Market House Heritage Lottery Fund Update

Two conditions need to be met before an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant can be considered by the Fund. 

Firstly, the title to the Market House must be registered at the Land Registry. The Parish Council are the custodians of the title deeds to the Market House. Therefore, the Trustees of the Market House must register the title with the Parish Council named as the custodian trustees in the Register. The Parish Council have asked the Trustees of the Market House charity to implement this. The Trustees agree, and are now waiting for the title deeds to be released by the Parish Council.

Secondly the Heritage Lottery Fund requires a commitment to match funding against any grant offer that they may be prepared to consider. This must be actual cash in the bank, or a commitment by the custodian trustees to underwrite that match funding if it is not raised from others during the development phase of the project. The Trustees have raised over £30,000 so far and are discussing the need for more match funds with the Parish Council.

In the meantime, damage to the cornice and gutters at the rear of the building are to be repaired in August.  

Both the registration costs and the repair costs will be met by the Market House Management Committee. Without the building being registered and match fund support, the Management Committee are unable to submit their Lottery Bid, which is ready to go.  We look forward to the Parish Council being able to support our lottery bid on behalf of all parishioners of Minchinhampton in order that the Market House can remain the premier venue within the town for both educational and recreational activities available to everyone.

The Trustees of the Market House will seek to agree support with the Parish Council to ensure the Market House meets the expectations of the community.

Janet Payne

Chairman of Minchinhampton Market House Trustees.

What the Dickens?

The Small Spaces Theatre Company presents ‘My Dearest Kate‘, written by Ellie Dickens and adapted by Marianne Gaston, who also stars in it, alongside David Holman. It’s the story of Catherine Dickens and her tempestuous marriage to Charles, the journalist, novelist and playwright, seen through actual letters exchanged between herself, Charles, friends and family.

Don’t miss this one-night only performance at Minchinhampton Market House on Saturday 29th July, 7.45pm. Tickets available via this website (inc. 75p booking fee per ticket) or at Minchinhampton Market Stores.

Beware. He is coming…

Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new one-man performance of Bram Stoker’s Dracula,Dracula coming to the Market House on Saturday 16 April at 7.45pm. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this show by writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and “outrageously versatile” actor David Mynne, is suitable for adults and older children (12+).

‘It’s a terrific show, charming, funny, beautifully told, and suitably scary. Stoker’s gothic novel has been perfectly pared down by writer Andrew McPherson, sharply directed by Simon Harvey, and Mynne’s performance is exquisite: a masterclass in the telling of tales, it needs to be seen.’ (Ciaran Clarke: Arts End of Nowhere)

Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing (and completely batty) tale of dark deeds and the Un-dead, will thrill and seduce you!

Tickets are £10 each and available from Market Stores. Proceeds from this event go to Minchinhampton Market House.

London Philharmonic plays the Market House!

Yes, it’s true, the London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra brought their very own style of high energy musical comedy and audience participation to the Market House on Saturday 20th Feb. See if you recognise anyone in the photos below!



Design options for building update

On Saturday 17 October, the Market House Management Committee held a second public meeting to discuss proposed alterations to this exceptional building.

A presentation was made by Committee member Justin Hodges and designer David Newton, who talked through three options showing how the building could be altered to make it more accessible to the whole community and more attractive to potential hirers.

You can see the presentation here or print out the slides here – and if you would like to vote for one of the design options but have not yet done so, you can print out the form here. Please put your completed form either in the box in Market Stores or hand it in at Minchinhampton Library by Sunday 15 November 2015.

David Newton, the designer who is working with the Management Committee on this project has some 30 years’ experience, including six years spent with The Landmark Trust as their Building Surveyor. You can find out more at his website and read his commentary about the three options he has designed for the Market House here.

Have your say and enter our Free Prize Draw!

As you may have heard, ideas are being proposed to modernise the facilities at the Market House and the Management Committee is putting forward a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help finance the work. Thank you to everyone who came to our first public meeting and to those who returned completed questionnaires. Although the prize draw has ended (see below for winners), we are still keen to receive your views, so if you have not already sent in a questionnaire, please click here to open and print it out. Please return it (no envelope required) to: Tim Mowat, The Owl House, Market Square, Minchinhampton, Stroud GL6 9BW


Prize Draw and School Competition Winners

The winner of an evening’s free hire of the hall was Sarah (Sally) Boyce. Helen Rogers and Karen Colebourn each won a copy of J. K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’, signed by members of the cast from the recent TV drama. The Committee also ran a competition with Minchinhampton School for their pupils’ ideas about the Market House. The winner, seven-year-old Aidan Lynch, was presented with a £15 voucher for his amazingly inventive animated short film, which you can see here.


We will be holding another public meeting in the autumn but in the meantime, we look forward to receiving your questionnaire!

Fabulous new kitchen

Finally our kitchen is all finished, it’s stylish and so easy to use. We’ve already put it through it’s paces on a couple of occasions and it’s come up trumps… now we can truly entertain!
Minch Kitchen