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Ropetackle opens its doors for an Annual Meeting with a difference

Tuesday 25th September – 6.30pm 

Shoreham’s much-loved arts centre will be celebrating its busiest season yet with an Annual Meeting to which patrons and members of the community are cordially invited. As well as brief presentations, live entertainment, and a complimentary glass of wine for all those attending, a new fundraising initiative will be launched on the night.

The Centre is proud to be a successful and valued community hub. We thrive on the knowledge we make a real difference to the people of Adur and beyond as they come to our café, shows and films, hire rooms, and generally get involved. Our programme of events, from the big live acts to fun and educational activities, is second-to-none.

Hardworking volunteers make it all possible; however, because we are a small venue and we keep ticket prices affordable in line with our charitable ethos, external funding is a vital part of the Centre’s survival.

This year’s Annual Meeting comes at a crucial moment when we are asking our Friends, volunteers and the community at large to support us in sustaining the success we have achieved, and at the same time, extending our outreach work to draw in those less familiar with the performances and activities we offer.

Martin Allen, Chairman of the Ropetackle Trust, said: “Following the decision of Adur Council to decline our funding request, which then prevented us from accepting the offer of a further Arts Council grant, we’re launching a crowdfunding scheme to help us make up the deficit. We are relying on the active support of the community to help us achieve our £20k goal.

“I’m very happy to say we are now in active discussions with both Adur and the Arts Council with the prospect of renewing the funding in the future; but, in the meantime, the crowdfunding project will help bring our finances back up to a sustainable level.”

The Chair and the Leader of Adur Council have both confirmed they will be in attendance.

During the meeting, there will be brief presentations about Ropetackle’s plans, activities and finances, music from popular local musicians, and wine provided courtesy of local supplier, Sheridan Coopers. The floor will then be opened up for questions, suggestions and ideas from the audience.

Come along and get involved!