for Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre unveiled
Princess Theatre is to be given a £50,000 external overhaul
this year as part of a major modernisation project.
councillors in Burnham have approved a raft of improvements to
the outside of the theatre, including urgent roof repairs.
council's Princess Management Committee has over the past month
completed a competitive tendering process and agreed that a local
building firm be appointed to undertake the £49,744 of work.
cash has been allocated from £90,640 of 'transitional funding'
which the Town Council received from Sedgemoor District Council
during last year's handover of the building.
the same time, thousand of pounds have also been earmarked for
interior upgrades. The Town Council's business adviser has submitted
an application for £25,000 of grant funding from LARC (Local
Action For Rural Communities), which will be matched by £30,000
from the council, to enable improvements to be made to the kitchen
and bar area.
for a set of new £30,000 solar
panels on top of the theatre are also proceeding with the
installation set to be completed by April.
a presentation to the Town Council on Monday night, theatre manager
Andy Pulleyn (pictured) said a busy programme of events is being
scheduled around the improvements.
dozen events are to be staged by The Princess in coming months
- featuring music, drama and comedy - in addition to scores of
activities run by local groups.
said the 65th Highbridge Festival of The Arts will open at The
Princess on February 29th, and a Queen tribute night is also to
be held on March 16th.
added that The Princess is also seeking to develop new partnerships
with local artists and art groups to display material in the building
and turn it into an 'art hub', supported by the creation of new
drama groups and training courses.
quarterly what's on guide to promote the theatre's events will
soon be distributed to every home in Burnham. Members of the Princess
Management Committee (pictured holding the new guides) have given
their approval to the publication.
theatre's new cafe - which will soon offer free wi-fi access -
launched last month
and is being operated alongside its new box office which is open
on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3pm.
added: "A recent survey found that a large proportion of
residents in Burnham do not have a car and therefore do not want
to travel to Weston or further afield for entertainment. Fortunately,
there is plenty of quality entertainment right here on their doorstep."