Halesworth & Southwold Community News September 2019 9 Home improvement appeal update

The Cut, Halesworth’s iconic arts centre, has launched their campaign, 2020 Vision to raise £100,000 to do some much needed home improvements.

The Cut has been the home for the arts in Halesworth for the last 20 years. That’s two decades of providing the local community with a centre for entertainment, performance, music and film or simply a good space to talk and chat. There are regular classes/workshops for art and drawing, photography and photoshop, science, ballet and dance, creative writing and poetry, Pilates, yoga and qi gong, and performing arts for young people. The Cut is also a regular venue for U3A activities.

Way back at the beginning, in March 1998, an enthusiastic group of artists began to organise exciting one-off exhibitions and performances in the derelict old maltings on New Cut. You had to be a pretty brave to go to a performance back then – it regularly rained on cast, crew and audience due to leaks in the roof. By 2003 the money had been raised to create The Cut as you now know it, but money was extremely tight, the fixtures and fittings were the best available at the time for the money, the work was done on a lean budget and most of it was carried out by volunteers. The late Sir Alan Bates officially inaugurated the old maltings complex as ‘The Cut’ at the opening night of the 2nd Halesworth Arts Festival in October 2003.

With around 1000 people using the building every week, there’s a lot of wear and tear and as everything from door handles to floors to light fixtures reaches 20, it’s starting to show it’s age.

Tony Casement, local artist and Chair of the Board of Trustees said, ‘The Cut is such an important part of life in Halesworth and it would be hard to imagine the town without it. We want to make sure that the community continues to enjoy and benefit from our work for a further 20 years!’

The Cut has a list of improvements and with nearly a third of the £100k target raised already, £20.000 from The Foyle Foundation, £6.000 from Golden Trust and the rest from private donations,

the work has already started. There’s a new wheelchair lift, front door, and the Cut Café floor is getting a make-over. The next priority is to fundraise for some new comfortable Cut Café furniture, with future projects including a new sound and lighting upgrade in the auditorium, a replacement floor in the dance studio, theatre soundproofing, energy efficient lighting, and work on parts of the roof plus more.

Help to raise £100,000 to pay for repairs and improvements so The Cut can continue to the provide you with the best possible home for your arts and conversation in 2020 and beyond.

HOW YOU CAN DONATE: JustGiving: Pick up a leaflet from The Cut

PERFORMANCE Thu 3 Oct 7.30pm COME DANCE WITH ME A family saga, which adds the glory of ballroom to golden Hollywood era dance styles: the dark side of Victoria Wood – added with Strictly Come Dancing!


Sat 21 Sep 7.30pm A SIDECAR NAMED DESPAIR Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike.

NATIONAL THEATRE Thu 17 Oct 7pm A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors rehearsing a play.

SHAKE FESTIVAL Sat 26- Sun 27 Oct All things Shakespeare for all ages

THE HERRING FESTIVAL Sat 2 & Sun 3 Nov 11-4pm The Herring Festival returns celebrating this humble fish through food, drink, music, theatre and art.

SCIENCE CAFÉ Thu 26 Sep 7-9pm HEALTHY EATING: HELP NOT HYPE! We have all been bombarded with conflicting advice regarding what is ‘good’ for us. Here is your chance to hear from two experts.

THE CUTBox Office: 0300 3033211 Café: 01986 835624 Beginners Harmonica

Workshop Learn to play in a day


Thursday 26 September Thursday 31 October Thursday 28 November

The Cut Science Café explores scientific issues

ranging from outer space to our very own inner space.

with Harmonica virtuoso Paul Gillings Saturday 19th October



For £16 per year you get £2 off every

Wednesday night film. Forms available at the

box office from November.

At The New Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth You will need:

A 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C*

*Harmonicas will also be available on the day for £10 each To book your place:


Pleased to support The Cut - amazing work - keep it up!

THEATRE Sat 2 Nov 4pm, Sun 3 Nov 3pm PEARLS FROM THE GRIT

Mixing stories, poems, film and song, writer Dean Parkin brings the story of Lowestoft’s fishing village – known as The Grit – to life.


GRAND BAZAAR Sat 23 & Sun 24 Nov 10- 4pm The Cut Grand Bazaar is back again. Come along for art, craft, music, food and drink. With stalls in the café, theatre, dance studio and Malt room gallery.

THE CUT OPEN EXHIBITION Thu 28 Nov – Sat 12 Jan The Cut Open celebrates artistic talent in Waveney and beyond. Enter up to three works per person (paintings, sculptures, prints, photography). All works will be displayed, space permitting.

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Congratulations on your 20th anniversary


Est 1999 1 The Courtyard Congratulations on your 20th anniversary

25 Market Place, Halesworth Phone: 01986 873324

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Just Nice Things

An ever-changing selection of lovely things old & new at affordable prices

An ever-changing selection of lovely things old & new at affordable prices

Furniture, Gifts, Local Crafts and Decorative Items Always a friendly welcome, please call in and browse

Furniture, Gifts, Local Crafts, and Decorative Items

58 Thoroughfare, Halesworth Tel: 01986 835804

58 Thoroughfare, Halesworth Tel: 01986 835804 With best wishes on your 20th anniversary

Congratulations to The Cut

on your 20th anniversary Artbox @ The Cut

AUTUMN EXHIBITION 12th - 27th October


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