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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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The evening standard got us

I mentioned the other day that Evening standard had come round to see us. They didn’t publish the next day, but they got round to it yesterday. Click here for the online article.

I was saddened by the fact that there was nothing positive written in there.  It’s seriously disappointing that Linsday (the journalist) said she would write a positive piece, but of course couldn’t guarantee that the editor would keep it as it was, thus she said she would email us the original. That never happened. In way, what was we to expect – from I have heard the evening standard are partly owned by the daily mail. Whether this is true or not I am not sure. As someone naive to the media, I imagine either that they are really bad at listening and recording information, or that they have their own motives to what they want to get across to the people who travel on the London underground – I assume its the latter.

The ES mistakenly thought this notice was ours - and the dead mouse. They were there when we got there

The ES mistakenly thought this notice was ours – and the dead mouse.

I logged onto the evening standard website, hoping to post a lovely positive comment (what good I was hoping for I am not sure).     ‘awaiting moderation’ – but they never added it to the comments..

I personally, am not letting this moment pass by as nothing – it’s easy to ignore it and think, “well its just another negative press”… but when we are personally involved and I know that this has been inaccurately presented I can’t help but have to address the injustice in this. If there was nothing I could do, I would do nothing, but as I am aware that I can doing something. I will do so. Keep posted for the next steps.

Anyway on a more positive note, on the 3rd September, The Dalston Eastern Curve are kindly donating us compost for our front garden – and the Good Gym will be delivering the compost by running with it from the garden to 195. Yes a bunch of runners are going to dig up compost and run with it to here 🙂  What a fantastic idea!!  We’re really excited to get our garden started. Before the compost arrives, we’ll be having a gardening work day to toil the soil, so if you’re interested in helping us out, keep posted.

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