The refurbishment and development of St George's Hall was made possible mainly through the support of:
The Rural Development Programme for England, for which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the Managing Authority, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Europe investing in rural areas.
Wyre Forest District Council
Bewdley Town Council
Wyre Forest Community Housing.
In addition, through the support and donations received from local businesses and residents plus grants from Charitable Trusts and Awards For All, the Hall has been able to add to and upgrade the facilities to include:
The Hall is regularly used by a wide range of local individuals and organisations and the thriving Community Café has quickly become an important meeting place in the centre of Town; converting to a Bar for the weekly 'Cinema in the Hall' and other live performances and private receptions.
The Café, open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, is staffed by a team of local volunteers and another team of volunteers also run the weekly Cinema in the Hall on behalf of SGHVM and this magnificent ongoing support from the community is crucial to the ongoing development of the Hall as a meeting place and a community arts hub.
Bewdley Civic Society were the first in the queue at the launch an appeal to help complete the renovation of St George's Hall in the heart of Bewdley.
The appeal for top up funding of £150,000 was launched on St George's Day 23rd April by SGH Venue Management, the new company set up to run St George's Hall in Bewdley when it opens in the Summer.
Richard Perrin, Chairman of Bewdley Civic Society presented a cheque for £5,000 to SGH Venue Management Director Robert Smith. He said "we are delighted to help bring this building back to life and make it one of the best community and arts centre in the area."
Pictured outside the rapidly developing St George's Hall are: Peter Archer and Richard Perrin of Bewdley Civic Society handing the cheque to Harold Beech and Robert Smith of SGHVM. (Photograph courtesy of Colin Hill.)
Robert Smith said, "a properly equipped St George's Hall will be able to accommodate activities such as festivals; fairs, exhibitions drama, dance and literary performances; a community cinema; and streamed-in live culture and sport. It will be a hub for the people of Bewdley and the many community groups to use for meetings and events, as well as supporting the local economy by attracting new visitors."