Dudley CVS will take on the running of Brierley Hill Civic Hall from next month in an arrangement that aims to make the venue an exciting hub and to make Brierley Hill a vibrant destination for entertainment and leisure.
As reported in the local press, the ownership, staffing, insurance and maintenance of the building will sit with the local authority but the budget saved on rate reduction will allow for greater flexibility and increased use of the building.
Until now, we haven’t been in a position to talk publicly about the ambitious plans for Brierley Hill Civic Hall. But in the coming months, we’ll be engaging the groups that currently use the venue as well as other organisations, businesses, colleges and the Brierley Hill community as a whole on the vision for the Civic Hall. Brierley Hill Civic Hall is a community building; it should be open for the community and we want to find out what local people want from THEIR Civic Hall.
On Monday evening, I welcomed the first opportunity to discuss the future of Brierley Hill Civic Hall at a meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society. It was a great opportunity to discuss how this new approach could be a great opportunity to rejuvenate facilities like Brierley Hill Civic Hall and make them sustainable, community-owned hubs.
Discussions also covered increasing low-cost usage for community and charitable activities during daytime hours, subsidised by diverse business use for shows, events, exhibitions, concerts and fayres. Questions and comments also included how plans will be communicated, promotion of events there and the timescales involved.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be organising engagement events and activities to listen to what people want from their Civic Hall, as well as opening up media channels dedicated to Brierley Hill Civic Hall. In the meantime, I’m keen to open up discussions here where anyone can ask me questions, share their ideas, thoughts and aspirations for Brierley Hill Civic Hall.
Whether you’re an interested promoter or a creative person with big ideas, if you belong to an organisation that could bring events or activities to Brierley Hill, or if you’re a local resident who wants to see the Civic thrive, please get in touch!
So what’s your vision for Brierley Hill Civic Hall? What events would you like to see there? What has it missed over the years? Have you seen something great elsewhere that you’d be excited to see on your doorstep? How could you or your organisation be involved in bringing events to Brierley Hill Civic Hall?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you and building a vibrant community space together.