The KVCA was established in the 1970s to provide and maintain a community centre for the benefit of all the inhabitants of Kingswood Village.
It does this primarily by:
- Managing and developing the Kingswood Village Hall to meet the needs of community groups, individuals and businesses in Kingswood and surrounding areas.
- Producing a quarterly magazine, The Village Voice, and distributing it to all properties in Kingswood.
- Fostering a sense of community in Kingswood Village, to link together the residents, village groups, charities and our local businesses.
- Through its drama arm KADDS (Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Society), presenting high quality stage productions in the Village Hall.
The KVCA and KADDS are always keen to hear from those who live and work in or near Kingswood and who share our passion to sustain a community spirit in our village. If you would like to help, or simply want to find out more information, please contact the KVCA Chairman.
We have supporters who help us to deliver The Village Voice, distribute publicity, assist with ‘front of house’ activities at performances, manage the Hall and generally act as KVCA ambassadors in the community. But we are always keen to welcome more volunteers to join our friendly team.
For those who have any interest in acting or other aspects of live productions (set design and painting, props, costume, make-up, lighting, sound, stage management), we would love to hear from you.
The KVCA is managed by a small elected committee which reports to an Annual General Meeting, usually held in April.
|Hon. Secretary||Michael Hannah|
|Village Hall Bookings||Penny Chatfield|
|Hall Manager||Simon Peacock|
|Village Voice Content Editor||Bob Gunn|
|Village Voice Advertising Editor||Juliet Quartermain|
Kingswood Village Hall
The Kingswood Village Hall is operated by the Kingswood Village Community Association (KVCA) and is available for regular and one-off bookings.
- It has a main hall, raised stage, dressing room, foyer, kitchen and toilets.
- The main hall can seat 120 cinema-style and up to 72 seated at tables.
- It boasts a versatile audio-visual system which can be hired at a small extra charge.
- There is also a good upright piano.
- The Hall has a WiFi broadband connection, which enables inward and outward streaming.
- The kitchen is well-equipped with a large oven and hob, a microwave oven and a small fridge. Both cutlery and china are available at no extra charge.
- The Hall has an adjacent car park with space for up to 18 vehicles.
- The Hall is an ideal facility for drama, concerts, lectures and presentations, local association meetings, exercise groups (for example yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, fitness) and dance classes. It is used very successfully for quizzes, wine tastings, coffee mornings and has hosted toddler playgroups and table tennis. The Hall is also very popular for private parties for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and other celebrations.
Address: Kingswood Village Hall, Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 6EB
Hall Manager: Simon Peacock
Hall Bookings: Penny Chatfield
The Village Voice
The Village Voice is a high quality, quarterly publication which brings valued information about every aspect of Kingswood Village community life to its residents – clubs, associations, entertainment, physical activity, pastimes, charities and more.
The print run for the Village Voice is 1600 copies and it is delivered free to all households and businesses in Kingswood. The Village Voice is published four times a year.
KADDS – you can read about KADDS here
After a fire in the late 1970s which destroyed most of the old Masonic Hall, a small number of local residents came together to form a committee to refurbish the hall for the benefit of the whole village. Their inspiration and efforts were recognised by the Borough of Reigate and Banstead, who in 1978 signed a lease with the newly formed Kingswood Village Community Association. This was renewed in 2013 and now runs until 2028.
At the outset funds were required for the building of a new kitchen, stage and dressing rooms. The target was achieved by putting on a variety of events, with revenue primarily raised from highly successful drama productions. This led to the formation of KADDS as the drama and dance arm of the KVCA.
From these early years the KVCA, as a registered charity, has continued to manage the hall for use by local associations, charities and clubs, by local businesses which offer dance, drama and fitness courses, as well being available for private functions. Hire charges provide income to maintain and improve the hall as an amenity for the village.
The first committee considered that there was a real need to give news and reports of local activities and so the first edition of Village Voice was published in 1980. This quarterly publication has been produced without a break since, and now over 1600 copies are distributed every 3 months in the Kingswood area.