Frequently Asked Questions
We believe that the Pavilion will be able to fund itself after the initial set up and after a year or so. There is a requirement for repair, conversion and general smartening up of the building. This will come from grant applications that we will make, once we get the go-ahead with the District Council. We will also need a small subsidy during the opening year to ensure that we do not run out of cash whilst we are getting a full programme of bookings organised.
We are confident that we should be able to get grants of enough money to do all the work that we require. If you look on our website there is a page of funding bodies, which we will be applying to.
In principle anyone can use the Pavilion. It will be a general space that anyone can book for sport, meetings, theatre, music, festivals ore even wedding receptions.
The general objective is to have the pavilion available for Matlock Bath and the surrounding area for weekday daytime usage, particularly in the winter. The weekday evening usage will be for theatre and music, often with local groups and players. The weekend daytime will be for events that attract people into Matlock Bath, such as table top sales. In the evenings there will be concerts and Theatre for attracting a wide range of audiences to Matlock Bath.
We are afraid not. The concept is to have a wide range of uses and not just concentrate on one (profitable) use, as happened in the past. This does not exclude the probability that there will be discothèque evenings; however these will be limited in number.
It will be run by a charitable trust, which will draw its membership from a wide range of organisations, such as the Parish Council, local residents, local businesses as well as people with expertise in making the venture financially viable.
The likelihood is that Derbyshire Dales District Council will retain ownership of the building.
In principle anyone can hire it, especially during most weekdays. At weekends, or when we have 5 day theatre runs, it may be more difficult to hire as one night out of a programme may make the rest of a programme unviable. Additionally, when there is a festival, it may be difficult to use the space for another purpose. The hall may be rigged up for one use making it unavailable for something that is not compatible.
Will the Pavilion compete with local businesses?
The intention of our project is to bring the public into Matlock Bath, especially in the Autumn to Spring time when the village is less busy. We will offer refreshments, which can be bought elsewhere in the village, but this will be done in such a way as to avoid competition with existing traders. This will be in three ways; we will concentrate on customers who are already in the building; we will offer to a different market (e.g. Fair Trade products); and we will price higher, so that we are not competing on price.
When will it be open?
This will take a long time after we have persuaded Derbyshire Dales District Council about the viability of our case. We will have to apply for capital finding grants; this will take from twelve to eighteen months. We will then be into the building phase, which could easily take another six months.
Will the Playgroup be affected?
We have written to all the parents of the playgroup and Gregor Macgregor has attended a meeting with them. We are quite clear in our position:
“Our accepted view is that the playgroup should remain where it currently is and with the same access control that it currently has. The only change to this would be; in the unlikely event that we were able to find a better option to what you currently have.”
Will the Mining Museum be affected?
No it will not be, it is an integral part of our plan. We have discussed a few minor changes with them and will carry on doing so. There may be minor changes to their space and only with their agreement.
Will the Pavilion be highbrow and elitist?
It is our avowed intention to avoid being elitist or overly highbrow! We will organise events for all the visitors to Matlock Bath, from the bikers and the day trippers to local residents. We will not sell Fish and Chips, as this is done better by others, but you will not find us putting on obscure plays or shows; appealing to an arty few! The events we will put on will be chosen to attract the largest audiences; that is the only way we will survive!