Just as we have got going again, we suddenly have to close again for the whole of November. We apologise that the six November events have to be postponed. Hopefully we will be able to reopen for socially distanced, COVID-secure, performances in December.
Generous support received:
Thanks to your generous support, with over £5000 raised in individual donations, and support from a Government Small Businesses Emergency Grant and from Southwold Town Council, we survived lockdown 1 and I am confident we can survive lockdown 2 as well.
Generous grants from the Southwold Trust have allowed us to carry out urgent external refurbishment of St Edmunds Hall and these works are now completed. We have used a substantial grant from the Coastal Community Fund to purchase a new permanent seating block, which you can see pictures of on our webpage. Donations from Southwold Town Council and County Councillor Michael Ladd are allowing us to purchase essential equipment for the safe and efficient use of the hall.
Under new management:
We took the opportunity of lockdown 1 to improve our management structure, with clearly defined roles for a Finance Director, a Health and Safety Officer, a Hall Manager and an IT Manager. We’ve created a new webpage and social media platforms. We are still looking for a volunteer to look after the technical side of the hall.
Southwold Summer Theatre Season:
We are proud that we were able to host Matthew Townshend Productions Virtual-Theatre-on-the-Coast in August and September, with small but enthusiastic invited audiences for the weekly filmings. The technical and theatrical quality of these shows was extremely high. We plan to show large-screen versions of the films of ‘All4One’ and ‘Attagirls!’ in January.
‘Made in Southwold’ film season:
Before lockdown 2 we managed to show three films in our ‘Made in Southwold’ film season, including our Gala Relaunch with ‘East of Ipswich’ and entertainment by the Southwold Players. We also had Janet Gershlick’s stand-up event and restarted our fortnightly coffee mornings.
Appeal for donations:
Many of you have contributed generously and we are very grateful for your support. Our hope is that we might be back to normal operations by April 2021. We have streamlined our operations to reduce costs but we are also making significant investments in the safe and efficient running of the hall. Our finances remain extremely tight through to April.
Please consider making a donation now, either by making an online bank transfer to Sole Bay Arts CIO, sort code 204545, account number 33087271, or by sending a cheque made out to ‘Sole Bay Arts CIO’ to Southwold Arts Centre, Cumberland Rd, Southwold IP18 6JP.
Thank you for your support and we hope to reopen to the public soon.
(Chair of Trustees, Southwold Arts Centre)