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The story so far.......

 

You may have walked past Herne Hill station many times before, without noticing the windows above the ticket hall. But there they are! Station Hall is a hidden space - an unknown cavern sitting right above Herne Hill’s main station. Hardly anybody knew that it was there, until we opened it up for the World Record Colouring-In extravaganza in September 2018. That day it's resurrection began, as 2,332 Herne Hillians flowed through the hall to colour in a giant, 40m long mural. The room is big and it's historic - it was the station's grand waiting room in Victorian days. But it's been sitting empty for years, silently waiting to come back to life... 

Step inside and it's a bit like Narnia - the first word you'll whisper is 'wow' as a flaky old stairway and big industrial doors bang open to reveal a space flooded with sunlight.  Nobody wanted to rent it commercially - the lack of a lift put people off. But we won't let a little thing like external staircases deter us...

With amazing support from Network Rail and Southeastern (the landlord and franchisee), and with short-term development funding from the Mayor's Good Growth Fund, we are on a mission. We have just a few short months to prove that the community wants this space and will use and love it. And to prove that it will have a real impact on people's lives, livelihoods, happiness levels, and feelings of connectedness. We need to pull together a knock-out programme of activities. We need to get some mind-blowing architects' plans drawn up. We need to prove that we can make this work for the long term. And then we might just have a chance of getting long term funding to totally transform this space...

We've spent the last few months getting organised. The lights work, The heating works. The chairs and tables are in. We're ready. Now we just need YOU! So read on if you're interested in helping us do something amazing... 

Over the next few months, we want you to:

  • USE THE SPACE - for anything and everything

  • COME TO EVENTS - all have free or pay what you can spaces 

  • TELL US YOUR IDEAS - for activities and the bigger picture

We'll hold a drop-in once a month, starting on Sunday January 20th, 12 till 3pm - please pop up, have a nosy, meet some of the upcoming users of the space, and give us your brainwaves. Together, we can make this happen.   

If you can't make it, please send a message to the Community Space Station: StationHallHerneHill@gmail.com