The Daniel Hall in Long Garden Way, Farnham has been part of Farnham’s heritage for over 200 years and a home for the 3rd Farnham Scouts for over 80 years.
It is believed that the building started life as a hop or grain store and later became a furniture store. In 1929 it became the new home for the 3rd Farnham Scout Group and the hall was named after Arthur Daniel who was Group Scout leader at the time and played a key role in raising funds to buy the building.
There had never been enough funds to enable a major renovation of the building to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century, make it attractive to potential new users of the hall and suitable for public and private hire.
So in 2011 the Scout Group planned a major renovation of the Daniel Hall while retaining the structure and key features of the existing building such as the oak beams and roof supports.
The total cost of the project was estimated at £220,000 and the Farnham Trust agreed to provide £53,000 to cover part of phase 1 of the project. The remainder of the costs were covered from the Scout Group’s existing funds, fundraising by the group and from other major grants from SITA Trust and the Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund. and smaller but still vital grants from the Betty Riseley Trust, the Round Table, the Farnham Lions and Farnham Institute.
There are more details about the renovation along with photos on the 3rd Farnham Scout Group’s website.