Community Ownership- an option for the Old School Hall?

Free film screening on Thursday 12/10/17- Book Tickets Here

When their local pub was closed down and threatened with conversion to flats, the community in Peckham Rise came together to buy the building and reopened it as a pub and community venue for events and classes. The Ivy House is now held up as a success story for "community ownership". Could this work for the Old School Hall?

The Hall has already been recognised as an 'Asset of Community Value', the first step on the way to community ownership, and a crucial first chapter in the Ivy House story.

On Thursday, a film screening and discussion at Nottingham Contemporary will tell the story of the Ivy House. There will be a discussion afterwards, with dOSH represented on the panel. So why not come along and find out more..?

Book Tickets Here

Old School Hall recognised as a Community Asset

Official confirmation has been received that The Old School Hall is an "Asset of Community Value".

Nottingham City Council has considered an application from the Old School Hall Committee and decided that the hall:

"...furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the community and is capable of doing so in the future"

In practical terms this means that if the site is sold, there will be a delay so that community interest groups can get together a bid to buy the building. The procedure is:
  1. The owner decides to sell the building and notifies the council
  2. Within 6 weeks a community interest group registers their interest to be a bidder
  3. For 6 months the building cannot be sold except to a community interest group
  4. After 6 months the building can be sold to any bidder.

So ultimately the building could still be sold to a private party, but at least the community will have some time to get their act together and put in a bid themselves.

Good news then and another essential step on the way to saving the Old School Hall for the people of Sneinton!

Read the decision letter below...

dOSH appeal!

We have just launched a "crowd funding" appeal to try and raise £900 in the next month.

Crowd funding is a way for people who care about the Old School Hall to directly support the project. 

We desperately need some 'fighting funds' to keep us going - we will use these to make running repairs to the area around the hall so that it does not fall further into disrepair. Work such as clearing vegetation that is growing into the abandoned structure and cutting back trees which have been causing damage. Whilst our trusty volunteers can do much of the unskilled work, we need to hire equipment and dispose of waste. Some things need qualified and insured personnel who we must pay.

Please, if you can, help us by making a donation now.

We also need money to:

  • support publicity to get more people involved from the area and beyond
  • support events where people can find out more about this incredible building, what it has been in the past and what it could be in the future
  • support us with studies to show how the hall can create an income in the future, to ensure it is never faced with closure again.

We may need to make future appeals for bigger sums of money once the future of the Hall becomes more certain, but for now a modest fighting fund will keep us going.

We have been kept going by local peoples’ dedication and hard work. We have had some success, including commissioning an independent structural engineer's report to show how the building can be made strong again, and getting it recognised as "An Asset of Community Value" by the Council. We have received some small but generous grants, for example from The Renewal Trust, but have for now exhausted those sources of income. 

Please, if you can, help us with a small (or large!) donation.

Back to School! Clean up and measure up all part of the plan...

Our surveyor and architect's report have identified what's pretty obvious really- that nature has been doing it's thing and taking over the outside of the building. So with a grant from the Renewal Trust we were able to get local outfit Growin' Spaces in to clear out the brambles and shrubbery that have been invading the roof tiles and brick joints. 

Before and after views below:

The space facing on to Windmill Park is now looking more shipshape and exterior repairs will be easier to identify and carry out. Some more work is still to do on the most persistent plants, including two trees which will require the Council's approval to remove- letter to the Tree Officer in hand!

Meanwhile local practice 2hD Architecture Workshop have supported the project by carrying out a measured survey and have built a computer model for us- we'll use this to show people round the building (now that we can't physically get inside!), to plan future conversion work and measure up as part of developing a business plan. 

Public meeting announcement: 6th March 7pm at the Hermitage Community Centre

All who have an interest in the future of the Old School Hall are invited to a public meeting on 6th March 2017 at the Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Hermitage. The meeting will start at 7pm. (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START TIME).

Please share the poster image below to your networks and/or print and distribute. We have reached a critical point in our work to save the Old School Hall building for the community and it is important we get a good turn out at this meeting to spread the word. Thank you for helping!

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