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New arts provider announced to take over Firestation site

A new provider for arts and culture at The Old Court in Windsor has been announced by the Royal Borough.

Martin Denny Management Ltd will take over the running of the council-owned arts centre in St Leonards Road on October 1.

Last month the council informed the centre’s current contract holders, The Firestation Arts & Culture Community Interest Co, that its lease would not be renewed.

The new providers have been responsible for running the Windsor Festival for the past 17 years.

Company founder Martin Denny said: “The first thing to say is that we’re really excited to be working with the Royal Borough and working with the community.

“It’s very special [The Old Court] and it’s been holding arts services for the community for many years.

“It’s in a great part of town and is very much the local residents’ part of town and away from the centre.”

Martin added that he hopes to make a joint-announcement with the council in the coming weeks about his company’s plans for the arts and cultural offering at The Old Court.

“Working with the Windsor Festival has connected us with a large number of people and we’re looking to build on that when we take on The Old Court,” he said.

“With the festival we found that we grew engagement and we now work with every senior school in the Royal Borough.”

The Firestation Arts & Culture Community Interest Co, who has run the centre since 2008, is now on the look out for a new building in the area to host upcoming artistic talent.

A Royal Borough spokesman added: “We look forward to working with both the current and new providers over the coming months during this transition phase.

“We would also like to thank Firestation CIC for everything they have done during their time as arts delivery partner for Windsor.”   

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