Peter Hodges, one of The Witham’s trustees, shares an update on the building developments:
During this long and distressing period of lockdown, The Witham team has taken initiative to use the closure period to progress its planned programme of restoration and refurbishment of the buildings. Historic establishments such as this require constant attention. This opportunity to press on with necessary maintenance and improvements without inconvenience to customers, staff and performers has enabled us to make very useful progress.
We are currently in the process of re-plastering parts of the Witham Room and Music Hall following the extensive external restoration work to parapets and lead gutters carried out last summer. Full redecoration of the Witham Room will give it a new lease of life along with the County Room, staircase and corridor. Importantly both male and female toilets and various other ancillary spaces are being freshened up with new coat of paint.
We have engaged with the services of Barnard Castle based tradesmen to carry out the work in progress. This includes a plumber, decorator, plasterer and restoration contractor.
As a consequence of recent events passage through the building will change when we re-open in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. Planning for this is well advanced and a few alterations are in progress to accommodate the new regime. We are extremely grateful for the dedication and support of staff, volunteers and Trustees to help us through this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back safely into the Witham and once again being at the heart of the Barney community.