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.
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
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
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
Electrics - Remedial and replacement of most
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
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
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
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
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
- 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.
- Who has responsibility for the overall project?
- Who pays for what?
- Co-ordination of timings
- North Holmwood Village Hall cannot foot the bill for
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
North Holmwood Village Hall
Spook Hill, North Holmwood,
Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4JP
Registered Charity No. 305157
Arts & Drop-In Centre