In June this year, Council approved a tender for the work from Colonial Building Restoration Ltd in the amount of $275,000 (plus HST) to restore the sandstone at the front of Victoria hall including the speakers’ balcony. In July, the Victoria Hall Heritage Maintenance Trust Fund contributed $10,000 to this work and today, at 3:00 pm, the Victoria Hall Volunteers (VHV) contributed another $20,000. In accepting the cheque, Mayor John Henderson said: “I don’t know of another Town with this kind of support for heritage projects”. The Victoria Hall Volunteers have a long history of supporting Victoria Hall with a total contribution to date of over $356,000. Today is the closest available to the 160th anniversary of the opening of Victoria Hall by the Prince of Wales at a Grand Ball on September 6, 1860. Parks Canada contributed another $100,000 to this project.
The presentation was held outside Victoria Hall where the restoration work is almost complete. It’s expected to be finished in a week or so.
The Victoria Hall Volunteers had planned an event celebrating the 160th anniversary this year called “A Hall so Grand”. Because of the Covid-19 virus, it has had to be postponed and is now scheduled for June 12, 2021. It will be a “celebration in words, images and song, a concert and narrated retrospective of the History of Victoria Hall featuring Hugh Brewster, the Edison Singers and a multi-media screen show.” It will be preceded by a Gala in the Art Gallery of Northumberland.
In 1971, Victoria Hall was threatened with demolition but “under the leadership of Lena Field Fisher, John Taylor, John Stokes and others, the Hall was restored to its former glory in 1983”. Today, Victoria Hall is recognized as a National Historic Site. See Links below for more.
The Victoria Hall Volunteers (originally the Volunteer Women’s Committee of Victoria Hall) was formed in 1975 to help with fundraising during the restoration and continues with contributions to its maintenance.
- Heritage Group contributes to Victoria Hall Maintenance – 17 July 2020
- Victoria Hall Volunteers Web site
- Victoria Hall – Cobourg history web site.