message from The Barn team
Friends of Westdene Green have successfully campaigned for a lease on a community building - The Barn at Westdene Green, in the suburbs of north Brighton. The Barn is at the heart of Westdene and will become a community and cultural hub used for a variety of activities, events and support.
Friends of Westdene Green promotes and protects Westdene Green as a multi-purpose community space and brings people together through events and community action.
At The Barn on The Green we want to help build a more connected community by creating a focal point for a variety of enriching activities, social events and information and by engaging local people of all ages and abilities.
Creating an inspirational community hub
The Barn is poorly laid out, unheated and many of its internal features are in need of replacement. We need to make improvements so that it can be safely and comfortably used as a multi-purpose community space and with sufficient support we can make it an uplifting and inspirational space
We aim to start with a basic refurbishment which will allow us to reopen The Barn in early 2017 with a celebration and a whole range of community activities and events. Work has already started on developing the programme which will make the Barn appealing to all sections of the local community. We need your help to raise £10,000 to meet this initial target.
… but we can do so much more!
An additional £15,000 will provide The Barn with maximum versatility so that we can run everything from a coffee morning to music and arts events in an inspirational, beautifully designed space. This version of the Barn will also provide full accessibility, a much upgraded kitchen and even hot desking for lonely local homeworkers! The Barn will truly be a place where the local community goes for learning, fun and inspiration.
Join us as we have fun raising money at The Barn!
We are also raising money with some amazing community events and welcome you to join us for some fun at The Barn!
Thanks so much for your support
More information about our campaign, our activities, special events and how you can take part can be found on our website by clicking here
You will notice the rewards on the side of our page offer you that warm, happy feeling that comes from doing something really good in your community and compels you to come along to one or more of our amazing community events!
You are of course most welcome to donate more than £1,000. Please let us know if you feel you can and we'll make that available for you as soon as possible!
Thanks very much for your interest!
The timing of our appeal is a little close to Christmas as we have had to do some painfully slow (and unecessarily complicated!) stuff to be ready to receive your support: open a bank account, negotiate our lease, register our company, register as an 'exempt charity', register for Gift Aid etc.. and we have a rent-free period until Sept 2017, so we need to get on and make the most of it!
However, we are delighted that we raised £3,000 from the Village Fair in September and our Autumn Community Events will bring in more much needed funds towards our target.
We appreciate every little gift you feel able to offer and we are always open to offers of help. There are lots ways to get involved here
We would prefer you to donate here to show our visitors the support we are receiving. However, we are also very grateful for donations made the traditional way offline. Follow this link to find out how