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 val@lordshiphub.org.uk 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.

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..

Fun 5k sponsored walk round Lordship Rec

On 7th April we will be holding a Fun 5K sponsored walk round and round Lordship Rec to support our 2 Hub Marathon Runners raising money to sustain Lordship Hub. Get family and friends to sponsor you (minimum total £5). Registration starts at 9.30am at the Hub

and the walk starts at 11am. At 10am, our 2 marathon runners (both sports professionals) will run a special workshop on how to prepare for running and exercise. There will be other fun attractions and a  very special raffle. Contact Val@lordshiphub.org.uk for more information. Thank you!

Lordship Hub Co-operative Annual General Meeting and Open Day

Saturday 23rd March, 11am-3.30pm (AGM at 2pm)

Invitation to all users of the Hub.

We’d love you to attend our Open Day. Anyone wishing to attend the Hub AGM at 2pm but not yet a member of the Hub Co-operative will be able to join beforehand at the Hub stall on the day – life membership is £1!

From 11am, there will be stalls to browse and free taster sessions laid on by some of the fantastic regular classes and activities based here eg family singing, hula hoops, yoga… there will also be street art graffiti boards for hire outside for creative young people over 8 years old to design – £7 each, noon to 4pm. And of course the cafe will be at your service as always!

At 2pm the Hub’s 2019 Annual General Meeting will start. Local people’s involvement in the Co-operative, whether as a member, user or volunteer, is crucial to the Hub’s continued success, and members’ views on how to improve things here will be very welcome. A summary of the Hub’s work over the last year is below. A full report will be available at the AGM.

Best wishes

Dave Morris – Chair, Lordship Rec Hub Co-operative

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Report from the Chair 2018/19

Another amazing year has zipped by, with the Hub busy serving the needs of park users and our local communities. Our presence has continued to grow, with more activities and events than ever before and use of our café, room hire and catering services increasing. Our profile, as a base for community initiative and empowerment, is spreading locally and across London. In fact our park is now getting national recognition – including features in the media and the Friends of Lordship Rec managing an important 2-year project to promote community empowerment in green spaces throughout the UK.

And all this despite very tight budgets. It might all look simple, but in fact there are always many challenges to grapple with as a community facility run by a co-operative of local people. A big thank you goes out to all our members, customers and users for their continued support throughout the year, and to our staff, volunteers and board members for all their hard work.

Looking forward we are pleased to announce that we have recently obtained a £53k grant to make internal improvements – to extend the kitchen and make it more efficient, create more storage in the rooms for hire, and build a new reception window into the office.

Tto crown it all we have just signed a new 25 year lease. This cements our excellent partnership with the very supportive Haringey Council and gives us the security we need to plan for the long term future of our building and park.