£52k grant for King's Lynn am-dram group
King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (KLODS) have been given nearly £52,000 in a grant from the FCC Communities Foundation, for much-needed repairs and refurbishment of its headquarters in St George's Courtyard.
KLODS purchased the former school chemistry laboratory building in 1987 after being evicted by West Norfolk Council from its previous base, the next-door Shakespeare Barn.
Now the headquarters building, which contains rehearsal space, wardrobe, props and creative space, will be given a major renovation to bring it up to date, and meet accessibility standards.
The chairman of KLODS, David Nash, said that the grant from FCC Communities Foundation will enable the society to bring its facilities up to date and importantly make the building back into a welcoming venue.
He said: "The building is in a poor state of repair. The heating system, put in during the 1950s, packed up two years ago. The whole building needs to be refurbished and waterproofed.
"It is the 120th anniversary of the society next year and what we want to do here is future-proof the building for the next 120 years."
Mr Nash said that the search for a contractor to carry out the work would begin in the next four weeks. The work must be finished by June 2021.
He added: “We want our building to be a local theatrical resource again and FCC are helping with this aim. Theatre is not just about a performance, it is about all the people whose self-esteem, sense of belonging and self-esteem and mental health can be benefited by the FCC grant.”
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Richard Smith, FCC Community Foundation’s senior grant manager, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the renovations to KLODS HQ and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people across Kings Lynn. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”