Malvern Cube users and supporters met together last Friday to enjoy afternoon tea, prepared by our café team, and to celebrate the opening of the new Green Room.
Last August a fire swept through part of the building, causing extensive damage to the back stage areas, kitchen and hall. Now, less than a year later, the re-built Green Room is a bright sunny space with a bathroom and kitchen area for performers, which also doubles as a comfortable meeting room.
Trustee Robin Coates masterminded the re-build, making the building as energy efficient as possible and co-ordinating a team of Cube staff, volunteers and local firms and tradesmen. He was presented with a cast iron bat (the mammalian kind!) as a token of our appreciation for all his hard work and to mark his contribution as a trustee at the Cube over the past few years. Robin will be retiring as a Trustee in July, although we very much hope that he will still be involved with the life of the Cube.
Most of the re-build costs were covered by an insurance claim, but extra works were paid for using grant monies from the Hawthorne Trust and from the Bransford Trust, whose trustee Mr. Colin Kinnear cut the ribbon and pronounced the new room open.
Last summer we were devastated when the fire caused so much damage. Whilst we were insured we are almost entirely self funded and worried that whilst parts of the building were out of action we would lose some of the regular groups who hire our rooms. It says a lot about our wonderful Cube community that everyone supported us and, after much hard work, we have this amazing new space. And the Cube is continuing to thrive; over 50 groups now meet here, providing a huge range of classes and clubs for the whole community and we host some amazing gigs and events.
Why not come to the Cube and see the wonderful new rooms for yourself ?