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A new performing arts venue in Lichfield has benefited from a donation following the dissolution of the Friends of the Garrick.
The group supported the theatre from 2008 until the Garrick management and trustees decided that they would organise a similar scheme in-house as part of their management of the theatre.
Therefore under the terms of its constitution, the Friends of the Garrick had to be dissolved.
The balance of the funds – amounting to £2,910 – has been donated to the new venue at St Mary’s in the Market Square, for the purchase of an integrated hearing loop and a lighting desk.
Maureen Woodcock MBE, Chair of the Friends of the Garrick, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all past members for their support over many years, enabling us to support not only the Garrick but other performing arts community groups and societies.
“I am delighted that our final donation will support a new performing arts venue in the heart of the city.”
In 2016, the group boasted 400 members from across the region, with donations over the past nine years helping to purchase equipment for the city theatre worth more than £50,000. Their activities also saw £150 awarded each year to the amateur society judged to have performed the best musical at the Garrick.