On a Roll

May 3, 2023

It’s been two sell-outs back-to-back for our Traditional Jazz events: Tenement Jazz Band, followed by Tom “Spats” Langham’s Hot Fingers. It looks like the message is getting out there on just how good these events are! At the time of writing, tickets are going well for King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys in April, so maybe we’ll achieve a hattrick!

All proceeds from our Traditional Jazz events go towards the long list of maintenance and improvements of the hall, so thank you for your support. Likewise, we love to see the hall being booked – our booking fees are very reasonable and they also go 100% back into the charity under which the hall operates (trustees of the hall give their time for free). Since last month we’ve had work completed to extend our storage facilities, we’re progressing the replacement of an ageing gas heater for the main hall, and we’re finalising an agreement for the purchase of a stage lift to provide ‘access for all’ to the stage. If you find yourself in Tesco’s and get one of those discs for charity, think of us – every little counts.

We have a flexible facility for any occasion: Our main hall is 57FT by 46FT (excluding a large stage, also available), where 300 people can be accommodated in a theatre style layout and 200 people in a cabaret style layout, and our capacity is 400 people overall, useful for more standing style attendance for those dance-a-long music events – there’ll be at least one of those from what we see of the Proms bookings this year, but more of that elsewhere! There’s also a smaller hall 30FT by 26FT and a Servery area – all these can be booked together, or individually. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, wifi, disabled access, and licensing to run a bar too! Many possibilities, e.g., weddings, recitals, plays, parties, concerts, pantomimes, meetings, bands, film nights (we have a screen, projector, and sound equipment), team building, clubs, exercise classes, etc. If that’s sparked a booking idea, contact us: info@townsendhall.com, 07514-704057.

On the Trad Jazz front, next up is Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends performing ‘Basin Street Blues to Harlem’ on Friday May 26th. It’s going to be another good one! I had to look this up, but maybe we can achieve a ‘haul’ of sell-outs? Apparently 2 = brace, 3 = hattrick, 4 = haul. Tickets are £10, available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/townsend-hall, where you can bag your own table and seating, or for general availability seating from Clarke Electrical Services in town.

There’s loads more going on: take a look at our website: www.townsendhall.co.uk, and follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for more.

Haydn Ward
Townsend Hall Trustee