Dursley social club 'further conference centre project'

A historic building in Dursley is one step closer towards becoming a conference centre after a local social club voted to become a registered charity in order to secure grants for the refurbishment.

Members of the group unanimously decided to make the move so that they are eligible to receive funding to transform Lister Hall, the Gazette reports.

"Our priority is to get the roof repaired before next winter and we will hopefully start applying for grants as soon as the paperwork is finished for registering as a charity," Hugh Tipper, chairman of the Lister Social Club committee, tells the newspaper.

He hopes the newly-refurbished hall will provide conference facilities for the town, as well as being a theatre venue.

The group is looking to attract donations from local businesses and the community, as well as raising money through the Arts Council and other music and drama organisations.

Last week, the Bolton News reported that Kearsley Mount Methodist Church will undergo a £400,000 makeover to turn it into a conference centre.

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