Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday 16th November

Today wellington House is buzzing.  Literally!  The electricians are drilling, the window man is out on the flat roof trimming new windows and meanwhile our trusty shop volunteers are having lunch together to keep the team spirits up whilst the shop and cafe are closed.

In the meantime we are unable to use these internal doors - so if anyone would like to buy them from us....?   They should come out easily with their frames intact.   Make us an offer  ( but make it a kind one as we are pouring our pennies into this build like crazy!! )

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday 15th November - windows!

Yay!  The new windows are going in.   The new fire door is very smart and will keep us safe in emergencies - not that we are going to have any emergencies!

Gail and Donnas office and the shop have also got new windows and the electricians have worked wonders and after a couple of days of drilling and banging we now have power downstairs in Wellington House.

All of this is costing a lot of money but we are trying to be super wise with every penny.   If you have any you dont need at the moment......   :)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday 12th November

Whoop whoop!   The electricians have made a start on sorting out the shop electrics.  And the new windows have arrived!!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Friday 2nd November - Charlie Dimmock where are you?

We have a lovely garden at Wellington House.   The only trouble is that it is under twelve feet of undergrowth!! 
Last weekend Warren and Sam made a good start at chopping back the jungle but as you can see there is a way to go before we end up with a beautiful child friendly ( possibly sensory?) garden.

Do any of you lovely readers have gardening skills you could help us with?  I know it is hardly the right time of year, but even to have some ideas about what we could do with this space and how it could be planted and landscaped to best advantage would be wonderful.  😊

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday 1st November

On Monday our whole staff team  ( minus Caroline who wasnt very well) went out on a fact finding mission to the Causeway coast to visit a big project which is similar to ours.  We saw round a massive food store project,  clothing giveaway and log chopping social enterprise.  It was really interesting to see how it all worked and to learn from people who have been doing what we are doing for longer than we have.

We came back to a week of full on clearing out of the Market Street premises.  The shop is running down its stock and will close on Friday.  Upstairs the equipment has now all gone from the cafe and we are scrubbing and cleaning ready to hand the whole place back to the owners.

We have a Hotpoint oven for sale.  In great condition.  Open to offers.

Friday 26th October

First proper day in our new offices and despite not quite having the phone or internet connection up and running we are all managing to get ourselves sorted and get through the backlog of paperwork which has been mounting up over the past ten days.   SO MUCH SPACE!!!   Happy days :)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thursday 25th October - Much done but much left to do

Just in case you think we are nearly done on our amazing renovation of Wellington House.........  we still have lots to do.   This is currently what the coffee shop looks like!   Use your imaginations and you might just be able to envisage it as a light, bright, comfortable space with art on the walls and lovely new furniture.

This area is where we are hoping to have our wood burning stove and a lovely comfy snug leading out into the conservatory

And this.......  is what the shop looks like at the moment!!    Just a bit of work to be done in here!!
 So whilst we have made astonishing progress in a large part of the building there is still an awful long way to go before we are up and running as we intend to be.    We still need volunteers to help out - our stalwarts who have been working like crazy for the past six or eight weeks are starting to get tired now.   So if you can help us in any way please do let us know.   And if you aren't able to help us physically but would love to be involved with this great project you can always make a donation here.

Happy to report that Gail and Donna have finally got their office sorted out.  True leaders always ensure their workers are sorted out before they look to their own needs - but we are delighted to see that after years in a tiny cramped office the bosses will now have a lovely place in which to work.

Friday 16th November

Today wellington House is buzzing.  Literally!  The electricians are drilling, the window man is out on the flat roof trimming new windows a...