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Crowdfunding Wall of Gratitude

We, well you, did it! Within just a few weeks the initial Crowdfunder target was reached and yet you kept on giving.

There aren’t enough words to express our sincere thanks for your love and support for what we do. Here’s the wall of gratitude:

We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in Crown Street, from Saturday 4th January 2020!

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Community Arts Space

As you may know, we are moving to Crown Street in time for the New Year. The plan is to assign our lease in Ongar Road, but for now, we have two spaces. Now, I am pretty resourceful, but even I know that one human being can’t physically be in two places at once.

So, we have come up with an idea to use the space and cover some of the rent, whilst we find someone new to take over this beautiful space.

We are offering artists and crafters (local or far-flung), ‘shelf’ space, to exhibit their arts and crafts. The cost would be just £50 per month, payable in advance. The people using the space would be responsible for providing a team of volunteers to open up.

This is an opportunity for artists and crafters to raise awareness of their work and sell to the public too. Again, this would be managed by the individuals hiring the space.

There are two rooms available, depending on the scale of your project. You would be sharing space with others though. There is a sink and kitchen counter, meaning that you can offer light refreshments to your visitors if you wish to do so.

If you would like to have a chat about the possibilities, please complete the contact form, pop in or call 01277 230068.



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Little Miss Busy

What a hectic few days we’ve had. Our Crowdfunder campaign launched on Saturday and as I am writing this, we have already reached 88%. Thank-you to all of the wonderful supporters out there; we are truly overwhelmed by your kindness. Once the campaign is over, we will be thanking everyone publicly on the website.

Although we will move to Crown Street irrespective of what we raise, the Crowdfunder means that there will be more money in the pot for the important things, such as more resources for sensory storytelling sessions, which we provide free of charge each month. These resources are available for families and schools to borrow, so the more resources we have, the more children we can support.

In the past week, solicitors, letting agents and surveyors have been instructed; a carpenter has begun work on a beautiful, bespoke counter; the Crowdfunder has launched; scale drawings and plans have been carefully drawn up (by Jim, who has the spacial awareness that I lack); the phone company and publishers’ reps have been forewarned and my ‘to do’ list has grown. It’s all getting a bit real.

Chicken and Frog will remain open on the Ongar Road until 5:00pm on Christmas Eve. We will have a couple of days off to spend with family and friends, before taking on the challenge of moving everything over to our new home. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at Lighting Up Brentwood – Mrs Claus has gifts waiting!