Friday, June 22, 2007
Lynda & Miles Banister from Oliver's Battery, who organised tonight's demo, have also set up an online petition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SaveTowerArts/. Please sign it. Signatories so far include Benjamin Zephaniah, Tom Paxton, Gordon Giltrap and Dave Swarbrick, all of whom have performed at the Tower.
A few pics (the second one says it all):
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tower Arts Centre under threat
Winchester Lib Dem Group leader Therese Evans said, " When Winchester City Council agreed to contribute £1 million to the Discovery Centre there was no mention that this would be at the expense of Winchester's other arts venues. Tower Arts attracts quality artists and has sell-out performances. It would be a huge loss if it closes."
Tower Arts attracts audiences who may not be traditional theatregoers and has over the years run an enormous range of arts related workshops for children and young people. Many aspiring musicians have been given their first opportunity to perform there. The 'Summersound,' event in 2006 used outside space and a lorry load of sand to create a beach atmosphere. It is difficult to see how this kind of event could ever be accommodated in the Discovery Centre.
I will be joining Mark and other campaigners at a demonstration in support of the Tower's continuing independence and management at the Centre tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm.
Monday, June 11, 2007
We talked for a few minutes and next day I received a well argued e-mail from one of the boys making the case for extra football goals on the Recreation Ground. I presented the case on their behalf at the next evening’s Oliver’s Battery Parish Council meeting and was impressed with the enthusiasm and support for the idea from the Parish Councillors. They agreed on the spot to pay for the goals and had them installed within ten days (see picture). All credit to Frazer from Oliver’s Battery and Jack from Badger Farm and their friends for making the suggestion and to the Parish Council for their swift action in response.