25 Nov Help for the hard of hearing
A NEW hearing loop has been installed at the Woodmead Halls to help those attending events who wear hearing aids.
There used to be a hearing loop in the halls but it was disconnected and not renewed when a new up–to-date sound system was installed at a cost several thousands of pounds.
The halls is regularly used by groups of elderly residents who suffer from hearing problems and the loop, which has cost £1,000, will enable them to enjoy the facilities with enhanced quality of sound.
The new loop is the latest in a number of improvements made to the halls which are managed by a voluntary committee.
Philip Evans MBE, chairman of the management committee, commented: “In recent times we have refurbished the kitchen facilities, installed new sound-proof doors between the two halls, laid new wood flooring in the small hall, replaced the curtains on the internal doors to improve the black out for stage shows and video presentations, redecorated of the entrance hall with new carpeting and new cladding and signage on the front of the building.
“The cost of this work has been close to £100,000, all paid for, and the halls is still in a very strong position ton continue in investing what I believe is the best community hall in Dorset.
“Future projects under consideration are the replacement of the ugly railings outside the halls with modern balustrades and a complete refurbishing of the toilets. We are also looking into how we can improve our stage facilities with improved lighting.”
The management committee is also working with the Charity Commissioners to rewrite the halls constitution which was written in the 1980s and is not out of date and not fit for purpose.
Mr Evans added: “The new constitution will underline and protect the vision of those who worked so hard 40 years ago to provide Lyme Regis with a quality meeting place. There will be provision for input from the regular users who will have a say in the development of the halls in future.”