Funding boost for Trowbridge Town Hall Development
Trowbridge Town Hall Trust is celebrating the confirmation of a £94,684 Grant which helps ensure a sustainable future for this much-treasured building. The money, secured through the Social Investment Business, will allow the Trust to engage the necessary professional assistance to progress their plans to the next stage of development. This substantial funding is a show of confidence in the Trust’s aspiration to create an arts centre that Trowbridge can justly take pride in.
Trowbridge has benefitted from the £26m Community Assets and Services Fund, which helps communities across England to take ownership of buildings of unique value and run transformed public services shaped by local need. The fund is managed by the Social Investment Business, in partnership with Locality on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Fund offers early stage pre-feasibility and feasibility grants to help local organisations to scope the projects and prepare their business plans. The Fund is open to support organisations till March 2015.
Trowbridge Town Hall Trust has been working with Wiltshire Council to take on ownership of the building since it was declared surplus to requirements following the departure of the Coroner’s Court in 2012.
The Trust’s plans reconnect with the town’s history; the building was the cultural hub of the area for 85 years until it was closed to the public in the 1970s. This new development will ensure that the heritage of the Town Hall is preserved and celebrated, and that the community of Trowbridge has access to this important building into the future.
Chair of Trowbridge Town Hall Trust, Ian Walker, explains “this grant represents the fruition of two and a half years of hard work by the Trust and the Friends of the Town Hall. Working on a shoe string, and through the effort of volunteers, we have managed to bring life back into the building. Regular tours, events, community activities, exhibitions, arts productions and workshops have all proved instrumental in demonstrating the case for further investment. I would like to thank everyone who has played a part so far, especially Wiltshire Council and the Trowbridge Area Board for being so supportive of our efforts.”
The grant also enables the Trust to appoint a freelance Project Development Officer to support the development of Trowbridge Town Hall into a centre for culture and the arts. If you would like to find out more about the role then visit our website or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town Hall is open every Wednesday to coincide with the Town’s street market. The Friends of the Town Hall run free tours of the building so do come and visit us between 10am and 3pm. You can also stay in touch with the project via www.trowbridgetownhall.org connect with us on Twitter @TownHallArts and sign up as friend to show your support and receive news.
Contact Director : Tracy Sullivan 07540 938936 or email@example.com
or Director: Laura Pictor 07940 242977 or firstname.lastname@example.org