This because the new group is dedicated to sign language. Meeting on the second Monday of the month the group has been set up by friends Alex Hiam and Linda Harlow.
Alex said: “The group is open to anyone with a knowledge of sign language, whether they be new learners, seasoned signers or people who, like myself, are a bit rusty and want to brush up on their skills.
“The group is open to everyone, whether they be hearing or deaf, and is proving to be very popular. If people want to know more about us they can visit our Facebook page by searching ‘Shrewsbury Sign Café’. There they can find out about all of our upcoming meetings and other information.”
The Sign Café is just part of The Old Market Hall and its sister venue Theatre Severn’s continuing commitment to providing entertainment to people with hearing loss. The Old Market Hall regularly holds subtitled screenings in its cinema, and both the Old Market Hall and Theatre Severn are fitted with hearing loops and offer enhanced hearing headsets for anyone attending.
Theatre Severn recently held a signed, and a subtitled performance of its pantomime, and will offer a similar service for ‘Dick Whittington’ later this year. In February the Theatre will also be showing ‘Nursing Lives’, a masked and mime based drama , with no words the play is ideal for those with hearing loss.
Venue spokesman Pip Bayley said:
“Our aim is to make both venues as accessible as possible to everyone. We now offer Subtitled, Autism friendly, and Mothers and Babies screenings and all are proving to be exceptionally popular. We are keen to support the Sign Café and are really pleased that they have chosen the Old Market Hall as it really is an asset to the venue.”
The Sign Cafe meets on the second Monday of every month, their next meeting is on the 9th February and more details can be found on their Facebook page or by visiting The Old Market Hall’s website at www.oldmarkethall.co.uk