Lopping Hall Update - July 2020
During recent weeks, we have carried out work at LH to ensure that we can reopen as and when lockdown restrictions are lifted for our sector. For our part, we will be ready to open by mid-July.
The entrance Hall, Small Hall and Buckley’s Bar have all been repainted. The entrance door and window areas are now being repainted and new Lopping Hall signage will be going up, together with a second commercial monitor to advertise shows and our rooms for hire.
The premises will be deep cleaned by our new cleaning contractors before we reopen and three wall mounted sanitiser units have been placed in the entrance hall and upper lobby areas. High touch areas such as door handles and handrails will be sanitised on a regular basis. All heavy duty lino type floors will be machine cleaned to bring them back to near original standards.
As most of you know, the Theatre / Main Hall hardwood Maple floor was sanded and surface coated just before the lockdown. The floor is now back to the original (1895) hardwood Maple blond colour and not the dark, almost black colour that you might remember.
A new fast broadband connection has been installed with access points in the small and main halls. This will allow for zoom conferencing and the broadcasting of other activities that usually take place at LH.
Chairman's Report 2020
Our 2020 Annual General Meeting was held on 26 June 2020. To read the accompanying Chairman's Report click here.
Lopping Hall Works
Recently a programme of works at Lopping Hall by the Directors has resulted in significant improvements to the facilities and structure of the Hall.
Some of the work which has already been completed includes:
Lift access to the first floor
Chairlift access to the Willingale room (first floor)
Renovated Kitchen and Bar
The Directors welcome suggestions for future improvements, email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buckley's Bar Unveiled
In April 2019 our newly refurbished kitchen and bar (the 'Buckley's Bar') were unveiled by the Town Mayor and members of the Buckley family.
Mayor of Loughton, Mr Stephen Murray said it is one of the most important buildings in the town. He added: "It is very clear what a great community role this hall has and will continue to have for community, theatrical and arts groups based in and around Loughton”
Much of the money came from Buckley family, who have a long association with Lopping Hall and LADS.