In February 2010 a celebratory reception was held at the Maltings to mark the final stages of the ‘Access All Areas’ project.
It was an opportunity for invited guests to see the newly refurbished Maltings foyer and under-croft, and for the Maltings to thank those friends, members and local organisations who generously contributed funds to the project.
The ‘Access All Areas’ project was undertaken in autumn 2009. The project – the latest stage of a refurbishment programme that began more than forty years ago to create a community and arts centre that serves all of the people of Farnham – has involved upgrading the toilets, opening up the space outside the Great Hall and installing a lift, creating a separate kitchen and bar area and laying new flooring in the foyer.
Peter Greenyer, Chair of the Maltings:
It is testament to the local community that we are able to continue to develop the Maltings to become one of the premier community and art centres in the South of England. We are hugely grateful to Surrey, Waverley and Farnham councils, DEFRAs Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, Surrey Community Action; local charities – the Farnham Trust, Hedgehogs, Farnham Lions, Rotary Clubs of Farnham and Farnham Weyside, and the Farnham Institute Charity – together with the local businesses and our own Maltings members who have supported us so generously. With all the exciting changes and the many new events we have planned for this year, we can be even more confident that the Farnham Maltings offers something for everyone.
The whole building is now more easily accessible and we hope it will help us to continue to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Although audience numbers are greatest when we present special events and performances, we always welcome visitors who just want to sit and enjoy a cup of tea in the café or a chat in the foyer with friends.
The Maltings’ busy programme of events in 2010, including theatre, festivals, workshops, markets and live music, as well as regular hirers’ activities including the University of the Third Age’s programme, will all benefit from the development and refurbishment of the building.