On the hunt for a new location
A few days ago, we learnt that another party entered into negotiations on 154 Shoreditch High Street - the building we have been aiming to turn into the Shoreditch Village Hall. We’ve been doing everything in our power to secure the space, but today we were informed the lease documents have been sent out for signing to the other party. This makes it very likely the building will go to them.
To say that we’re disappointed is an understatement. We’ve put an enormous amount of work into planning this project over the last year, and last month’s Kickstarter campaign revealed just how much support there is in the community for this project.
This campaign has always had a lot of different threads to it, many of which we are getting on with now. Our stretch goal to give local startups four free desks for a year has been made possible thanks to your support. Because you helped us reach our second stretch, we’re also now able to develop a Community Management Apprenticeship, and provide a working environment and opportunities for those apprentices to gain valuable work experience. We have enough space in our two existing coworking locations to do these. These are fantastic outcomes of the campaign and we’re humbled by the level of support you’ve given these ideas.
What we can’t do yet is complete the story of the Village Hall with a hub: the café, the Awesome Wall, the event space where we would offer 20% of bookings for free to community groups. This feels like a massive blow, but we know we have to pick up the pieces and make it happen.
We’ve already started the search for a permanent space to use as the community hub and event space that so many of you are looking forward to. There are many other buildings and spaces out there and we will find something even better.
Many of our pledge rewards will be available shortly: meeting room space, roaming memberships, T-shirts, coffee, art prints, newsletter and website sponsorship.
We feel like we’ve let you down. We want you to know that if you want your Kickstarter pledge back, we’ll return it to you. But we sincerely hope that you’ll stick with us whilst we ride out this bump in the road. We’re all 100% behind making this happen, it’s been nearly a year in the making and we will do everything in our power to make the Shoreditch Village Hall a reality for the community.
We have been overwhelmed by the extent of your support. If you have any suggestions, ideas, messages or comments about any of this, we would love to hear from you.
Jonathan, James, Chris, Joshua & Ana