Children join campaign to save Martlets Hall

Act Too Arts Academy students at Martlets Hall
Act Too Arts Academy students at Martlets Hall

Performing arts children have joined the Save the Martlets Hall campaign.

Lance Milton, the Principal of Act Too Arts Academy, based at Martelts Hall, Burgess Hill, took this photo in support of a campaign set up in response to a plan to knock down the venue as part of the planned town centre regeneration.

Mr Milton said: “Act Too is delighted to work in partnership with the Martlets Hall at least three times each year to produce opportunities for local children and the community to enjoy live theatre productions. We rely on venues like the Martlets to provide a suitable forum for our young trainees to develop vital performing experience.”

Since the campaign was launched on July 14, it has collected more than 3,500 signatures.

The campaign group is petitioning Mid Sussex District Council and Burgess Hill Town Council to promise no measures will be taken to end the provision of events at the Martlets Hall without a like-for-like alternative public venue in the town centre.

The first part of the petition, with 3,500 supporting petition signatures, has been handed to Mid Sussex District Council and Burgess Hill Town Council.

Mr Milton added: “This summer workshop involved lots of children from the local area in all three performing skills, acting, singing and dance as well as extra confidence building, creating their set and props and writing the story with us.

“If we did not have the Martlets we would be extremely limited in other potential venues for our activities in Burgess Hill and would have to return to other venues such as the Capitol Horsham and Hawth Crawley, potetially making it impossible or at very least impractical for the young people of Burgess Hill to take part.

“We implore Mid-Sussex District Council under the direction of Councillor Gary Wall, to invest in the arts and our precious venues rather than sell them off without proper replacement.”

In the photo, from left: Ariella, Ben, Joel, Sophie, Alice, Alex, Abbie, Ellie and Anabelle