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THE STORY SO FAR
Success breeds success!!
In January 2012 Bingley Little Theatre acquired The Bingley Arts Centre from The Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Since then thousands of pounds have been invested and thousands of hours of voluntary work completed by members to transform the building into a state of the art, vibrant venue ideal for both amateur and professional users.
The complete refurbishment has included the replacement of all public toilet facilities, provision of new artistes dressing rooms (making four in all to accommodate a cast of 50+), new commercial kitchen, refitted and enlarged licensed bar, re-upholstery of the auditorium seating, air conditioning, renewal of the box office, foyer and bar furniture and carpets and redecoration throughout. Over £110,000 has already been spent on stage sound and lighting and a fully automated stage revolve has now been installed. All without the aid of any grant whatsoever.
The success of this revitalised venue has been amazing! The Little Theatre’s nine productions each year have attracted record breaking audiences. The Arts Centre is also home to the town’s musical societies and most of the area’s progressive dance and theatre schools. The venue is now being regularly booked by local and national agents and promoters who are appreciating that Bingley has a very large catchment area, well served by public transport and all other amenities.
The auditorium is extremely adaptable offering upholstered seating to accommodate slightly under 400, three quarters of which are retractable at the touch of a button leaving a large open space of the stage with permanent, bookable seating at the rear. Folding, full height doors can open up to the large coffee lounge/bar area, providing mixed standing/seating accommodation for an audience of 500.
Recent sell-out shows have included pop artistes Showaddywaddy, Gareth Gates (twice), Thea Gilmore, The South, John Cooper Clarke, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Eddie Reader, Glen Tilbrook and hugely successful gigs have included the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, FM (twice) and Mick Ralph (twice). The country’s top tribute bands from Abba to Zeppelin have drawn enthusiastic audiences, and comedians, including Stephen K Amos, Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown and Rodney Bewes have been so popular that monthly comedy nights are planned.
The building currently has such diverse uses including regular blood donation sessions, monthly flower arranging demonstrations, conference facilities, dances, birthday, wedding and private celebrations, trade exhibitions, beer festivals, arts and craft fairs, twice weekly food bank and even Zumba parties!
The Theatre now also hires out its large rehearsal rooms/studio theatre complete with commercial kitchen and licensed bar accommodating up to 120. However, availability is limited.
Viewing of all the facilities can be arranged at any time by appointment. Terms and Conditions are available on application to the Arts Centre office 11am. to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Bingley Airedale Rotary Club in association with Bingley Little Theatre has installed a Community Public Access Defibrillator Unit on the front wall of the Bingley Arts Centre on Main Street, Bingley. The Defibrillator box is a secure unit containing a Wel-Medical iPAD portable defibrillator. Now commissioned it will be managed and maintained by the WY Ambulance Service. The unit is accessed by a code provided when dialling 999 and contains full instructions for its use.
Mike Rolfs President of the Rotary Club said “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to extend our involvement in the Community by installing this second defibrillator unit following the one we installed at Eldwick Memorial Hall in February this year.”
Anchor The unit has been funded by a Rotary District Grant with the box and full installation costs funded by Bingley Little Theatre. The picture shows Dave Jones from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, President Mike Rolfs of Bingley Airedale Rotary Club and Jeff Peacock of The Bingley Little Theatre.
Should you need the defibrillator there are clear instructions on the front of the box to simply dial 999 and the operator will give you an unlock code for the unit. Inside the box you will find a case containing the machine. Take this to the patient and follow the very simple instructions given to you by the machine. It tells you exactly what to do. It will not allow you to "shock" the patient if there is a heartbeat.
This continues the work of Rotary working in the local community.
For further details of this or the Rotary Club of Bingley Airedale please view our webpage www.bingleyairedalerotary.org
Bingley Arts Centre
Home of Bingley Little Theatre
Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2LZ
Office 01274 519814 Monday to Friday 11.00am to 4.00pm Charity Number 1145393
Boxoffice 01274 567983 Mon to Friday 11:00am to 3:30pm