The good and the bad news on the culture front

Work continues on the Rosehill Theatre revamp

Work continues on the Rosehill Theatre revamp

IT has been a mixed start of the year for the arts world in West Cumbria.

Devastating news in January was the closure of Haig Mining Museum, just months after a £2.4m revamp; eight staff lost their jobs.

And a much publicised plan for a Whitehaven cinema restaurant complex in the town appears to have come to nothing.

But there are positives. The Gaiety continues to do well in Whitehaven, due in part to blockbusters such as the new James Bond movie and the new Star Wars movie.

And work continues apace at Rosehill with the redevelopment of the theatre and cinema to include a restaurant. The redevelopment will see the restoration of the listed theatre to its former glory while the buildings around it will be completely redeveloped.

The new 60-seater restaurant overlooking the Solway Firth will be run in association with neighbouring Lakes College.

The development will see the creation of ten new jobs in catering and hospitality and five new positions in running and servicing the enlarged theatre and operations.

A second phase, depending on fundraising, will see the neighbouring Barn building incorporated within the new complex.

Amazingly, Rosehill Theatre continues to stage productions in other venues around West Cumbria.

See their website for more details: http://www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk/

YMCA memories

AN exhibition of memories of the 1940’s to 1980’s associated with the former Whitehaven YMCA is to be staged.

The exhibition marks the transformation of the YMCA into the Whitehaven Foyer, catering for some of the more vulnerable people in our society.

The exhibition will be staged at Howgill Family Centre, Birks Road, Cleator Moor. It was due to be staged at Haig Pit Mining Museum until its unexpected closure at the start of January. The exhibition, entitled ‘Get in from out of the rain – Flares, frothy coffee and feather cuts’ will run from Saturday, January 23 to Friday, February 5, 10am to 3pm.