£20,000 windfall for Ropery Hall development

Funding for the proposed development of Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall has been more than doubled thanks to a £20,000 grant from energy company SSE’s SDF Community Fund.

SSE, which operates Keadby Wind Farm, is the UK’s largest generator of renewable energy and has awarded the sum to the Maltkiln Road venue, operates the North Lincolnshire Sustainable Development Fund to a wider area than those in the catchment area for its local community funds.

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF is in addition to its local community fund and supports strategic projects in the regions where SSE is operating.  It allows the benefits of its renewable energy developments to be accessible to a wider area and is directed to projects that can achieve significant impact in local communities.

Both funds are worth a combined total of £340,000 a year and see a total commitment of £8.5m over the lifetime of the development.

Liz Bennet, managing director of The Ropewalk, said she was delighted that the Ropery Hall development had been one of applicants chosen in this round of funding.

“The grant has been earmarked to go towards new seating, staging, lighting and sound equipment for Ropery Hall and will make a real difference both to the experience enjoyed by our audiences but also those working back stage on lighting and sound,” she said.

Jade Fearon, Community Liaison Manager for SSE said “The panel were delighted to approve this scheme which has the potential to make a real difference to the Ropewalk. It was great to see such a variety of applications for the local area during the initial funding round for the Sustainable Development fund and we look forward to following the delivery of the projects over the coming months”

Planning was approved in 2013 to build a new foyer and bar at the northern end of Ropery Hall and enhance the other facilities already there at a total cost of £1.6 million.

“This may seem like a tall order, but that didn’t stop us in 1999 when we took over The Ropewalk as a derelict shed and again in 2005 when we completed renovations for the remaining four-fifths of the building,” she said.

Liz added she was continuing to look at how to raise  the majority of the money from funding pots that are available and added that the Ropewalk’s own fundraising efforts have so far raised in excess of £17,500 through private donations, raffles, auctions and other fundraising activities.




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