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Telford Stage School in search of new home

An amateur dramatics school in Shropshire is looking for a new home because its building lease has been taken over by the council.

Telford Stage School has leased Dawley Town Hall for the past eight years.

The contract ran out in February but Telford & Wrekin Council said the school could stay until July while it made alternative arrangements.

In the long term, the council said it wanted to increase the building's use for community activities besides dance.

We transformed it into a much-loved building and home
Ash Baldwin

Telford Stage School said that before it took over the lease for the building, injunctions had been taken out because of noise nuisance at the site.

Ash Baldwin, one of the school's founders, said: "When we first got involved, it wasn't being used and it had a bit of a history for being the place to come for a fight on the Saturday night.

"We transformed it into a much-loved building and home for Telford Stage School, but we don't know what will happen in the future."

Mr Baldwin said the school had been offered shared use of the building, but the wedding receptions and birthday functions planned by the council clashed with its Saturday show and class schedules.

A council spokesman said: "We are looking to broaden the use of the building to ensure it reaches its maximum potential. We hope that Telford Stage School will be part of that use."

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