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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Hough End Hall in Beech Rd Park – Sunday

Here’s a cheeky preview (thanks Peter):

Hough End Hall placed in the park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… 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.