Last night I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall (FORCH).
It was held not surprisingly in the Civic Hall at Ramsbottom and we were able to see the tremendous improvements which have taken place in recent months.
As is often the case with refurbishment works alot of money has been spent on things which are not immediately noticed but are nevertheless vital. All the main pitched roofs have been repaired and re-tiled with new felt and inulation fitted. New windows have been put in throughout the building and the external stairs and walkway which had been causing structural problems have been demolished.
The Holcombe Room has been completely overhauled and during the repair of the gable wall two new windows and French doors have been added. Perhaps the most noticeable change to visitors to Ramsbottom is that the outside of the Hall has been cleaned.
The AGM passed off smoothly and there was a short address by the Mayor of Bury Councillor Sheila Magnall who is the Honorary President of the Friends and she told all those present how pleased sshe was to see the improvements and that she had been coming to events in the Hall for some 50 years.
The website for the Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall can be found here