All Hallows Community Cooperative, Easton

by All Hallows Community Cooperative
on Tuesday 29 Jan 2013

type: Press Release
topic: Community
region: Bristol

All Hallows Hall, Easton. A Grade II listed former parish hall that has been empty for 7 years. We are in the process of restoring it for the community.

The project began after a group of people had been searching for years for a suitable building and after much frustration occupied All Hallows Hall under Section 6 legislation. (This is commonly known as “Squatting”.) Immediately on entering it was apparent that 7 years of being left empty had a heavy toll and the task of repair would be vast. Undeterred, they set to work and within days had done an extremely impressive amount of grafting.

This pace continued for months, with volunteers from many different trades chipping to get the job done, passing on their knowledge along the way.
All Hallows Hall has gone from a vacant, dangerous eyesore to a busy hub of activity, a Phoenix rising from its ashes.

a free ebook documenting the process so far:
http://issuu.com/scrootlemerman/docs/phoenixrising

video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c5Jit_auIk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDpOyDxdXQA

The Phoenix project began after a group of people had been searching for years for a suitable building and after much frustration occupied All Hallows Hall under Section 6 legislation. (This is commonly known as “Squatting”.) Immediately on entering it was apparent that 7 years of being left empty had a heavy toll and the task of repair would be vast. Undeterred, they set to work and within days had done an extremely impressive amount of grafting. This pace continued for weeks, with volunteers from many different trades chipping to get the job done, passing on their knowledge along the way. All Hallows Hall had in just 2 months gone from a vacant, dangerous eyesore to a busy hub of activity, a Phoenix rising from its ashes.



The property owners, on seeing the sheer amount of work done to date, were impressed enough to offer us a lease on the building with a right to buy at the pre-work market value clause and a promise to support our social and environmental aims. Our immediate concern has been carrying out repairs to the building and making it safe for opening to the general public. This has taken a huge amount of work but we managed to open the doors for a fundraiser event in late December. The repairs and restorations are still under way and an unbelievable amount of progress has been made.

We are now in the process of furthering our engagement and communication with the immediate community as well as continuing to discuss and organise a variety of interesting events to raise both funds and the profile of the project overall.

During the day the space will be a workshop, processing materials for recycling into practical items, which will be sold or exchanged for services; a skill share space for learning and teaching practical skills; a community meeting place and an affordable cafe. On regular evenings the workshop will be removed and the hall transformed into an exciting venue for the Arts, a social space for local people to get together and a venue for promoting local talent, alongside established artists, with all profits going back into the running of the co op and the maintenance of the building itself. We are also launching a campaign to raise the funds required to the buy the building to hold in trust for the local community.

The people living and working in the area have shown strong support for our project and this increases everyday. It is apparent to all who visit us that something exciting and new is taking place and they want to be part of it. All Hallows is already injecting life into the area and this is just the beginning."

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Link: https://www.facebook.com/AllHallowsCommunityCoOp