This initiative has been developed jointly by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, who own the venue, and Bury St Edmunds Chess Club.
The Gallery area is under-utilised at present and Richard Hartley, the Council's Commercial Manager for Leisure, Culture and Communities, is keen to see the area used in this way, to attract people into the Apex who might not normally bother. He also hopes to attract bridge and scrabble clubs, which could meet on other days of the week.
The Council today issued this press release (click on it to enlarge), which has been sent to the Bury Free Press and the East Anglian Daily Times.
On 4 February I hope to see a number of Bury St Edmunds club members present, to help to teach novices and to play friendly games against other opponents.