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Ashburton Hall reopening after refurbishment

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Ashburton Hall will soon open its doors to allow local community groups to access the recently refurbished space.

After a major modernisation project, the council will initially be handing the former library building in Ashburton Park over to Deshi Arts, a creative partnership who will manage bookings through until March 2018.

More than 60 local artists have already expressed an interest in being part of the launch event, which is planned for December 8 to coincide with the Winter Wonderland and Cronx Brewery beer festivals taking place in the park and the hall.

Deshi Arts is a South Norwood-based partnership between Devaki Thomas and Shuba Rao, that specialises in the interim management of events spaces, using them to showcase interesting arts, performance and community projects.

They will operate the building until March 2018, when GLL takes over the running of the council’s leisure facilities across the borough.

Shuba said: “We both share the council’s vision to create a community arts hub in Ashburton Hall that will add to the growing buzz in Croydon as a front-runner for the title of London Borough of Culture”

GLL will be putting further investment into the area to refurbish the nearby kiosk and will also make the hall fully accessible to the local community, the voluntary sector, and commercial organisations looking to put on events. It will also be run in conjunction with the sports facilities in the park, providing modern changing facilities.

The building has a range of spaces, with two halls, respectively holding 240 and 80 people, and four smaller workshop and meeting rooms, as well as a café area with capacity for around 150. Full details will soon be available on a dedicated bookings website which can be accessed via www.croydon.gov.uk/ashburtonhall.