Hi everyone – the Calendar is starting to fill up again! This month – Simply Walks, of course – and the regular KS2 Art Group, Guides Meetings, Crochet Group Meetings, and the Women’s Fitness Class – this last once a month on the first Monday! ALSO this month, the W.I. have their regular Craft Group on the last Wednesday – with the addition of a Random Reading Group and the new Board Games Club; Tessa Smith is running her Sewing Groups on the 28th, and there is an Arts Workshop on the 29th!
At the The Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub AGM on Wednesday (22 September 2021) it was announced that the lease held by the Curiositea Rooms for the last 3 years, which is due to come to an end in June 2022, would not be renewed by the hub trustees. There has been much comment about this decision and we, the new trustees, would like to address some of the concerns raised and offer reassurances to the community.
The first thing we would like to highlight is that we, the trustees, have nothing but admiration for the fantastic community spirit and service which Curiositea rooms have established during their time at the Hub. The Curiositea team are also rightfully to be commended for their charitable efforts, in particular over the last two years.
Who has made this decision to not renew the Curiositea Room’s lease?
The Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub was founded and has operated since 2013 as a legal charity whose function is to establish and maintain support for the wellbeing of the people in the communities of Ivinghoe and Pitstone. The Hub is managed by a group of volunteer trustees, whose job it is to preserve and maintain the historical Old School building whilst providing community activities and supporting local charitable endeavours through fundraising activities. The decision to not renew the lease was made by the outgoing trustees and supported by the incoming trustees.
So why have the trustees decided against renewing the lease for Curiositea Rooms?
The Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub operates first and foremost as a charity and a space for the community to come together, and has, in recent years, included a commercially run café: Curiositea Rooms, which pays rent to the Hub charity. With the current lease due to end in June 2022 there is an opportunity for the Hub to move towards its long-term ambition of being a community-run space which can support the Parish, local groups and businesses.
We have seen through the example of other successful community groups that it is possible to operate a community cafe in ways which increase the percentage of funds going directly into the community ‘pot’ whilst still maintaining the professional and welcoming aspect which we know everyone values in a ‘community cafe’ environment. In essence, and without providing exact details on how this would operate, as this is still in discussion, the premise is to move from simply banking modest rent from a commercial and separate business to another operational model which would increase the profits being ploughed back into the community. The trustees have a charitable responsibility to keep these matters under review.
The revenue possible from this kind of operation will likely be substantially higher than it currently is from rental revenue and will enable the Hub to extend its reach and its supportive efforts wider and deeper into the community it represents.
The lease on the café premises at the Hub comes to an end in June of 2022, so it was felt that in order to allow our tenants a maximum of time to consider this their next steps we would give an additional 3 months’ notice.
Those of us involved in this decision all agree that Curiositea Rooms team have set a high standard for what a community café should be, in particular because of their strong emphasis on ‘community’ and we would, of course, really appreciate their assistance with our next steps in our journey to create a vibrant and financially healthy community Hub.
Hi everyone – I am afraid that the threat of Covid-19 is still with us, so do please all take care! Our September Calendar reflects growing confidence with folk holding classes and events, but do get in touch with the organiser of your particular interest to ensure that all is going smoothly! Having said that – the Guides, Crochet Group, Simply Walks, the Key Stage 2 Art Group are all planning to go ahead – and a couple of private functions, as well as our own AGM – enjoy!
22nd SEPTEMBER 2021
Glorious Day on 28th August 2021 – Bank Holiday Saturday – a Free Barbeque, with the addition of lovely cakes, shortbread and flapjacks made by lovely village folk – also Tesco in Tring donated around £50 worth of groceries and essential stuff to make a Barbeque work! Many thanks to all!!
Hey everyone! Some good stuff starting to happen! Simply Walks of course continues, the regular KS2 Art Class on a Monday, Guides on Tuesday evenings and our favourite Crochet Group meet on Friday mornings! Also this month a Private Party is kicking off our Party sessions, and Beacon ‘Mini-Lit’ is in on 10th, with a Wedding Celebration to cap it all off! Really excited that things are properly beginning again…….!!!!
Hi everyone – Classes tend to follow School Half-Term, of course, so not a lot booked in during the first week of June! Slowly, slowly though – we are pleased that Simply Walks continues apace (!), the KS2 Art Class, Guides and the Crochet Group all return after Half-Term – and then the Beacon Choir make a very welcome return (the acoustics for music and singing are excellent!).
Hi everyone – a joy this is to be posting a more meaningful calendar for this month, although all is still very much in the hands of the Covid-19 Restriction Road Map going to plan – we are excited, nonetheless! Simply Walks and the KS2 Children’s Art Class, Guides; the Local and Police Commissioner Elections are on 6th May, with any luck at all our favourite Crochet Group restarts on 21st May, an Eagle Society Meeting on 22nd May, an Arts Workshop on 26th May, and we hope to host an Amnesty International 60th Anniversary Socially Distanced Film Show on 28th May – lets hope that the Road Map doesn’t direct us off the road! Follow this link:
So very pleased that we can start opening up after this latest lockdown – although we are limited to Children’s Educational Activities in the main – and to this end we have a Children’s Art Workshop every Monday afternoon, with the Guides in every Tuesday. We are able to hold very small meetings also, and held our Trustees Meeting on 14th April. Things are a little better during May – as well as the regular bookings mentioned above, the Local and Police Commissioner Elections are on 6th May, an Eagle Society Meeting on 22nd May, an Adult Arts Workshop on 26th May, and we hope to host an Amnesty International 60th Anniversary Socially Distanced Film Show on 28th May – watch this space!
Be my Valentine this weekend….??? Normally, we would be fixing to mark Valentine’s Day at the Hub on 14th February – and then Pancake Day on Tuesday 16th! Alas…..you know the rest….! To celebrate anyway, you might try some National Trust recipes….. Recipes, ideas and cooking tips | National Trust