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Bourne Town Hall venue The Shambles is launched by Pennyless folk group concert

A new events space was used for the first time this week - helping to launch a £1.5m fundraising campaign to turn a former town hall into a community arts centre.

Folk band Pennyless became the first of many live events at the ‘The Shambles’ venue on the ground floor of Bourne Town Hall.

Popcorn Media provided lighting and technical support for the Sunday evening’s sell-out show, and Pennyless members Penny Stevens, Colin Benton, Graham Dale and Les Woods took time to chat with the audience.

Pennyless performing at The Shambles Bourne (12628212)
Pennyless performing at The Shambles Bourne (12628212)

During the renovation of The Shambles, the Georgian archways of the original building were opened up to provide space for a bar and small kitchen area.

A number of Bourne-based businesses were involved in supplying materials, time and skills to support the project, including electricians and painters.

The Shambles will now continue to be used for events, helping the trust to raise funds towards the restoration of the entire building and its conversion into a community arts centre.

Along with grant funding, plus donations from community groups and businesses, the full project will include the conversion of the former magistrates’ court on the upper floor into a cinema, theatre and exhibition room.

The estimated cost of the project is £1.5m.

Between 1992 and 2014 the Shambles was used as council offices, while the magistrates’ court left the upper floor in 2008.

A programme of events will take place now at The Shambles with new bands and acts being added as they are booked. Click here for tickets and details.

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