INVESTMENT in the Woodmead Halls, the most popular meeting place in Lyme Regis, continues at a pace.
Following the opening of a new enlarged kitchen at the end of last year, providing some of the most up-to-date catering facilities in the district, attention as been turned to improvements in the small hall.
The partition between the two halls has been removed and replaced with folding doors, which when open increases the number of seating in sight of the stage to 300. A new wooden floor has also been laid in the small hall.
The frontage of the main building has also been enhanced by the removal of wooden cladding and replaced with new green-grey material cement fibre weather boarding, which not only improves the look of the building but is also provides better protection from the elements.
The work has been carried out by local builders Mark Colley and Peter Kirkman and supervised by John Broom, vice-chairman of the halls management committee.
The halls voluntary working team, John Evans and Alan Stickler, have also been improving the stage area in readiness for the forthcoming Lyme Regis pantomime Sleeping Beauty and Lyme Regis Musical Theatre’s production of Hello Dolly in May.
Future improvements projects will include redecoration of the foyer and maintenance of the halls solar energy system.
Halls chairman Philip Evans said: “Most months more than 100 different events, ranging from ballet classes to short mat bowls, are held at the Woodmead Halls and we are committed to making sure we offer the best facilities possible. The halls is a non-profit making organisation so we are ploughing any excess funds back into maintaining the halls’ reputation of being one of Dorset’s finest community facilities.
“Our long term plans include an extension to the small hall, a major project which will require grant aid and we are currently investigating all funding opportunities.”
Forthcoming events at the Woodmead Halls:
Lyme Regis Pantomime – Sleeping Beauty, February 14th-19th
Ken Gollop – Under Shady Tree, Sunday March 4th
NHS Blood Transfusion Service – Wednesday, March 28th
Mayor’s Civic Night – Friday, April 13th
Lyme Regis Musical Theatre, Hello Dolly, May 15th-19th
For more details on the Woodmead Halls go to www.woodmeadhalls.co.uk