Friday, 22 May 2015

Crowdfunder campaign launched for Sidmouth Drill Hall

The Drill Hall project is gaining ground:
Futures Forum: Become a Friend of Sidmouth Drill Hall >>> to 'generate interest and activity in the eastern end of Sidmouth'

Following the success of the Sea Fest earlier this month
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Sea Fest: Bank Holiday weekend: Friday 1st May - Saturday 2nd May >>> a community event
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Sea Fest: "Celebrating all things oceanic... and what the Drill Hall could be if it reopened."

... the Drill Hall campaign is entering a new stage:

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With more details from the Drill Hall website:

New Drill Hall Hub Unit at Libra Court
Please Support Our New Fundraising Campaign
We have launched a fundraising campaign to help meet our costs to open a drop in and information centre in Sidmouth.
Click this link to be redirected now – Support Us
An opportunity has recently arisen for us to take on a unit at Libra Court in Sidmouth for an initial four month period. The unit will be a home for Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub both as a place where we can meet people and discuss our vision for the future of the Drill Hall, and to work as a base for small and start up businesses in Sidmouth. We will sell products from small local businesses that are part of the Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC, plus our new Sidmouth fishermen’s jerseys, the jerseys from our colleagues in Arnemuiden, Holland, Sidmouth Sea Fest t-shirts and more.
We have had a fantastic response to our ‘Friends Of’ campaign with many new people to add to our network. By taking on the unit we will have a drop in centre in Sidmouth where we can move the campaign on to the next stage. We are incredibly excited about this development in our campaign.
But we need your help!
We are working to raise £1,200 by 12th June 2015.
Please take part in our Crowdfunder fundraiser and bid for one of a limited number of pledges.
More details can be found by clicking this link – Support Us
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‘The Territorial Drill Hall, at the Salcombe end of the Esplanade, erected in 1895 on a site given by the late J. George G. Radford, is a neat edifice of red brick, and has on the ground floor a drill hall, 60 by 32 feet, with a clock over the entrance; the building also includes an ante-room, and an armoury.’ (Kelly, 1914)
The land was donated to the town by Mr George G Radford and Mr and Mrs R Hatton-Wood of ‘Belmont’ advanced money for the building work, £1,650. The building was opened on Tuesday 15th October 1895.
In October 1903, Mr and Mrs Hatton-Wood presented the deeds to the Rifle Volunteer Company, which had been formed in 1883, wiping out the remaining construction bill of £600.
Throughout the 1900’s the Drill Hall was used as a cinema, a site for sports including badminton and ice skating, a dance hall, a live music venue, and the on site office of the Sidmouth Folk Festival.
The Drill Hall was closed in 1994 and has been boarded up since.
At a meeting of East Devon District Council’s cabinet in November 2011, council members approved a motion that the building be demolished and a car park built on the vacant site.
The cabinet allocated a budget of £48,038 to demolish the building.
A local campaign group was formed and in March 2013, EDDC removed their application to demolish the building.
Following the withdrawal of the demolition of the building, the campaign group has worked to raise awareness of the heritage of the building and the east end of Sidmouth seafront, and in particular the fishing and coastal history of Sidmouth. In November 2013 the group registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in order to work on a range of community projects linked to fishing and the sea, and ultimately towards the redevelopment of the Drill Hall. The two main current areas of activity are the European Union funded TourFish project, and Sidmouth Sea Fest from which Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC carries out a number of community support projects.
This is the website of Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC.
Architect's Drawing of a Renovated Drill Hall Interior (c) Alex Vick
Architect’s Drawing of a Renovated Drill Hall Interior (c) Alex Vick
Architect's vision phase 1 Drill Hall interior to rear of building (c) Alex Vick
Architect’s vision phase 1 Drill Hall interior to rear of building (c) Alex Vick

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