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Dear Burngreave Messenger
Voices from many artists and many non-artists
are looking towards the Vestry Hall as a focal point surrounded
by many creative arts activities i.e. Sorby House, Furnival
Centre, Specrtum Centre (formerly the Irish club) etc. Already
these venues are making a positive impact for artists to express,
to create, produce and build for the future.
Whether plans have already been made or not
for the Vestry Hall is not an issue for me, although the opinions
of others, whether negative or positive, is something I take
on. At the end of the day, even negative vibes need to be
heard, for we live in a community with different voices and
opinions, and all need to be respected. I welcome them all,
from whoever they may be from. We need to listen to both sides,
and both sides need to do their research and be given the
opportunity to present their case. I believe this hasn't really
happened yet, and if it has, it hasn't been publicised well.
The vision is sustainability. In any business
enterprise, in any service, the right venue counts. Its strategic
place in the community counts. Millions are spent on corporate
identity, millions are spent by companies on renovating buildings
and on image, and image, whether people like it or not, is
power. It is the symbol of what and who we are, and the deliverance
Whether a business delivers unprofessional service
is mainly due to poor management and lack of strategy implementation.
It is imperative to see that the Vestry Hall is a strategic
venue, a world-class venue that needs all our attention.
The Creative Industries are growing fast. It
is an awesome industry and anyone who says it isn't needs
to get out of their box and check it out. We are losing out
big time because many don't have either faith or vision! Sometimes
we search far away from our own homes to amazing opportunities,
and yet, right before our very own eyes, the greatest opportunity
is staring at us in the face.
Look at this building and it’s amazing
structure. Look at its crafted work, look and envisage a dream,
a vision, a building that will help Sorby House, and many
other Creative Cultural Arts activities surrounding this beautiful
building, combining them to have a space once a month, to
showcase their talent in a professional environment that brings
the press, the TV and radio broadcasters.
Imagine seats like a theatre surrounding it,
and artists space paid or subsidised because we're getting
income from many outside of Burngreave, outiside Sheffield
attending many Cultural Arts performances. This is a place
to have our own theatre, imagine a place where we bring the
world to us, imagine artists performing on stage and giving
first class performances, imagine an amazing event where we
hold an award ceremony to celebrate our communities, our artists,
our workshops, our dreams and visions.
If people don’t believe such a beautiful
dream can work, then let me take you to many places like Vestry
Hall, which have been built or renovated in other cities,
areas like Burngreave, and show you what can be done. You’d
be amazed what happens when you just ‘believe and think
for the social, welfare and economic of our communities.’
Vision, and sustainability, is what we need, and Vestry Hall
is the place!