Trinity Hall on Harpsden Road, an underused community asset is to be brought back to life under ambitious new plans announced this week.
It will become the Henley Community Hub, a permanent home for Henley Music School and a centre for community groups following a major refurbishment. The plans, led by Henley Music School founder and CEO Laura Reineke, will include insulating the building and refurbishing it for multi-purpose use, and are estimated to cost upwards of £800,000.
Laura said, “We’ve been searching for some time for our own premises, and specifically one we can share with other charities and community groups. Trinity Hall is an amazing building, whose reason for existing is to benefit the community, and we want that to continue. The Hall is currently used by Trinity Rifle Club and the Trinity Snooker Club. We are looking forward to working alongside them and sharing the venue with them, as well as introducing many other local groups into the fold.”
Michael Forsdike, outgoing Chair of Trustees for Trinity Hall said, “The plans that the new trustees are pursuing will secure the hall’s future as a community hub for the long term.”
Built in 1908 by John Hodges, and put into trust for use by the community, Trinity Hall has fallen into disrepair in recent years.
The new plans include fully insulating the building, installing zero-carbon heating, solar panels and refurbishing it for use by a wide range of community groups. The cost of the project, estimated at up to £1m, will be raised through charitable donations and grants.
“Trinity Hall has been a community asset for over 100 years but has lacked investment recently and has fallen into disrepair,” added Laura. “These plans will secure its future as a community asset for the next century. I am confident that Henley will get behind this project and show its famous community spirit and generosity. We can’t wait to get started.”
Currently Henley Community Hub is a community Interest company, a not-for-profit pending being granted charity status. The directors/trustees are Laura Reineke, CEO of Henley Music School, Jo Robb, Green Councillor, South Oxfordshire District Council, Carolyn Ahara, founder of currency trading company Ruvien and Philip Booth, local estate agent.
Henley Music School (HMS) is a music education charity founded by local resident Laura Reineke. HMS provides music education to all, regardless of age, ability, background or means. It currently provides all local schools with individual music lessons, group activities, class lessons, music clubs and ensemble coaching. It runs HMS Sundays for younger children, as an introduction into music, and a Youthful Orchestra for rusty musicians of any age.
Over 800 children and 100 adults currently take part in their musical activities. This includes free lessons for Pupil Premium children, bursaries of up to 100% are always available, and children on the autistic spectrum are entitled to specialist piano lessons. www.henleymusicschool.co.uk
Founded in 1910, the Henley Rifle Club has a diverse membership ranging from beginners to members who shoot for Berkshire and Oxfordshire County teams. The club has recently established support for visually impaired air rifle shooting. All are welcome to come and try shooting. www.trinityhallrifleclub.com
Trinity Snooker Club reopened in October 2020 after a five year closure and now boasts three heated snooker tables, coaching and 24-hour a day access for more than 70 members. Players of all ages and levels are welcome. https://www.trinitysnooker.co.uk/