Hough End Hall: The Story – you can buy it online or locally

the bookThe book, Hough End Hall, The Story by Andrew Simpson and Peter Topping, was successfully launched earlier this month at the Chorlton Arts Festival.  It tells the story of the Hall and that of the people who lived and worked there.  That’s four centuries from when it was the new home of Sir Nicholas Mosley, through its 250 years as a farmhouse, its brief spell as a restaurant and right up to our present campaign to buy it and convert it into community use.

You can buy it here for just £14.99 plus £2.80 postage (£5.30 overseas).  Click the link below to purchase online, or see below for local outlets.

 

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You can also buy the book, in person, at Chorlton Bookshop on Wilbraham Road, or Chorlton Library, on Manchester Road.

 

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Crowdfunding: we missed our target but are still taking donations.

Thank you to those who made generous pledges for the Heritage Walk and exhibition resources to present and explain Manchester’s historic Tudor manor house, Hough End Hall, as part of our plan to bring it into community use. The crowdfunding deadline was 31st January.

Unfortunately we we did not meet what was a very ambitious target, so you will not be billed for your pledge.

We were not successful this time in winning a very large Heritage Lottery grant for purchase, renovation and initial running costs for the Hall.

The more positive news is we are pursuing other possibilities – watch this space for news in the next week or so.

In lieu of the pledge you have made we would ask you to give a donation to help fund our campaign. We can still offer the same scale of “rewards” as before for donations received by Feb 28, 2015. To donate, follow this link for instructions on donating by cheque or online.

Get the Hough End Hall jigsaw!

Now you can make your very own Tudor manor house …. with our Hough End Hall jigsaw.   Peter Topping, who has produced it, writes:

We have produced a Jigsaw Puzzle of the Hough End Hall Painting, Large size 40cm x 30cm. 300 piece boxed for only £14.99. This will make an ideal Christmas present and all profits go to the Friends of Hough End Hall Project.

jigsaw

Copies available from Chorlton Bookshop, or contact us by email and we’ll arrange to deliver locally.

Our October bulletin: RBS, crowdfunding and spreading the word

Bulletin 8 October 2014

or read it as a pdf file HERE

Previous bulletins HERE

If you would like to get involved in any way, please get in touch. houghendhall@gmail.com or ring Carolyn Kagan (0161 881 6887)

We are pleased to bring you the latest update on the achievements (and frustrations) of the Hough End Hall project.

This month has given us a bit of a breather as we wait to hear about the grant applications we have submitted. We haven’t been sitting on our laurels though.

The continuing saga of RBS and the campaign

The upshot of our petition to RBS in the summer was that they extended the time within which they definitely will not contract with another buyer until we have heard the outcome of the Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery (mid-December). If we are successful, they have said the ‘will give consideration to extending the time period’ until the decision is made about a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery bid. What exactly this means in practice, we don’t know, but we hope we don’t have to petition the CEO of RBS and Chancellor of the Exchequer again. But if this is what it takes, we will do it. Let’s hope this concession and lukewarm support will be enough for Heritage Lottery Fund to believe we are worth funding.

Crowdfunding takes off

A big thankyou to all those who have started off our crowdfunding campaign. To date 53 funders have pledged between £2 and £1000. We will need many more people to pledge if we are to meet our target of £82,270 by the end of January 2015. So, why not become one of the crowd and pledge at

https://spacehive.com/HoughEndHall_lets_make_it_ours ?

Most importantly, please encourage other people to take part as well. Pledges only turn into donations if the target is reached. There are different benefits on offer, all of which make you a part of the campaign.

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

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 Hall, your name will be included on the Roll of Honour to be displayed permanently.

Donations

Thank you, too to those who have made a contribution to our ongoing costs, without which we would not be able to keep up the profile of the campaign. Donations to Carolyn Kagan, 37 Chandos Road South, M21 0TH payable to Friends of Hough End Hall.

The word gets out

Twitter: We have sent out 237 Tweets, and have 170 followers . If you Tweet, please include us @ourheh

Mailings: We have a large mailing list and send regular updates.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/houghendhall If you are a Facebooker, do sign up.

Community events: find us at the Chorlton Art Market (in Precinct from November 1st) and at CAF Craft Fair at St Clements on December 6th

What Next?

  • Look for other sources of funding and make applications

  • Work hard to increase the number of pledges for the crowdfunding campaign and increase the number of pledges

  • Organise some fundraising events – anyone want to help?

Success! Royal Bank of Scotland delays sale of Hough End Hall

Next steps in the campaign to Make It Ours as RBS delays sale of Hough End Hall.

Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign to persuade RBS to defer the sale of the Hall to give us sufficient time to arrange funding for the purchase. Following recent correspondence we can update you on the encouraging progress we’ve made.

Background

The Hall, which we want to make available as a resource for the community of South Manchester, is currently owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), through its subsidiary ‘West Register’. We succeeded in having it listed as a ‘community asset’ which meant a sale could not be concluded until 25 November, 2014. While the Hall had been vacant for more than two years, there was pressure from the Treasury for RBS to get rid of its property portfolio as pay back for some of the government’s bail-out. Our problem was that our best chance of raising the money to buy the Hall is through a big grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). But although our meetings with them have been encouraging, it will take time and a considerable amount of work to demonstrate that our plans to run the Hall are water-tight, and they won’t be able to make a final decision on funding until December, 2015 at the earliest.

What we did

So we decided to petition to Ross McEwan, Chief Executive of RBS, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer ,and Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business.

In only two weeks we obtained 500 signatures (on the Change.org website and on paper) so at that point we closed the petition and submitted it, together with letters to the three people.

Much to our surprise George Osborne wrote to RBS. Soon after this we received a sympathetic letter from him, and he enclosed a letter from RBS’s Executive Investigation Department (for some reason our own copy of that letter did not arrive until later). The letter said that our aims are consistent with their new found orientation community focus, but first we had to make a bid for the Hall. This we did, and RBS have now confirmed they will not contract with another party until the determination of our first round bid. If we are successful at this stage, RBS will give consideration to extending the period during which they hold the building until the results of the second round application to the Heritage lottery is known. Successful Stage 1 application indicates a good chance that a grant will be awarded (although it is of course no guarantee). We will know the outcome of Stage 1 in December.

So this is great news and we could only have got this far with the support so many of you have given us.

Next steps

We have two grant applications in now. The first is the HLF stage 1 application, a very detailed document that sets out our plans for the building and its restoration, with a business plan. The application is for the purchase price, restoration costs and costs of running the building while it becomes financially viable. The second application is a feasibility grant application (building on work funded by our current pre-feasibility grant) for some of the costs involved in developing plans, doing surveys, etc. in preparation for assuming responsibility for the building.

Crowdfunding, what is it and how does it fit in?

You will also be aware that we are also trying to raise a separate sum of money by crowd-funding. This is a way of putting together a lot of promises of donations from individuals and organisations. The appeal runs until 31 january.

We are not trying to raise the purchase price of the Hall through this – it is too much to ask. It is, instead, to fund some of the heritage activities (a Heritage Walk, a book about the Hall, a Mobile Exhibition, and a high quality interactive website), that will be an essential part of the Hall’s new life as a Heritage-based community resource. But even if we don’t acquire the Hall, the heritage activities will still be established (if we meet our crowdfunding target, and we’ve a long way to go) and they would keep the idea of returning the Hall to the community alive for the future.

Most important, our success with crowdfunding will increase our chances of landing the big Heritage Lottery Fund grant. It will show the support of the local community, not just in words, but financially. So again, please, please do support this, and do spread the word. Remember, you pay nothing unless and until we reach our target.

Finally, thanks to everyone for the support you’ve shown so far. We have achieved our first major success and are confident about making a very strong attempt to Make Hough End Hall Ours over the coming year.

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.

Our new video about Hough End Hall and the campaign

Hough End Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy – Let’s make it ours!

This video gives you a general explanation of this project to bring Hough End Hall under comunity ownership and management as a resource for the people of Chorlton and South Manchester.  To donate to the project click this link. Our crowdfunding call will follow soon.

Published on 10 Jul 2014

The Friends of Hough End Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy are seeking to raise money to the tune of about £300,000 so that they can buy the Grade 2* listed Hough End Hall for the use of the South Manchester community.
In the film, Peter Topping, Carolyn Kagan and Andrew Simpson all talk about the hall, what it has been in the past and what it is hoped it will become in the future, as a place to meet, a place to eat, for art and education and as a social and recreational centre.
Friends of Hough End Hall is a not for profit company registration no 9096872.
Paintings and music by Peter Topping.
Film sponsored by Hardy Productions UK, filmed and presented in 4K (3840×2160 pixels).

To donate to the project click this link. Our crowdfunding call will follow soon.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve received our first grant

Here is an exciting news update about our work to make Hough End Hall ours.

We’ve been awarded a grant for £10,000 from the Community Assets and Services Grant Programme.image of money

The grant is to strengthen the organisation so we are in a position to apply for more funds such as the Heritage Lottery Fund (for the money to buy Hough End Hall and to cover the running costs for an initial period). It means we can,

  • Incorporate Friends of Hough End Hall as a Charitable Limited Company.
    We have done the first part of this and are now working on the application for charitable status. The work on incorporation also means doing an “organisational health check” and working through issues on assets and governance. As well as strengthening our grant application this will get us into the right shape as a community organisation capable of taking over the community asset.

  • Pay for a condition survey of the building.
    We have conducted a selection exercise and appointed Adrian Pearson, a conservation architect, from LLOYD EVANS PRICHARD LTD to do this. Can Do Communities will also work with us on this.

  • To do the necessary business planning.
    This will include a financial plan, a vital part of our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the money to buy the Hall and to run it for the initial period while we build up its capacity to be self-sustaining. Lloyd Evans Prichard, who are very experienced in Heritage Lottery Applications, will also be helping with some aspects of this. Adrian has kindly arranged to contribute some of his time as a donation.

We will also need to raise a considerable sum of money from the community to contribute to the needed funds, and we are working on a crowdfunding call to do this. More on this soon!

We are also grateful for support from HLF Berry (Robin Burman has kindly contributed some of his time as a donation) and Can Do Communities for advice on the complicated issues in getting formally incorporated, applying for grants and getting the Hall listed as a community asset by the city council. Thanks to everyone else who has helped us in any way up to now: we are at an exciting stage, having progressed from the stage of having a great idea to getting stuck into the hard work of bringing it about.

What is the Community Assets and Awards Programme?

The Community Assets and Services Grant Programme is an integral part of the Community Rights Support Programme. The grants are delivered on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), by the Social Investment Business (SIB Group) and ACEVO. SIB manages the grant funds. Locality and ACEVO deliver the advice and support element of the programme which will run for three years. More information at http://mycommunityrights.org.uk and http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/communityrights/

A series of posts on Hough End Hall by Andrew Simpson

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Stories, people and events

Hough End Hall in the summer of 1925

An occasional series dedicated to looking down at Chorlton from the air. Here is Hough End Hall in the summer of 1925 taken from an Imperial Airways aircraft. I guess this shot was taken on the same day as the one of the green I posted earlier this month. To the north of the hall is Chorlton Brook which meanders through open fields.

Aerial view Hough End Hall 1925 Imperial Airways m72046

Picture; aerial view of Hough End Hall 1925, m72046, Courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council

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