Garden Party: Sunday 30th May, with masks, spread apart and haar.

It was the first time some of us had met in real life and we discovered  some of us were taller than we had imagined. It was really lovely to meet in real life and the exercise we got down to – lining up post-its of the jobs to be done and putting them in work streams – would have been nigh on impossible on Zoom. Who could have taken three hours on Zoom anyway?!?

One of our group had developed the metaphor we’ve been kicking around, that we have reached basecamp at Everest; a feat in itself but actually just the start, into a written document. We have our next destination, Camp I (defined trial event) right through to attaining the summit of a full, sustainable building delivering local needs. Even reaching Camp III; building ready and open for business – will be an amazing achievement and might take a few attempts. 

Lots of jobs identified and divided up. Not all needed for a trial event to run but all needed.  The  group worked well together and it was a really enjoyable afternoon. Getting SCIO set up is important next task as well as getting architects report back, even just an interim one.

Have discovered Peter Watton, our main council contact, is off this week. We should hear from the Lottery if we get our ‘Awards for All’ in early June. We discovered Town Centre Fund is no longer available which is a blow but we’ll up our Regeneration fund application for 17 June and reopen conversation with Scottish Land Fund too, who have asked for a date to talk.

There is much more going on but that is  my capture for today.  

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