Official Opening of Warminster Athenaeum's Lift and Atrium.
By Victoriaco | Saturday, April 16, 2011, 21:25
The new lift and atrium extension at Warminster's Athenaeum Centre for the Community in the High Street were officially opened this afternoon.
Lady Silvy McQuiston, in her first visit as patron of Warminster's Athenaeum Centre for the Community, unveils a plaque commemorating the official opening of the lift and atrium.
Lady Silvy Mcquiston and Chairman of the Trustees,Tony Nicklin, took a ride in the new lift to the first floor for the unveiling ceremony.
Guests included Warminster Mayor, Cllr Sue Fraser
The Trustees had invited Lady Silvy Mcquiston, daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bath, who lives at Job's Mill, Crockerton, to perform the ceremonies on her first visit as the Centre's new patron.
Friends and volunteers had been invited to a tea party and guests gathered in the Function Room as chairman of the Trustees Tony Nicklin took Lady Silvy up in the lift to the first floor. An inscribed brass plaque has been placed on the wall of the atrium beside the door to the balcony and Lady Silvy was invited to unveil this.
In welcoming Lady Silvy and the guests Tony Nicklin spoke of the varied history of the building which had a long association with the Bath family. He thanked all those who had contributed to recent improvements including Warminster Town Council, Wiltshire Council and the Fudge Trust, saying that "over the last six or seven years work has been carried out on the building costing around £280,000 and all that has been raised by generous grants and much work by Friends and volunteers."
Tony thanked everybody for their help and support, reminding them that the work was not complete as the next project is to improve the front steps!
More photos of the event can be seen in a gallery .