Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

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Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby ptopping » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:13 pm

HOUGH END HALL: For less than £300,000 Lets make it ours!

This Grade II listed, former family home of the Mosley family in Chorlton is up for sale. This would be great opportunity for us to buy it and keep it in the community for use by the community. The building has a long history, being built in 1586, and said to be “the best, the only major Elizabethan mansion of Manchester red brick…with mullioned and ransomed windows and gables”.

It has been empty for far too long and now is the time to bring it into community ownership and make it a hub for our meetings, exhibitions, functions and other exciting cultural activities in Chorlton.

A group of us from Chorlton, backed by the Civic Society think we should try and raise the money to buy the Hall and then to run it as a community centre.

We are looking for anyone with a passion for preserving our heritage to join us and making it work for our community.

Hough End Hall comprises 6,278 sq ft, arranged over basement, ground and first floors

We want your input as to how to raise the money, what to use it for, how to run it.

At the moment we know that if we set up a Charitable Trust as ownership we will be exempt from paying rates.

Go to http://www.gladtobe.in and follow the link to fill in the online survey or download the form here.

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Pearl
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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby Pearl » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:31 pm

Crikey, who's selling it for £300,000?

It would make terrific affordable / co-operative housing.

aroundM21
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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby aroundM21 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:10 pm

Wow, think big ! :)

MikeMarcus
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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby MikeMarcus » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:46 pm

I second co-operative housing. There can never be enough housing co-ops

ash pole
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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby ash pole » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:26 pm

Look where it is and what's surrounding it. It is a lovely building, but sometimes it's better to just call it a day. Demolish it.

Pearl
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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby Pearl » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:41 pm

Do the buildings next to it still belong to the health authority? Wonder if they have a projected life span? They must have been built around the same time as many other blocks which are now no more . . . .

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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby freeguitarlesson » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:07 am

Pearl wrote:Do the buildings next to it still belong to the health authority? Wonder if they have a projected life span? They must have been built around the same time as many other blocks which are now no more . . . .


If the health authority aren't fully moved out yet, they must be close to it. They've moved into the Parkway development on Princess Parkway.

Don't Carillion construction company have a massive office around there, I can't say I ever really look across when driving past. Low score for observation...
"Your optimism strikes me like junk mail addressed to the dead..."

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Re: Purchase HOUGH END HALL for Chorlton Community

Postby ptopping » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:51 pm

Here is the latest Bulletin with regards the Purchase of Hough End Hall for The Chorlton Community.

Hough End Hall - Let’s Make it Ours!

Bulletin 1 February 2014

Since we began looking into the possibilities of bringing Hough End Hall into community use at the beginning of January, a lot has happened.

Peter and Carolyn have worked hard to produce leaflets and posters about the campaign, and have begun to distribute these. (Unfortunately we have had a lot of these printed with the wrong date for Hough End Hall – we have made it a decade older than it is!) We have made a Facebook Group with now has 417 members. Andrew Simpson has promoted the project on his blog, drawing attention to the rich history of the Hall (http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/s ... End%20Hall ) .

We have mounted an on-line survey for people to send in their ideas about how best to use the Hall if we are successful in acquiring it. If you haven’t seen this, find it at: http://www.gladtobe.in/survey.html . There is also a copy of the survey on the back of the leaflets which will be widely available shortly.

We have met with groups of residents, with local councillors Joanna and Ian, with our local regeneration officer, Dawn, and with Jo from the Architectural Heritage Fund, a body which helps bring heritage buildings into community use. We have raised the issue at a meeting of Chorlton Civic Society and attended one of the committee meetings to explain the project further. The Chorlton Civic Society is backing the project. We have discussed the project with Chorlton High School Governors, - the school is the immediate neighbour of the hall.

Short pieces about the campaign will shortly appear in the Chorlton Community Index and the Chorlton Civic Society newsletter, and hopefully it will appear in the Didsbury and Withington Civic Societies’ newsletters too. We have completed a proposal to the City Council to name Hough End Hall as a community asset of value to the local community for cultural and recreational purposes which, if approved will give us 6 months to raise the money to buy the property. We have been in touch with the selling agents and viewed the Hall, which looks to be in not too bad a condition given it has been empty for well over a year. We have already had some offers of donations and are setting up a bank account so that we have a way of banking people’s offers.

What next?
• We need to spread the word about the campaign.
• We need to have meetings and find other ways to tap into the creativity of local people in developing the project.
• We need to apply for funding to get surveys done and get advice on the feasibility of the project.
• We need to open a bank account and move to get the group incorporated so we can apply for some grants to undertake surveys and feasibility studies.
• We need to use lots of different ways to raise money beyond the initial stages.
• We need to find people who have the time to help us get this campaign off the ground. For this we will need legal advice and people who would like to take on particular tasks, such as fund-raising. And of course we will need a treasurer.

So, if you would like to get involved in any way, please get in touch.
houghendhall@gmail.com or ring Carolyn Kagan (0161 881 6887)


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