Greenham Common Trust buys ACE hall for community venture
Greenham Common Trust bought the former Royal Air Forces Association Hall in St Nicholas Road Newbury to be transformed into a multi-functional community venue called ACE Space.
The Trust was approached by the committee of Newbury Arts and Community Venue Committee with a view of buying the venue, refurbishing it and leasing it back to the committee for free.
It relaunched as ACE (Arts Community and Enterprise) Space and is used by local residents from all communities, hosting the Newbury Unplugged acoustic open mic nights, gigs, theatre, dance and exercise classes, community groups, business meetings and educational, social and arts functions.
ACE Space Chairman Adam Kotz, film and television actor with credits spanning 30 years, said: “The hard work and enthusiasm of the committee and volunteers have made Ace Space a fantastically successful and informal community venue. We would not have been able to achieve this without the ongoing help of Greenham Common Trust. There is now a lot going on for all ages and interests. We welcome more help and ideas from the local community so please come and get involved.”
ACE Space has a stage, PA system and lighting, a large hall area with wooden floor, licensed bar area, toilets and kitchen facilities. It is a registered charity and as such is always looking for new fundraising ideas. It is available for hire during the day, evenings and weekends.
ACE Space wants to see the venue used by community groups, schools, businesses, entrepreneurs and artists of all genres as a base for enterprise of all kinds.
Its mission is to:
- offer an accessible, suitably equipped and low cost venue for classes, functions, seminars, arts and community events.
- provide a platform for local talent and experiment.
- connect with the local community.
- add to the variety and cultural vitality of Newbury.
- stay viable by fundraising, sponsorship and your support!
This is what Ace Space means to the local community
“It was my first visit to play at ACE Space Unplugged last week. Utopia for a performer - friendly welcome, great venue, excellent sound assistance, well organised, a large attentive audience and plenty of great performers of all different styles. I'll be back for sure”
“Magic happens there”
“Ace Space has been used by the Alzheimers Society on several occasions and at all times have loved the atmosphere. The most notable event was the Bhangra to Bollywood day and it was great to see people who had never met before getting together swapping anecdotes, phone numbers and other contact details. People from other charities were impressed with the space, the light and the fact that the windows were too high up for people to gaze in, giving the privacy that is essential for some charity functions”
“For local musicians ACE Space is the jewel of Newbury. There are many pubs and restaurants which are 'pro' live music, but ACE Space, due to the layout of the Unplugged evening, offers artists a unique opportunity to interact with the audience in a new and social way. It also acts as a forum for artists to come together and discuss techniques, ideas, and collaborate. The passive-yet-charming, candle-lit atmosphere means musicians can unravel their creations in-front of the audience and draw them into their world!”
“It's so good to have access to a rehearsal space in the town. It has been such a bonus to us. It's a great place to rehearse, the rates are reasonable, and a couple of us from Box Theatre have got actively involved with Ace Space as a result of using the hall. We feel it is a facility that should be supported, and promoted. It has also meant that we have met a lot of people from the community, who also use the hall, and as a consequence we also get bigger audiences at our shows.”