The Weybridge Society is considering a proposal from some of its members to broaden its role in contributing to the arts as an additional offering to members and to the wider Weybridge community.
Arts programmes and activities provide prestigious additions to the town’s attractiveness and contribute to the regeneration of the town centre (WeyBetterWeybridge) and would enhance our sense of community and pride in our town.
This activity, as proposed, would encompass all aspects of “the arts”, performing and non-performing, for the enjoyment of all members of our community.
In considering the proposal, as set out below, we would like your ideas and your input on how it might work, alongside and in harmony with existing societies and organisations in the town.
If you have ideas that go beyond this proposal, please share them with us too.
1. We could act as an umbrella organisation working with existing arts and cultural groups in Weybridge/Elmbridge in mutual support and to avoid replication.
2. We could publicise and support local arts organisations to perform/exhibit/work in Weybridge venues thus attracting people into the town and to its existing businesses.
3. We could foster innovative arts initiatives within the Weybridge community and work with local schools and young people and seek additional investment in cultural centres in the town.
4. We could encourage more venues to be made available. For example, could more local businesses use their premises for appropriate arts events, e.g. art exhibitions? Could greater use be made of Weybridge’s attractive open spaces and parkland? Even though Weybridge has several existing venues which lend themselves to arts/cultural events including churches, the Library/Weybridge Museum and school buildings we understand that spaces for rehearsals, performances and storage are constrained.
5. In the longer term the Weybridge community hub could be a valuable additional facility and venue providing a focus to this initiative.
We would also welcome suggestions as to what this initiative should be called. The title of ‘Forum’ is already taken by the Elmbridge Arts Forum, which is run under the auspices of Elmbridge Borough Council and we would not wish to cause confusion by using the term ourselves.
If you would like to be involved in considering suggestions arising from this communication, refining ideas and taking this initiative forward, please let us know.
Please use the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to put forward your ideas or comments or volunteer to help or, if you prefer, contact a committee member of the Weybridge Society.