Christmas Newsletter 2016
Dear Friends of Sidmouth Drill Hall,
As you heard in the recent newsletter from Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub there are changes afoot.
For reasons which I will leave them to tell you, SDHH do not feel that they can commit to any work towards saving the Drill Hall building. So this is where I come in.
I have been working on my research website www.drillhall.historic-sidmouth.uk
for over a year now and the SDHH Directors are aware of the site. Apart from this I have not been a part of their community work or the running of the SDHH. My link with them has been as a Friend, just as you are.
As SDHH are not able to work towards saving the Hall it now falls to us to take on the project or else to accept that it is in the hands of the Sidmouth Town and East Devon District Councils, and the developers.
I can not possibly make much difference by myself which is why I am asking you to consider if there is anything you can do to help. Obviously this will be a voluntary effort on all our parts, there is no money, no bank account, no company formed. There will be just us.
On a very basic level I ask for help in spreading the word about the relaunch and the Drill Hall both in Sidmouth and elsewhere.
For Sidmouthians I ask that you talk to your friends and relatives, to people in the clubs of which you are members, at work, etc. I believe that many people who think the Hall should be knocked down are not aware of its past glories or just how much space is in the building. The main hall itself, excluding the two front rooms, is about the same size as the hall at Stowford; and I have had people who have lived in the town for years express surprise that it has a basement. Please go to my website and stock up on facts to share…. but try to avoid boring people!
For those outside Sidmouth please consider whether you can think of, or find, groups who would be interested in our campaign, and then contact them for us. Perhaps you have friends in the media?
If you have more time you want to spend on attempting to rescue the Drill Hall from its likely fate of demolition then there are other things which need organising and doing.
More research is needed into a variety of things ranging from tracking down old photographs owned by locals to checking relevant legislation. Fundraising will probably also be necessary eventually so that we can produce leaflets or posters. I’m sure you will all be able to think of other things we should be doing.
If you can think of something you want to do towards this work then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
just to check it is not already being done. Also let me know if you would like to help but need suggestions about what you could usefully do. If you are asking in this way it would be really helpful to know something about your skills, for example:- Are you good at talking to people? Can you drive? Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Are you good on the computer?
Time is very short before the Port Royal Scoping Study takes place and its findings are released, but we can enjoy our Christmas and New Year before the hard work starts. May I wish you all the best for the Festive Season and hope to hear from you in 2017.
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Kind regards, Mary (Walden-Till )