The Theatres Trust

Call for trustees to shape cultural and leisure services in North Tyneside

4th January 2012

The search is on to recruit a team of volunteer trustees willing to shape the future success of cultural and leisure services in North Tyneside. North Tyneside Council is currently exploring the opportunities for delivering a range of existing services – including sports, leisure, libraries, community centres, arts, tourism, parks and allotments – through a community based trust. The new organisation would operate independently from the council as a charity. As well as delivering services on behalf of North Tyneside Council it could also bid for other contracts and funding.

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Ludlow Assembly Rooms receives council grant assurance

4th January 2012

Shropshire Council has confirmed its support for Ludlow Assembly Rooms in the south of the county that had been at risk of closure due to government budget cuts. It boasts a gallery, cafe and 300-seat auditorium used for live performances and film screenings.

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Aberdeen Performing Arts chief resigns for new post

4th January 2012

The chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts is resigning to take up a new role in Edinburgh. Duncan Hendry will step down from APA at the end of March to become chief executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust (FCTT). He said: “After 12 years in my current role and over 20 years of arts programming in Aberdeen, it was a big decision to leave a job that I love.”

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Newark Palace Theatre faces reduced opening

4th January 2012

Newark Palace Theatre looks set to cut the number of days it opens its doors in a bid to save money. Newark and Sherwood District Council has said it needs to reduce the amount of subsidy it pays to the theatre by about £100,000. The plan would see the theatre cut its opening days to five a week along with moves to increase ticket prices.

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Steering a new cultural future for Fife's Gardners Hall

4th January 2012

An organisation aiming to create a community arts and culture centre looks to have secured the cut-price ownership of Buckhaven’s Free Gardners Hall. But the group insists it now needs public support in its bid to transform the disused venue. The Free Gardeners Hall Steering Group has been selected by Fife Council as its preferred bidder for the College Street building, which was available for only £2760 as part of its community ownership scheme.

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Blog: New year, new approach to wellbeing?

3rd January 2012

Why have arts and heritage been left out of the government’s consultation on national wellbeing, asks John Holden

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Council in talks over Witney Corn Exchange report

31st December 2011

A report detailing the full extent of problems with Witney’s Corn Exchange could be released in two weeks. Witney Town Council closed the Market Square community hall after a report showed the heating and ventilation system was in danger of “imminent failure” but the report has never been released to the public.

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Community Infrastructure Levy Consultation

30th December 2011

Policy Consultation

The Theatres Trust has made comments on the Community Infrastructure Levy: Detailed proposals and draft regulations for reform consultation. Read the Trust’s response.

To view details of the consultation online, please click here.


Crumbling Harperley PoW camp and theatre gets £500,000

30th December 2011

A former World War II prisoner of war camp is to undergo repairs thanks to a donation of £500,000. English Heritage is spending the money on the canteen and theatre at Harperley camp near Crook, County Durham. Now English Heritage is hoping to save the camp and will carry out repairs at the site over two years. It is hoped it will become a tourist attraction.

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Great support for bid to save hidden gem of Hulme Hippodrome

28th December 2011

Tony Wright has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to save the huge Grade II listed building in Hulme which once hosted Laurel and Hardy and The Beatles. With an ornate three-tier theatre and ballroom, it is likely cost around £20m to renovate. But since being featured in the M.E.N three months ago Tony, operations manager for social enterprise Youth Village, says he has been inundated with offers of help.

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