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Arts Centre (Haverhill)

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High STreet
Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8AR United Kingdom
01440 714 140 https://www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

In 1882 there was not much for the people of Haverhill to do, apart from go to work and drink in pubs so Daniel Gurteen, the owner of the biggest business in town, Gurteen, a weaving manufacturer, decided to do a good and philanthropic thing. He built a Town Hall as a place for the people of Haverhill to go so that they could appreciate music performances, hear lectures, play chess and avail themselves of the books and newspapers in the reading room.

Newspapers of the time report that the site was cleared of some tumbledown cottages known as the Diggings Cottages and the foundation stones were laid by the redoubtable Mrs Gurteen on Easter Tuesday. The weather was glorious, the east wind ‘not as biting as usual’, the sun shone brightly and the bunting fluttered prettily in the wind. A very auspicious start for the building that was to become a central part of Haverhill life.

Maybe due to the rise of home entertainment such as radio and TV, by the 1950s and 60s the town hall had left behind some of its earlier intellectual aspirations and had largely become a dance hall – but no less important for that. Who knows how many might owe their very existence to a romance kindled by a Town Hall hop, jive or disco?

December 2019

Family Christmas Concert

December 8 @ 4:00 pm
Arts Centre (Haverhill), High STreet
Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8AR United Kingdom
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Haverhill Silver Band and Haverhill Youth & Community Band

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Snow White & the Seven Dwarves

December 20
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until 30th December 2019

Arts Centre (Haverhill), High STreet
Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8AR United Kingdom
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February 2020

BurySOUND Heat 3

21st February 2020
Arts Centre (Haverhill), High STreet
Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8AR United Kingdom
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Established in 1998 by St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Youth and Community Development Officer Jackie Smith and local promoter Paul Johnson, BurySOUND is one of East Anglia's best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring each year to discover, nurture and promote up-and-coming musical talent. Many musicians and acts who’ve previously been part of BurySOUND - as competitors or guest headliners - have gone on to achieve great things: alumni include GAFFA TAPE SANDY, BESSIE TURNER, MISS BLACK AMERICA, TUNDRA, SHE MAKES WAR, SAM…

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