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Weʼre raising £50,000 to fund the refurbishment of the Main Hall at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms in South Derbyshire.

Melbourne, Derby, DE73 8GF

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It is now over 6 years since we took over the running of the Melbourne Leisure Centre now known as the Melbourne Assembly Rooms. In that time, we have increased activity many-fold and have become the home for many local organisations, groups, clubs and societies. This year alone, we will have had over 100 events which, in addition to the weekly and monthly activities, means an estimated 10,000 plus people will have come through our doors by the end of the year. We have become an important of the social life in Melbourne staging concerts, theatre, films and exhibitions. Throughout September we are hosting many sell out concerts and we have similar events every weekend throughout the year. We have introduced many improvements to MARs including a hearing loop, Wi Fi throughout the building, better acoustics in the Main Hall, tiered seating and 16 months ago undertook a major rebuild of the foyers, toilets, kitchen and bar. All our profits are re-invested in MARs.

We are now moving onto the next phase of improvements concentrating on the Main Hall where we want to;

- Redecorate the walls and ceiling.

- Clean, sand and re-varnish the maple parquet wooden floor. It is now 111 years old and for and for the last 40 years has not been renovated.

- Clean and replace where broken the cast iron floor grills around the perimeter the hall.

- Address the issue of ventilation and cooling by facilitating clerestory window openings.

- Replace the ancient school-era strip lighting with a modern lighting system

- Clean and re-varnish the beams and high-level woodwork.

This will be a major project requiring an estimated £50,000 and whilst we are raising funds via grant applications and events we are appealing to groups, societies, councillors, businesses, former school pupils and the wider community. We have already raised £2,800 and have grant applications in but the more we raise privately the more it will help.

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    • Roger Pipes

      Roger Pipes

      Nov 2, 2018


    • Sacha Walsh

      Sacha Walsh

      Oct 31, 2018

      We are very happy to support this fundraiser. Melbourne Assembly Rooms is a great facility for our town.


    • Anonymous


      Oct 31, 2018

      Wishing you every success in your project; you are so vital to the community. From all at Breedon Priory Health Club


    • Jane Elliott

      Jane Elliott

      Oct 21, 2018

      Love this building. Happy to help xx


    • Chris Howard Sally Howard

      Chris Howard Sally Howard

      Oct 18, 2018

      We think the Melbourne Assembly Rooms provide a very valuable service to our community and we should all try to do what we can to support it continues being there for us all. Chris & Sally Howard


    • Louise Dethick

      Louise Dethick

      Oct 4, 2018

      Local community means everything x


    • Matthew Buckley

      Matthew Buckley

      Oct 3, 2018

      For a wonderful part of the community


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    Sheila Hicklin

    Sheila Hicklin

    Melbourne, Derby, DE73 8GF

    I am the chair of the Melbourne Parish Council, a board member at Melbourne Assembly Rooms (MARs), a former school pupil at what was the secondary school (where I attended) and is now a much used and loved community facility.

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