As you will see from our update in the link above, great progress is being made at the Old School and we are working hard within the Government guidelines to get back to being fully open.
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HomeFirst Plus, a not-for-profit social enterprise based at the Old School, are offering a full clear, clean and repair service.
This includes special cleaning rates for organisations that are preparing to re-open after lockdown. It is a professional service to help combat and minimise the risk of the spread of the infection.
Click here for full details of what’s available.
The Old School currently remains closed. Together, with our tenants and practitioners, we are hoping to make a gradual return to a new normal. Reopening will be in line with government guidelines and we look forward to welcoming everyone as soon as we can.
In the meantime, members of the CLT Board have been continuing to clear the site and to do some internal painting. Walkers passing by will surely have noticed a digger on Saturday 13th June – and what a mountain of tangled growth, weeds, metal and concrete boulders were dug out of the front beds (‘thank you’ to Bob Holland for operating the digger and to SSDC staff for removing a truck-load of the rubbish).
If any reader has surplus garden tools, also surplus hardy perennial plants that they would like to donate and then see growing as they walk by, e.g. geraniums / hydrangea / azalea / decorative lush grasses / photinea / and bulbs, we would love to accept such offerings.
We have some rooms and shared space in rooms available should you know anyone who is looking for workspace. If so, please contact Rosemary on 01935 850254 or Simon on 01935 850563.
As of 31st March 2020 (our financial year-end) we succeeded in reaching the target of £21,735 that was needed to enable the Booster Programme (an arm of Power to Change) to match fund with another £21,735.
Thanks to everyone who has bought community shares, showing your support for our exciting project. Of course, we aren’t able to celebrate with you all yet, but that time will come!
The wonderful news means that we will be able to repay £11,000 of our loans, which will be hugely helpful when we are able to make future grant applications – to be able to say that we repaid £11,000 within our first year and in this dreadful climate is truly something to celebrate. The whole of the share offer, including the matched funding from the Booster Programme, is held in a separate bank account and must be spent in accordance with the share offer documentation, i.e. it cannot be spent on running costs – just in case that question arose in anyone’s mind.
We’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and we look forward to meeting you at the Old School as soon as life can get back to normal.
March update from the Old School Queen Camel
So much has happened since my last update as Coronavirus has crept onto our doorsteps. I will not dwell on it but will just say that we are doing what we can to keep our tenants, our visitors and ourselves safe.
We still intend to press ahead with all of our refurbishment plans including the café and Hot Desking space although, understandably, coronavirus restrictions are affecting our progress.
Spring is in the air so there is also quite a bit of garden tidying going on and we are removing old outbuildings to make space for a lovely new sign. These are all activities that we and our volunteers can still undertake at a safe distance from each other!
Last month I was able to tell you about our new tenants. It is certainly worth reiterating that we still have space for businesses and organisations who would like to rent a room (or nook or cranny) on either an ad hoc or permanent basis. Rents are very reasonable; we know this is very important in these difficult times. And when normality returns it is worth remembering that we also have some lovely meeting rooms to rent at a sensible rate.
Whilst it would be irresponsible of me to ask you to drop in and see us, we would still love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details for our tenants can be found here.
Old School Queen Camel
Classes are continuing & are going really well – why not join in?
We’ve been left this lovely review following one of our events…
“Excellent venue for the launch of the Enhance Somerset Social Enterprise Network launch. Absolutely amazing catering, really friendly staff, fantastic and committed Chair who gave up her time to support our event. Members feedback was that they were really interested to hear how the Old School has developed – the processes, grant applications, business planning they had to go through to secure and convert the historic building into a social enterprise offering flexible space for tenant businesses, start ups, hot desking, community space and their future plans for a cafe and other facilities.”
To find out more about Enhance Social Enterprise in Devon and Somerset, click here
Our Community share offer expires 31st March 2020. For just a minimum of £25 (which can be shared among up to 3 people), you can be a part of what’s happening at the Old School, Queen Camel.
Every amount invested will be doubled by the Power to Change Booster fund, meaning that we can make even more improvements to the building and site.
Have you seen our Community web page lately? What a great set of tenants and practitioners we have here at the Old School.
We also host a number of regular meetings and classes, and have plenty of space for more.
Why not get in touch if you would like to become part of our community? Whether you are interested in renting some space, ad-hoc meetings and hot-desking, or are just curious to meet us and our tenants, feel free to email us at email@example.com or call in to see us every weekday morning.
We would love to see you!