Great Open Day and AGM

Thanks to everyone who came along on Sunday for our Open Day and AGM. It was really positive with excellent suggestions made for how we could improve the Hub and a chance to share in some of the fantastic activities that are happening here.

The DRAFT minutes from the AGM are here: AGM draft minutes 2017-02-26

You can read (and comment on) all the reports here: 2016 Reports

In the future we aim to put on my informal, social events for members like this.

Potato murder

Multiple murders solved

Last weekend the Murder Mystery returned to the Hub with a slew of gruesome (and groansome) killings. Thankfully Tottenham’s finest detectives were on hand to solve the crime and put an end to the killing spree.

There was a crime scene photographer on hand so we hope to share evidence soon.

Thanks very much to Sue, Aya and all the cast for putting on a great couple of events. They raised around £800 for the Hub and had a fantastic time doing it!

If you have an idea for an event you’d like to run please email [email protected] and we’ll do what we can to help. It needn’t be a big production, it might just be setting up a regular group to play chess in the cafe, a poetry evening or a discussion group; whatever you are willing to get going.

Love the Hub

Welcome to our new members

We’ve had a whole load of people becoming members of the Co-op over the last few weeks. We haven’t taken the time in the past to welcome new members, but I intend to start.

Welcome Karmajit, Carola, Christine Denn, Dörte, Brenda, Stuart, Issy, Cem, Corrina, Taslima, Rebecca, Michelle, Anushka, Rachel, Collette, Nur, Yvonne, Nicole and Sally.

Love, the Hub

A big thanks to all of them them for becoming part of our Co-operative.

I’d also like to thank Sandra Sutherland, Dörte Mang, Chrsitine Denn and John Carver for joining the Board.

If you’re not a member, here’s why you should be one and here’s how you can become one.

2016 reports: Finance

This is one of a series of annual reports. We would really welcome your questions, comments and ideas in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the end.

Although last year we posted another loss, we did invest significantly in staffing and equipment. We are still a young organisation and this is to be expected. We significantly increased turnover in all areas and we expect this to continue for café sales and room hire in the coming years.

We have managed to increase profitability in the café as well, despite becoming VAT registered and so having to hand up to 20% of the price of items sold to HMRC.

Although it looks like a loss is predicted for 2016/2017, when restricted income is disregarded (these are grants we have been given that we have to spend on a particular thing, e.g. the roof) we’re actually predicting a £5,000 surplus. This is because we received £6,000 in 2015/16 that we are spending in 2016/2017.

With continued growth we expect to be making a clear surplus in 2017/2018 whilst still be able to employ local people at a genuine living wage.

Draft figures

The figures below are provisional. They have not been checked by the accountant and may well change slightly when they are.

Actual Actual Estimated Estimated
2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/2018
Turnover
Cafe sales £85,645 £111,782 £134,521 £141,247
Room hire, events & catering £21,733 £29,590 £50,938 £63,672
Restricted income * £0 £16,186 £6,000 £0
Other £1,541 £6,920 £3,805 £3,305
Total turnover £108,919 £164,477 £195,264 £208,225
Costs
General Purchases £39,664 £47,777 £54,181 £59,599
Staff costs £61,187 £98,897 £106,841 £117,525
Cleaning £6,521 £9,453 £10,849 £11,934
Restricted expenditure * £0 £9,805 £12,381 £78
Depreciation & Audit £0 £45 £1,405 £0
Other £11,832 £10,679 £10,782 £11,860
Total costs £119,203 £176,656 £196,439 £200,996
Surplus (Deficit) -£10,284 -£12,179 -£1,174 £7,229

Asher Jacobsberg
Treasurer

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2016 reports: Room hire

This is one of a series of annual reports. We would really welcome your questions, comments and ideas in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the end.

Room hire has gone from strength to strength. We hire rooms for free to local park/community groups and at a reduced rate to organisations with limited or no funding and to individuals offering a service we feel is affordable to the local community. Funded organisations and individuals’ private parties are charged a private rate. We try to balance income generation with offering much needed services to the local community. In the past year we focused on setting up new, regular activities/classes as these offer a stable income as well as enriching services.

Room hire money
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Regular activities available are: 3 Yoga classes, Watercolour class, Kids Yoga, ‘Silverfit’ (exercises for 45+), Chair exercises, Parent and Toddler drop in, Coffee with a cop, Feldenkrais, Baby Yoga, Thinking space, Dance for 3-13 year olds, 2 Pilates mat classes, Adult Drop in Mixed Media Art Sessions, Children’s Art Club (7+), Fun Music for Babies/Toddlers, Knitting group for Mums with small children, Antenatal Yoga, Capoeira for kids and Chi Kung. Initially our offer was mainly for parents and children but we are ow diversifying with classes for different age and interest groups.

room hire hours
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Free groups are mainly based in the Rec: Friends of Lordship Rec, Wildlife group, Green Gardeners, Tottenham Clouds, Lake group, Women’s Group, Shell Performing Arts and Lordship Sports and Activities Consortium and we use the space for our own activities like board meetings etc. We also hold bigger events e.g. River Fest which are at low or no cost. Our prices and services compare favourably with other venues in the vicinity but most comparable venues are not in a lively park.

Income is more than double what it was last year (213%). In January 2017 we hired rooms for 220 hours, with day time availability being 2 x 270 hours (9am-6pm). Our aim is to open the centre some evenings in Summer. We only have one evening class now as being in a park seems to be a deterrent with dark evenings. With Spring and summer approaching we are looking forward to expanding our services.

Carola Kornfeld
Office Manager

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2016 reports: Building

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Not much has changed this year at the Hub in terms of building works as we are still at the stage of discovering what facilities we need to make best use of the space available. Two key developments have been the levelling and reseeding of the grass area at the back of the General Activities Room and the installation of the terrace roof. The grass area work was carried out as part of the snagging works which saw other issues in the park rectified at the same time by a Council contractor who did a very good job. Parks Operations now use a ride on tractor to cut it when needed.

Installation of the terrace roof was achieved through our second SpaceHive crowd funding campaign. The PVC roof covers the terrace area attached to the café and runs along the building to the smaller terrace outsidethe Community Room. There are a couple of snagging issues which we hope will be easily dealt with. We have been working to resolve several issues with Council, including damage caused by the break-in in December 2015 and flood damage after an arson incident. It has been complicated by the number of departments that need to be coordinated and the fact that specialist companies, rather than the Council’s usual contractors, need to do the work due to the nature of the building and therefore also need to be at the discussions. Hopefully all this can be resolved soon.

Future building plans

To make better use of the space we are planning:

Storage cupboards

With the increased usage by a wide variety of groups and activities we need to create more storage space. A storage cupboard in the Community Room will incorporate the toys and provide a clearer space for others using the room. A storage cupboard in the General Activities Room will be slightly larger as it will house tables and chairs used at events as well equipment of other users. It will also have a mirrored front which will help draw light to the darker end of the room and provide an extra facility for fitness and dance classes held here.

Extension of the kitchen

It has been obvious to those who work in the kitchen that the layout of this space is not functional. There is very little preparation area, storage, or suitable space for the number of workers needed on increasingly busy days. Extending the kitchen, to incorporate the area towards the terrace by the double doors, will allow us to increase the amount and variety of food we can make and the number of customers we can serve. It will generally be a more efficient use of available space and will, in addition, mean that we can expand our catering business both in and out of house.

Refurbishment of the toilets

The high usage has also increased the amount of maintenance and cleaning that the Hub needs and the toilets are one of these high usage areas. Currently some of the walls need repairing and we plan to try and put either ceramic tiles or PVC panels in areas where damage is being caused and the clay surface makes it impossible to wipe.

We have been looking at several funding opportunities to fund these projects and hope to have some positive results early this year.

Glynis Kirkwood-Warren
Building and Community Manager

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2016 reports: The Hub and the Park

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We can look back on another amazing year for Lordship Rec in the continued community-led renaissance of Tottenham’s largest park.

The Hub has been central to many of the activities and events in the Rec, including serving as the base for many of the park user groups (including the Friends of Lordship Rec who manage the park information table in the Hub, and have a rep on the Hub Co-op Board).

Main music stage at RiverFest 2016
Main music stage at RiverFest 2016

The Hub and its dedicated staff are committed to supporting and enabling these groups and their ongoing organisation and coordination.

The community and Council meet regularly to co-manage the park, discussing maintenance issues, and working together to achieve further improvements such as the recently-installed and very popular Outdoor Gym close by the Hub.

International Women's Day 2016
International Women’s Day 2016

Dave Morris
Board member responsible for liaison with park user groups

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