Monday, 23 October 2017

Gallery promotion extended

A GROUP which promotes two civic buildings in Henley is to continue.

A GROUP which promotes two civic buildings in Henley is to continue.

It was formed in November 2011 to market the Old Fire Station Gallery and King’s Arms Barn, which are both owned by the town acouncil.

The group was expected to meet six times but now the council has agreed that it can continue so it has more time to achieve its aims.

Councillor Pam Phillips said the group needed longer to improve booking figures and admitted it only discovered the gallery was lying empty for weeks at a time after its fourth meeting.

Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin called the gallery a “wonderful facility”, adding: “The location isn’t great but there is no other place like it.”

The group will meet four more times. Initiatives it has introduced so far include repainting the gallery doors red, installing a new fascia sign and a free-standing board and adding a notice board to the front of the town hall to promote exhibitions.

The group has also received permission to replace the ramp outside the building with a smaller one.

Future plans include having footprints to guide the public to the gallery and repainting the hanging sign at the rear of the barn.

The group will meet four more times. Initiatives it has introduced so far include repainting the gallery doors red, installing a new fascia sign and a free-standing board and adding a notice board to the front of the town hall to promote exhibitions.

The group has also received permission to replace the ramp outside the building with a smaller one.

Future plans include having footprints to guide the public to the gallery and repainting the hanging sign at the rear of the barn.

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