Curtains everywhere . . .February 7, 2014 4:42 am Uncategorized
Thanks to a special grant through our county councillor (Colin Horncastle’s) Discretionary Fund, we have been able to put up an acoustic (sound transference abatement) curtain on the Main Hall side of the sliding doors. It’s an elegant beginning solution to the challenge of holding a meeting in the New Hall, say, while a rambunctious activity is being held in the Main Hall.
The new acoustic curtain stimulated us to consider our curtain stocks in general, and thanks to the special seamstress skills of Louise Brogden, we have now reconfigured a large stock of royal blue velvet curtains acquired a decade ago from the Trinity Methodist Chapel, so that the New Hall’s curtains do look quite elegant now. Additionally, we decided to hang the ‘new’ chapel curtain in front of the older curtains which had been finally put back together again, on the New Hall side of the sliding doors, so now we have 3 sets of velvet curtains, and one set of sliding doors, between the two rooms. The sound abatement is significant, but music still filters through.
When we replaced the faded curtains at the balcony windows, we didn’t want to let the old material just go to waste, so we created a new set of blackout curtains for the rear corridor, to replace previous blackout attempts (typically bin bags and gaffer tape!) in a more felicitous arrangement. Now the rear corridor behind the stage doors is suitably dark, allowing for the actors in the Allen Valleys’ beloved drama group to go on and off stage neatly and inconspicuously.
And all just in time for the panto! Look out Jack, he’s behind you!