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Open meeting report

On Tuesday 20th August around 20 people took part in a special meeting to discuss how the Lordship Rec Hub can better support the community, and the community can better support the Hub.

As an introduction it was explained that, after five years of successful operation of this community facility, a new era for the Hub was dawning since the signing in March of a 25-year lease.

There followed a highly focussed and constructive discussion in which concerns were aired, questions asked, praise was articulated, and ideas floated. For example:

  • ensure private parties don’t get too noisy, and cars dont park in the Rec (unless authorised to drop off things for an event)
  •  a call for people to come forward to organise a wider range of activities, eg with environmental themes, or after-school clubs etc
  • publicise the Hub and its activities widely

Then we discussed how people can help the Hub. For example:

  • sign up for the weekly email updates and forward to friends etc, and join in our facebook page
  • become a member of the co-op and get actively involved in the decision-making
  • become a volunteer and contribute time and skills to the various parts of the operation (eg work in the cafe, help fundraise, distribute the monthly programme flyers, help organise events etc.).

For more info, please come and browse the Hub’s info table, drop by the office to speak to staff and activists there, or check our website.

Open meeting: Tuesday 20th August, 7pm @ Lordship Hub

To all Lordship Rec park users, Lordship Hub customers and supporters.

This is an invitation to come along and meet with those of us involved in running the Lordship Rec Hub community centre/cafe in the park on Tuesday, 20th August, from 19.00-21.00. We would like to discuss with you how we can work together and support each other, how we can address any concerns, issues or questions you may have, and how local people can get involved in the Hub and park.

The Hub Co-operative’s members, volunteers, staff and supporters have worked hard together over the last 5 years to provide the best community-run services we can for park users and the surrounding communities. Many of us are also members of the Friends of Lordship Rec who have been instrumental in the park’s regeneration over the last 20 years from the featureless, neglected and abandoned space it once was.

We all live locally and are pleased that Lordship Rec has been transformed into a great park with a wide range of facilities and activities serving all ages, sections of our communities and their varying interests. It’s been a long and highly-challenging journey, and after 5 years of negotiations between the Hub and the Council we finally secured a 25-year lease earlier this year.

This is a new stage for us and there are many financial and organisational issues we in the Hub are now grappling with. There are also long-term questions over the Council’s future resourcing for the proper maintenance and management of all Haringey public green spaces, and hence the need to continue to strengthen community involvement in our parks.

Recently we have had some concerns expressed over a handful of Hub weekend functions organised by private hirers. We of course welcome and rely financially on a wide range of classes, activities and functions here, almost all organised by local people. As the Hub becomes more popular as a destination and venue, we want to ensure that we maintain our record of appropriate and well-run activities.

We have a strong set of hire terms and conditions that all must comply with, and we take seriously any breach of those – including taking sanctions against any who refuse to comply. We are making steps to review these terms and conditions, and to improve our monitoring and enforcement, and are happy to discuss this and any other issues.

We are not complacent and want to improve. We are all doing our best and learning as we go along. As a not-for-profit social enterprise run co-operatively by local people for the benefit of park users and our local communities we welcome constructive feedback and active involvement.

We also take this opportunity to invite you to come and use and enjoy the facilities, and to become a member or volunteer to help make the Hub and park the success they need to be!

Best wishes

The Hub Board

Volunteers urgently needed

We urgently need volunteers to help us run the hub and provide a good service to our ever-increasing number of users. This is particularly important in the cafe, especially now it is good weather and the holidays will soon be upon us.
If you have 4 hours to spare once or twice a week, especially at weekends, then please contact [email protected] or ring 020 8885 5684. You dont need any particular experience as you will be trainedand could learn new and useful skills. It can be hard work but it can also be fun.

Volunteer needed – website admin

Do you have WordPress CMS experience and an hour or two a week to spare to help the Hub?

We’re looking for someone to take over the running and updating our our website. Mostly this involves a weekly update of our activities, but we’d love someone to be able to help us implement a new design too. If you think you might be able to help, please email [email protected].

Improvement Work on Lordship Hub

Grant from Power to Change for Hub building improvement works

We recently were successful in obtaining a grant to improve some areas of Lordship Hub. The works will take place between the last part of May and the beginning of June so there may be some closures of parts of the Hub while they are going on. We are trying organise the works to keep closures and class cancellations to the minimum so it is best to keep an eye on the what’s on page of our website regularly to see if there have been any changes to classes or if the cafe is closed.

We hope the improvements have a big impact on the functionality of the building and also on the look of the hiring rooms.

  • We are having bespoke storage areas put in both of the class/hiring rooms so that there will no longer be any clutter around in the rooms as there is now. Most things will be able to be neatly put away behind cupboard doors.
  • The kitchen units in both rooms will be upgraded
  • The storage area in the larger room will have mirrors on the outside so this will aid with classes and also make the room lighter and more attractive.
  • We are having the cafe serving and cooking area extended so that the space can be used more efficiently and easily. There will be much more space for preparation of food and storage.  The serving area will move up towards the door and be out of the way of the food preparation area. We hope this will streamline things.
  • We are having the concrete ramp onto the cafe terrace redone so it is more user friendly and attractive.
  • We will be putting a glass panel with sliding doors in the wall between the office and the foyer. This will display office opening hours on it and will enable people to speak to office staff more easily at these times. It will also make the office lighter and enable staff to see who is coming and going and add to security.

The Hub is having to provide some of our own funds as match funding for this grant so that is why we have 2 park users running the London Marathon for us on April 28th. You can see details about how you can sponsor them and support the Hub’s refurbishment on this website under Marathon Donations in the main menu. Thankyou

Consultation on old adventure play area in the Rec

Lordship Hub, 3.30pm on Sunday April 14th

Consultation on the future of the old wooden adventure playground site in Lordship Rec.
All welcome with your ideas and suggestions. The meeting is run by the Lordship Sports and Activities Consortium (LSAC) and Friends of Lordship Rec and is just the beginning of forming a plan for the area that suits as many people as possible. Funding will then have to be found to carry out the finally agreed and designed plan, so it is no quick solution. Please come along and be a part of it.

Marathon sponsorship needed to matchfund grant

We need to raise £6000 as match funding for a grant we have been awarded for much needed building improvements that will make the Hub a much more functional space. To raise this figure we have 2 people running the London Marathon for the Hub. On April 7th, we held a successful event to help raise awareness and  sponsorship. Despite unpleasant weather, lots of people took part in our marathon runners’ exercise session and enjoyed a sociable 5K sponsored walk round the Rec. We also provided a soft play area for toddlers which was a great hit. So far we have only raised under £2000 so please think about sponsoring our runners before April 28th, both to encourage them, and to support the Hub that receives no Council or external funding for our running costs which are substantial. Thankyou from all at the Hub..