Slowly slowly

Still very little progress, still awaiting estimates. Electrical and joinery contractors have done their surveys, but not yet put anything on paper. The cleaning contractors are deciding whether to clean the seating in situ, or take it all away. If they decide the latter it will be up to me to find a firm to unbolt the seats for transporting, then re-install them when cleaned. Meanwhile everythiing is held up while I await an asbestos survey. If any is discovered then all sorts of delays can be anticipated. The electrician told me of a job he did recently where the local authority had to be given two weeks notice before asbestos removal commenced.

The opening for the October half term seems slightly in question!

Luckily I have been extremely busy with Punch & Judy shows this last week (three agricultural shows and a museum) so I have no time to brood.

Hope the Summer is going well for all you reading this. We’ve had some terrific weather in North Wales. Thursday was perfect. Brilliant sunshine all day with a slightly cooling breeze in the afternoon.

Fire! Fire!

AFTER THE FIRE

In the early hours of August 2nd 2017 the theatre suffered an arson attack. The fire doors were destroyed and the auditorium damaged by fire and smoke, as was backstage and to some extent the foyer. One of the foyer plate glass windows was also smashed.

The worst was the smell, and there were greasy soot deposits everywhere.  These were so thick that cobwebs, gossamer thin, appeared like skeins of embroidery thread.

It is now nine days since the fire and all that has been achieved is a visit from the insurance company’s loss adjuster and one from a specialist fire-damage cleaning and restoration company. Estimates will be needed from electricians and joiners and things are moving forward at a snail’s pace. I have no prospects of re-opening the theatre before the October Half Term.

I have started this blog with the intention off keeping in touch and letting everyone know what is going on.

Thank you for all the messages of support and offers of help via telephone and email. They are all so much appreciated.