Support continues to come in as council works on re-opening Wellingborough theatre

The Castle theatre in Wellingborough
The Castle theatre in Wellingborough

People have been thanked for their support as a council is busy trying to get the town theatre re-opened.

Wellingborough Council has said it is planning to run The Castle theatre itself until decisions are made on its long-term future.

As part of this, Hazel Clover joined the council’s senior management team on June 29 on an interim contract basis to try and get the Wellingborough theatre open again.

She has been overwhelmed by the offers of help from the community, potential employees and ex-employees of The Castle, and while it is taking her some time to wade through all the emails, she said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me.

“I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by so many people.

“I would just ask that everyone bears with me.

“I have received many, many offers of help and I will be in touch as soon as I can.”

Hazel’s focus for now is putting a programme together for the immediate future, for when the doors are open again, and this together with recruiting a temporary team to operate the venue is her main priority.

She is happy to receive further contact from anyone interested in putting on performances or assisting in any way, and people can get in touch by emailing castle@wellingborough.gov.uk.

This mailbox is monitored daily.

As well as making sure there is a programme in place, the council is checking that the building is safe and is compliant with health and safety requirements.

The authority’s contractors are currently working through a 50-point checklist, and almost all need some work, with 15 that must be addressed before the building can re-open.

The council has said it is planning to run The Castle itself for a short while so that councillors can consider in the autumn how it can be managed in the future on a financially sustainable basis.

Councillors are pleased that Franks has asked to continue to run the restaurant and bar, both of which remain open.