Making progress

Its been a pretty productive week, and the building is starting to look like a community center more than it ever did. We’ve been meeting lots of new people everyday and there has been real positive vibes circling this place.

On Saturday, we had a BBQ – beans were boiled in the morning to prepare the burgers and we creativity stacked up concrete blocks laying around to make ourselves a BBQ. We had a last minute sweep and the place looked amazing.

Early that morning, we received a donation of 3 fridges and some mattresses form the hostel next door. The fridges are well appreciated- food can last so much longer and we won’ have to worry about wasting anything. So if you’re wondering, I don’t think we need any more fridges right now. But we would happily take a working washing machine off your hands.

Vegan burgers on the BBQ

Vegan burgers on the BBQ

Greg's amazing vegan burger mix

Greg’s amazing vegan burger mix

Through out the afternoon, lots of people passed by and joined us for a while, checking out the building and admiring the space. There was a moment when it began to rain and again creativity was pulled out the hat and we managed to make a canopy shelter. It was pretty impressive for a quick job.

To make things even better, a neighbor of ours dropped us a sofa, which we now proudly have in our front garden

Later on, the bubble making happened. A few of our crew started making bubbles in front of the house, attracting lots of passers by and children.

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Locals are really interested in what can be done with the space. One man was shocked when I told him that we wouldn’t be charging rent to use the space – “free?” he asked. The pleasant surprise he displayed when he realised that people here were not interested in profit was beautiful.

When it started to get dark, we began to move ourselves insides with cushions, bean bags and mattresses. A few people shared their awesomeness playing and singing with their guitars. We even had a guy juggling on the stage. It was a great night and I hope everyone had as much fun as we did.

We all took a well needed rest on Sunday.

Now Monday, we’re back to work. We’re working on fixing up the toilets for the social center so thank you to everyone who already cleaned out the toilets – now we just need to make them work properly and we can open up our doors to you all.

We’ve got lots of talk on things that will be happening here at 195. Its confirmed that we’ll be running a bike workshop and a juggling workshop and later on someone will be dropping off a projector so we can host a film screening.

We will also be hosting our first ‘official’ event tomorrow, so we are pretty excited about meeting lots of new people – and catching up with old faces šŸ™‚

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