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For more information on Victoria Hall Volunteers, please call Fran Richardson 905-372-4964 or contact fran.richardson@sympatico.ca 

Meetings

Schedule of Victoria Hall Volunteers meetings and events in 2018:

Mon. Jan. 22 Annual General Meeting
Mon. Feb. 19 General Meeting
Mon. March 26 General Meeting
Thurs. April 5 "Cobourg's Gilded Age"
Mon.  April 23 General Meeting
Fri. May 11 "Wine Tasting Event"
Mon. May 28 General Meeting
Mon. Jun 25  "Summer Social"
Tues Sept 18 "The Restoration of Victoria Hall"
Mon. Sept. 24 General Meeting
Wed. Oct. 10 "Food Farms Tour & Tasting"
Mon. Oct. 22  General Meeting
Mon. Nov. 26 "Christmas Social"

All meetings begin at 7.30 pm with refreshments beforehand in the Citizens' Forum, Victoria Hall,
Cobourg.

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Recent Events

Attend one of our events! You will be supporting a local charity as well as having a good time. Our activities are keyed to the year and to the season. We are known for hosting exceptional events! You can be part of our success by being a guest - perhaps coming with your family or friends.

Below are articles about recent events - including photos.

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The Restoration of Victoria Hall 1971-1983

How a citizens group saved an architectural masterpiece!

John Taylor, who was the Executive Director of the Society for the Restoration of Victoria Hall, will speak about the extensive rebuilding project and screen his short film The Grand Gamble.

Tuesday September 18th at 7:00 pm
in the Concert Hall,
Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Doors open at 6:30
Free Admission

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Presented by
Victoria Hall Volunteers
with the generous support
of the Town of Cobourg.

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How a Citizens Group Saved an Architectural Masterpiece!

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on September 18th to hear John Taylor, who was the Executive Director of the Society for the Restoration of Victoria Hall for four years, speak about the wide-ranging 12-year restoration project to renovate Victoria Hall between 1971 to 1983. The building had fallen into total disrepair and because of fiscal restraints the Council put forth a motion to demolish the building. The Town couldn't assume the initial expense of $1 million so a motion to demolish the building was presented to Council. The one dissenting vote was Lenah Field Fisher who began "a call to arms" to save Victoria Hall. If it had not been for the efforts of a caring community and a group of activists Victoria Hall would have become a casualty of the wrecking ball. The final restoration cost was over $7 million dollars which would be, given inflation, an equivalent cost today of more than $45 million dollars!

John screened his short film The Grand Gamble which included numerous photos documenting the extensive deterioration and the restoration process. He donated copies of the film to the Town, the Cobourg Library and Victoria Hall Volunteers. As John was wrapping up his talk he asked if anyone knew what is the only remaining original piece of Victoria Hall still in existence today, there was no response. The answer is the two grand staircases. Other than minor refurbishments the elegant 1860s staircases still stand as a testament to those who saved the building and restored it to its former dignity and grandeur for many years to come.

Click Read More to see 12 photos of the event

Latin Wine Tasting Event 2018In spite of a very late start to Spring this year, two hundred guests attended a Latin themed Wine Tasting Evening in the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall on May 11, presented by Victoria Hall Volunteers.

The wines sampled were a selection from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile, with cheeses to complement the various wines, sourced by Herma's.

The Concert Hall was beautifully decorated to celebrate the Latin theme. 

A special treat at this event was provided by Leli, a Flamenco dancer, accompanied by her husband, Miguel, who presented two short performances, much enjoyed by all.

Funds raised by Victoria Hall Volunteers are used to support the continuing restoration of Victoria Hall.

Click Read more to see 41 photos of the event.

On Thursday evening, April 5, 2018, we had Rob Mikel give his presentation about "Cobourg's Gilded Age:  Summer Colony and Grand Cottages, 1874 - 1930".   The event was sold out and the Concert Hall was full to capacity.  There were several people turned away from the box office at the last minute.

His entertaining narrative told the story of the American colony in Cobourg through archival photos of the rich and famous summer residents and their many mansions both in the United States and Cobourg.

The 2017 Civic Awards ceremony was held in Victoria Hall on Wednesday, April 4th 2018. This yearly celebration honours the Citizens of Cobourg who selflessly give hours of their time and energy to better our community.

Theses awards are organized and sponsored by the Mayor of Cobourg, the Councillors and staff as well as many citizens and organizations.

This year the Victoria Hall Volunteers received the prestigious Mayor's Award of Distinction recognizing our charitable organization which has raised over $300,000 for the continued restoration and preservation of our heritage building, Victoria Hall. Mayor Brocanier selected our volunteer group for the many years of service dating back to the 1970's when the building was slated for destruction. Numerous citizens of Cobourg united to save the building and this group evolved into what is known today as the Victoria Hall Volunteers.

Our thanks goes out to Mayor Brocanier for this honour.

The annual Volunteer Award ceremony presented by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration was held on March 27 at the Lion's Center in Cobourg.  Each year we celebrate the unique skills and talents of deserving Victoria Hall Volunteers for their continuous and exceptional contributions to our numerous fundraisers. Five Victoria Hall Volunteers' members were recognized and received their pins at this event.

Leona Woods 5 years
Patricia Commins 10 years 
Ruth Easton 10 years
Alberta MacMillan 20 years 
Heather Weyman 35 years