Good news from Trinity
Trinity Theatre’s Capital Project has reached an exciting juncture, with initial support for £506,800 National Lottery funding, from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and a £300,000 grant awarded by TWBC.
In order for Trinity Theatre to grow and remain a sustainable local a charity, the executive director and the management team have developed a £1.5 million improvement plan for 2019 to 21. Designed to enable key repairs, heritage conservation and upgrade the buildings facilities, the focus is on expanding the cultural experience for audience members and visitors alike.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded the project a development grant of £26,200 to enable Trinity Theatre to develop the project plans and apply for the full grant at a later date.
‘This project has been three years in the planning, and we are delighted that, thanks to a development grant from The National Heritage Lottery Fund, it is a big step further to becoming a reality. Trinity is very much a community venue and we are really looking forward to sharing our plans with local people,’ said Alison Kemp, Trinity Theatre grants manager.
The grant from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council follows on from a renewed but changing commitment to fund the theatre's on-going operation. It has been a key supporter of the theatre throughout its existence, Trinity has worked hard to become more self sufficient following de- creasing levels of government funding for the arts.
‘It is great that TWBC is able to continue investing in the cultural landscape of Tunbridge Wells, by providing Trinity with the funding and support to improve and extend its facilities and help it on its journey to self sufficiency,’ councillor Jane March, Culture, Leisure and Tourism portfolio holder.
Initial key funding was provided at an early stage by neighbour, Trinity supporter and local philanthropist, Charles Pope. In addition, local council member grants were received from KCC Cllrs, John Davies and Peter Oakford, along with financial support from Town & Country Housing Group and Royal Tunbridge Wells Together.
Those behind the cultural venue wish to celebrate the building’s and the organisation’s rich heritage: making it accessible to the wider community and increase Tunbridge Wells’ profile with a new tourist attraction. Plans include the intention to open up the clocktower to the public and introduce a new viewing platform at its top that will offer expansive views over Tunbridge Wells.
‘I am really excited by this project, it will not only improve the facilities and experiences for our audiences but create a unique attraction and visitor destination for the town that will complement perfectly with the Amelia Scott development being worked on,’ said Alex Green, executive director Trinity Theatre.