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Council’s £5,000 grant unlocks the potential of Wigton theatre

26 March 2015

The John Peel Theatre in Wigton has received £5,000 of funding from Allerdale Borough Council for a project to help make the venue more commercially viable.

Wigton Theatre Club, a charitable Trust, has received the money to improve facilities at the Station Road building. The first stage of the work will see the creation of a bar area, which will bring in more revenue for the theatre, as well as reinstating one of the building’s main windows, and involve improvements to the projector room.

The funding from the Council has also allowed the Theatre Club to plan a second stage of works after the pledge enabled them to apply for additional grants from other organisations. They have also secured £8,000 from the Arts Council, £3,000 from the Hadfield Trust, £800 from Wigton Town Council and £500 from CN Group. This will be used for redecoration, as well as improvements to the heating and auditorium lighting.

Council Leader Alan Smith and Deputy Leader Barbara Cannon arranged for the funding from the Leader’s Portfolio Priorities Budget, which is a fund which can be used to support local communities and community groups.

Councillor Smith said: “Councillor Cannon and I had visited the John Peel Theatre separately and were both impressed by its potential as a great attraction.

“When we heard about their improvement plans we really wanted to help – this is exactly the sort of project we can use the Priorities fund for. The added bonus is that by awarding this relatively small grant, it unlocks so many other funding sources and this project can progress so much more quickly.

“One of the key things for us was the theatre team’s desire to ensure the venue is sustainable. By creating the new bar area, it will increase their income and be an added facility for those visiting the theatre.”

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