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TOPIC: Building Preservation Trust update - Sept 2018

Building Preservation Trust update - Sept 2018 2 months, 3 weeks ago #1

Update from the Building Preservation Trust.


This is a quick update about some of the work the Building Preservation Trust have been doing over the summer.  As well as the opening events we had our 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, & Fiona Daffern. 


We are delighted to have received a private donation making it possible to complete the remaining building works on the 1st and 2nd floors so they are safe and usable for outside bookings and rehearsals. Our donor wishes to remain anonymous, but we are so grateful and were overwhelmed by the generosity.  The financial pressures are by no means over as we have some large bills to cover this year, but this donation means we will be able to generate extra income from room hire.


Now the building is open, we are looking at our structures and governance across all areas of the building.  Over the coming months we will be working with Eve Salomon, who is one of our business mentors, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Along with a small group of members, she 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 a grant of just over £60,000 through their “Resilience” grant scheme. The grant will fully fund a review of the structures, governance and operations for the organisation as a whole (SLT and the BPT) and the production of a business plan.


Any proposed changes to our governance will be consulted on, 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 our staff members joined us for an away day 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.


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.  She is our HLF approved consutant and will work with us over the next 8 months.


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.


The Building Preservation Trust team.



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