Happy Thursdays @ 195 Mare street

Hey, everybody! Thank you for coming to our opening night last Friday, it was amazing! So many people, great music, nice bar, fire show outside, bmx show inside, bubbles everywhere!

And now we want to invite you to our HAPPY THURSDAYS’ events: free shop, public kitchen, screenings, bar open. Everything starts at 7 p.m., free shop is open from 3 p.m. Come and spend some time with us!

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Also check the language school schedule, there are few changes and few more classes. All classes this Saturday are cancelled and also Italian classes are not going to happen next week. Sorry for that!

Hope to see as many of you later as possible!

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Open Evening/Event Tomorrow!

Despite the problems with C.S. Solutions and there C.E.O James Patrick Casey entering our home, cutting water and causing criminal damage the show will still go on and this friday (11th) when we will be hosting our opening event and social.

From 7pm we will have vegan dinner by donation and acoustic music; later there will be live bands a BMX show, live synth performance, and dj sets from Olia (Noise/Electro Trash), Marco Antonio Marcesan (Groovy, Techno, House), and Munya Jumo (boundary Pushing Electronic Music).

Entry by Donation- see you there.


We’re still open, still moving, still going

Following our rude awakening the other day, we have gone about undoing the damage that took the builders 25 minutes and will take us more than a few days. Destruction is easy and regeneration harder . We just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who turned up to help us over the past few days, It was so nice to see such positive support from everyone and it made the whole stress here a lot easier to deal with.

Two of the gaping holes in the building are now covered and protecting us from the elements although it still needs a good clean up everywhere. We also have one major problem that we had to sleep by during the night as even with the man power, we weren’t able to properly secure one of the breaches in the facade. On the plus side, we have restored basic amenities.

Sorry for those who may have come to the centre over the last few days and have found the gates to be closed. We’ve been so busy doing repairs that we haven’t had the man power to run the free shop at the same time. The free shop and workshops will continue running as normal from Monday 🙂

So with your continued support, we can finish securing the building and start the clean up operation in time for the opening this Friday (tomorrow).. Come along and enjoy our good vibes 😉

We now have a new email address::    195mare@squat.net                            

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @195marestreet and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/195-Mare-Street/411285862323869


Today Builders Forced Entry and Damaged the Social Centre; Some Help Needed

Today at approximately 10:05 a.m. as two of us were returning from scavenging fruit and vegetables a group of about a dozen builders forced entry into the social center.  They then proceeded to affix a notice board to the wall declaring that the building was a construction site. We notified them that the property was legally occupied in accordance with the 1977 Criminal Law Act and that they had committed an offence by breaking into the building while it so occupied.   Apparently unconcerned that their conduct was illegal, they proceeded to begin gutting the building while we were inside it. They also proceeded to disconnect the buildings water, by cutting the pipe connecting to the water main.

The builders were employed by CS Solutions and their supervisor was Jim Casey, the same man who had similarly threatened us weeks ago.  No planning permission has been granted for any work to be done on the building; despite this and despite the building’s listed status they proceeded in doing significant damage to the downstairs.

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We called the police and notified them of the situation. Upon arriving the police seemed equally unconcerned with stopping their illegal conduct and stood by as the builders proceeded in destroying the building. They claimed that they needed to “find out all the facts”.  We asked if they could please ask the builders to stop destroying the space while they did so, and the police refused. With the help of a friend from the Advisory Service for Squatters, we were eventually able to persuade police Sergeant Gomes that the building was legally occupied and that Mr. Casey needed to take us to court in order to remove us, but not before considerable damage had been done to the ground floor and our property being kept there.  The builders then began to leave. However, as they were doing so Jim Casey threatened that he would be back in a week to continue what he had started whether we were there or not . We advised him once again that he would need to take us to court before doing this, and he stated clearly that he did not intend to do this.

We invite anyone who has any time today or this week come and help to repair the damage that has been done and help re secure the building.


Filmmaking Workshop 6th October 7pm

A quick announcement, and I’m really sorry for the short notice, but there will be a meeting tomorrow at 7pm for those of you interested in filmmaking with a view to starting a regular workshop. If you’re interested in film, at every aspect: writing screenplays/documentaries, sound, lights, cameras, acting and post production, then your all welcome, whatever level you’re at.

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(Rock Around The Clock, 1956)

There aren’t a lot of opportunities for budding filmmakers to meet like minded people and get films made but now you can. 195 is offering a free workshop to meet energetic people, get projects off the ground and skill share creativity to  improve your filmmaking. So I hope to see as many of you tomorrow, Sunday the 6th of October at 7pm so we can get our feet of the ground.


Official Opening Night 11th October

After 6 weeks of repairing, cleaning, and imagining The 195 is now, almost, fully functioning and ready to go. To reiterate this point, we invite everyone to a showcase of the space; where we will come together to enjoy live music, vegan food, and general merriment.

The event will take place on Friday 11th october (one for the diary) and will run from 7pm-late; donations towards running costs, paying bills etc greatly appreciated.

In the mean time, The 195 Freeshop is open Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-6pm, we have comedy Improv on Tuesdays from 7pm, and film screenings every Thursday from 7pm; we are also running a language school which currently boasts lessons in Italian, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, English, and Russian (for full details of classes and times see Language school Post). Volunteers to help with the general organisation, cleaning, and bringing new ideas/projects to the space will be greatly received.

More details of the opening event including list of performers etc to be posted soon on our blog; see you on the 11th!


Get involved in People’s kitchen on Thursdays!!!

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Hey everyone

We’ve decided we want to start running a regular people’s kitchen. We’ll be collecting food on the day that is reaching its sell by date and can be cooked that evening for a big dinner for anyone who wants to come along and eat yummy yummy food. We will show you what can be done with food that would otherwise be wasted or thrown away.

We’ll be having people’s kitchen at around 7pm on Thursdays (still to be confirmed), so we will push the cinema night to around 8.30pm.     What could be better than having an amazing dinner followed by a film – with a whole bunch of wonderful people. Sounds exactly how I would love to spend my Thursday nights.

Next week Thursday we will cook and prepare food upstairs in our own kitchen, which we will bring downstairs to share with everyone. In the coming week, we want others to get involved in helping us prepare and build the community kitchen. Anyone can use it and it will big enough to fit many of our bodies in there at the same time. Oh we have so much fun cooking! Lots of people dancing around and making food together. We also want people who want to help with cooking so if you would like to come and cook regularly please get in touch. Give us a call, drop and email or pop in and see us. All hands on deck..     Free food for everyone!!!!