The old Village Hall was opened in 1881. It had a stage and was used for a large number of events – concerts, fund raising sales, meetings, parties and wedding receptions. It was demolished in the 1960s to make way for redevelopment.
A Steering Committee and a Fund Raising Committee were set up to help organise the re-building of a new village hall. The County Council allocated land at West Square which was previously the site of the Garibaldi pub, Bakers Garage and F W Jones (carpenters and undertakers).
The new complex would house the Iver Infant School, Kings Church and the village hall committee rooms. The Hall itself would be a shared use facility with the School and is managed in conjunction with the School and the County Council.
On 13 June, 1979 a public meeting was held at Iver County Combined School (now the Junior School) to approve the Constitution of the Iver Community Association and to elect a Management Committee for the new Iver Village Hall.
The official opening of the new village hall took place on 8th July 1980. One of Iver’s most distinguished former residents, HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy SCVC who used to live at Coppins in Bangors Road and who was held in great affection by many Iver people who remember her as a little girl shopping in the Village, officially opened the new West Square complex.
HRH Princess Alexandria returned to the Hall to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its opening on Saturday 22nd July 2000.
The Management Committee have recently overseen a refurbishment of the premises after nearly 35 years of use. New floors, windows, paintwork, hall curtains, toilets , hall chairs and other works – some of which are ongoing – have been done.
IVER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Iver Community Association is non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion. The Association has the power to affiliate to the National Federation of Community Associations and to other organisations with charitable objects.
Membership of the Association is of two kinds:
Individual Membership: shall be open, irrespective of political party, nationality, religious opinion, race or colour to all persons aged eighteen and over living in the area of benefit (the Ecclesiastical Parish of Iver and Richings Park) and who are called Full Members.
Group Membership: Group members who shall be the Constituent Bodies and Sections.
The policy and general management of the affairs of the Association is directed by a Management Committee which meets monthly..
As part of the handover, the Community Association had to become a Registered Charity (No. 1033924). As there are restrictions imposed on charities selling alcohol, the Club which was formed in 1980 to run the bar in the village hall, had to change to be run as a completely separate entity and to be allowed to operate within the premises, had to run under an Occupation Licence granted by the Community Association.
The Iver Community Association Club has its own room, its own rules and is covered by its own premises licence granted by South Bucks District Council. It is not run by the Management Committee and members of the Club do not sit on the Management Committee. The primary purpose behind the permitting of the bar to operate on charity premises is with a view to raising funds for the charity.