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.”

New bike projects underway

Projects Update 2016

With lots going on recently at Artisans Collective CIC, Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community and Prestatyn Men’s shed my personal bike projects had been placed on hold.

MX5
Jayne at Surf Snowdonia with our 1990 Mazda Eunos that is fondly nicknamed WTF due to its registration letters.

August was also very busy with work away from Prestatyn including a PR trip to Glasgow for Grow Wild. Also I went back to my roots adding a Mazda MX5 Classic sports car to our projects.

I have installed a new radiator, sound system, windblocker, cockpit brace, and am currently renovating a hardtop for use in the winter. I raced a couple of similar cars in UK race championships a few years ago. They are really nice to work on.

Having entered the Great Orme sponsored bike ride for charity again this year, it is time to consider what bike to use, last year I used the trike that I built for Jayne.
testing the trike projects

 

 

Latest Concept

This year I am considering designing, building and riding a 2 wheel drive electric bike.

The concept will use a 300 watt rear wheel and 250 watt front wheel to aid stability. I hope to be able to utilise a single Lithium-ion 36v 15ah battery. My calculations say that that would give just over 1 hour of power at about 25mph, when off road.

The current regulations limit electric bikes to 15mph and 250 watts when used in public areas. I propose to just use the front wheel drive when on public roads and enable the rear wheel drive when off road.

universal bike

I will utilise the bog standard Universal bike for testing the concept before building a higher spec bike if the concept works well.

If it proves successful I will build the mark two version around an aluminum framed mountain bike with suspension and disc brakes.

New Year New Outlook for the Enable project

Happy new year

The new year 2016 is here, I have had a poor end to 2015 being in hospital for nearly 2 weeks with pneumonia and other complications.

However I always find the new year break a good time to lay down plans for the future 12 months.

2015 was a very busy year at Artisans Collective CIC I can not see 2016 being any different, but I need to also focus on other things to enable further personal health and wellbeing.

Therefore the first couple of weeks of 2016 are going to be taken up with recuperation and planning for the future. One of the things I am extremely keen to pursue is the “Enable” project side of things, the design and build of the trike in 2015 and the volume of interest that created was amazing.

I believe that there is a marketplace for simple bespoke personal transport solutions locally, and will be concentrating on developing the project along these lines.

The new Enable logo