About Melvin Hall
Melvin Hall started life as a Church Hall belonging to Holy Trinity
Church in Anerley Road, Penge. When the church was destroyed by
fire Melvin Hall in Melvin Road was no longer required and went up
for sale and was bought by Penge Council for use as a public hall
Ever since opening at the end of the Second World War the Melvin
Hall Day Centre’s main aim has been to increase the happiness of the
older people of Penge. This meant providing a hot meal, taking
members on holiday, making new friends or just providing somewhere
for members to sit and chat.
Penge & Anerley Family Welfare, (subsequently Penge & Anerley Age
Concern), was founded after the war by Mrs Cooke and other local
volunteers. Her daughter Joy Cooke took on the role of secretary
and treasurer and spearheaded the development of services for the
elderly based at Melvin Hall, Melvin Road, Penge. At its height, over
100 meals-on- wheels were delivered from Melvin Hall every day, and
there was a daily lunch club together with a range of other activities
and services for older people in Penge.
Social events took place, including weddings and parties. Our very
own Past Mayor Kathy Bance, and her consort Trevor, held their wedding
In 2016 The Trustees of Melvin Hall could no longer finance the
services it supplied to our residents due to funding cuts and the low
uptake in members. Bromley Council listed Melvin Hall as surplus to
requirements so residents applied for an Asset of Community Value
to be completed giving the building 6 months’ grace from any
proposed sale. Melvin Hall closed as a day centre for the elderly in
Penge people then decided Penge could not lose another Community
building and set about recruiting Trustees who could run this as a
Community Centre. The Melvin Hall Community Group registered as
a charity on 9th November 2016. The Trustees first event was a
Boxing Day lunch on Monday, 26 December 2016 where we served 80
people with Christmas lunch. It remains a community resource for
the people of Penge.
We have since provided an Easter meal for 85 people.
There is a regular monthly coffee morning and many other social
events are provided for our lonely and elderly.
Mon-Fri 9am – 10pm
Sat 10am – 10pm
Sun 10am – 8pm
Main Hall – holds 80 people