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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Coro group appeals for friends to help run Ulverston hall

THE community group behind a plan to save one of Ulverston’s best loved buildings has called for hundreds of volunteers to join them.

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support The Friends of the Coronation Hall group is appealing for volunteers to help run the Coronation Hall, in Ulverston LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50038108B007

The organisation committee of the nascent Friends of the Coronation Hall held a planning meeting last night to discuss a strategy for fundraising.

The group’s newly elected temporary secretary, town councillor Colin Pickthall, said the friends will focus on making sure the events calendar at the hall caters to all tastes: “Our main effort will be marketing the Coronation Hall in the first instance.

“We want to get out there and find people who don’t use the hall, or don’t use it very often, and ask what they would like to see there.

“We don’t know what the outcome of that will be.

“What we’re saying is we would have no problems with any activity as long as it’s lawful and decent.

“We’re trying to avoid people who would say it should all be art and classical music and likewise we want to avoid people saying it should all be darts and bingo.”

The friends plan to hold a formal annual general meeting in March to elect permanent officials.

The Coronation Hall is owned and operated by South Lakeland District Council, but it has announced it can no longer continue the current level of funding due to cuts in local government grants.

The friends will focus on strategies to raise extra money for the hall to make up the shortfall in funding from SLDC.

But the group has stressed it has no plans for a full-scale takeover.

Cllr Pickthall said: “By the AGM we hope we will have several hundred members signed up.”

“We also hope to make bids for corporate membership for large and small firms.”

“We need to make it clear that we are not in the business of owning or running the hall, nor are we in the business of subsidising the district council.”

The organisation committee of the friends group is made up of representatives from some of the hall’s regular users including the Ulverston Outsiders amateur dramatics society and the Ulverston Opera Group.

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