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Update from the Building Preservation Trust

From Charlotte Benstead, on behalf of the Building Preservation Trust

This is a quick update about some of the work the BPT has been doing over the summer towards the continuing development of our theatre project.

 As well as the opening events, the BPT had its AGM and all the trustees have stayed in post; they are Bob Callender, Geoff Lill, Lisa Thomas, Philip Spedding, Charlotte Benstead, Chris Stooke, Carole Coyne, Chaz Doyle and  Fiona Daffern.

We’re also delighted to let you know that we have received a generous private donation to ensure we can complete the remaining building works,  to ensure the 1st and 2nd floors are safe and usable for outside bookings and rehearsals. Our donor wishes to remain anonymous, but we are so grateful and quite overwhelmed by their generosity.  The financial pressures are by no means over as we have some large bills to cover this year, but this wonderful donation means we will soon be able to generate extra income from building hire.

Now the building is open, we’re looking at our structures and governance across all areas of the building.  Over the coming months we will be working with Eve Saloman, who is one of our business mentors, funded by the Heritage Lottery.  She, along with a small group of members, will be reviewing our governing documents and tightening up our bye-laws. We were recommended to apply for additional funding to help us with this process, and in July the Heritage Lottery Fund approved just over £60,000 of funding for us through their “Resilience” grant stream.

Any proposed changes to our governance will be consulted upon, and we will hold an Extra Ordinary General meeting to approve any amendments. This will be in the new year with plenty of notice.

Some of General Council past and present with Cassie and Bex joined us for an awayday where we started to shape our vision of the future. This will be used to help with business planning and prepare us for our operational challenges that come with more activity and longer opening hours in our building.

We also have Janet Vitmayer on hand, who was made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours this year. She brings with her 20 plus years’ experience of running the Horniman Museum and is a local resident.

If you would like to know more about the review or think you have some skills and the capacity to help with our business planning and policy review, please let us know – email charlotte@southlondontheatre.co.uk

Meanwhile, please keep telling your friends and neighbours about our wonderful space and shows.