A year of progress at town’s hall

A year of progress has been made at Epworth’s Imperial Hall.

Martin Whittaker, of Epworth is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to try and raise money for the Epworth Christmas Lights. Picture: Andrew Roe

Speaking at the hall committee’s annual general meeting, chairman of the trustees, Denise Miemczyk, highlighted some of the achievements made during the past 12 months, with particular reference to the ongoing refurbishment and modernisation programme aimed at turning it into one of the most attractive community-hire venues in the Isle.

The rolling programme of repairs and renovation to the Hall has been made possible by a numbers of factors, including the generous and continued support from Epworth Town Council and local businesses and grant funding from Leader, Wren and the National Lottery.

“However, it is without doubt the dedication, commitment and hard work of each and every member of the team of trustees that has not only ensured that the hall has remained as the centre of our community for another year but that our ambitious improvement programme has continued to drive forward,” said Mrs Miemczyk.

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“This year brought a new series of challenges as we tackled what I think may be our biggest project to date, the extension and refurbishment of the backstage area,” she added.

The hall, which is a registered charity, is run by committee of 11 volunteers, including two representatives from Epworth Town Council.

Mrs Miemczyk added: “In additional to the tangible changes to the fabric of the building we have plans for the forthcoming year to refit the kitchen in the main hall, fit a sound system and repair the old Louvre window – to name but a few.”

The audited accounts were presented by treasurer Martin Whittaker (pictured) and showed that for the year ending up until December 2013, the facility had ended up in a comfortable surplus.

An open day later in the year to provide the opportunity for invited guests and members of the general public see the recent improvements for themselves.

To find out more about the Imperial Hall visit its website at www.epworthimperialhall.com see its page on Facebook or to enquire about hiring the Hall or meeting room contact the Hall’s bookings secretary, Mary Addlesee on 01427 873622.