Ulverston Community Enterprises AGM

Over twelve months ago, South Lakeland District council transferred responsibility for the Coronation Hall and Ulverston Markets to Ulverston Community Enterprises (UCE). This is a social enterprise with a Board of volunteers which is determined to work with local people and local organisations to ensure that both the Coronation Hall and the Markets benefit the people of Ulverston and its surrounding area. Their first Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday October 17th in the Supper Room of the Coronation Hall at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to come along.

Cllr Judy Pickthall is the current chair of UCE, and she has given Dalton and Now a full update of what has been going on in the past year.  Everyone will probably have noticed the scaffolding covering the Coronation Hall this summer, and this is part of a process to make sure the hall continues to be the ‘jewel’ of Ulverston. Not only will it enjoy a fresh coat of paint, but windows, flashing and plaster work can be repaired and the roof inspected.


The programme of gradual refurbishment of the hall has been made possible because of grants from Friends of the Coronation Hall, Townlands Trust,  Sir John Fisher Trust, Ulverston Town Council and SLDC, generous donations from members of the public, and the persistence of one of UCE’s Directors, Jayne Kendall. The next step will be making improvements inside the building itself, but the list of what needs doing could be endless.  Redecorating and recarpeting the foyer and the staircases, getting new blinds and curtains, refurbishing the Supper Room, the balcony and the ante-room, upgrading the heating system and toilets, providing silencers for the doors and new sound proofing… To do all this, UCE will be seeking donations and grants, and also sponsorship so that the hall carries on being a top class community and performance venue for the whole town.

However, the members of UCE are kept awake at night more by trying to make sure that what happens inside the Coro provides something for everyone. The first Annual Report will show that more people have come to the hall than before UCE took over, and that it has hosted different kinds of events. The Autumn programme should continue this trend.

Members of UCE hope that all those who love the Coronation Hall and want to see it prosper will come to the AGM to hear what is going on, and most importantly to let UCE know what they would like to see.  UCE we will also be talking about the work under way to develop the markets.

UCE is coming to the end of its time as one of the local Co-op’s local causes, and one way to support the Coronation Hall is by signing up for a membership card and nominating UCE as your preferred good cause.

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