FILEY’S Evron Centre has a bumper schedule of events planned for 2011 – including its first Nuns’ Convention.
Over the past year the arts, community and business centre has seen a range of improvements to the building itself, and manager Phil Armitage is looking forward to the year ahead with new and returning acts, plus extra input coming in from the local community.
He said: “In 2010 we’ve seen an increase in the number of shows and performances. It’s been a successful year and it’s also my first year as manager - everybody’s made me feel very welcome.”
From 1904 to 1969 the building was a convent school and takes its name from The Sisters of Evron, an order of nuns originating from Evron near Le Mans in Western France.
To celebrate this history, the centre is holding its first Nuns’ Convention on May 1 and is hopeful of welcoming back some of the original resident nuns.
“It’s a chance for people to visit. They’ll be spending a full day looking at the centre to keep in touch with the building which they have great faith in,” said Mr Armitage.
“There have been many improvements to the building - it’s been completely revamped and repainted, there’s a new reception with seating area and we’ve extended the business units from 18 to 23. We plan to upgrade the phone systems for the business units and are hoping shortly to complete improvements to the community entrance.”
Mr Armitage said cinema screenings had also proved popular and staff hope to liaise closely with the local community to carry it on into 2011.
This year will once again see the Evron Centre playing a big part in the Filey Town Festival, and Paul Wheater will be returning to play every Tuesday night over the summer period.
More live cover bands are also on the agenda with These Beatles, Gimme ABBA and, also back by popular demand, Fleetwood Mac tribute Green Mac. Other events will include a 50s rock ‘n’ roll night and plays by John Godber.
Mr Armitage said they were hoping to bring back Dave Marshall’s family discos, and more plays from the Stephen Joseph Theatre were on the cards. He added: “We’re also asking people for new and fresh ideas for the centre to come down and share their views with us.