Help the hall appeal for volunteers

Help the hall appeal for volunteers

By David Parker | 16/12/2021

Help the hall appeal for volunteers

 

A CHARITY is looking for volunteers to help make the most of a historic building which was saved from the hands of private developers.

Wath Hall Ltd is appealing for community-spirited people to join its board of trustees to help promote its new asset as it opens it up to the public.

Its sister charity purchased Wath Hall, a Georgian, grade II-listed mansion, from Rotherham Council last July after raising money through community shares, with the building having been declared redundant six years earlier.

The Wath Hall Preservation Society achieved its aim of taking ownership in the hall’s 250th anniversary year and now its sister charity, Wath Hall Ltd is aiming to promote the building as a space for businesses, charities and events.

The trustees are responsible for the governance and leadership of the charity and make decisions about its future.

Alan Sherriff (81), chairman of trustees at the preservation group, said the hall — which dates back to 1770 and was the town hall for Wath from 1892 until 1974 — could have a range of uses including hosting exhibitions and events, space for community organisations, retail space and meeting rooms which will be available to hire.

He said anyone taking on the role would need financial and business acumen, communication skills and an understanding of complex issues, adding: “Many people within the world of business and in the public sector will have all of these.”

“It’s a wonderful building and this is why we bought it, because the local community weren’t keen for it to go into the hands of private developers and lose it for good.”

Anyone interested in becoming a trustee can contact Mr Sherriff by calling 01709 872529 or 07801 800945 or emailing alan.sherriff40@btinternet.com to find out more.

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