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Priory Centre Becomes SouthSide – Lincoln’s Newest Community Venue

Priory Centre Becomes SouthSide – Lincoln’s Newest Community Venue

The Priory Centre at the south end of Lincoln High Street is set to become the city’s newest community venue.

It will be a new base for Acoustic Nations Live CIC, a not-for-profit organisation which produces music, films and videos and promotes live events, while the adjacent St Katherine’s Church will become offices for care company St Katherine’s Care,

Colin and Anne Webb, who are co-directors of St Katherine’s Care, have purchased both buildings.

St Katherine’s Church and the adjacent parish hall have stood on the site of a well documented mediaeval priory since the 1880s, and having fallen into disrepair they were revitalised with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The trust that owned and ran the buildings fell victim to fraud and was forced into voluntary liquidation, and the property was put up for sale in 2019.

The church is now owned by Acoustic Nations Live CIC and the community venue/offices by St Katherine’s Care.

“We were looking for new offices for St Katherine’s Care, and as Acoustic Nations produces music, films and videos and promotes live events there was a good fit between the performing space offered by the old Priory Centre and the office space at the rear of the building,” said Colin.

“St Katherine’s Care can now grow and we’ve set up a care training facility to improve recruitment, while Acoustic Nations can promote events and community-based activities.”

The new venue will be called SouthSide, reflecting its position to the south of Lincoln near South Common.

St Katherine’s Church will retain its original name, becoming St Katherine’s Hall, while the Priory Centre will be renamed The Amie Slavin Hall after a Lincoln woman who constantly strove to improve access to music and community in the city. Amie sadly passed away during lockdown.

The Grade II listed building will be re-opened to the public this autumn as the home of an evolving programme of creative events, projects and initiatives. Its multifunctional buildings have been renovated to an excellent standard and have won various design and heritage awards in the past.

“People will be able to enjoy music, theatre events, supper clubs and Sunday brunch,” said Colin.

“They will be able to hire the space for a wedding reception, use the film and sound recording facilities, visit historic St Katherine’s Hall or join the community vibe with activities such as yoga, dance, dog training classes and much more.

“SouthSide aims to offer something for everyone and will create jobs in the process.”

Colin and Anne hope to open the doors of SouthSide for a Heritage Open Day on Saturday 10th September.

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