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Goods Shed Arts Centre to Open in 2016

Great news! The funding shortfall on the Goods Shed Arts project has been bridged.

It means that refurbishment and conversion work will start early in the New Year. 

All being well, Tetbury's brand new community Arts Centre will be open for business in summer 2016.

Tetbury Town Councillors voted unanimously on 16 November to bring the project's funding up to the £530,000 needed in order to appoint a contractor.

"It's fantastic news," said Will Cook, chairman of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, after the meeting. "Thanks to the council's decision, the next phase of the project can now begin."

The total includes £136,000 in grants secured by Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust group since 2013; £111,000 in Section 106 monies1; and £250,000 contributed by the town council, which owns the building. 

The Trust will continue to raise funds through events and grant applications so that the new centre will have the best possible facilities and equipment. 

When the building and fit-out is done, the rejuvenated GWR goods shed will offer local people, community groups and visiting artists a multi-purpose space for music, drama, events, functions and exhibitions.

The plans incorporate a state-of-the-art digital cinema system with full surround sound, able to present live streaming of plays, ballet and opera as well as near-to-release-date movies. 

Raked seating is part of the plan - the 185 seats retracting fully against the end wall when not in use.

Expect to see construction work starting in January or February!

1 Section 106 payments are made by developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure

Sculpture flows overflows Shed interior

Our second annual sculpture exhibition is now open to the public, with works spilling out on to the area around the Goods Shed.

Twenty-three sculptors are showing this year, as well as Tetbury-based painter Nicola Clark.

By the third day of the three week show, four pieces and two paintings had already been bought by vistors including one by Cheltenham sculptor Myra Murby who was exhibiting her work for the first time.

The show is open every day from 10.30am to 5pm.

Work by Richard Cresswell outside the Shed

Dozens of artworks fill Tetbury's Victorian-era railway Goods Shed at the exhibition.

 

Cohen's Pharmacy makes £723 donation

To celebrate thirty five years in the pharmacy business, Cohen’s Pharmacy (who are located in Romney House Surgery in Tetbury) promised to double any fund raising efforts in their branches up to £350. 

During the summer, Cohen's staff in Tetbury have been raising money. Manager Mark Hills even gave the appeal the cash he raised taking part in the very wet Tetbury fun run in August. 

Thanks to the team's efforts and the generosity of their customers, Cohen's raised a grand total of £373.67, which was matched by £350 kindly donated by the company head office.

Caroline Morgan, Treasurer of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, is pictured receiving a cheque for £723.67 from Mark Hills. She thanked all the staff and in particular Mark, for their support of the Goods Shed. 

Cohen's contribution is a big boost to the fundraising effort needed to turn the Victorian goods shed into a new arts centre for the town and surrounding area. Thanks to the enthusiastic support and generosity of people in the area, the Trust has raised over £30,000 in the last 20 months. Together with pledges by Tetbury Town Council and funding bodies, this means we are closing in on our target for rebuilding and reopening the building in 2016.

 

Sue Stoner

Words cannot express our sadness at the news that Sue Stoner passed away at Leckhampton Court hospice on Friday 17 July.

The funeral will be at St Mary's Church, Tetbury, at 3pm on Wednesday 29 July.

Sue was a force of nature, who fought against her final illness as tenaciously as she fought, for two decades, to realise her vision of creating a lively arts and entertainment venue for our whole community at the Goods Shed.

It's a testament to Sue's ability to inspire and persuade others that the Arts Centre project has gathered the support and funding needed to bring it to the threshold of fulfillment.

Our thoughts are with Sue's family and loved ones at this time. 

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