Things are starting to move here at The Hall again. Since realising that fund-raising could take some time, we have decided to get on with running some events during the summer while we prepare our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application. Please keep an eye on the events section of our website and sign up as a member to get invites.
So here is a brief update on whats been going on.
The Hall has been sandblasted by www.rocketblasting.co.uk and all sand removed (by Exeter Uni Drama Students) and we are now getting ready to prepare the windows for painting and soundproofing. It looks stunning so please drop in and have a look or come to one of our volunteer days and have a peek! We would love to get your feed back on some of the proposed designs also. Most leaks have stopped although we have found two last points of water ingress we are now dealing with.
We have begun talks with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), who have asked us to complete an archaeological and building conditions survey which are both now underway. Once we get a clearer idea of how we might work with the HLF then we will start talking to foundations and other private funders. In the meantime, we do have the facility to accept donations on our website. There are many unknowns as to how long it may take to raise the funds, so we have withdrawn any predictions on when we might open after the refurbishment. Instead, we have decided to get on with some events.
We are very excited at the prospect of holding some trial events in The Hall this summer. We are limited to 40/50 people until be get our new fire escape and we will have to close in October when it gets cold. Running some events will give us a better idea of how the building operates and gives us an opportunity to meet you and find out what you want!
We held our first ever dance event on the 22nd of March - the first Thrupenny Hop for 69 years. Margaret Turbin told us about the gramophone disco that took place in the 40's which we want to re-instate. Thanks to everyone that turned up, dressed up, despite the cold.
Here are some pictures
Before the Thrupenny Hop, Exeter Uni Drama department help a couple of their end of year productions that were fantastic. Once of the productions featured a complete history of The Hall and a puppet show of the Character from the famous Mathew Miller Clock on west street.
We are also proud to announce that The Hall will be a venue for Exeter's Ignite Festival. We will be open from the 4th to the 7th of June will up to 6 national standard and some award winning productions. Expect some tantalising announcements very soon. Also in the planning are some Historic Exeter Talks, Dinner Dances, Dinner Talks and acoustic music nights. Stay tuned and keep tabs on our whats on calendar.. Here you will also see when we are open for Volunteer days. Please support us this summer.
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See you all very soon
Alexei & Ruth