Theatre asks audience to sponsor a seat in a bid to raise £16,000

Spring Arts centre''1.      Rosemary Wilson (Volunteer)''2.      Margaret Bloor (Volunteer Liaison Officer)''3.      Lily Gray and Myles Gray (Volunteer, Valerie Bird's Grandchildren)''4.      Ellie Hales (Professional model)''5.      Jeffrey Lane (Organizer of Havant Comedy Club)''6.      Aaron Bennett (Resident Photographer and artist of 'Seated in Style')''7.      Arturo Casciaro (Exhibited Artist at The Spring)''8.      Herbie and Dexter (Amanda's dogs)''9.      Jeffrey Lane (Organizer of Havant Comedy Club)''10.  Mr and Mrs Nash (Regular customers at The Spring)''11.  Amanda O'Reilly (Centre Director)''12.  Darren Corps (Marketing Manager)
Spring Arts centre''1. Rosemary Wilson (Volunteer)''2. Margaret Bloor (Volunteer Liaison Officer)''3. Lily Gray and Myles Gray (Volunteer, Valerie Bird's Grandchildren)''4. Ellie Hales (Professional model)''5. Jeffrey Lane (Organizer of Havant Comedy Club)''6. Aaron Bennett (Resident Photographer and artist of 'Seated in Style')''7. Arturo Casciaro (Exhibited Artist at The Spring)''8. Herbie and Dexter (Amanda's dogs)''9. Jeffrey Lane (Organizer of Havant Comedy Club)''10. Mr and Mrs Nash (Regular customers at The Spring)''11. Amanda O'Reilly (Centre Director)''12. Darren Corps (Marketing Manager)

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AN ARTS centre is looking forward to a more comfortable future by giving the public a chance to have their name on its new theatre seats.

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre has a busy schedule of plays, comedy and concerts in East Street, Havant.

But the seats are in need of being updated and a campaign has been launched to raise the £16,000 to make it a reality.

It is hoped visitors to The Spring will dig deep and put up the money to sponsor each of the 134 for £30 each to get their name on a plaque.

The rest of the cash will be made up through grants and fundraising by the groups who use the theatre such as Dynamo Youth Theatre Company, the Bench Theatre, the Friends of Havant Museum and Havant Light Opera.

Each group has been asked to raise £500 each and will be putting on fundraising shows and events early next year.

If all goes to plan the new seats will be installed over Christmas when the theatre closes for a week.

Darren Corps, The Spring’s communication manager, said: ‘Some people have already asked if they can have a plaque to remember somebody, a family member or friend who loved the theatre.

‘There are a lot of people who really enjoy coming here and request the same seat for each concert who have said they would like to sponsor it.

‘Most of the building looks fantastic and beautiful but our theatre seats are pretty tired now and need updating.

‘Some people have been generous and sponsored a seat and given an additional £100.’

A donation of £10 or more will mean the donor’s name will be mentioned in the winter/spring 2013 brochure.

Sponsorship is £30 for one seat and £50 for two.

A plaque will be placed on the newly refurbished seat.

Amanda O’Reilly, director of The Spring, said: ‘Our lovely large cushions will really benefit from a re-spring and the new seats in the theatre will ensure comfort to the bottoms of Havant.’

Resident photographer Aaron Bennett has created a piece of art, through using 20 pixel portraits and stitching them together.

Seated in Style – pictured above – is up on the wall in the Sadler Gallery and features staff, customers, volunteers, Amanda and her dogs and even includes Aaron himself holding a camera.

Amanda said: ‘It gives a real feel of what sort of place The Spring is.’

The Spring boasts a restaurant serving cold and hot foods, a gallery and is joined to Havant Museum.

To sponsor a seat go to thespring.co.uk/support-us/sponsor-a-seat.

Businesses from across the area can also sponsor entire rows of seats.

Alternatively call the box office on (023) 9247 2700 or pop into the venue.