Free opportunities to use Bishop’s Barn

November 29 2017
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THE trustees of Wells Recreation Ground Trust are launching a new scheme in Wells which they hope will help encourage and support lots of new community activity in the heart of the city.

The scheme, called Into the Barn, will offer 10 free opportunities for organisations, groups and individuals to hire The Bishop’s Barn – and also utilise the Recreation Ground and bandstand if desired.

This opportunity is open to artists, community groups, schools, charities, individuals, businesses, collectives and social entrepreneurs for events taking place throughout 2018.

The scheme aims to not only provide some important cultural and community opportunities in Wells and bring together local community makers, but also to raise awareness of the Barn.

In October it was announced that the organisation that ran the Wells Bandstand Festival in 2017, Superact, had gone into liquidation, so this venture comes at an important time locally.

In light of this trustees are especially keen to reignite community opportunities and potentially look at a new means of continuing the summer band concerts.

Councillor John Parham, chair of the Wells Recreation Ground Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity for Wells and one we hope will be embraced by the community and bring new life, ideas and events to rejuvenate a building already rich with a great history.”

Events can be anything from festivals to networking events, art exhibition to performances.

Groups can apply to have access to the barn for anything between 24 hours and six days and support will be given for applying for licences needed and use of the facilities.

As part of the scheme successful applicants will need to commit to raising at least £200 towards The Bishop’s Barn Development Fund which will go towards making future improvements to the Barn and Recreation Grounds.

The scheme is now open for applications. Individuals or groups need to be located within a five-mile radius of The Bishop’s Barn or have a significant and demonstrable connection to the city.

To apply, applicants need to submit a completed application form and project budget for their event. The deadline for applications is 9am on December 22, 2017, for events taking place from February to December 2018. Successful applicants will be announced on January 17, 2018.

Further information and application forms can be found by visiting thebishopsbarn.wordpress.com, by visiting the Facebook Page @thebishopsbarn or emailing thebishopsbarn@gmail.com

Lottery gives Barn project £9,300

THE Wells Recreation Ground Trust has received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new project, Visionary Resilience, in Wells.

The project will complete the next phase of development work required before applying for funds to initiate a capital programme of works at The Bishop’s Barn.

As part of the project The Wells Recreation Ground Trust will hold two large public events. The first, a Scope and Design event, will be aimed at local organisations and individuals to explore potential uses for the barn and design considerations that may need to be in place to enhance the site as a whole.

It is hoped that the event – which will take place in early January – will build on the expertise of organisations locally and assist in designing a building that truly responds to community need.

The second event will be a large fundraising conference exploring donor development, crowd funding, sponsorship, shares, enterprise based models, working with trusts and foundations and developing collaborative funding bids.

The project will also involve community consultation with early years groups and teenage groups to see how the barn can help fill potential gaps in Wells.

Councillor John Parham, chair of the Recreation Ground Trust, said: “The Wells Recreation Ground Trust are delighted to have been awarded this significant funding from the National Lottery.

“This project represents an important next phase in the development of The Bishop’s Barn.”