Celebrating 50 Years

Do you remember RVS in the early days? At the beginning, in September 1971 its name was ‘Council of Social and Community Services’. The original Chairman for some years was Lt. Col. Robert de Bohun Devereaux CC, and the Vice Chair, Councillor P Hudson.


Interestingly the offices at its conception were in Spooner House, Victoria Road, Farnborough. This is where the Spooners Blacksmiths company was housed! Many people came to help set up the building and to prepare the Old Forge as workshops, to help store and repair pieces of furniture and other items, for local families in need.

 And so, the need for local volunteers was born.

Many of you have been involved with RVS over these last 5 decades, either as part of an organisation, as an RVS Volunteer, or someone who has been helped. If you have some telling to share with us, please do get in touch.

A video interview between two of the original founders of RVS has been recorded:

Click to be taken to the Youtube video.


A history book has been commisioned as part of the 50th Celebrations

Click to open book

Several organisations and individuals that have been associated with RVS over this period sent messages to be read out at the celebration event.

Click to open the message document