A COMMUNITY group in Lymm has been set up to help improve performing arts facilities in the village.

Many residents believe that despite a thriving arts scene, with Lymm Festival, music and dance groups, bands and choirs, amateur dramatics, and school performances, the village does not have enough spaces for people to successfully rehearse and perform.

A group has been set up to discuss potential projects which could help solve this issue.

Kieran Walshe, a governor from Lymm High School, organised the first meeting.

He said: "Governors have already committed to trying to improve facilities for performing arts at the school.

"We have fantastic music, drama and dance provision and talent but there has been very little new investment over the years in space for teaching, rehearsal and performance.

"We think it makes sense though to think about facilities that can be used by the whole community, so it is great to have primary schools, Lymm Festival, the Lymm Neighbourhood Plan group, councillors and Warrington Borough Council involved in this new group."

Ian Marks, chairman of Lymm Festival, said: "The annual festival is a great success and we organise events not just in the summer but at other times of the year too.

"Lymm deserves to have a well-equipped, large performance venue which could host festival events but also be used by schools, community groups and many others from Lymm and the surrounding area.

"There is also a real need for more space for groups to meet for rehearsals."

The committee is keen to hear from groups and individuals interested in the performing arts who have ideas to share.

To get involved, email Helena Headon at Lymm High School via hheadon@lymmhigh.org.uk.

Further open evening sessions will be held in November and December.