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Helping New Brighton Thrive – LiVS Trial to Increase Community Creativity

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Large space for hire in central New Brighton

New Brighton’s Roy Stokes Hall, which was once part of Central New Brighton School, is searching for additional users to ensure it can become a thriving community asset.

The large hall space can hold up to 360 people (372m2) as well as a meeting room space (30m2) for hire. The space is affordable for community users, has accessible parking, a large kitchen, bathrooms and seating options. Roy Stokes hall is open for use by community groups, workshops, performance, and education groups with the overarching idea of creating a Creative Community Hub. There are no fixed thoughts about what this means and a range of ideas have been considered.

Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) is looking to support different community uses for the hall, showcasing its flexibility and the community need.

“The Roy Stokes Community Hall was built by the people of New Brighton and is there for the community to use, so we want to hear from them!” says Elisha Blogg, a New Brighton resident who is the director of LiVS.
“We want you to tell your friends about this amazing space and ask them to spread the word,”  Elisha added.

The main aim for LiVS involvement with Roy Stokes Hall, and the pilot project, is to increase community use of the space — both in numbers and in types of users. The Toi Collective Art Studio and Gallery and The Christchurch Circus Trust currently use the hall on a regular basis.

This trial will help to establish if the Roy Stokes Hall can be turned into a sustainable creative community hub, long-term. Expressions of interest in the hire of the hall can be sent to info@livs.org.nz.

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