Exeter Street Hall is a vibrant community centre situated in the heart of Prestonville, Brighton. The Hall is owned by Exeter Street Community Hall Ltd, a community benefit society, and is led and managed by volunteers.
A campaigning group that eventually formed The Hall Get Involved Ltd (the original society that bought the Hall from St. Luke’s church) came together at the end of 2011 when residents were inspired by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Exeter Street Hall had been put up for sale by St. Luke’s and the community decided they wanted to secure the Hall as a community asset for future generations.
After eighteen months of campaigning and five months of fundraising we raised £180,000 and on 8th August 2013 took ownership of Exeter Street Hall. It’s a testament to the hard work of the volunteer team and to the generous contributions of the community and beyond. We are hugely proud to have subsequently picked up some awards for our achievements.
A new Community Benefit Society
The Hall Get Involved Limited ran the Hall from 2013 to 2019. A problem with one of our rules that threatened our charitable status (and couldn’t be altered on its own) forced us to create a new society in 2019 to take over ownership. Exeter Street Community Hall Limited is a community benefit society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
- Financial Conduct Authority registration no. 8161;
- Recognised by HMRC as being a charitable company for tax purposes (HMRC reference number ZD03543).
Our rules can be found here. The Hall is being run by the same people, with the same shareholders and the same ideals and goals.
The Hall is self-funding, which is a challenge! Although we have been successful in applying for capital grants for restoration, running the Hall is expensive and we rely on a large volunteer team and fundraising to balance the books.
You can buy a share in the Hall or support us in other ways. See our fundraising page.