Reader view: Should Ivor Potter Hall become a theatre or is it just a dream?

Lucille has had a reply from the Town Clerk which both parties are happy to have made public. Obviously, people need to put their thoughts and ideas in writing to the Clerk.


Dear Lucille,

Sorry if communications crossed in the email, but I did reply to you yesterday.

We did make an open call for feedback from Parkhouse Centre users in August, so are open to representations.

To date, we have not been approached by anyone asking to present to the Working Group and until your email arrived I don’t believe anyone had raised a request for the Ivor Potter Hall to be turned into a nearly full-time theatre.

I’m sure that the Working Group will consider your proposal and be glad to hear from any other group who use or may wish to use the Hall or any other part of the Parkhouse Centre.

I would suggest that submissions are put in writing in the first place, so that thoughts and options can be ordered. The Working Group will determine how to engage with users and the wider public as their work progresses.

Thank you for your continued interest and input.

Kind regards

Keith Cornwell

Town Clerk & RFO

By Lucille Opie:

I sent an email to the Clerk of Bude Town Council for the councillors last Friday having made enquiries and heard that the council has set up a working group to find a way to make the Ivor Potter hall and the Parkhouse rooms very much more cost-effective.

I would like to know if the working group have invited any representatives from the local drama groups to attend.  I, and I am sure everyone in the community of Bude and surrounding villages thinks there should be. Some, though not all of the local drama groups were consulted by email several months ago asking for suggestions to make the Ivor Potter Hall fit for purpose. However, though a consultative process can work, it is more democratic when the folk involved are there in person. There needs to be discussion and ‘brainstorming’, as we called it in the teaching profession.

Maybe it would be a good idea to involve the public by calling an open meeting for them to give the council ideas and suggestions?

We do understand the Council’s predicament. It is not able to get funding.   However, the public can! The Ivor Potter Hall needs a local group or groups to apply for funding, eg., the Lottery, to make the Ivor Potter Hall into a proper theatre, as it was meant to be.  It would then bring good revenue into the town because there would be summer shows and winter pantomimes and people would love it!

It could be used for meetings during the daytime too if there were tiered stacking seats. There are several drama and music ‘groups’ for want of a better word, that don’t use the Hall because it is not ‘fit for purpose’ so go to Budehaven instead. If invited, representatives from them would probably come up with possible ideas to make the Parkhouse rooms more cost-effective too, and, more importantly, take on the challenge to get Lottery or other funding to make our Ivor Potter Hall a strong source of revenue for our Council.

As the clerk has been away from work recently I have not received a reply as yet. But watch this space

Lucille Opie  – Bude Resident.



  • Rebecca Glenister says:

    There are a number of grant making trusts which might provide grants if there was a proper business plan in place.

  • Teresa Moule says:

    Would be wonderful to have tiered seating. The Bude Concert Orchestra give two concerts a year at The Parkhouse Centre and have done so for twenty five years. We are very grateful for our loyal audiences who support us, but yes, it could be so much better if everyone got a view of all the sections of the orchestra.
    Tomorrow night 28th September 7.30pm the orchestra will be joined by Bassline, Elizabeth Hobbs and Paula Quigley for The Last Night of The Proms, with audience participation as song words will be provided.
    The Proms are so called because in the early concerts a large part of the seating area had no seats and so the patrons had to stand during the performances. Also during the original Proms, the patrons could smoke, eat and drink, although customers were asked not to strike matches during vocal performances!
    During the First World War the Proms caused some controversy by continuing to play music by German composers, as Sir Henry Wood felt that music and art should rise above the political squabbles of the day! So, as at The Albert Hall please bring your Union Jacks and join in with this uniquely British occasion on 28th September at The Parkhouse Centre Bude at 7.30pm.
    Light refreshments will be available (donation).
    Adults £6 (children £2) at the door.

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