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Bridgwater shock at Brewhouse closure
VOLUNTEERS at Bridgwater Arts Centre have expressed their shock that another arts venue in the county – The Brewhouse in Taunton – has closed for good this morning.
The 352-seat centre has gone into administration, with 55 job losses.
Last night’s performance of Jane Eyre was the last.
The Brewhouse’s demise has been blamed on cuts in funding from Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Council and the Arts Council.
Speaking on behalf of Bridgwater Arts Centre's volunteers, board member and trustee Carol Bovett said: “All of us at Bridgwater Arts Centre are shocked and saddened to hear the news that The Brewhouse is closing.
“We have struggled over the last year to keep our doors open to the public by running the Bridgwater Arts Centre with dedicated volunteers.
“We understand how difficult coping with a lack of funds is within any business, particularly the arts and amongst our patrons, but even though this is a sad sign of the country's economic situation, we endeavour to keep going.”