£21,000 for 21 years
On August 15th 2000, a fire ravaged Helmsley Arts Centre’s much loved auditorium and destroyed a large part of the roof of the building. The damage was devastating but through local support and the determination of our trustees and volunteers, the Arts Centre was swiftly rebuilt, redecorated and re-equipped and the doors opened again after just eight months of closure.
It’s been 21 years since then and the theatre is now in urgent need of new technical equipment and general refurbishment.
Having survived the Covid-19 lockdowns thanks to wonderful support for our Light UP HAC appeal, we now need to focus on updating our lighting and sound equipment, repainting the auditorium and making essential repairs, so we can continue to provide high-quality events and activities for our communities.
So we’ve launched this 21 for 21 appeal in the hope of raising £21,000 to help cover a significant portion of these upgrade costs.
The theatre is used by a multitude of people including the 1812 Theatre Company and 1812 Youth Theatre, Technical Theatre Training students, our toddlers’ music group Harminis, touring theatre companies, bands and musicians, comedians, local businesses and our wonderful audiences for cinema, theatre, music and more.
By donating today, you can help HAC to continue providing high-quality events, activities, groups and training to the people of Ryedale and beyond.
In addition to this public appeal via Local Giving, we will be approaching several grant-giving trusts to complete the funding of our ambitious upgrade project.
But we’re not just asking for donations. We’d love to hear from you if you have memories, photos or more information about the HAC fire and its aftermath, please contact Natasha Jones[email protected] | 01439 771712. We’d love to hear from you!