Building to be cornerstone of Square Chapel

Director Sally Martin, Chairman Martin West, Ian McMillan and Trustee Robin Sutcliffe at Square Chapel in Halifax.
Director Sally Martin, Chairman Martin West, Ian McMillan and Trustee Robin Sutcliffe at Square Chapel in Halifax.

The Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan was among the invited guests at Square Chapel for the fundraising launch of its Cornersatone project.

A poem specially written during the event was auctioned off, while Halifax musicians Galina and Scott, from Square Chapel, also performed.

The arts organisation has already raised £5.1m through the Arts Council and private investment, but needs another £900,000 to reach its £6m target.

Mr McMillan said: “I’ve been to Square Chapel twice before and I think it’s fantastic that it’s got this investment, especially in such times of austerity.

“I think this can become a cultural hub and hopefully be the start of something really great where people can come and be creative and express themselves.”

Sally Martin, director of Square Chapel, said: “The effort that has gone in has been amazing and it will be a fantastic resource for people to see enjoy some performing arts, cinema and a wonderful cafe bar.

“Without the people of Halifax supporting it, it wouldn’t exist. We’re almost there but we need people to help us with the final step.”