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FTA to appear at Public Inquiry - Waverley Borough Council has issued Compulsory Purchase Orders on land required for the Crest Nicholson Sainsbury's East Street development and a Public Inquiry is to be held in 2013, beginning 15th January and ending 30th January. FTA submitted a strong objection to the CPOs as the CNS plan for their 'Brightwells' development will require the demolition of the Redgrave Theatre without replacement.
FTA is responding to Waverley Borough Council's Statement of Case which had addressed our objection by misrepresenting our aims and objectives. FTA's case is to be represented at the Inquiry along with others by a solicitor, who has been appointed jointly by the Farnham Society, the Farnham Trust and East Street Action. Our theatre consultant Michael Holden and our Chairman, Anne Cooper are prepared to give evidence and act as witnesses at the Inquiry. They intend to make the case that a theatre in the development would benefit trade in the development and Farnham town centre.
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2011 Midsummer Night’s Feast of Entertainment...

Midsummer Night’s Feast of Entertainment...

Frensham Pond HotelWas a terrific night for all 100 attendees. Supper and drinks by the still lakeside on a beautiful midsummer evening, fantastic charity auction items with performers from London’s West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Read Press Release.

Celebrity Mr. Michael Simkins, actor, writer, journalist and now Auctioneer!Michael Simkins

Desirable auction items were picked up by eager bidders - including tickets for West End shows and theatrical memorabilia signed by celebrities such as Lesley Garrett, John Abigail McKern and John BarrowmanBarrowman, Graham Norton, and the I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue team and much, much more…

A Meeting with Jeremy Hunt, MP

Jeremy Hunt MPFTA’s meeting on 12 December 2009 with Jeremy Hunt MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) was very positive. With Rebecca Ball, acting Director for Arts, South East Arts Council England (SEACE) we discussed how the expectations of the thousands of objectors to the demolition of the Redgrave could be met. Our MP suggested that as more Lottery money would return to the Arts once the Olympic Games were over, that FTA should apply for a grant of about £2.5 million towards the building of a new theatre, or possibly a smaller amount if the Redgrave was still available. This would represent half the money required with the remainder to be raised by FTA. We have since been advised at the MP’s request by Rebecca Ball of points to make when making the application.


A little care shows Redgrave's potential

Waverley Borough Council has recently demolished unwanted buildings surrounding the Redgrave and laid turf to tidy up the site. This new vista of the theatre demonstrates how attractive the area could be with the theatre fully restored and improved.
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