A Book and a Band

This is the promotional poster for the Beech Band playing at The Lloyds during the book launch Sat 16th May 7.30.
Please share it with everyone,  print it out and put up as a poster and spread it around on social media.
A book and a band
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A packed meeting about the Hall

Yesterday, Saturday 28 March, we held a public meeting to update our supporters on the progress made by the campaign and the current position.  Some 40 people attended the meeting in the community room at Chorlton Library.IMG_20150328_143340

Carolyn Kagan, secretary of the Friends of Hough End Hall gives the latest news.

Here is a summary of what we said.

Progress of the Sale of the Hall

The Friends of Hough End Hall had to withdraw from the bidding process after being unsuccessful in the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. RBS, the Hall’s owner, then set a deadline for bids from other interested parties to be submitted.

Not long before the deadline we were contacted by an agent for a charitable foundation endowed by a prominent and well respected entrepreneur who wanted to submit a bid for the Hall, incorporating the community interests and working with the Friends of Hough End Hall.

We were obviously delighted with this and after some discussions and meetings agreed to be a part of this bid, which was duly submitted. Full details of how any partnership arrangements would work are still to be worked out but we can assure you we are approaching this with careful risk analyses – particularly as far as any financial commitments might be concerned!

RBS received and reviewed all the bids and decided in January to work with three bidders (of which ‘our’ charitable foundation was one) as they refined their bids, clarifying any conditions they had put alongside their offers.

The last we heard (just before our public meeting on March 28th) was that RBS was commissioning a full condition survey with any associated specialist surveys needed (such as timber surveys) to give to the prospective bidders, to help speed up the process.

For us, this is a little frustrating as we had reached this point last August, by which time we had already got a condition survey completed and had professional costings of the repairs and restoration needed for the Hall. Had RBS agreed to work with us without the messiness of other bidders, we could have been a lot further forward by now!

So… we still do not know what role we will have in the event of the Hall eventually being sold. We hope the charitable foundation will be successful and that we will be able to form a constrictive partnership for the future and ensure the Hall is made available for local people.

Read more in our Bulletin no. 10,  March 2015

There was a lot of interest at the meeting with people (including local politicians) keen that the Hall really does become an asset for all the community while preserving its heritage value.

The meeting also heard from Andrew Simpson and Peter Topping about the book they plan to publish in May.  It will be a history of the Hall, focussing not just on the wealthy people who built and owned the Hall, but also on the many people who have been part of its local community.

Thanks to everyone who turned out, giving us such a great show of community support for the efforts of the Friends of Hough End Hall.  Whatever happens with the sale of the Hall we will continue to work towards its preservation as a heritage and community asset.

New article in South Manchester Advertiser – MP lends his support

IMG_20141106_133006Local MP John Leech has published an article in support of our campaign to make Hough End Hall a resource for the people of Chorlton and South Manchester.  He devoted the whole of his column in the South Manchester Advertiser to Hough End Hall, summarising the history of the project, its successes and the need for support via our crowdfunding appeal.
It is encouraging to know that we have cross party support, from the sitting MP (LibDem), and local councillors (all Labour).  (We even got a supportive letter following our lobbying from the chancellor of the Exchequer!)
So do please follow up by supporting our appeal for funds to kick-start the heritage activities.  HERE again is that link.

 

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.