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Opening up a listed gem’s past, present and future

The Unitarian Meeting House on Churchgate Street in Bury. ENGANL00120121023145006

The Unitarian Meeting House on Churchgate Street in Bury. ENGANL00120121023145006

Churchgate Showcase is launching its 2014 programme with a look at the Unitarian Meeting House’s past, present and future.

A free evening at the meeting house, built in Bury St Edmunds’ Churchgate Street in 1711, will begin at 7pm on Wednesday April 2 with local historian Clive Paine bringing its past to life.

A present day committee member will explain the challenges of maintaining a listed building.

Committee member Marian Shaw said: “Being Grade I listed it needs specialist paints and specialist this and that, so repainting is going to cost £13,000.”

The audience will then be invited to ask questions and suggest future uses. There will be a chance to see its rarely open gallery with its theatre-style family boxes.

 

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