Sir Richard Eyre lends a hand

In October, as part of our consultation process, multi-award-winning director Sir Richard Eyre visited the Market House to discuss ideas for improving its theatrical facilities.

Sir Richard is Patron of the Market House and was accompanied by his wife, writer and producer Sue Birtwistle. You can read the full story and see photos here on the Stroud News and Journal website.

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.

Survey results and date of next public meeting

The Market House Management Committee was thrilled with the number of completed questionnaires that were returned following the first phase of this consultation.  Your suggestions have been immensely helpful to us as we explore how the building is currently used and, more importantly, how it could be used more by the community.

We had 206 questionnaires returned to us and these are the headlines:

  • The majority of people liked the idea of glassing in the Undercroft to make it a usable space for the community. Some of those who said that they disliked the idea added that they would find partial glassing in acceptable.
  • With regard to modernising the toilets, the overwhelming majority of respondents liked this idea.
  • The vast majority also liked the idea of installing a lift in the building, although several others were undecided as they needed more information about where the lift might be located.

We are now in a position to present some proposals and would like to invite all residents of Minchinhampton, as well as those who visit or hire the building, to a second public meeting on Saturday 17 October 2015 from 9.30am to 1.00pm with a formal presentation at 10.00am.

If you would like to be sent a more detailed analysis of the results of our survey, please email: consultation@minchinhamptonmarkethouse.co.uk

The Committee’s aim is to revitalise this unique building and re-establish it as the town’s social, cultural and architectural centrepiece. We hope you will come along on to this event and tell us what you think!

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!