A COMMUNITY group, which has revived a Victorian town hall as a community arts centre, has been selected as a finalist, in line to win up to £50,000 National Lottery funding, in this year’s People’s Projects.
Town Hall Arts, which is based in Trowbridge, provides opportunities for people of all backgrounds to be inspired by arts, culture and heritage in a building at the heart of its community. It is one of five groups in the region in the running for a share of £3 million which is available across the UK.
Since 2005, the partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund, the National Lottery and ITV has given the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their local area. Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the National Lottery has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes have been shortlisted. In each region, the three that receive the most public votes will each receive a grant of up to £50,000 to help them continue their work to improve local people’s lives and help their communities to thrive.
If successful, Town Hall Arts will look at using the grant to make improvements to the building, making it more accessible and welcoming, and would also be interested in hearing your ideas.
On Friday 5th April, Town Hall Arts will showcase its project, Transforming Trowbridge Town Hall on ITV West Country at 6pm, telling local viewers exactly why they deserve to win and asking them to support the bid by visiting the People’s Projects website to vote.
Town Hall Arts director David Lockwood says: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, this will help us to make an even bigger difference to our local community.”
Voting opens at 9am on Monday 1st April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk and you can find the Transforming Trowbridge Town Hall project in the West Country East category.
Photograph by Siobhan Boyle.