Helston Town Band considering new base in Budgens development in Cornwall

Helston Town Band have revealed they’ve been looking for a new home in the city – and they may have just found the perfect spot.

Earlier this month, Helston Place Shaping Team revealed more details of how it hopes to use the old supermarket building, which was once operated by Gateway, then Somerfied, Co-op and finally Budgens, before moving on. empty in March 2017.

These include a proposed multipurpose play area for activities such as bouldering, roller disco and ice skating, which could also be used for exhibitions and events, as well as a café, playground games area and an information point, all on the upper ground floor level which was formerly the workshop floor.

Read more about the proposals here: Roller skating and soft play among plans for Helston’s Budgens – full details

However, there is also a lower ground floor – previously used for storage and deliveries – part of which Helston Town Band wants to use, for rehearsal space.

The empty Budgens building in the Trengrouse Way car park

The band is currently based in Church Street, chairman Ben Curnow described the current band room as “no longer fit for purpose”, adding that a lot of work was needed to bring it up to standard.

He told The Packet: “It’s cold, wet and parking is limited. The new building would provide us with an easy to maintain, cool and clean place to use as practice and storage space, as well as perhaps a concert hall.

“There would be easy parking, which would work well for practice nights, for parents dropping off for our youth groups and for morning coffees.

“We are very happy to be part of such a fantastic facility and to still be in the city.”

Helston CIC have an exclusive deal with Cornwall Council, signed in March, which agrees on a price and gives the band six months to complete.

It’s Place Shaping Team who are now looking at the project in more detail, having already received £100,000 funding from Town Vitality to develop this and a number of other projects for Helston, and this month confirmed to be vying to potentially benefit from the first tranche of government funding for upgrading in Cornwall.

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