The day the inevitable happened at Artisans

The statement I knew One day I would have to make but never looked forward to it. My very personal views.

After almost 3 years of Artisans Collective occupying the Old Library in Prestatyn, the building is up for sale.

We have always been aware that our term as tenants of Denbighshire County Council could be short term as we have been on a 2 month rolling contract. That why we have been restricted in applying for funding, we could not guarantee longevity of tenancy.

Which has got me thinking, do all good things have to come to an end?

I would rather say every ending is a new beginning!

Without blowing my own trumpet I can honestly say I have been a small part of a team of people over the past four years that have made a difference to our locality.

From Artisans and its community groups, Prestatyn Mens Shed, Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community, Kew Gardens, Grow Wild community hub and lots, lots more.

After much personal thinking and soul searching, I have realised that there are too many good things that would be left unfinished if I were to call it a day on any of our activities.

I am going to use every little bit of knowledge gained over the past 4 years by working with organisations a diverse as The Welsh Audit Office, The Older Peoples Commissioner, Alzheimer’s Society , Men’s Shed Cymru, The Cabinet Office, Healthy Prestatyn Iach and lots more local groups, to help us maintain our status.

I am not going to waste time accusing, individuals, authorities or other organisations for the situation we find currently ourselves in. Mainly because I have met so many more good than bad people. But I can assure you it has never been plain sailing working for the good of our local community.  🙂

So on to the next chapter, where do we start?

Today 25th September 2017 is the start of the new challenge so time I guess to contact as many people and organisations that could help us to find funding to buy and renovate the building as possible. Whilst getting the support from as many people as possible. Today will be spent writing a prospectus type of document.

We are going to keep things as normal as practically possible for all of our community activities and community groups during this period.

I will keep this updated every step of the way.

Below is a copy the posting on Artisans Website and Facebook pages

“IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Prestatyn The Old Library, Art Craft and Heritage Centre will have FOR SALE signs up as from next week.

We have met with DCC this morning and after 3 full years of being tenants the building is going on to the open market.

Due to the terms of our tenancy we had not been able to apply for funding to ensure longevity of our community activities, as we could not guarantee that we would always have premises to continue.

We have fought to get a two months notice period from DCC, but would love to be able to raise funding to enable us to purchase and renovate the building for further use as a community hub.

Any support that comes our way will be much appreciated.”

It has been a long time since I last updated my website

In fact the last time I did was March.

We really have been that busy with lots of community based activities and working hard to improve our gardens at home in any spare time.

So I am going to commit a short while each week to keep this site updated.

Mainly with personal things but also including highlights from the fantastic community centric activities we organise and take part in.
Pete Steve Aimee in Rhyl Journal

Raspberry pi Pete’s new toy being developed for home automation and lots of other idea’s

Raspberry pi 3 home automation, VOIP and other idea’s.

It has been a long time since I wrote code for computers. I started in the early 80’s with a Commodore VIC-20. An 8 bit machine that had no way of saving data.

Getting hold of a couple of Raspberry pi’s seems like a good way to get back into it.
raspberry piHaving worked in automation, facilities and building management for a large part of my working life I thought it would be good to create a home automation system. Part of the idea is to keep my old grey cells active 🙂raspberry voip

Another idea is create a VOIP phone for Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community for use at Artisans Collective at the Old Library in Prestatyn.

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. Sometimes it’s referred to as Voice over Networks or (VoN), Voice over Broadband (VoB) and sometimes Internet Telephony.

VoIP allows you to make free, or very low cost, telephone calls over the Internet. You can call any telephone in the world and any telephone can call you – regardless of what equipment or network the person you are calling uses.

Raspberry Media Centre
raspberry pi zero
Raspberry Zero a true credit card sized computer

Currently I have a Raspberry zero configured as a Kodi Tv and media centre device. It is working better than our firestick or android box. So may keep this. With the addition of a remote control rather than using a wireless keyboard.

I use LibreELEC ‘Just enough OS’ for Kodi, a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular media centre hardware. An evolution of the popular OpenELEC project. LibreELEC software will be familiar to OpenELEC users, but the project follows its own path and has intentional differences.

Here’s the full feature list for Zero W:

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
  • CSI camera connector
  • 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0