special: New HQ for Highbridge arts school opened
Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP guests at an opening ceremony
held on Saturday (May 15th) for a local performing arts school's
new premises in Highbridge.
Call School of Performing Arts' new premises in The Old Creamery
on the Huntspill Road in Highbridge were opened following a nine-month
renovation project costing over £30,000.
and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke cut a ribbon outside the
impressive modern facilities.
Call has been running for over a decade and offers a wide range
of performing arts activities for youngsters and adults, while
also entertaining the community and raising money for charity.
Patricia Ham told Burnham-On-Sea.com she is "delighted"
with the group's new home. "Curtain Call has had a 'Romanic
life' for several years, teaching in various venues across the
Burnham and Highbridge area, and last year we made steps to find
a permanent home," she said.
our own premises has been something I wanted to achieve for a
long time, not just for me, but for all the students we teach.
I wanted us all to have somewhere to be proud of that would be
an inspirational and creative home for Curtain Call."
been no mean feat to find a location for our studios since space
is the most important issue. It's recommended that students of
Primary School age who attend a dance class should be accommodated
with at least three square metres per child, so you need the room
for students to move freely and safely when they dance, also somewhere
that's not claustrophobic, but bright and friendly."
I walked into the Old Creamery in Highbridge, despite being a
grey and dreary day last year, I knew the place could be turned
into something special."
added that despite being severely dilapidated, a change of use
application was submitted for the building, plans were drawn up
and, with approval from Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, the £30,000 refurbishment work
started in earnest last August.
said: "We liaised every step of the way with local building
regulations officers, who have been very supportive. They have
helped us bring The Old Creamery up to current health and safety
specifications. At times the renovations have been quite trying
because the building is very old and built of solid stuff."
I think it's wonderful that we've converted this heritage site
and that it is being used to promote the arts for the local community,
rather than being under threat of re-development like so many
other sites in Highbridge and Burnham. I now consider the Old
Creamery to be my second home!"