Spilsby's Sessions House Project.
We have taken the first steps towards an exciting £3.5m+ project to transform Spilsby's grade II listed Sessions House (Spilsby Theatre) into an outstanding facility for the community. It would create employment, boost the local economy and breath life into an iconic building.
Our aim is the full repair, conservation and sustainable reuse. Key features would be:
A flexible main space for performing arts, cinema and events
An additional function room
A bar foyer
Dressing rooms/artists accommodation
A workshop for arts and crafts
Rentable office/studio workspaces for small businesses
A cafe with gardens and open visitor access to the old police station cells
The Sessions House would be more than simply a theatre. It would be a place for the whole community, facilitating creative projects for people of all ages. Spaces would be available for community hire; local arts, fitness and wellbeing groups would be encouraged. The venue would also offer a broad programme of live performance and cinema appealing to a wide range of people.
Having examined a range of options, we believe this approach would provide the greatest benefit for the community.
The viability study we have completed, funded by national lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, has also provided a full conditions survey of the building, an assessment of architectural significance and costings for restoration.
During 2019 and 2020 we aim to progress through development and planning stages, moving closer to beginning the restoration work that Spilsby's Sessions House needs.
Meanwhile we need your support to enable progress to continue. We have a ‘Friends of The Sessions House’ membership. We also offer Bronze, Silver and Gold sponsorships with a range of benefits. Regular fundraising events and classes are currently held in our community 'lounge'.
We have been working with cultural sector experts Culver-Dodds Cultural Consultancy and Tim Ronalds Architects, a practice with considerable experience in theatre, cultural buildings and heritage conservation (including the award winning restoration of Wilton’s Music Hall). Consultations with the local community and broader stakeholders have also taken place (and will continue). This initial work has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund and our own local fundraising.
Extracts from the recent architectural report produced by Tim Ronalds Architects:
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