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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!

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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.

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Lets keep 195 Mare street open

Right now we’ve got a great vibe going on, everyone sitting outside listening to chill music; the free shop is on display and we’re cooking up vegan burgers. Lots of people have been coming in to see what we’re up to and grabbing some stuff from the free shop – everything for free, they can’t always believe it.

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We’ll be doing the same tomorrow, letting people see that we’re here and that we want to do something positive for the community. So many people are keen to start running their own workshops and start making use of this amazing unused and abandoned space. We can’t wait either.

Join us on Thursday for lots of free food on the BBQ, popcorn, music, bubble show and lots more. We’ll also be having our free shop outside so come and get yourself some freebies.

Earlier on in the day we found 3 men knocking at our door. They told us they were contracted to come on Thursday and knock down the walls of the building, pull out the floor boards and pull out the plaster from the walls.  One guy became the ‘owner’ and said that he was going to knock down the building so he could build luxury apartments. The land registry is yet to be updated with who the new owner is, and if its only just been sold there in no way that they have been granted planning permission to do anything. The building cannot be knocked down or damaged because of this, and there has yet to be an owner who has been willing to invest in restoring this beautiful building.

We’re not sure how they intend on damaging a listed building to build flats without planning permission; there is nothing on the planning register that states any planning works to 195 Mare street at present. While this building is being left to rot away, we intend on making as positive use of this space as possible. Come and join us and make this an amazing space for everyone 🙂

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Getting stuck in

Only a few days here at 195 and its clear that we seem to be attracting attention from people passing by.  I guess its a mix of seeing us grinding hard in the front garden, reading our signs on the gates and quite simply not be able to walk past such a big and beautiful building without noticing it. 195 Mare street really does stand out on the main road. It has been extremely refreshing to speak with people all from different journeys. So far we have received only a positive response from the local community. Sharing ideas feels wonderful and exciting and its always fun showing people the awesome space that we now have for use.  We are beginning to visualize what this place is going to evolve into.

Yesterday, the guys worked hard at removing the weeds from the front garden so stuff can be soon planted. The rooms on the top floor that had pigeon poop all over the place have been cleaned out, and we have a temporary cooking space. It was a great day with lots of hard work and many a conversation.

Some of the guys went on an epic skip trip as well yesterday!!!  — some students (and maybe some other random people) threw out the entire contents of where ever it was that they lived.  I’m guessing fashion/art students as we’re stocked on oil paints and over large paper. Lots of clothes, bedding and kitchen stuff was thrown out as well as random food stuff—- yaaay bean protein!!!  We’ve now got enough stuff to start our own free shop, so we’re gonna have to start sorting out the stuff and building an area for these things.

Some of the boys have been working on connecting our water today – so we can have flushing toilets. Good times.

Connecting the water through the house

Connecting the water through the house

Casing the water pipe

On Wednesday we’ll be having an Open day —   so if anyone wants to come down and help clean up the building and set up spaces for different workshops please come down from 10am. We’ll be working all day as a team till around 5.30pm..  Hopefully we’ll be able to skip some food and make some dinner and relax a little before we open up a meeting.  If you would like to voice your ideas, make a proposals and genreally get involved in running the social center come to the open meeting at 7pm to share with us.

We would love to see you there.

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