Dudley CVS Staff get in the mood for the Big Cheesy Night Out on April 1st.
Left to right Nicki Burrows; Brendan McKeown; James Challis; Kate Green and Dale Pickin
Whether it’s the music of Abba, Wham or Metallica that gets you on your feet, Brierley Hill Civic Hall is the place to be on Friday night April 1st. For just £5 payable at the door, the Big Cheesey Nights Outs each month will get the iconic building rocking once more to the sounds of the 70s, 80s and 90s…..and some more recent chart hits.
The Big Cheesey Nights are part of a new era for Brierley Hill Civic Hall, which is enjoying a re-invigorated lease of life since being taken over by Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in February 2015. Boxing and wrestling nights have been drawing in the crowds and there is an impressive line-up of acts in the diary, together with Comedy Club nights and plans for Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties.
For brides-to-be there is a Wedding Fair later in the year
People attending recent events at the Civic Hall have been impressed by the refurbished and extended bar area, which is helping to cater for larger numbers of guests. The beer cellar has been equipped with a brand new cooling system to deliver high quality beers, lagers and ciders.
Since it’s hey days, when it played host to bands and performers from around the world, Brierley Hill Civic Hall has been largely under-used and has struggled to be financially viable. But with Dudley CVS now responsible for day-to-day management, bookings have risen significantly with only ten free Friday and Saturday evenings left in 2016. The increase in commercial bookings is helping Dudley CVS to open up the Civic Hall to local community groups to put on their own events at discounted rates.
Andy Gray, Dudley CVS Chief Officer, said. “We are a not-for-profit charity which supports local voluntary and community groups throughout Dudley borough. The revenue from commercial events at Brierley Hill Civic Hall is being re-invested into the voluntary sector. This enables us to offer the Civic Hall as a community building for community users. Our aim is to see Brierley Hill Civic Hall as a vibrant and accessible venue for all sorts of community activities, subsidised by income from commercial events. Local voluntary organisation events including The Dudley Youth Council Awards, Whitehouse Cancer Support Band Night and Synergy Group have all enjoyed subsidised rates for their events at the Civic Hall.”
Andy added that Brierley Hill Civic Hall will be the venue for a very special event, of both national and international interest, on Saturday1st October. and promises to announce more details shortly.
The next Big Cheesy Night Out will be on Friday 6th May. A new Brierley Hill Civic Hall website is being developed and will be launched in the next few weeks.