Welcome Hall: Monthly Update October 2021

It’s been a couple of months, but here we are again.

First, to say we’re looking to build the core group of people the Re-Opening Welcome Hall project will need if we’re to succeed: people who are up for joining us in leading the developments from here. If you might be interested, get in touch and we can tell you more about what’s involved.

So, we’ve been continuing in our efforts. Here are a few highlights:

From July until now we’ve been out and about finding out what Devonport people think:

  • Do you / they know Welcome Hall
  • Would you / they like to see it re-opened?
  • Would you / they use it?
  • Would you / they like to be involved in the running of the place?

We’ve spoken to over 150 people and had lots of interest – there seems to be a real energy for re-opening Welcome Hall.

Meanwhile, we’re continuing to explore the financial realities, looking at options for how to make it stack up. This includes looking at what work will be required on the building – at least to bring it back into use, plus any possible changes needed to meet the community’s visions and ambitions for the future Welcome Hall.

A key shift in our thinking recently has been to see about getting Welcome Hall open sooner rather than later. It might be more affordable and more achievable to roll our sleeves up and get in there and get started in a few months’ time, and keep the big renovations in mind for the future.

And we’re well on the way to founding the new community benefit society (CBS) that will run the place. We’re hopeful that dozens if not hundreds of people from Devonport, Plymouth and beyond will sign up as members, so it’s truly a community-owned effort. More news next time / on the Facebook group (link below).

We’ve been a bit quiet on our Facebook groupRe-opening Welcome Hall, but we’ll be livening that up again from now. The group has 287 members, and there’s been plenty of conversation re what people would like to see happening in the re-opened centre, as well as offers to get involved.
Next update November.

Meanwhile – any questions, comments, updates – we’d like to hear from you.

Marc

Marc Gardiner (marc@zebra.coop)
Welcome Hall Project Team