Visitors to Kelmarsh Hall’s Christmas Fair will have the chance to support a campaign to restore a derelict 18th century Orangery in the grounds of the Hall.
Plans have been submitted to restore the Orangery, which was salvaged in 1954 by former Kelmarsh Hall owner Colonel CG Lancaster when Brixworth Hall was demolished. When it was located at Brixworth it was listed on English Heritage’s National Monuments Record in 1945 and the Orangery is now the only publicly accessible remnant from Brixworth Hall. Its restoration would ensure that it could be enjoyed by the public once again. Not only will it offer a community space for local groups and organisations, it would be the perfect venue for a special celebration or small wedding.
Subject to planning permission, restoration work would get underway in early spring but the Kelmarsh Trust must raise the money to fund the complete works. Visitors to the Hall over the summer months have already made generous donations towards the project and the Kelmarsh Christmas Fair on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December will provide another opportunity for the public to make a difference. Kelmarsh staff are holding a raffle (with prizes from Joules, Next, Shires Cookery School, Haddenstone and many more local companies) and a tombola. There will also be a Kelmarsh stall selling jams, chutneys and cakes made by Kelmarsh volunteers.
Carla Cooper, Kelmarsh’s fundraiser, said: “By supporting our Christmas Fair, visitors can help to safeguard a historic building for future generations. We are determined to bring the Orangery back into use and because it will provide a unique space for the community, we’re calling on the public to help us meet our fundraising target.”
The second phase of the Orangery project will see the provision of support facilities, including toilets and a catering area, through the conversion of a stable yard building. The total cost of the project will be approximately £150,000 – The Kelmarsh Trust has already secured just under £76,000 to complete phase one of the project, the restoration of the building. However, just over £74,000 needs to be raised for the second phase which will complete the works.