JOHN Tanner took time out from rehearsals for Saddleworth Players’ latest production to receive a cheque towards a successful conclusion of the Millgate Arts Centre auditorium appeal.
Twelve months ago the Delph theatre set itself a fund-raising target of £50,000 to enable it to replace its Edwardian seating and complete other works as part of an ambitious refurbishment project.
So, John, Arts Centre chairman, was delighted to accept a cheque for £1,000 from Saddleworth Round Table.
“I am overwhelmed with how the auditorium appeal has gone,” said John, who will be providing an update on fund-raising activities at the theatre’s new season launch night on June 9.
“From the humble beginnings of moving to this building in 1972 to where we are now with all the societies who are part of the Arts Centre and the support we have been getting is genuinely overwhelming.
“And it’s thanks to the Round Table for their generous support which has gone towards the appeal and for the new signage we now have outside the theatre.
“It’s not easy trying to raise money for the arts but we have had massive support locally.
“And like the Round Table, we all need more awareness of what we are trying to do.”
Round Table chair Andrew Rothwell said: “I have been genuinely blown away by how good an establishment this is – and it’s just on the doorstep.”
The Millgate Arts Centre was one of 25 organisations to receive a share of £22,000 raised by the Round Table between April 2018 and April 2019.
“That was our biggest year since 2010,” added Andrew.
“And we welcome anyone to come and pitch for money at our monthly meetings or we can present on behalf of that particular group or worthy cause.”
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