In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the latest coverage of the campaign in the South Manchester Advertiser. It focuses on the history project about the hall and also gives some basic information about what we are doing.
Thanks again to Helen Johnson for the coverage.
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.
Here’s a cheeky preview (thanks Peter):
… if a little small (maybe we’ll get a reduction on the price?), it does give an indication of how the Hall deserves better surroundings than the brutalist office blocks of the 1960s.
Anyway come on down on Sunday to the Beech Rd and Chorlton Green Fmly Fun Day, this Sunday (6th July, 2014) from 12-5 and find out more about where we are up to and how you can help.
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.
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/
As you might have seen, we made the front page of the South Manchester Advertiser of June 11th. The photograph includes a number of our supporters, including some local councillors. Apologies to those who weren’t included in the photos chosen to illustrate the article. Thanks to everyone for their continuing support!
The Advertiser Front Page
The article, featuring Peter Topping and Carolyn Kagan cheekily “unlocking” the Hall.
You can also see the brief report of our community consultation, HERE.
Helen Johnson, journalist at the MEN, will be meeting us at the Hall on Thursday June 5th at 12.00. All welcome, just come along. The more the better!
We are thrilled to hear that the Council has made the decision to place Hough End Hall on the Register of Assets of Community Value. So, once the owners, (West Register, part of RBS) tell the council they are wanting to dispose of the land, and we confirm we want to bid, we should get 6 months during which they cannot conclude a sale to anyone else. The legislation lets them continue negotiating with someone else but not conclude a sale.
We will need to make sure we make a good bid!
Thanks to all who supported the nomination, especially Chorlton Civic Society.
The latest bulletin is now available – look under ‘updates’. There is an exciting note about how we are working up a crowdfunding proposal, so do have a look at it.
We will have a stand at Chorlton’s Big Green Happening today, Sat 27th April, St Clements Chrurch from 1-5. Come and visit stand 65 (outside) and hear the latest news and how close we are to making the Hall ours! The more friends and family you can bring to sign up the better, otherwise, just come along and say hello.
Come and find out what has been going on in the Hough End Hall campaign at the Chorlton Big Green Happening on Saturday April 26th. Come and talk to us and hear about the grant application we have made, our plans for crowdfunding, and what happened when we met the owners of the Hall.