Ria Cash guest column: Plenty to celebrate for Byron Community Project

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It’s hard to believe, but the Byron Community Project, Hucknall’s campaign to re-open the Byron as a cinema, is nearly a year old!

Team has been working very hard over the past few months, but wae’ve still got a long way to go.

We’ve applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a large grant, and we’ve received smaller grants from Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. Barclays Bank are match-funding every £1 we raise with one of theirs.

But the question we get asked most often is “What’s happening about the seats?”

We are still hoping to get seats from the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham when they refurbish this summer.

It’s been a long, drawn-out affair, despite constant efforts to get a response since we put our bid in months ago.

Thanks to the intervention of Mark Spencer MP, we found out just recently that our tender for seats is currently with the RCH’s Legal Department.

To everyone who sponsored one or more seats, please be assured your contribution is safe in the bank.

The money is ring-fenced for when we get the go-ahead from the Royal Concert Hall.  

We want to thank you for your patience - we know it’s been quite a while and, believe us, we’re just as frustrated as some of you will be!

As soon as we have confirmation, we will be contacting each of you personally to share the good news.

Once (we’re not saying “if” – we’re still very positive!) we get the call from the Royal Concert Hall, then it will be “all hands on deck” to get the seats delivered to the Byron.  

We were told originally we’d have only a few days to remove the seats; get them onto an artic lorry; up to Hucknall, unloaded and carried upstairs to the auditorium for storage.

We’ll be putting out an appeal for volunteers to help us as soon as we get the go-ahead.

If you might be able to help with seat transportation, please email us at volunteer@thebyronproject.co.uk

Thanks again for your continued support. You can keep in touch through our website www.thebyronproject.co.uk and on Facebook.  

Our next Public Meeting is on Saturday, 6 September when we’ll give you an update and you can meet the Project Team.