Christmas 2017

Guiseley Theatre celebrates its 150th Anniversary this year – on Boxing Day it will be exactly 150 years ago that the then Guiseley Town Hall was officially opened!

A very warm welcome to this our second Newsletter for regular users of Guiseley Theatre.

The primary purpose of this newsletter is to confirm our new prices for 2018. We have managed to keep our price increase to a very modest 5% which is significantly less than the increase in our running costs. One of our major costs is energy and this has increased significantly over the last year, as I am sure you will know from your own energy bills.

Recent, current and planned projects
Ladies and disabled toilets – this is now virtually complete with only a few minor tweaks to resolve. It has been a long a tortuous route and we are confident that you will agree that the end result was worth the wait Many guests attending recent occasional bookings have been most complimentary about these new facilities
Annexe – the Annexe has now been fully refurbished with new toilets, new kitchen new flooring in the kitchen, lobby and toilets as well as being decorated throughout. My Little Cherries are now permanently resident in there and it is great to see this building so well used. Incidentally the Annexe was originally used as ARP Offices in the 1939/1945 War.
Cast toilets – the refurbishment promised in the Summer Newsletter has been delayed slightly, mainly because we also needed to replace the roof on this extension. However contracts are signed and they will be refurbished in January.
The Bar – we now have 3 new personal licence holders (Graeme Parker, Jacob Phillips and Trevor Boyce with a fourth, Jamie Pullan, due in the New Year. We are also looking to knock through from the Dvorak room (Bar) to the adjacent Offenbach room We have agreement in principle from Leeds CC and plan to get this underway in late Spring/early Summer. There will be double doors between the two rooms so it will still be possible to use them independently when required. This change will make the bar less crowded for big events.
Minor mischief and vandalism – we have recently experienced a few minor incidents of mischief and vandalism, particularly around the back of the Theatre. We have installed a security fence behind the Annexe, preventing particularly youngsters using it as a short cut through to the main road and Westside Retail Park. WE have also installed a secure door preventing unauthorised access along the side of the Theatre.
Security Cameras – our security cameras have not been operational for some time, mainly because they were ‘steam’ driven and obsolete. We are in the process of installing a state of the art system which uses 21st century technology and will significantly enhance our security and control.
Aireborough Beer Festival (in mid-June), co-sponsored by Aireborough Rotary, St Peter’s Church, Rawdon and Guiseley Theatre. The dates for this event are Friday June 15th and Saturday June 16th – do come and join us there will be some wonderful real ales and ciders to sample
The Theatre is becoming a very popular venue for private parties and weddings both of which are an excellent source of income to the Theatre.
Our Hallmaster on-line booking system – our recently upgraded Hallmaster booking system is settling down nicely and proving easy to use
The web site link for new bookings remains Please read the user guide which is downloadable from that page before using the system. We hope you find the new system to be an improvement.
May I remind those who have regular bookings that it is your responsibility to ensure your bookings are made well in advance in order to avoid someone else making a booking for a date and time that you would normally use. We cannot be held responsible should this happen. Similarly, you need to ensure that you have made provision for your holiday dates, particularly those bookings that work to school term times.
An Appeal for Volunteers – The Theatre relies for its survival on our team of Volunteers and we urgently need more volunteers to help in any aspect of running the Theatre:
• Stewards for when we have performances and weddings in the Theatre
• Our opening and lock up rota
• Maintenance projects – there is always work to be done and all skills are needed.
• Help behind the bar
• Help setting up chairs and tables for our bigger events
• If you would like to help please contact our Chairman , Chris Ingram
The Theatre Board remains unchanged.
Finally may I wish you all a very happy Christmas and successful New Year – see you all in 2018!
Chris Ingram

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