Miss Torfaen supports Congress Theatre's plans
3:42pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
SUPPORT: Miss Torfaen Charlotte Hunt backs the Congress Theatre refurbishment campaign, she is pictured giving her support to Pontypool RFC’s Target 1,000 scheme
MISS Torfaen has lent her support to the The Congress Theatre’s plan for a £100,000 refurbishment.
At the end of August, the manager of the Cwmbran theatre, Richard Williams, announced plans for the venue’s first major refurbishment since it opened in 1972 and he asked for the public’s support.
The current Miss Torfaen, Charlotte Hunt, 21, from Cwmbran, said: “It is important that the citizens within the community of Cwmbran and surrounding areas are willing to help support the Congress Theatre by kindly donating.
“The theatre is in need of a fresh refurbishment, and has been the heart of Cwmbran’s Gwent Square for many years.”
Since the appeal was launched, public donations have started to trickle in and the figure currently stands at £1,132.
On top of this, Barclays Bank also donated £500 which has kick-started the refurbishment of the theatre as its staff began painting at the venue.
Miss Hunt added: “I believe as a strong community we can pull together in aid of the refurbishment to help bring tourism as well as a familiar place for the locals to feel privileged to call the Congress Theatre the heart of Cwmbran.”
The most expensive part of the refurbishment will be the new seating in the 312 seated space auditorium. That will cost £67,600.
The foyer works will costs £7,800 for new lighting, decoration, carpet, seating and a display stand.
The toilet refurbishment will cost £12,800. This will be for new cubicles, windows, flooring, lighting and hand dryers.
New carpet, lighting, tables, chairs and decoration for the lounge and bar will cost £16,800.
The venue’s regular stage groups include the Cwmbran Woodland Players and the Congress Youth Theatre, as well as numerous dance schools.
Performers on its stage have included Jim Davidson, Max Boyce, psychic Colin Fry and Owen Money.
The theatre has an annual running cost of £160,000, which is raised by volunteers, and the refurbishment payment will be on top of this.
To donate to the appeal, you can call Richard Williams or Martyn Redwood on 01633 868239.
You can also donate money by text.
To do so, choose the amount you want to give to the appeal and text CONG33 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 for example (just change the figure to alter the amount you want to give).
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