Slitting Mill Village, Staffordshire


Slitting Mill Victory Hall  (WS15 2US)

Victory Hall belongs to the residents of Slitting Mill. It is not privately or council owned, and you can have your say on how it is run.

Over the past few years we have been trying not only to keep the hall running, but to enrich the experience of hirers, by tidying the gardens as well as the interior, and making it a safer and generally better hall for all.

We are very excited to be currently talking to new local volunteers who are keen to be part of the future of the hall. Watch this space for more details!

We have recently installed Air-to-Air Heat Pump air conditioning systems, which increase the heating value, reduce running costs, and lower our carbon emissions. We are also replacing the old lighting for a more energy efficient system, so improving conditions for the hirers and users of the hall.

We have many diverse regular hirers, who would welcome more attendees, so contact us if you are looking for a particular group. From Cannock Chase U3A (including Tai Chi, history, science & technology and more) to yoga, photography, religious groups, meditation, folk dancing and dog clubs, among others.

The village Hall is perfect for events such as group meetings, children's parties, concerts and plays.

To the front is the edge of Cannock Chase, behind is the ancient Mill Pond and all around is the beauty of the open countryside. All this is within easy reach from major roads.

A wide range of regular groups use the hall, some have done so for many years. These include the U3A, photographic, dancing, yoga/fitness and dog training and many others.

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The Victory Hall Management Committee are compliant with all current regulations and guidelines. Hirers of the hall must agree to these policies to keep everyone safe.

Extensive work has been done to ensure the health and safety of users of the hall, including fire alarms, fire fighting, emergency lighting and sanitisation.

The hall has a complete dry fog sanitise on an occasional basis, including cleaning/sanitising of all surfaces.


There are double entrance doors leading to the foyer, with a store room, disabled toilet, and storage for tables. Double doors from the foyer lead to the main hall and other areas

The floors are flat and easily accessible for the disabled.

MAIN HALL  (Approximately 12m x 8m)
This is a large area with a maximum seating capacity of 120 people.
There is a raised stage which has a simple but effective lighting system and a 6m frontage. It has rich closing curtains and side areas for storage.

Off the main hall is a kitchen and an annexe, and a toilet corridor with separate ladies and gents.

ANNEXE  (Approximately 9m x 4m)
This could be used as a separate meeting room or as a refreshments area for large functions. There is a servery bar with a sink, and access to the kitchen.

There is a door leading down steps to the patio area and rear garden.

The Kitchen is fully fitted with adequate work surfaces, electric oven/hob, kettles and a microwave oven/grill with a range of crockery and cutlery.

There is a serving area open to the main hall with a pull down blind, and access to the annexe via the servery bar.

A corridor from the main hall leads to separate Ladies and Gents toilets with all facilities.

There is an emergency exit door in the corridor.

To the front and sides of the hall there is a fully tarmaced drive with marked parking spaces.

At the rear of the hall is a lawned/paved area surrounded by trees, large enough to accommodate the capacity of the main hall area, and is used by many people to extend their enjoyment of the hall.

These are the main entrance, in the Main Hall, Annexe and Toilet corridor.

Included in the hire of the hall are the use of the following:-

Tables and chairs to a maximum capacity of 120 people
Hot and cold water services to all areas
Crockery, cutlery and table cloths
Cooker, kettles, microwave, tea pots in the kitchen

Casual Hirers:
£15 per hour (minimum hire 1 hour, charged at £20)
All day hire £120

The hall has fitted electric heaters to all areas. These area available via a coin operated meter system.

Various Victory Hall Health & Safety documents are available to download as PDFs. Click on the document required.

Please note that these documents are in the process of being amended (as of January 24).

Terms and Conditions of Hire
Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Safety Policy
Fire Safety Guidance

Various groups have regular meetings and events at Victory Hall. Click to find out more details of each group (groups appear in alphabetical order).

If you are interested in these groups, please contact the group direct, rather than leaving a message on our Contact Us page.
Thank you.

If you are interested in hosting your own group at the hall, please contact us for availability.

Ravens Drum

Rugeley Dog Training Club

Rugeley Folk Dance Club

Trent Valley Photographic Society

Cannock Chase U3A
(Links yet to be added)


On 31st October 1945 a public meeting was held for residents of Slitting Mill and Etching Hill. The meeting was held in the Stonehouse School room. The minutes of this meeting record:-

"After discussion Etching Hill residents concluded that two halls were needed, one for Slitting Mill and one for Etching Hill, therefore the meeting was divided."

Residents of Slitting Mill agreed to form a planning committee. A second public meeting was held in the Horns public house and on 5th December 1945 the Planning Committee "stood down" and the Management Committee was formed.

At this meeting a piece of land, part of Horn's field, on which to build a community hall was offered by a Slitting Mill resident, which was gratefully accepted. A name was chosen - The Victory Hall. This may  have been chosen because the Second World War had just ended in a victory for the Allied Forces.

Social activities held during the war, when there had been a dramatic increase in the local population because of the influx of servicemen doing basic training on the Chase, had partly led to the desire for a community meeting place. Some evening activities were organised in the School but other events, such as whist drives etc., organised to raise finds for the hall, were held in the cottage of Mr & Mrs Hill on Slitting Mill Road. The Minute Book shows that many Committee meetings were held at their home. Maude Hill was the Secretary from 1945 to 1976.

Unfortunately Mr Simmonds, who had donated the piece of land for the proposed building, died before the conveyance of the land was completed. His family sold the property to Atkinson's Brewery Ltd. Representations were made to the new owners who agreed to honour the agreement, but offered a different piece of land adjacent to Ladyhill Terrace, so that the remaining land would not be divided, and the Horn's field was left intact.

A Trust Deed was finally drawn up in 1949. Grants were obtained, a loan was negotiated and more funds were raised by holding a variety of social events. The hall was finally completed in 1953 and the official opening took place on 23rd May 1953. One of the first events to be held in the hall was a Coronation Celebration Dance on Coronation Day 2nd June 1953.

Since then there have been several modernisations and extensions to  the hall, and today it is run by a voluntary Management Committee as a charity, to continue the work started mid last century by local volunteers.

Thank you to Shelia Simpson for this information






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