Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre set for grand re-opening

PUBLISHED: 15:43 10 May 2019

Baldock Town Hall, Baldock. Picture: DANNY LOO

Baldock Town Hall, Baldock. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre is set for a grand re-opening tomorrow, following a refurbishment at the town hall.

The group, which took over the building in 2013, will welcome visitors to the hall - which was largely unused prior to the revamp.

Chair of the group, Alison Gentle, said: "We at Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre have been working towards bringing usable areas of the Old Town Hall back into community use since we took over the building in June 2013.

"Baldock Museum, a small community volunteer-run enterprise occupied two rooms on the Hitchin Street side, but the rest of the building had remained relatively unused for over a decade.

"However, with the help of other local community groups, associations, volunteers and grants we were able to open up the newly christened Thomas Pryor Theatre for events and transform the large ground floor space into a gallery - which supports and showcases local artists - and a small tea and coffee serving area, offering a meeting space.

"This latest refurbishment has been ongoing for a while, from our initial strategy, grant application and feasibility, to eventually receiving an NHDC community buildings grant to open up and refurbish further areas of the building.

"The management team have worked tirelessly to bring this current project to fruition. The result has given us a newly refurbished utility area, with the addition of an access and parents' room, a bright new serving area for our gallery space, new double glazed windows in the theatre and a new heating system complete with boiler in the museum end if the building.

"In addition we have also opened up what used to be the town's fire station to provide a brand new heritage space and we are planning some new exhibits and displays where we can start to showcase some of Baldock's unique history."

The area still needs some finishing off, with new flooring and eventually a new glass entrance door at the front, but most of the structural work is complete.

The grand opening will be supported by The Knights Templar School band who are providing a community music concert from 10am.

Members of the management committee will be on hand throughout the day and will be giving a tour around the building from 1pm.

For more information, go to www.bahc.co.uk.

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