Chepstow Drill Hall back open for business
6:31am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
CHEPSTOW’S Drill Hall is open for business again after a shorter-than-anticipated delay to roof repairs.
It was feared the entertainment venue would be closed for an extra three weeks to complete work costing around £100,000.
But workmen have been able to claw back the time, coping with extras in the project – an additional roof truss over the bar area and an upgrade of the heating system.
Chairman of the hall’s committee town Cllr Ned Heywood said: “I am very pleased it is up and running again. We will have a full programme of exceptionally good events between now and May.”
Tony Curtis talking about his book, The Alchemy of Water, a film showing of Hitchcock and a poetry evening with David Whyte have already taken place at the new-look hall.
Former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie’s visit on Thursday will be the highest-profile event since its relaunch.
The repairs were completed early last week.
Volunteers worked hard to put up curtains, instal the sound system and organise furniture.
“It’s looking very good,” said Cllr Hayward.
Earlier this year councillors held a special meeting to discuss how they were going to fund the hall repairs.
It heard that its roof trusses were 277% overstressed and bearing a load three times greater than they should.
Councillors decided to pay out £32,054 for the roof repair, insulation, reconfiguration of one roof truss for better film showings, and repair and upgrade of two ceiling extractors, but not a new heating system, adding to £60,000 of funds from Monmouthshire Council.
However, after workmen discovered the heating system’s tubes would have to be taken down and put back up in a great upheaval, a later meeting decided to pay for a new one.
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