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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 and get a Guinness World Record. 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 have worked tirelessly in just a few short months to prove how much the community will use and love this space, and the incredible impact it can have on people's lives, livelihoods, happiness levels, and feelings of connectedness. In its first nine months of operation, Station Hall held 456 events, hosted by 79 different users or organisations, attended by over 5,000 people. 60% of bookings were to charity or community groups, supported by 40% commercial bookings. The social impact has been enormous, and the feedback has been phenomenal. And we are now embarking on a major programme of fundraising to build from here, making Station Hall permanent for the long term, fully accessible and truly outstanding for all. Please Back Our Bid , and keep sending us your ideas for using the space. Together, we can do something truly amazing...