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Parish hall closed at the beginning of 2024

2023-12-09T08:19:55.510Z

Highlights: Parish hall closed at the beginning of 2024. No concerts can take place there, the church wants to save on heating costs. Neither the recreation center in Hochstadt nor the Schützenheim are suitable for concerts. The rooms on the ground floor remained in operation, they are easier to heat than the hall with its high, open ceiling and beams. The church was forced to install a new gas heating system last year and pays a monthly deduction of 900 euros. The program until the end of 2023 is not affected by the closure in spring.



Status: 09.12.2023, 09:06 a.m.

By: Hanna von Prittwitz

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Brigitte Weiß in the Weßlingen Pfarrstadel: In the first three months of 2024, no concerts can take place there, the church wants to save on heating costs. © Dagmar Rutt

The situation remains difficult for cultural associations and event organisers. After the pandemic, the association "Our Village" now has to cope with the next break in events: The church wants to save on heating costs, so the hall in the Weßlingen Pfarrstadel will be closed until the end of March.

Weßling – It can be read in the latest issue of the magazine of "Our Village". "Unfortunately, culture in the Pfarrstadel cannot take place in the months of January, February and March next year," it says. Brigitte Weiß, chairwoman of the association, confirmed when asked: "Yes, the church administration has informed us of this decision. We are now looking for other spaces as well." Usually, the cultural program for the coming weeks was already available during these weeks. But Brigitte Weiß already had an inkling, the church administration had already announced the plans in May. "I was forewarned." Weiss understands the Church: "It is also a child of empty coffers. The costs for the maintenance of the parish barn, but especially the heating costs for the hall, are immense," she says. The rooms on the ground floor remained in operation. "Of course, they are easier to heat than the hall with its high, open ceiling and beams. There's a lot of airspace to heat." The church is hoping for a high level of savings. "The savings will then be reviewed, and if necessary, a new decision will be made."

For "Our Village", however, as Weiss openly admits, "it's not so great now". After all, there is no longer any need to start with cultural events in the summer. "We have the film festival as a special event. But in the summer, people don't tend to go to concerts here." The club is looking for replacement rooms. "But it's very difficult." Neither the recreation center in Hochstadt nor the Schützenheim are suitable for concerts, if only because of the acoustics. Currently, the association is in talks with the Protestant church, which operates the Maria Magdalena House in Oberpfaffenhofen. "The parish would probably take us in," says Weiß. However, there is no wing there, the capacities are limited.

"It's perhaps a small foretaste of what it's like to live in a small town without cultural events," says Weiß. "We notice that people have become sluggish due to Corona." This is still the case "and really bitter". There is a lot of love and effort behind the organization of cultural events. It is also not so easy to just move them: "We have the logistics and the infrastructure here in the Pfarrstadel." Apart from that: "If you leave the Pfarrstadel empty, that's of course not so great for the property either." Nevertheless, she is glad that it is only about the first three months of the year. "However, the first event may not be until May, and there were already overlapping dates in April," says Weiß. And adds: "Maybe people don't even notice that everything is down."

When asked this Friday, church custodian Brigitte Reichert cited not only savings but also environmental reasons for the break in the event in the large hall. The question is whether it is justifiable nowadays to heat up a large parish hall in winter for individual events. "The fact that we use our resources sensibly is also very important to me." The church was forced to install a new gas heating system last year and pays a monthly deduction of 900 euros. "This is an average value, and there is no heating in the summer. So we pay more in the winter months," Reichert explained. No tenant could afford that. The church, however, does not use the large hall at all.

The rooms on the ground floor, called Georgssaal and Laurentiussaal, can continue to be used by associations and institutions that also make their living from them. "Of course, they are also available to the 'Our Village' association for small events." In addition, exhibitions could at least take place in the foyer and hall. The program until the end of 2023 is not affected by the closure in spring 2024.

Source: merkur

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