We have had to cancel the family fun day until the Spring.

We have had to cancel the fun day until the Spring.  –  Thanks for your interest and we’ll see you then.

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Petition now closed and sent to Ross McEwan – thanks for your support

Thank you all for your great support for our petition. We have closed it today at 467 signatures in order to send it in to Ross McEwan, Chief Exec at RBS, with copies to George Osborne, Vince Cable, and local MPs.
Had we left it longer we would have gained more signatures, and we will point this out in our covering letter, but in only 2 weeks we have have established the considerable level of support for our plans and for the proposal that RBS delay the sale of the Hall until we have completed the Heritage lottery process.
Please do continue to follow the project on our website http://houghendhall.org and do please consider adding your financial support by making a pledge, big or small on our crowdfunding appeal: you only pay if we meet the target, and showing that we have raised these funds will also help our HLF application which if successful would allow us to buy the Hall (read more about it here).
Thanks
Mark Burton and Carolyn Kagan
for the Friends of Hough End Hall

Our crowdfunding appeal is launched!

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL NOW CLOSED.  For update and information on how you can still help fund the campaign – follow this link.

We are pleased to announce our crowdfunding appeal through SpacehiveSpacehive logo, linking to Hough End Hall crowdfunding page.

This is to raise money for heritage activities (heritage walk, book: “Hough End Hall, the Story”, interactive website, mobile exhibition) connected with Hough End Hall (1), although their successful completion will not depend on our being able to purchase the Hall. It will however contribute to positioning the Hall as a key part of the Chorlton and South Manchester heritage – and show the level of community support for the idea, essential for our big Heritage Lottery Fund bid. If we do manage to buy the Hall, then these projects will work in conjunction with the building. If we aren’t successful this time, they will help keep the Hall in the public eye, ready for the next time it comes on the market. Eventually Hough End Hall will be ours – and that means yours. Success in the crowdfunding campaign will also be a further signal to RBS of the strength of local support and strengthen our bid to the Heritage Lottery (which includes buying the Hall)

The way it works is that you pledge a contribution, and it can be large or small, but you only have to pay if we reach our target, and only at the close of the appeal on 31 January.

We are also offering some rewards for donors – see below.

Will you join those who have already made pledges and support this project?

Read more on our Spacehive page.

Our rewards.

If you pledge…

On completion you will be entitled to…

£5

An invitation to the book launch

£10

An invitation to the opening of the Heritage Walk

£15

The ebook version of “Hough End Hall, the Story” when published.

£50

The print version of “Hough End Hall, the Story” when published.

£75

Signed and numbered Giclée prints of the painting of the Hall (limited to 200).

£100

Your name among the acknowledgments printed in the book

£250

If and when we acquire the Halll, your name will be included on the Roll of Honour to be displayed permanently.

The most generous donations will be recognised through the naming of rooms and spaces within the Hall, if and when we acquire it.

(1) There is also a small element for the development of our capacity and ability as an organisation to successfully bid for and manage the Hall.

Hough End Hall – Tell RBS the community needs it!

RBS logo via http://www.rbs.co.uk/corporate.ashxWe are now at a critical point in the campaign to make Hough End Hall ours. As you may know the Hall is currently owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), through its troubled subsidiary ‘West Register. While the Hall has been vacant for some two years, there is now pressure from the Treasury for RBS to get rid of its property portfolio (part of its “de-leveraging”). That means that when the moratorium on its sale ends on 25 November, they will want to sell the Hall as soon as possible.

Our problem is that our best chance of raising the money to buy the Hall is through a big grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. But although our meetings with them have been encouraging, it will take longer than this until they could agree the money. This is because of the considerable amount of work needed to demonstrate that our plans to run the Hall are water-tight, and the set dates that they work to for considering proposals and finally agreeing funding (in December, 2015).

We have spoken to the manager at West Register, who although sympathetic, has clear instructions from above to make a sale as soon as possible. What we need to do is get as many people as possible to make the case for giving us more time. Because RBS is owned by you and me – the State is the majority (81%) shareholder – this is a realistic thing to ask for and to expect, and the positive publicity would help RBS in restoring its reputation. Indeed, they could even give the building to the community, but we don’t expect that.

What you can do:

1) Sign our petition to Ross McEwan (Chief Executive of RBS), George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer, and MP for nearby Tatton) and Vince Cable (Business Secretary).
It is will take you a few moments via this link.

2) Write to your MP (using this model MP letter: but please personalise it)  asking them to give their support to our request to give us more time and identify us as the preferred buyer. Put in your postcode after you click this link and you can email your MP directly (but again please don’t just send an unchanged model letter – Write to them will block it if you do).

3) Share this with your family, friends and colleagues – by word of mouth (best), email, facebook and twitter. You can also share the petition in this way.

Thanks for you help, it really will help us Make it Ours!

Also look out for our Crowdfunding appeal – coming very soon.