TRUSTEES and committee members behind the running of a popular Oswestry venue are appealing for financial support to help refurbish it ahead of a potential reopening.
The Oswestry Memorial Hall, in Smithfield Street, has acted as home to a number of groups in the town for many decades, but like other venues, it has been forced to close because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Th committee has set a target, via Crowdfunder, of raising £2,500 by Thursday, July 8 and a spokesman said money is needed to ensure people feel safe visiting the building, but also to generate activities to lift spirits.
“Due to the pandemic it has been closed during all the lockdowns, which prevented any income being generated and all reserves have been spent,” they said.
“Now restrictions are to be lifted, it is necessary to refurbish to make sure people are confident and safe to meet there.
“Also (we want) to generate activities which will combat the effects of isolation that people have suffered, such as lifting spirits with music, book review club, painting tuition and coffee mornings.
“Also groups that help young mothers and babies, such as baby rhythm as well as the senior citizens taking part in extend exercise to music.
“This will need wipe-able comfy chairs, a free-standing electric keyboard with seat, a new CCTV system to monitor the interior of the building, eco biodegradable compostable cups, a baby changing station and a WIFI connection for bridge scoring or zoom meetings.
“The Hall is a much-loved community asset, where people are used to enjoying company, taking part in activities and enriching their lives.
“It is vital that the Hall’s funds are rebuilt, to ensure the continuing success of the very generous donation that Sarah Parry Jones gave to the people of Oswestry when it opened in 1905.”
Anyone wishing to support the Crowdfunder can do so by donating at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/getting-together-refurbishment#start