There was cause for celebration at the annual general meeting of Bakewell Town and Community Trust.
Not only had the programme of planned improvements to the Town Hall been fully realised over the last year but the project to refurbish the Town Hall had been awarded the Bakewell & District Civic Society’s Civic Award for 2011. First awarded in 2000 to celebrate the millennium, it is awarded each year to recognise improvements to buildings within the town.
Last year saw the completion of major repairs to the structure of the building including the roof and the installation of a lift by the town council. Also a complete refurbishment of the first floor including the Assembly Hall, Council Chamber, new catering standard kitchen, together with improvements to the stage undertaken by the Bakewell Town and Community Trust, which took over the building on a 40-year lease from the town council in 2009.
Following the formal business of the AGM, Pat Lunn (chairman of the Bakewell & District Civic Society) presented a brass plaque jointly to David Walker (chairman of BT&CT) and Cllr Paul Morgans (the Mayor of Bakewell).
The evening concluded with a presentation on the history of the building. Further improvements are in the pipeline and the trust is on target to become self-funded by 2014, thanks to the increased use of the building by the community and local businesses for a range of events.
Membership of the trust is open to everyone, details available from the Centre Manager (01629) 810152.