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South Cheshire Hall puts on play to fund repair work

Volunteers at a village hall in South Cheshire are hoping to raise funds for repair work to their facility by hosting the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts’ Twelve Miles from Nowhere.

The play focuses on the tensions building between members of a rural farming family as their livelihood dries up around them. It has received rave reviews as it tours the area and is expected to attract quite a crowd.

It is hoped that ticket sales will go some way towards the estimated £30,000 cost of repairs. The work required is extensive, ranging from simple painting and decorating, to brickwork repairs and the installation of new lighting. Wrenbury Hall generally manages its running costs by hiring out the hall to groups in the local community, and it is hoped that the improvements will make the facilities more attractive and more versatile – therefore ensuring that the renovations will allow the hall to sustain itself in future.

The work will also include replacing the kitchen and the asbestos roof in the main hall. While the funds from this play are likely to be prioritised to the leaking slate roof, volunteers are hopeful that fundraising efforts will allow them to continue to raise the necessary funds to finish the repair works – including new lighting throughout and renovating the woodblock flooring. Cheshire Community Action and WREN are funding bodies in the area that have also had applications for funding for the work. Volunteers at the village hall are confident that the popularity of the play will attract enough visitors to get the ball rolling.

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