Our Vision

Restore the the fabric of the original Georgian building

Over the years, as the use of the building has changed, much of the original character of the building has been hidden by modern additions. Our first priority is to repair, restore and reveal as much of the original Georgian interior as possible.

Create an arts & entertainment centre for the whole community

Our vision is to create a flexible space within the old courtroom providing comfortable tiered seating for small performances and community cinema. With the seating retracted the room can be used for exhibitions and receptions. The old Shambles will provide a wonderful meeting place and small performance area.

But how can we achieve this vision?

Well, it comes down to money. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund have awarded us a small grant to conduct a feasibility study and options appraisal. We have appointed Soul Architects to conduct this work, and when it is complete, we will know if the project is viable and the likely cost. We will then need to bid for grants and conduct a major fundraising effort. Grants are hard to win and there are lots of worthy projects out there competing for money, but we are going to try our best to provide Bourne with a fantastic facility.