The challenge of maintaining an old Victorian building featured largely in Chairman Geoff Boudreau’s report to the AGM of the Rye Community Centre Association on Monday November 29.
Works carried out during the past year amounted to £12,240, principally on the replacement of defective exterior windows, the improvements to disabled access and the rewiring of the emergency lighting system. This was all made possible by grant funding thanks to the Rye Community Shop, the Little Cheyne Court Windfarm Fund and some private donations.
The Main Hall continued to be a popular hiring venue for wedding receptions and other events, as well as catering for regular bookings by voluntary group users. The Rye Dance Centre continues to be the main user of the upstairs hall and Acting Up in Rye are always planning another theatrical event, presently a Murder Mystery supper followed by a pantomime in the New Year. The Rye Arts Festival hosted 11 events in the main hall bringing in valuable income as usual. Total income from lettings was up by £1253 compared with the previous period.
Thanking all members of the team who have contributed their efforts over the past year, Geoff Boudreau said: “Prospects are good for another excellent year for the Centre which continues to be an important facility for the local community, used by many thousands of people over the year.”
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