History

The Tilford Institute

Tilford Institute was one of the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens’ earliest commissions, having been built in 1893 when he was just 24. Its brick and half-timbered construction reflects the design parameters that later became his permanent trademark of adapting traditional architectural styles to the requirements of his particular time. The Institute faces onto Tilford Green and was erected in memory of Charles Archibald Anderson of Waverley Abbey near Farnham.

From the archives…

1893
The old chapel site to south-east of village green bought by the Trustees and original trusts declared.

1894
Land exchanged for present site and the Institute was built. Funds were provided by the Anderson family of Waverley Abbey, it probably cost around £1000.

1895
The Tilford Institute opens as a club for entertainment, with a paid membership, but also available for private hire.

1900′s
Tennis, Football and Cricket clubs were affiliated to the Institute and a bowling green was maintained. Other users included a Mens Club and Women’s Social Club.

1928
Electric lights were installed – £41 was raised locally.

1930
The porch was enclosed to try to prevent draughts.

1931
The Bowling green turf was used for a new Tennis court. Boxing gloves and a gramophone were purchased.

1932
The Institute had to close for several months to make safety improvements required by the County Council.

1933
A motion was passed to change the name from the “Tilford Institute” to the “Tilford Village Hall”. Despite this the old name has remained in common use to the present day!

1935
Last Tennis tournament; the tennis court is now the car park.

1939-1945
During the war the Institute was used by the Red Cross, Air raid wardens and Home guard, but local dances went on!

1942
The hall started to be used for school meals.

1947
Gas was installed for cooking and heating.

1954
After a local appeal the false ceiling was erected, globe lights were installed, and the gas heaters replaced.

1960
Plans and   fund raising began for major improvements.

1961
The Institute was registered as a Charity.

1965
Current rules laid down by The Charity Commissioners. Extension added to give changing rooms (doubling as a  committee room), and new lavatories installed in porch.

1970
Committee room used as overflow class by Infant School.

1984
Institute listed as a building of architectural interest.

Wooden doors across stage front removed.

1986
Emergency lighting installed to meet safety requirements.

1987
Institute no longer used for School meals.

Fund raising enabled installation of new gas heating.

1995
Centenary Appeal launched at village fête.

1998
Centenary Wing opened and Lutyens Hall renovated.

2002
Jubilee Recreation Area created.