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Halloween at the Hub

Over 50 children enjoyed the Hub’s Halloween activities on Saturday 28th October.

We all made spookily decorated paper lanterns and then enjoyed a pinata. Then, when it was dark enough we all went for a lantern-lit walk around the dark rec and ended up with story with Mr Squash inside the ring of oaks at the top of the hill.

A great time was had by all!

Black History Month events at the Hub

The Hub hosted a number of events in October for Black History Month, including a children’s workshop and a variety of talks.

Comb workshop

Lots of children took park in our special creative workshop for Black History Month at the Hub. They worked with children’s author Kandace Chimbiri on visual ideas based on the history of the Afro-Comb. The silence of total concentration over the 2 hour workshop was amazing!

Going with the Flo

Local gardeners came to hear Flo Headlam, one of the presenters on TV’s Gardener’s World talk about herself and her work. After the talk we took her for a walk around our beautiful park and harmony gardens.

Carnival!

Sheba Montserrat, Dancer, Writer and Stand-up Comedian did a fascinating and enjoyable presentation on the History of Caribbean Carnival as an act of Rebellion and Liberation as part of the Hub’s Black History events on Sunday 29th October.

We ended the talk by all getting to our feet to feel for ourselves the liberation of the dance moves of Carnival!

Young, gifted and black

An inspiring young black teacher from South London, Tumaini Jospeh, came to talk at the Hub, as part of our Black History events. He spoke about the Criminal Justice System as it relates to young black men.

He gave us a look behind the statistics at the reality of people lives: what motivates people and how racism persists in Britain and impacts on black youth. He pointed to education as a key aspect in changing peoples lives and attitudes.

 

Harvest Banquet a great success

22 people enjoyed a vegetarian feast at the Hub on Saturday, 21st October to celebrate all the great things that have been achieved at the Hub and in the Park this year and also to give thought to nature and the land and all it provides.

Everyone enjoyed some great music and singing by local musicians and £180 was raised for the Hub.

Thanks to all that took part!

Harvest Banquet at The Hub

Dont miss the Harvest Festival Banquet Fundraiser next Saturday, 21st October.

Join us for a fantastic 2-course meal at 7.30pm to celebrate all the good work that has been done in the park and in the Hub this year.

Veg and bean casserole with accompanying side dishes followed by apple crumble and custard with a free drink thrown in. There will also be live seasonal folk singing by a Hub regular and lots of good company.

It is a fundraiser for the Hub and costs £15 per head. Places are limited so if you would like to attend please email [email protected].

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RiverFest and Harvest Festival Saturday 16th

On Saturday, 16th September, we have two festivals going in the Hub and the Rec!

The Tottenham Ploughman Riverfest (funded by you – thanks) is running from 11am-7pm.

The 10th Tottenham Flower and Produce Show and Harvest Festival (run by the Friends and Women’s Association – thanks) is running from 11am-6pm. If you want to enter your flowers of produce in the competition bring them between 8.30 and 11am.

Both events are always massive and hugely enjoyable, so having them both together will be double the fun!

Full details:

See you there.

Love the Hub

A very fond farewell

This time next week I will have just arrived at my new home in Malawi, which of course means that I won’t be at the Hub anymore. It will be one of the things I miss most about Tottenham. I have loved being part of establishing it and seeing the impact it has had in our community. The way it has brought people together has been fantastic and I never cease to be impressed by the huge love, effort and passion that so many people put into making it a success.

Making it a success is an ongoing struggle though and the Hub needs support from all of you reading this.  As yet we still do not have a Treasurer, so if you have any financial nous, or know anyone who does (they don’t have to be a Hub member) please do ask them to email me for more info: [email protected]

I want to extend huge thanks to everyone I’ve worked with establishing the Hub, and to those who are taking over from me. Albertina is going to be the Secretary and Tom is going to be the Web Manager.

Tom’s holiday and my leaving the country unfortunately coincide, so this will very likely be the last newsletter of the Summer and Tom will start it up again in September.

Cafe volunteers needed

As the summer holidays start many of our dedicated, fantastic volunteers go away and it it’s really difficult to run the Hub without them!

If you have time over the summer, helping in the cafe is a fantastic way to both meet your community and support the Hub. Volunteers just do 4 hour shifts, always supported by regular members of staff. There are slots between 9am and 6pm every day of the week. So whenever you might be available, please email [email protected] or call her on 020 8885 5684 to see how you can help.

Volunteering in the Hub cafe was a brilliant thing to do a few hours a week over summer. Everyone comes to the Hub so I saw so many Tottenham friends I hadn’t seen in ages; they’d just popped in for a cup of tea and were a bit surprised it was me serving them!

Chloe, Assistant Headteacher

Website Manager, Treasurer and Secretary required

I’ve been involved in Lordship Hub Co-op since its conception, but in August my family and I are off to Malawi for a few years. I fill a number of roles at the Hub and love doing them, but obviously I won’t be able to continue much longer.

We’re splitting up these tasks, some will be taken on by the staff, some by an external accountancy firm, but others need to be done by Co-op members and supporters stepping up.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in taking on any of these roles, please do get in touch with me on 07989 497 491 or [email protected] to talk through what is entailed, or to just claim the job.


The roles

Treasurer

It is essential that the Co-op has a Treasurer, it is a legal requirement.

Role

Your role will be to monitor the Hub’s finances and report these to the Board and the Members. Hub staff and the accountant will do the day-to-day book-keeping, payroll, etc. but you will need to help develop financial polices and check that they are being adhered to. You will help staff and the Board to make financial decisions and check that financial returns (VAT, annual accounts) are filed on time.

Person

You need to have a good head for figures and an ability to explain them to others. Confidence with Excel and accounting software is essential. Someone with professional experience of finance and accounting would be ideal, e.g. an accountant, CFO, etc.

Time-commitment

You will need to attend Board Meetings once a month (although the frequency may be decreased). You’ll need to spend a few hours each month preparing a report for the Board. Ad hoc advice to staff on finance – unlikely to be more than a couple of hours per month.


Secretary

It is essential that the Co-op has a Secretary, it is a legal requirement.

Role

Your job will be to keep the Hub’s records. There are essentially three things to maintain: meeting minutes, Members database, Directors database. You will take the minutes at Board Meetings and General Meetings. You will email out share certificates. You will ensure that annual returns are filed with the FCA, our regulator.

Person

You will be organised and confident at note-taking. Confidence to maintain a list of members in Excel would be advantageous. I save myself time by taking minutes directly on the computer so they can be emailed out directly after meetings, so an ability to take notes in this way is not essential but may save you time. It might suite someone who is already a company secretary, a clerk or works in the law.

Time commitment

You will need to attend Board Meetings once a month (although the frequency may be decreased). After each meeting you’ll need to send out draft minutes to the Board.

There are normally just a couple of new Members per month, so maintaining this list (and the Directors list) takes very little time.

The annual return is straightforward, it is transposing simple information from the accounts, list of Directors and the previous year’s report.


Website Manager

Role

The website and e-newsletter are two of our key marketing tools. We need to keep them up to date and make them fresh and interesting to our members and users. The website is built in WordPress and our mailing list is in MailPoet. Your job would be to update the website with information provided by staff. You would write and send out the newsletter each week. There is scope for significant improvement in both the website and newsletter in design, functionality and content.

Person

You need to be comfortable using WordPress and able to write in a way that encourages people to use the Hub and support it.

Someone who maintains other websites professionally would be ideal.

Time commitment

The regular commitment is updating the weekly timetable and sending out the newsletter each week. Often this can involve writing an article for the website as well. There may be ad hoc requests to change things or add thing to the website.

On average this all takes about 3 hours per week, but these can be slotted in when you have time for them.


If you, or anyone you know, is interested in taking on any of these roles, please do get in touch with me on 07989 497 491 or [email protected] to talk through what is entailed, or to just claim the job.

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DIY day at the Hub

The Hub we will be closed all day Monday 29th May including the toilets and cafe.

As we move into the Spring/Summer months and busier times of the year, we NEED to do a bit of a deep clean, de-clutter and repair, which means closing the Hub for a day (as we’re open 7 days a week and only shut at Christmas).

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause and hope you can understand why we’re having to do this.

If you would like to help us on the day there is a list of jobs that we’ll be tackling, from scrubbing the toilets, to tightening the bolts on tables and chairs.

We would also appreciate anyone who might be able to take things to the dump or charity shops if there is anything.

Thanks for reading and again sorry for any inconvenience. The nearest toilets will be in Broadwater Farm Community Centre, near the skate park and Adventure Playground.

Last week’s members’ social was a lovely event. As well as sharing ideas on how to improve the Hub, we shared good food and got to know other members of our co-op.

We’d like to thank Issy for organising this and all the members who came along.

There’ll be another one in a few months; hope to see you all there.