Bodmin Public Rooms Trust is a registered charity formed to save the Public Rooms for the community of Bodmin and the surrounding area.

Please help us to save the Public Rooms!

In April 2013 Bodmin Town council closed The Public Rooms and despite public objections and our negotiations with them they have now put the building up for sale on the open market for £133,500

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The Public Rooms Zumba class loses home when Public Rooms closes in 2013

Why is it important to save this building for the community?

Bodmin is a deprived area with few leisure facilities, here are just some of activities the building could be used for ...

  • Dance classes or for fun, from Swing and Tap to Ballet and Ballroom. Morris dancing and Barn dances!
  • Communtiy activities - Bingo, Craft Fayres, Beer festivals, Indoor car boot sales, Kids discos and roller discos!
  • Entertainment - Plays, Concerts, Musical Theatre, Cinema club and local Pantomime!
  • Health & fitness - Martial Arts, Yoga, Gymnastics, Zumba!  

The Public Rooms provides a large space which is perfect for so many uses. We will make it available to the local community at an affordable price. Increased activities in the centre of the town will help local business and will make Bodmin a better place to live.

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St Austell Town Band concert in The Public Rooms George and Margret by Bodmin Amateur Dramatics 

A brief history of the Building

This iconic building designed by architect Octavius Ralling sits in the heart of Bodmin. It is a Grade II listed building built by local trade’s people in 1891 for the people of Bodmin.

The Public Rooms comprise a large main hall capable of seating 300 people, a small hall upstairs, The Drill Hall downstairs, cloakroom, dressing room and other ancillary rooms and were at the centre of community and social life for over a century. Sometime after World War II The Public Rooms were sold to Bodmin Borough Council on the express understanding that the building should be preserved for the benefit of the people of Bodmin.

Since 1974 the building has become an asset of Bodmin Town Council who can no longer afford to maintain it and it has been closed since 2013

The Public Rooms have one of the finest barrell vaulted ceilings in Cornwall

About This Project

The Bodmin Public Rooms Trust aims to purchase the building from Bodmin Town Council to restore, refurbish and re-open it for the local community. We will improve facilities, amenities and access thereby promoting  use of the building and participation by both visitors and the residents of Bodmin and surrounding areas. We also hope to expand educational/training and community group involvement.

In short we seek to raise funds to develop this fabulous building into one of Cornwall's premier entertainment venues, while preserving and enhancing much needed modern space for hire by social groups. To conserve a valuable for community asset and ensure its sustainable future.

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YMCA circa 1940s The Jaguars on stage in 1960s. They hope to play there again one day

What We Are Going To Do Next - Why we need your help!

We need to take immediate action to purchase the building, to ensure it remains a public building for community use. We are applying for major capital funding but we also need community support and fundraising.

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Bugler on Juliet Balcony Somme an aniversary 2016 Last ever gig held at The Public Rooms March 2013

In order to demonstrate to major funders that the project is needed, viable and sustainable we have carried out a pre-feasability study, written a business plan, carried out a topographical survey of the building, had detailed plans drawn up and carried out a public consultation.

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Carousel last show by Bodmin Musical Theatre in The Public Rooms Regular dances used to take place at The Public Rooms

We are in discussion with grant making organisation to award us major funding towards our goal but to give this project further validity we are now calling on the community to support this phase of the project.

So please get involved and help us make history in Bodmin. Save this wonderful building for the local community and securing the future of the Public Rooms.

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1960s Post for an event at The Public Rooms The Public Rooms soon after it was built in 1892

If you pledge to this campaign we will acknowledge your donation with a thank you and post your name on our social media page. Corporate sponsors and organisations, you will be added to our website as sponsors with your logo and a brief message.

So please help us make this amazing project happen!

“This building can once again become a vibrant centre of activity for local community activities, offering a superb venue for entertainment, festivals and fayres and promoting the art” Peter Old, chairman Bodmin Public Room Trust.

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Terms and Conditions

Should the project not go ahead, any funds raised through CrowdFunder will be divided between the following not for profit causes Rotary Club of Bodmin, Bodmin Lions Club and Bodmin Musical Theatre  

Thank You From All The Team At Bodmin Public Rooms Trust

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Post: The Public Rooms, c/o Mid-Cornwall Brokers, Truro Rd, Lanivet, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5HF

Bodmin Public Rooms Trust is a charity formed to save the Public Rooms for the community of Bodmin and the surrounding area. Registered in England in Wales charity no: 1158038

Who We Are


Peter Old - chairman, trustee

Peter is a local businessman, he has been proprietor of Mid-Cornwall brokers for 30 years. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Bodmin, chairman of Lanivet Parish Sports and Recreational Trust, chairman of the joint committee for 10 years and past chairman of Lanivet Parish Council. 

Anne Spetch - treasurer

Anne has lived in Bodmin since early 2000, when she moved here with her family. Until she retired in 2014, she worked as a teacher at a local primary school. She is involved in a number of local organisations and has been the treasurer of the Bodmin Musical Theatre Company since 2010.


Marc Thorne – secretary, trustee

Marc moved to Cornwall with his young family in 1998 and has lived just outside Bodmin for the past 18 years. He is the co-founder and managing director of Sunrise Publishers Ltd. He has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit sector.


Karen Phillips - committee member, trusteee

Karen moved to Cornwall in 1988 and lives with her family in a village just outside Bodmin. She has worked in the health sector for over 30 years and is currently employed as a specialist nurse/clinical lecturer in emergency care. She is also the owner of Lifeaid Training which she founded in 2005.

Rowan Marriott - committee member

Rowan has over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector in project development and has worked developing projects in outdoor education, intermediate treatment, housing, criminal justice and alternative education. Now retired, he was previously the CEO of Community Action South West, a director of Life Education Centres (Devon) and a director of Barnstable Youth House.  

Roger Hancock - committee member, bookings secretary

Roger has lived in Bodmin since 1969. He is a retired Principal Surveyor with North Cornwall District Council, he has been Booking Secretary for BCA since 2005 and has been Bagman for Trigg Morris Men since 1970. 


Phil Cooper

Phil is a 'Bodmin boy' and raised his family in the town as did his father and grandfather. He served the community for over 32 years as a member of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service with many of these spent leading operational crews based at Bodmin. During his career he also served as a Fire Safety Officer, Community safety officer and Brigade Training instructor. Since retiring from the Fire Service Phil has continued to serve the community as service manager, business manager and performance manager with the lifeline service (Alfi) employed by BT and Cornwall Council.