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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!!!!


Newly squatted community centre open in North Finchley

The bohemian pub on Finchely High road has been squatted and is on its way to becoming a thriving community centre. It was opened by the same crew from that reopened Friern Barnet Library last year library last year.

They want to open it up as a ‘community hub’ and there going to use the space for games nights, cinema nights and other things. I’m really excited to see the space get going. It looks like a fantastic building that they can start hosting events and workshops in straight away.

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There’s already a few articles out on them already http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/antic-bohemia-occupied-and-about-to-re.html

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/10703093.Library_squatters_take_over_The_Bohemia_pub/

They are holding an public meeting today at 7pm. Get down there and share your ideas.

It’ so fantastic that the community social centres are coming back north of the river. its exciting that we’re working on these projects and we hope that others will begin to see the value our communities centres have. Tell your friends, get everyone you know involved – talk to a random person on the street and in the back alleys, let them know whats happening.

Share your ideas, get involved, express yourself. 

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Hello everyone,

Well yesterday went really well. We finally had the front gate and door open to allow people into 195 Mare Street. Visitors were treated to our free shop (some local fashionistas probably had a bit too much fun), all day long food (salad, veggies, curry, barley…yum yum!), a Chilean film and then later live performances on kazoo and guitar.

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Dozens came in – mostly just off of the street – and it was lovely having people stop as walking by, taking a look at our boards by the gate and then coming in for more. Plenty of folks came in with their children and this including a beautiful moment when one of our all-in-one baby outfits from the free shop found a new home. We attracted friends, of course, but also a lot of people we had never met before. People gave us gifts, told us about what they wanted from the social centre, how the could contribute and a good few told us about housing struggles. Others sat in our pretty cafe area, eating and enjoying the surroundings and watching those exploring the free shop or sneaking a quick peak at other parts of the building.

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By the evening our downstairs was pretty packed. Folksy songs filled our ears as we enjoyed the rest of the night. A variety of performers arrived in advance but they were also kind enough to offer out their guitars to others for a jamming session. People sang and danced and stomped their feet.

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We’re excited for our next event which will be this Friday and every Friday thereafter and is an all-afternoon bicycle workshop. If you need your bike fixed – or want to fix others – then come and join us. We’ve got tools and bicycle parts by the dozen and all are free. As usual, donations welcome.

We should also be able to post a regular events list in the coming days so that you know the days that we’re open, what we’re doing and what we aren’t.

 

See you soon.


Nearly There…

Sorry for the long delay since our last post, I’ve been having an absolute nightmare with uploads and internet connection and one pretty horrific morning where I wasn’t functioning.

Here is a belated update as to what’s been happening with the space and what is still left to do.

Chill out space

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We have a nice open social space as you come in that is still filling up with chairs and tables and the decoration and design is still being tweeked, but still rather lovely.DSCN6684

Quirky design from the team and certain members in particular mean our free shop and social space is ready to be revealed.  It has been a super effort from everyone here and every action is more laboured now that we are a month on with very few breaks in there too. Still no court papers have arrived and no more meetings with “owners” have taken place and so we have ploughed on with our plans unhindered, for now.

Free Shop and Chill Out Space

Free Shop and Chill Out Space

We have a wiring workshop today, Monday the 16th, at 2pm if anyone can make it. Sorry for such short notice on the online front, we did have a notice on our board outside 195, though. Sorry again.

Wednesday is the day of our ‘Pre-Opening Day’ at 195 where we want to invite you in. This gives you a chance to speak to organisers, find out about what will be coming from 195 Mare Street and of course a few fun things happening all day. We will be running a donations cafe from 2-6pm where the Free Shop will be open for business (remember, if you have any unwanted ‘stuff’ lying around, we will find it a place where it will be put to good use). Then, from 6 we will be screening a film which will be announced later, after we have had a meeting about what is best suitable for the occasion. Following this we will have live music til 12, Midnight. We have to finish at this time specifically because we’ll all need to get up and crack on with work the following day.

Still to do: The hole in the floor has lived too long and will soon be started on once the last bit of the roof is fixed, the edges. We are nearly waterproof, which will stop the rot that was inflicted on this neglected building for far too long and mean we can open up the amazing space fully, knowing that everything we could have done for the safety of visitors has been done. We want you and the community to utilise this wasted and unique space and we are still always welcome to new ideas.

Roll on Wednesday.

In the mean time, however, if you haven’t all gone to see the @MadePossibleBySquatting exhibition at 15 Dock Street which is a street off of Cable Street towards the Aldgate end and can be easily found on maps. It is there final day of exhibition today and tonight is there closing party, hope to see you there.


Check out our space

Everyone woke up super enthusiastic this morning ready to start the day. Downstairs free shop area looks almost unrecognisable – its suddenly viable again how much space there really is. We’ve going to have a great area to do some workshops while we continue to work on the rest of the building.

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The roof is almost done now, just another coat to waterproof it and we’ll be free of rain leaking in downstairs. We’ve been filling in the cracks and making sure we get every little one. It’ll help keep the building in the condition its in without falling into more damage. Seeing this place come together is getting more and more exciting. The hard work is starting to pay off with visible results.

Very very very soon we will be running some events and activities so keep posted 🙂 DSCN6655 DSCN6657

Don’t forget to get down to Made Possible By Squatting – an exhibition that celebrates how squatting has positively affected the lives of individuals and communities in London. Get down to 15 Dock street, E1 8JN. They have different activities on this week up to the 16th September. Don;’t miss it.

 

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We need lots of hangers for the free shop

Every day here at 195 Mare street we seem to be getting more and more productive. Our free shop is beginning to come together, shelves have been made and clothes have been sorted. We’re really short of hangers though so if anyone has them going spare, they would mean so much to us. We’ll be able to hang up all the clothes then. We’ve only got about 20 at the moment..DSCN6651

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We’ve also made a lovely chill out area at the front of the building so anyone who comes in has somewhere cosy to hang out.

We’re got lots of people coming round every day to help out, but we welcome as many as possible to come and get stuck it. Now we’ve got the chill out space it’s so much more comfortable to get to work knowing you’ve got a place to sit down and have a cuppa tea.

Check out what the Hackney Citizen has to say about us in this week’s paper : )

We’re also keeping a look out to get some free first aid training for all community centre crew, so if you have any useful information or contacts, please get in touch.

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @195 mare street.

Keep posted


Such a productive day

Wow what productive day!!!  The soil has been toiled, the roof has been sealed, we’ve got over a van full of stuff for the free shop and an abundance of bike parts.

During the day a group of people worked together to start repairing the roof. We bought some sealant and the cracks have all been filled up – got to wait for it to dry before moving on to the next part. We hired out a man with a man for the evening and crammed in as much as we could into a four hour slot. Simultaneously our kitchen team were working hard at cooking up a delicious meal for all the hard workers.

We had some crew over at south London, filled up the van full of bike parts; frames, chains, wheels, and had a whole team on the other end emptying out the van at full speed. Now we just need to set up the space with some tools and soon the bike workshop will be good to go.

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The van then made its way up to north London to where more crew we waiting to pack up a huge donation of stuff for our free shop. Downstairs is now pilled up with clothes, desks, computer screens and all sorts of great stuff we can give away.

We then met up with the Good Gym; two of us went to meet half the gym at Dalston Eastern Curve and the rest of the gym came straight to 195. The Good gym had run as a group from London fields to get to their destinations. At Dalston Eastern curve, a group grabbed some shovels and bagged up 21 big bags of compost in no time before jogging over to 195. While this was happening the other half of the Good Gym were toiling away at the soil in the front garden of 195.  It was amazing to see how a group of people coming together could complete a task in such a short amount of time. The energy and enthusiasm was contagious.

Once the compost had been dropped off, the van went off again to pick up more bike parts.

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At the perfect moment, the kitchen team brought down the amazing food that they cooked for everyone.  We all tucked into food and praised ourselves at how much had been done.

Thank you to the Dalston Eastern Curve for their donation of compost, and thank you so much to the Good gym for all digging they did. Having so many hands on one patch of soil really made all the difference.

Its been a really productive day, the crew are all well fed but exhausted. We’ve now got enough materials to begin our bike workshop and to start on the gardening workshop. It all so exciting.

Tomorrow we’re having an open work day. We’ve got the compost for the garden so can being working with it and start planning for planting the winter veggies. There will be people in the kitchen all day making sure there’s enough food for everyone and we’ll all be having a great time.

Wednesday 4th September—  Come and join us from 9am and lend a hand to give a space to the Hackney community.  Get your hands dirty in the garden or help us clean out the basement so we can begin our wonderful bike workshop.

Hope to see you all tomorrow 🙂

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Updates on upcoming events

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1st September – One year anniversary 

On 1st September, it’ll be one year since the ban of residential squatting. Commercial buildings are still legal to squat and we can celebrate what we have here in the Elizabeth Fry building.  To commemorate the ban, we will be having a one year birthday party – yaaay! We’ve been putting together an installation to share with everyone.

Join us for BBQ and music, our infamous bubble shows and a fantastic free shop. So come down on the 1st September from 2pm and join us for a great afternoon.

3rd September

The Dalston Eastern curve is kindly donating compost to us and we have got the super fit people from the Good gym to run there and collect the compost to bring here share with our front garden. What an awesome way to work out as a team. On the same day we will be receiving a van full of bicycle parts so we can get the bike shop up and running, as well as lots of stuff for our free shop.

4th September – Open work day

We will be having an Open work day and everyone is invited to come along and help us make this space function.

What we will be doing on the 4th

  • Gardening workshop  We’ll be starting to plant seeds in the front garden and planning for winter vegetables.
  • Making the place safe      Repairing anything on the ground floor that may considered unsafe (so that we can begin having workshops inside)
  • Painting and decorating (permitted we get the paint on time)
  • General cleaning
  • Cooking lots of food for everyone to share and eat

If you have your own tools, please bring them as we really don’t have that much. We will use this day to do as much as possible to have 195 up and running in the coming weeksPlease come and join us for a day of communal fun and productivity. . Get involved and show your support.

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A beautiful sunny day and no show from the ‘owners’

We had a good turn out of people to sleepover on Wednesday night. We had a great night with more barbeque food and music. We also had the long awaited arrival of one of our crew who had been away for the month so we all had a great time catching up.

I was up at 7am on Thursday morning, ready to sit outside and wait for these ‘owners’. Our neighbor came over at 8 with his coffee pot and some coffee to awaken everyone else in the house. I think it did a pretty good job. There was a great buzz of energy from everyone. A few of us enjoyed the morning sun out in the front garden for some hours before beginning to over heat and continuously splash ourselves down to cool off. We soon began to feel that the ‘owner’ wasn’t going to turn up, but no reason we couldn’t party anyway 🙂

The music played out the windows and we danced around and looked around for ingredients to make some veg burgers. We also received a pretty big bag of clothes donations on Wednesday so we had lots of new things to put out for the free shop. There were lots of great things in there and everyone had some fun trying on different outfits

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As the second batch of burgers came out, some of the guys put on a bubble show with lots of popping bubbles from the kids around. Lots of people enjoyed the free shop, and we also got a generous donations of baby stuff from one lovely lady.

Everyone had a great day enjoying the sunshine and our beautiful space, and there was no show from the ‘owners’. This was a real shame as we wanted to speak with them and tell them about everything we’re doing and come to some negotiation or agreement with them. Its so important to been on good terms with them. According to the Hackney Council website, they would like to refurbish the building. That would be great if that’s really what they want to do, as this building holds too much value to simply be left to rot away, like it has been the past ten years.

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – search for @195 Mare street

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