DROITWICH’S Norbury Theatre has raised almost a third of the cash it needs so urgent repairs can be made to the venue’s roof.
As The Standard went to press, £4,786.20 of the £15,000 target had been raised.
We reported at the start of last month that the large flat roof in the back stage area had started leaking during the bad weather but volunteers at the theatre managed to patch it up.
Then the harsh winter put paid to the repairs and now the theatre needs it completely stripping back and a new roof put in place before the weather turns again.
The quote for the work is around £15,000 but the theatre is entirely run by volunteers and does not receive any funding.
There are concerns that if the work is not carried out, the bad weather could make the situation worse with leaks leading to other parts of the venue becoming damaged.
Droitwich Norbury Theatre chairman Anne Lane said: “I think the reaction has been fantastic so far.
“We have been humbled by how generous people have been.
“There’s still a long way to go but to raise this amount in such a short space of time is amazing.
“We have a few fund-raising ideas planned and are hoping we can raise the rest of the money as soon as possible.”
The Norbury Theatre has been going for 55 years and is regularly used by many community groups, including the U3A, a ballet class and a Scrabble group.
Each year it stages two musicals, three to four plays, a youth musical, a junior youth musical and a pantomime.
There is also a cinema night each month, screenings of live National Theatre, monthly children’s theatre, play readings and outside bookings.
Anyone who can donate can visit the fund-raising page at justgiving.com/campaign/raisetheroof or call the theatre on 01905 770154.