Refurbishments to the main hall have already commenced. A new, more secure walkway has been installed by our team of trusty volunteers.
A new scaffolding type rail will be installed by professionals at the same time as the ceiling is replaced. The old tiles will be removed and better, acoustic tiles will be fitted. We hope to modify the lighting system too. This work will mean the hall will be closed to all activities for the week commencing Monday 17th December and will re-open for the last film night of the year on Friday 21st December. All regular users have been informed and accommodated elsewhere wherever possible.
The hall will then be closed again for part of the week commencing 7th January when we shall be having some thermal, electrically controlled blinds fitted to the windows. This will make it much easier to black out for shows and to keep warmth in, but also, we hope, to keep it a little cooler should we experience some more hot summers
We apologise for this necessity and will endeavor to keep disruption to a minimum
We now have a large TV in the foyer area of the Community Centre. Events such as films and theatre produced by ourselves will be advertised on here, along with our calendar of availability. However, anyone with a regular class or event at TCC can also get their message out there.
You should have all received an explanatory letter from Sue with details. The adverts appear randomly, last approx 10 seconds and can appear for as long as you require.
People are really noticing the TV now so what an excellent way to inform prospective customers. Advertisements will be designed professionally by Ross at Flummoxed, (a computer, technical and web design company), in collaboration with the advertiser, maintaining consistency of format and appearance. There will be a small charge for this.
If you wish to know more email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or follow this link http://www.flummoxed.co.uk/contact/tcc-advert
There will be contact details for Flummoxed from that page too
The Community Centre committee have received notification that they were unsuccessful in their bid to get a grant from WREN to renovate the Main Hall.
Vice – Chair Sue Hardacre said “There is no doubt that this came as a bit of a surprise. We have been so successful in achieving our goals recently that we had begun to think we were a little bit invincible. However, we are very fortunate that we have a sufficiently large amount of income in reserve to ensure that some work can still take place. It was always our intention to spend some of this income as part of the renovation scheme.”
The plans include the renewal of the main Hall ceiling and the replacement of the current, inefficient strip lighting with more energy efficient LED bulbs. All other Hall lighting was to be upgraded to provide for a wider range of lighting conditions to suit a range of uses, including parties and theatre shows. The high-level curtains were to be replaced with electrically operated black-out blinds to give better conditions for films and formal presentations. The high-level walkways needed work to make them safer. The work planned is the first major, internal upgrade since the Hall was built – though CW&C, as the landlord, did install new windows a few years ago.
Sue said “There are still other grant options that we can pursue, and we are doing so with vigour. However, it would be sensible to have a Plan B should we have to rely on our own resources. A small sub-committee will meet to decide what works might be undertaken soon. They will decide on priorities and the central questions they will be looking at are ‘What gives best value for money?’ and ‘What investment will benefit the largest number of Centre users?”
The Committee is very aware of the support given to the Centre by the community and how much the facility is valued. A good proportion of income generated from this support will be ploughed back so that future generations will have a brighter and better equipped Centre to enjoy in the years to come.
The Community Centre is delighted to offer a welcome to Wright Marshall, Fine Art Auctioneers who are to hold a charity Valuation Event on Thursday February 15th from 10.00 am to 2.00pm. The event is in aid of The Joshua Tree, a charity that supports families dealing with childhood cancers.
A highlight of the event will be a talk at 10.30 by Rachel Houston-Holland, a very experienced valuer with a wide experience in the wonderful world of Antiques. She is a specialist in Asian Art and has appeared on the ITV show “Masterpiece” with Alan Titchmarsh. She will be ably assisted by Francesca Garvey whose specialism is silver and jewelry. However, they both have wide exp
erience and are well qualified to deal with any treasures that might come their way, so you are encouraged to bring along any item that you think will be of interest.
Each valuation will cost £1 with the proceeds going to The Joshua Tree.
Sue Hardacre says “We are delighted to have been approached again to host a charity event. The perennial appeal of The Antiques Roadshow shows how much we are fascinated by our rich heritage and the linking of this event with such a worthy cause should make it an enjoyable day.”
Whenever old objects are valued there is always to possibility, however remote, that your old plant pot might turn out to be a Parisian Bronze Jardiniere, or the drab painting in the loo, a Van Eyck. But the fun and the pleasure are mainly found in discovering the history of an object that is, and will remain, a much-loved family treasure.
Work has begun on the new timber, storage shed to the rear of the Community Centre. The ground clearance and the construction of the concrete base should be completed by Christmas, weather permitting, with the structure being completed in the new year.
Alan Wilkinson, Chair of the Community Centre Committee says “To be precise, this is NOT a shed for storing timber, but a shed constructed of timber! Half of the space will be rented out at a modest cost to Ashton Hayes Theatre Club so that they can store their costumes and props in a safe and dry place. The rest will be used as storage for a range of items that currently clutter parts of the Centre”.
One benefit from the extra storage space will be the reduction of items stored under the stage. Though this space is large it is extremely difficult to access items that get put to the rear. The spare blue-seat chairs will also go there, freeing up space that is currently being considered as an occasional office for the PCSO.
Two trees have been removed, and the planning consent obtained requires that three replacements be planted after completion. The walls will be painted green, and shrubs will be planted along the rear wall to soften the visual impact that the building will have on near neighbours.
The cost of this extension is coming out of Community Centre funds which have been accumulated from the high level of use the Centre gets. Alan says “We are delighted that we can demonstrate to the community that their support is being acknowledged by improvements to the building. We would also like to thank CW&C, our landlords, who have been very supportive of all the changes we are planning for their building.”
The Committee are also drawing up plans to apply for grants for major improvements to the Main Hall