3rd October 2017

No. 8 Talk

A talk was given by Keith Goddard one of the extremely knowledgeable trustees of Number 8,  beginning with a little of the history of the building originally called Portland House and much more about the conversion from a very rundown building to a community centre featuring  a theatre, dance studio, meeting rooms and café.
He showed an early photo dated approx. 1890 with the next one dated 1905 featuring a retail shop called Greenhous with a Georgian style frontage after which in 1960 the Co-op installed 2 bay windows, it later became the YMCA charity shop.

In 1995 a move began in the town to create an arts centre and once again the building became a charity shop to raise funds to achieve this goal.

Wychavon District Council agreed to buy the building and after 5 years when Number 8 proved it was a viable proposition, agreed a 99 year lease at a literally peppercorn  rent. Number 8 Theatre and Community Arts Centre  opened its doors in December 2004 having run a makeshift cinema for a while every Saturday night at the rear of the charity shop.


The various phases of the building were shown from excavating a mediaeval cooking pot which it is rumoured later became a chamber pot,  found in a cellar under the rear yard of the property, through to its latest refit his year after which it was officially re-opened on 28th September. Who knows what the future holds?


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