Call for 'new blood' to help run Keynsham's popular Fear Hall

Published on: 30 Dec 2016

Sharp-eyed users of Keynsham High Street will have noticed that the facade of the Fear Hall, near the bottom of Charlton Road, was spruced up before Christmas – and now the group that runs it is looking for ”new blood” to join the team.

Built with a bequest from local businessman and councillor John Nelson Fear and opened in 1937, the hall is a popular venue for many local societies and activities.  

After receiving a grant from community funding made available as a result of the development of the neighbouring Tesco store, the hall has undergone a raft of improvements, upgrading the lounge and adding new changing and meeting rooms upstairs.

The latest change has been to the building’s frontage with more improvements planned, and now the hall’s trustees are hoping to recruit some extra help.

A spokesperson said:  “In order to ensure the future of the hall, the trustees are looking for some new blood to help run it – there is not a great commitment of time involved.   In particular, they would like to hear from anyone with a background in building surveying or maintenance, but some administrative help would also be valuable.” 

Over the years the Fear Hall has been home to many groups, including the Keynsham Gardeners, the Keynsham Photographic Society, the Fear Short Mat Bowls Club and the Old Time Dance Club.   
Many youngsters have taken their first dance steps in the hall at Keyford Dancing School, one of the main users of the rooms, while the monthly stamp fair attracts many enthusiasts.  Current regular bookings at the venue also include ChoirJam and Cloud 9 Modern Jive sessions.

The hall is a registered charity managed by a board of trustees and representatives of the regular users of the venue. It is independent, with profits from bookings put back into maintaining and improving the premises.

Anyone interested in joining the trustees can contact Norman James on 0117 986 3530 or Richard Dyson on 0117 986 4453 or email richard.dyson@tiscali.co.uk to find out more.       

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