can once again be used for car parking at busy times.
- Repair work to the supporting wall for Spook Hill to address the cracking and pavement subsidence.

The issues:
- Who has responsibility for the overall project?
- Who pays for what?
- Co-ordination of timings
- North Holmwood Village Hall cannot foot the bill for everything!

Whilst we try to sort out a strategy for this (committee member Jacqueline Johnston has kindly offered to lead this), the area has been closed off and a temporary 'safe path' constructed just inside the wall to avoid drains and allow vehicular access to the area for emergency requirements.
North Holmwood Village Hall

Spook Hill, North Holmwood,
Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4JP
Registered Charity No. 305157
Bookings & Enquiries:
Debbie King
Tel: 07712 224681
Arts & Drop-In Centre