History

St. Luke's Community hall was built in 1877 as "The Maidenhead Institute" to serve as a meeting place for working men from the surrounding community and provide them with opportunities for adult education. There was also a wish to provide an alternative social venue to the town's many public houses!

For many years it was maintained by St. Luke’s Church. In the early 1980's the adjacent cottages were sold for redevelopment and the proceeds used to rebuild the hall, with new windows, roof, ceiling, kitchen, heating system and electrical installation.

In 2003 the exact legal ownership of the hall was finally resolved and St Luke's Church ceased to have any responsibility for maintaining it. The Charity Commissioners agreed to the trust being formally reconstituted to operate it as a Community Hall under a new Management Committee. As such it continues to provide a local venue for “meetings, lectures and classes, and other forms of recreation and leisure time activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of the borough”.

The major change to the hall since 2003 is the provision of proper access for persons using wheelchairs, specifically a ramped access from the road to a new entrace lobby, and a new lavatory with wheelchair access.

The Trustees include representatives of the local authority (The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead) and groups that use the hall.