HRH Prince Charles opens Phase 1

HRH visited the Goods Shed yesterday to meet volunteers from the Goods Shed project and officially mark the completion of Phase 1 - the building's refurbishment and extension. 

The Prince stops to chat to well wishers as he arrives at the Shed (all photos by Helen Hyde)

HRH Prince Charles's visit was the culmination of three years of strenuous activity by the Rail Lands Trust, Tetbury Town Council and the Shed’s many friends and supporters to completely restore and repair the 127-year-old building prior to its coming transformation into an exciting arts, entertainment and social venue.

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Talking to Jo Gale, Andrea Payne and James Scurlock. In November 2013, Jo, Andrea and Jo Parke as newcomers to the project, organised a pamper evening at the Dolphins Hall. The event raised hundreds of pounds and almost single (treble?)-handedly kicked-off the successful drive to restore the Shed. Looking on at right are Kate and Chris Lewis of the Royal Oak Tetbury and (left) artist Nicola Clark whose painting and music helped to bring life back to the shed.   

The Prince was shown around the almost-complete auditorium by Will Cook, chair of the Trust; Stephen Hirst, Mayor of Tetbury, and Natalie Haines, chief executive of Tetbury Town Council. The £600,000 rebuild has seen the Victorian industrial building re-roofed and insulated, kitted out with underfloor heating and enhanced by a carefully-matched annexe that will contain services and a catering kitchen.

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HRH was clearly intrigued by project supporter Mary Doyle's artistry, especially on learning that Mary only took up stone sculpture three years ago. 

At the end of his visit, the Prince unveiled a plaque to commemorate the completion of Phase 1 of the project. In the next phases of its new existence the Shed will acquire state-of-the-art seating, cinema and sound installations, a high-quality catering kitchen, and in the not-too-distant future, space for classes and workshops. 

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Louise Verity and Maggi Stamp-Loshak share some of their aspirations for the Shed as a centre for arts and community expression

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A final word with Cllr Stephen Hirst and TRLRT chairman Will Cook

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Guests fill the auditorium, which is due to be fitted-out with seats, cinema, etc by April and be open for full-scale events from around May 2017. After three years of running and supporting events in the freezing cold of the old building, it took a while for people to realise they didn't need to keep their coats on!

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