Alford Corn Exchange plans

Alford Corn Exchange Community Group has high hopes of saving their treasured building.
Alford Corn Exchange Community Group has high hopes of saving their treasured building.

The charity founded to save an historic building at the heart of Alford’s community is seeking new members to join its cause.

The Alford Corn Exchange Community Group will be holding a meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, April 25, at the venue, to update the community on its plans and recruit additional support.

Group chairman Harry Dewick-Eisele believes the Grade II listed building is essential to the town’s community which would suffer greatly if were to close. He said: “It would be a much sadder place to be if we lost the Corn Exchange - the community spirit of the town would be seriously damaged.”

Mr Dewick-Eisele has highlighted the numerous social events which take place at the venue on a weekly basis, including zumba sessions, bingo and youth clubs as evidence for the need to retain it. Major annual celebrations such as the Alford Craft Market and the Jazz Weekend, which draw hundreds of visitors would also struggle to continue, he fears.

The Corn Exchange’s future was cast into jeopardy after Alford Town Council said it was unable to cover its running costs and would be handing it back to East Lindsey District Council by 2016.

“This would most likely result in the disposal and the closure of our only town building and the centre of focus in our community,” Mr Dewick-Eisele said.

The town council felt a registered charity would have greater success in securing the grants necessary to save it from closure. The group has charity status and is creating a business plan with the hope of taking over the lease and applying for grants.

For info contact Mr Dewick-Eisele on 01507 462517