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Ringwood Arts Centre – Entertainment a Big Success!

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Ringwood-arts-centreMore than 200 people turned out for an entertaining Open Evening staged by the team behind the Ringwood Arts Centre project. The event, held at Greyfriars Community Centre, was held to say a big thank you to townsfolk and supporters of the Arts Centre who helped to raise funds so the ‘meaningful start’ could be completed in time to ensure planning permission for the project is fixed for the foreseeable future.

London-based professional acoustic duo Laurel Canyon – singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson from Ringwood and Scott McKeon who has played guitar for artists including Lana Del Ray and Tom Jones – provided classy entertainment, along with local all-girl singing quartet The Bobbies (in the photo above).

Virtual reality headsets were used for a tour of the proposed Arts Centre, offering panoramic 360° views of how the building will look, alongside an architectural scale model of the building and a ‘fly by’ screen projection.

Outside, tours of the Greyfriars grounds pointed out where the building will be situated, and explained how the £20,000 for the meaningful start was spent.

Groups and societies already linked to the community centre were also on hand to help show off the diverse range of activities which take place at Greyfriars – and which will benefit from the Arts Centre’s improved facilities.

Canapés provided by Greyfriars volunteers and a free bar kindly sponsored by Ringwood Brewery helped the sunny evening go with a swing.

Ringwood Arts Centre – Open evening celebrates Arts Centre’s meaningful start

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Ringwood-Arts-Centre-posterTo celebrate the success of the Meaningful Start Appeal, the group behind the Ringwood Arts Centre project is hosting an open evening of free entertainment on May 10th.

In October last year Ringwood Arts Centre, a project that aims to build a multi-functional space for the town at Greyfriars next to the town library, launched an appeal to raise the money needed to begin the first stage of building work and secure their planning permission.

The appeal had great support and in only four months raised the £20,000 needed to create a ‘hole in the wall’ opening the Greyfriars Car Park. Work has now begun bringing the project one step closer to becoming a reality.

This pivotal stage would not have been possible without the help of the local community and their faithful supporters, so project organisers will be holding an Open Evening to say a big thank you and give the local community a chance to come and see what has been achieved so far… and what’s still to be done!

The Open Evening will be running from 6pm-9.30pm on 10th May and will include professional local entertainment including a set by duo Laurel Canyon, giving you a taste of what Ringwood Arts Centre will have to offer. Canapés and a cash bar will also be available. Entry is free and all are welcome.

If you’d like to donate to the Ringwood Arts Centre project visit: www.ringwoodartscentre.com or send your donations into Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 1DW.

Ringwood Arts Centre – 2017 looks promising for the Ringwood Arts Centre

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
whats-in-the-arts-centreThe year 2017 looks like a very exciting one for the new landmark project, the Ringwood Arts Centre! Following the amazing support of the local community, ‘The Meaningful Start Appeal’ – which was launched in October last year – has now reached nearly £20,000. The aim of the Appeal is to raise enough money to ensure the first spade goes into the ground before the planning permission expires in February 2017. Once work has begun, planning permission will be secured for the foreseeable future.

Once built, Ringwood Arts Centre will be a multi-purpose venue with the local community at its very heart. Situated at Greyfriars Community Centre, it will include all the facilities that are currently missing in the town including a 290-seat theatre and widescreen cinema, a sports hall with sprung floor, and a modern activities centre.

If you’d like to show your support for Ringwood Arts Centre, then keep your eyes peeled for the events they have planned this year: Comedian Phil Lowen at Greyfriars on 11th Feb; RMDS will be taking on Sweet Charity for their Spring Musical at Ringwood School; and most inspiring of all Ringwood Arts Centre will be holding their very own Open Evening in May to show off all that is Arts Centre!

More exciting events are in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled! Keep up to date with what’s going on and follow them on Facebook

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Ringwood Arts Centre – December 2016

Monday, November 14th, 2016
whats-in-the-arts-centreCan You Help Ringwood Arts Centre Make a Meaningful Start?

On 7th October 2016, Ringwood Arts Centre announced their Meaningful Start Appeal, in a bid to raise £55,000 to take the next step to making the Centre a reality!

Ringwood Arts Centre is a new project under the leadership of Greyfriars and RMDS to build a multi-purpose community venue for the whole town to enjoy. Situated at Greyfriars Community Centre, the new building will include a 290 seat theatre and widescreen cinema, a sports hall with sprung floor, space for conferences, large dinners and corporate events, a variety of meeting spaces, an art studio, exhibition spaces, a courtyard area for outdoor events and a café and bar

Ringwood Arts Centre is now at a pivotal point in its life. Planning permission for the multi-use community hall, cinema and theatre will expire in February 2017 unless a ‘Meaningful Start’ is made on the project. They are so close to making this next step… but they need your help!

So what is a Meaningful Start?

Well, in short it is the moment when the first spade goes in to the ground, preserving our planning permission and taking us one step closer to making Ringwood Arts Centre a reality. In our case it has been agreed that this will involve work to the new Greyfriars Car Park, creating an opening in the listed wall for better access. On top of that, the Meaningful Start requires that all pre-commencement planning conditions are met and completed, and that a ‘Section 106 Agreement’ is complied with.

Work on making the opening in the wall is planned to start in December and will be finished in February 2017. This work will not only benefit the Centre once it is built, but many of the members, volunteers and visitors that use Greyfriars now.

So far the Appeal has reached an amazing £10,000 but we are still a long way off reaching our £55,000 goal! Ringwood Arts Centre has come a long way to get to this point, and they hope that the local community will get behind the campaign to bring the project one step closer to reality! You now have a real opportunity to become part of the Centre’s story.

If you would like more information on the project and The Meaningful Start Appeal, please visit


Alternatively, donations can be sent into Ringwood Arts Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW.

Please include your name, contact details and Gift Aid eligibility, or download a donation form from the website. All cheques should be made payable to Greyfriars Arts Centre.