A treasured community hub in Stocksbridge is hoping for a 25-year lease that will help secure much needed investment for the centre.
Since opening its doors nearly 60 years ago, Inman Pavilion’s lease has only cost a shilling, or 5p now, per year. However, the charitable organisation hasn’t received any extra funding.
The venue on Moorland Drive is well-recognised for hosting events within the community ranging from coffee mornings to wedding receptions.
The new lease, which will be decided on the March 15 by the council’s cabinet, will mean they also get a £15,000 grant to help with re-wiring, re-cladding of the building and preservation of the parquet floor.
Beryl Sharp, trustee for the Pavilion and Chairman of the Garden Village Community Association, who manages the site, said : “We need proof from the community that they value the building because when we apply for grants, Sheffield Council need to know that it is required.
“To keep the building active, we would love to see as many people as possible come down. Any help is welcomed.”
The renewal of the lease will help secure the futures of various activities ranging from a Science club, line dancing classes and choir groups.
Architecture students at the University of Sheffield headed down to the Pavilion last year, where they designed photographs of what the building could look like after all the work is complete.
Inman Pavilion was built on land owned by Oxley Park Trust where it’s successfully operated ever since.
Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Sheffield City Council said: “The community association has worked incredibly hard to manage it for the benefit of local people in Stocksbridge and I want to congratulate them on their efforts.”
To visit the Inman Pavilion’s Facebook page to find out more about the pavilion and groups running there: www.facebook.com/groups/341879422649268/
Find out more about Sheffield City Council’s decision to grant the long term lease by reading its March Cabinet paper at www.sheffield.gov.uk