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Louth Town Hall prepares for official handover to community group

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 27, 2012

TOWN HALL TAKEOVER: Louth Education Community Interest Group will officially take over Louth Town Hall from next week. It will be turned into a thriving community and learning hub.

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A GRADE II listed public building will be officially handed over to a community group next week.

The Louth Education Community Interest Group will officially start managing the day-to-day running of Louth Town Hall next Wednesday after the legal process has been completed.

The district council had invited groups to express an interest in taking on the town hall as a community concern. The Louth Education community interest company is a not-for-profit organisation formed to take on the building and turn it into a thriving community and learning hub.

Chief executive Andy Howlett said: "The town hall will continue to operate as the central venue for major events in Louth as well as supporting learning in all ages.

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"The town hall now has a web site providing details of what is on and how individuals, families and community groups can benefit from working with the town hall.

"The hall is already set to be the home of Louth Town Partnership, Louth Male Voice Choir, Active for Life and Louth Central Bridge Club. North Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society are key partners to maintain the Compton Organ and organise the schedule of organ concerts throughout the year.

"Louth Town Hall looks forward to working in partnership with many more community groups to help Louth develop and celebrate excellence in all forms."

Portfolio holder for leisure, Councillor Adam Grist, said: "I am pleased Louth Community Education Trust has been able to deliver a business plan for the hall, which appears viable and deliverable.

"We wish Louth Community Education Trust the best of luck as they move forward with their plans, which gives Louth Town Hall an exciting and ambitious future for the community."

The official handover and opening of the town hall as a community asset will take place on Wednesday at 9am.

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