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
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.”