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11:39 Thursday 31 March 2011 

Norden Farm to lose half its public funding for arts

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts has been told it will lose more than half its public funding.

The Altwood Road facility was told on Wednesday its annual Arts Council England grant of £150,000 will be stopped from March 2012.

It had already seen £10,000 slashed from this year's grant.

The centre costs £500,000 annually to run and receives a £100,000 grant from the Royal Borough - which has not been cut this year. The rest of its funding comes from ticket sales, room hire and donations.

The financial bombshell came as part of measures by the arts council to cope with a £100 million reduction in its own budget.

Chairman of Norden Farm's trustees Geoffrey Blacker described the news was a 'blow'.

He added: "It's a massive cut but we have got a year's grace. There's going to be a lot of work to do of course but we shan't despair. For it to close is just not acceptable."

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