Rotherham town centre based Grimm & Co have announced their bid to the Arts Council for capital funding has been successful. The application to the Arts Council for the Small Capital Grants programme, detailed the plans for transforming a 250-year-old Methodist church into an ‘apothecary for the magical’ as part of a £1.5 million redevelopment. The unique gift shop from Grimm & Co’s current home will be recreated within a new huge story destination for families, including an independent bookshop and café with magical and mortal menu options. Three new classrooms created will provide the opportunity to reach more schools and children.
CEO Deborah Bullivant states “We are booked months in advance for our story making sessions and at the moment, we cannot meet that demand. This magnificent building will allow us to deliver workshops to three school classes at a time, with far more scope to reach children and young people across the county and beyond. These are very exciting times and we can’t wait to show everyone our plans for the building. They are stratospheric!”
Grimm & Co have been awarded £499,999 in funding, allowing Grimm & Co to purchase the building on Talbot Lane in Rotherham, which closed earlier this year due to dwindling congregation numbers. Plans to transform the building in a sensitive way, preserving the history and heritage of the building, have already been approved by the council.
Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read said: “Grimm & Co provides a wonderful environment to nurture the imaginations and the writing skills of children in the heart of Rotherham, helping to grow the hearts and minds of our young people. This investment will make a massive difference to a much-loved and well renowned Rotherham institution.”
Chair of the board, Sarah Dunwell said “I am delighted that our charity can now forge ahead with our exciting plans for this wonderful, magical and rather large, story destination for this region’s families!”
Grimm & Co are looking forward to working with their design team, Side by Side, architects Halliday and Clark and range of other agencies to realise the plans. “We hope to develop stage one of the plans as soon as possible, and aim to have a grand opening in October 2020.” (Deborah Bullivant)