Who we are

The Venue

Stanley Halls is a Grade II listed Edwardian arts venue in South Norwood, very close to Norwood Junction station. A fascinating complex of unique Edwardian buildings built in 1904-11, the Halls comprise an art gallery, theatre hall and assembly rooms. The building was donated and designed for the people of South Norwood by William Ford Robinson Stanley (1829-1909), a prominent local inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.

The venue has recently come under community management by The Stanley People’s Initiative, a charity established by the local community to re-open, manage, improve and restore Stanley Halls.

See the Living Heritage section for more on the history and plans of Stanley Halls, in the heart of South Norwood.

The Stanley People’s Initiative

The Stanley People’s Initiative is a group of residents from SE25 and the local area, who want to see the wonderful Stanley Halls on South Norwood Hill running as a place of entertainment, community, arts, enterprise and learning once again. We are committed to the improvement of Stanley Halls in order to commercially and socially regenerate the Halls and South Norwood.

Now a registered charity (number 1155680), The Stanley People’s Initiative is slowly but surely re-opening the Halls as a community and arts venue for all; we have secured a 35 year lease from Croydon Council, and are now looking for the funding to make the Halls as grand and welcoming as they were when they first opened over 110 years ago.

The Board of Trustees:

  • Cameron McLeod – Chair
  • James Higgott – Vice Chair
  • Orlene Allen – Treasurer
  • Judith Burden – Secretary
  • Kathy Bee
  • Mary Hennock
  • Marc Richards
  • Jonathon Pelluet
  • Graham Whitlock