Who could have predicted the events of the last few months! It has thrown everyone and everything into complete disarray and, even though lockdown restrictions are easing, it will be many weeks and months before things return to anything near normal at the Town Hall.
We are busy at the moment making sure that we will be a COVID safe environment so that, when you do come back, you are confident that we have made the place as safe as possible.
We are planning to re-open on 1st August with activities that can be undertaken within current Government guidelines and we know that many of our users are itching to get back to regular sessions.
There are still restrictions to large groups and live music events and we are awaiting clarification about our community fitness sessions. But discussions are continuing with organisers to get things going as soon as restrictions are lifted.
We have several events and activities that can go ahead in August as they are able to meet social distancing requirements. These are a needle felting workshop on Saturday 1st August and a Cocktail sampling Evening on Saturday 29th August.
The details for these events and instructions for online payments are here:
Everything will be under constant review and the best way to keep up to date will be to look at our website and Facebook page.
There have been a number of changes inside the building to ensure that it is safe and meets with current Government guidelines. Social distancing requirements mean that we are only able to use the large hall upstairs and all activities will be moved to there.
This continues to be a very difficult time for all of us but we are looking forward to welcoming you back and seeing the hall busy again. Meanwhile we hope that you have stayed safe and well and coped with the pressures of lockdown and the adjustments we are all having to make as restrictions are lifted.
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We are 121 years old! The Foundation Stone for the Town Hall was laid on 16th June 1897 (as part of the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee) and the building was opened two years later on 14th June 1899 to much jubilation. The celebrations went on for 3 days!
If the building could speak it would have many stories to tell and we hope to bring some of these to you over the next few months. The only time during all these years that the building was shut (as far we know) was in 2009 when major renovations and extensions were done to bring the hall up to modern standards.
But we are closed now thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic and will not be allowed to open again for public use until the Government says we can. This means that, like so many small businesses, our income has disappeared yet the hall still has significant overheads.
We are appealing, therefore, for help from the community not to let all these years of public service be lost and ask that you help us with a donation (however small) towards keeping the Town Hall viable in readiness to open and serve the community again once the danger is over.
If you can help, please click on the link below and thank you so much. If you can’t help, we understand. These are difficult and challenging times for everyone. Stay safe and well.
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