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Armstrong Hall to Remain Closed due to Coronavirus Impact

It is with great regret that the Armstrong Hall Trust is announcing that they have taken the decision that they are unable to reopen the Armstrong Hall Complex in the near future.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the Armstrong Hall had to temporarily close for use in March 2020. As the Trust is a Charity, they immediately began to review their current financial position and that for the next 12 months. Despite a significant grant from Thornbury Town Council and a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant from South Gloucestershire Council, there has been a severe negative financial impact on the bookings income and there is a lack of further options for external funding.

Even if allowed to operate again this year, some users had already advised the Hall that they did not plan to return for the foreseeable future due to vulnerable users or social distancing making their usual bookings impossible to take place. The Trust has also been advised that some of the redevelopment funding that was part of their plans has now closed and consequently costly and disruptive maintenance works will now need to be undertaken to the existing buildings. As such the Trust cannot anticipate a short term option where it can afford to run the business without incurring a significant deficit in funds, and as the Armstrong Hall is owned and run by a Charity, the Trust could not allow this to happen.

The Trust have therefore come to the conclusion that regretfully they cannot afford to reopen the Hall for the foreseeable future, and they cannot continue to employ the staff. Sadly, this has led to five redundancies, three of which are part time, with one job saved due to redeployment to the Town Council.

Jayne Stansfield, Chair of the Armstrong Hall Trust said: “Unfortunately the Trust could not have predicted this pandemic and have found ourselves in a difficult situation with limited options. The Trust would like to thank the Staff and our Customers for their commitment and loyalty and would like to express our deep regret with the route we have had no choice but to take.”

The Trust is currently contacting all affected hirers. The Trust has also formed a working group which is taking professional advice on its options for the way forward.

Clive Parkinson, Chair of the Trust’s redevelopment working group, said: “It is important for the future of Thornbury, that as the town grows it has the community facilities to enable it to thrive. The Armstrong Hall Trust will continue to investigate all possible options to create a venue that is suitable for the deserving community. We will continue with great effort; despite the hard and difficult climate we have all found ourselves in as a result of the pandemic.”

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