The Inside - a space to connect, create and be.

by laura parker in Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st October 2019 we successfully raised £13,441 with 217 supporters in 28 days

To develop a space that supports and nurtures our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual self in an curated community-focused coffee house

by laura parker in Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The stretch target will help us open with a bang - more bells and whistles will be placed into the interiors to make sure that we create a space that relaxes every one of our senses from the moment we enter the doors. 

Money will also be invested in creating The Inside as a environmentally sustainable café by plant based plates, biodegradable cups and eco-friendly packaging! 

It will also start to build our act of kindness bank - a bank you can pick out an act (whether this is a free coffee, lunch on us, kindness card or even a free class or workshop space). We'll hold free crowdcrochet sessions, creative workshop drop-ins and coffee mornings for the first 3 months. 


The beginning and vision

Building our resilience, creating a place that protects ourselves, our souls and our future generations is the anchor of The Inside. 

Our vision for some time has been to transform an old disused pavilion into a destination - for a few hours in the day it will offer exceptional food and coffee, provide take-away makers meals for little ones to refuel their bodies and settle their minds with a mini craft, and host silent disco headphones loaded with the very best in the podcast world to inspire, direct and support.

The importance of space

But it is also about creating a space. A space we can visit, on a lunch break, with wee ones, with friends or with yourself, somewhere we can sit and just BE. Whether that is for 48 seconds before the interrupted kid call, a 20 minute read of some Happy News, or the holy grail of relaxed lunch dates. 

The Inside needs to be a holistic place that nourishes our body through beautiful food and drink, inspires our mind with our audio offering and readings and nurtures our souls with classes, workshops and courses. We want to create a destination that responds to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual selves. A destination that works to create the very best of us, the best of our kids, teenagers and future generations. 

Creative workshops, holistic sessions, life-coaching drop-in's, women's circles, youth groups and mat classes will all take place once the coffee house shuts for the day. We are collaborating with the very best teachers, practitioners and businesses. They will be bringing acupuncture, mediation, life coaching, counselling, yoga, park fitness, music, reflexology, first aid and hypnobirthing teachings to this incredible place.  

Our collaborators will be using this space in the afternoon's for free, no venue charge, no fee. Free. The kick forward is that a place will be offered free of charge for those on lower incomes, because these life-enhancing therapies, interventions and practices should be there for us all.  

From the inside to the outside

The building and interior style will breathe its ethos - with etchings of affirmations on bathroom mirrors, acts of kindness for people to dig into or contribute toward, words of our wisdom to pick up or to add your own. A calming, welcoming, enriching and exciting space that will create a lasting impression.

If we can make this happen, The Inside will bring something unique, something desperately needed to Tunbridge Wells. And who knows, if it all goes swimmingly we may pop up in other towns, or, even better, inspire another mum to create something similar! 

Creating a reward-based crowdfund

Our rewards have been curated and designed to bring you something simply stunning, just in time for the big C word (this maybe more luck than actual time-planning!!). Whether you're mystically minded, a hand-dye yarn fanatic, local liver looking for money off park fun, festival goer, a freckles craft party fan or simply a human being who GETS this and wants to see us reach and grab hold of the stars, we're hoping our list will tickle your fancy!

Our crowdfund is created with as much love as we will put into the inside - because we understand the energy you've put into earning. Its a long stretch target, £10k gets us open, £13k gets us open with bells, free welcome coffee mornings, free creative craft sessions, free crowdcrochet clubs. The extra target gives us the energy we dream of creating. 

A typical day at The Inside. 

Doors open at 9am for hand baked pastries, overnight oat jars, a wake-up shot or a Fine Grind specialist coffee. You can pick up some happy news, pop on and plug into our on-hand podcasts, or simply just be for a moment or two. 

People will come and go. We'll bring out lunch service from luscious fig and prosciutto toasted sandwiches to Weald Smokery trout, big salads aimed at refuelling and energising and a Plant Base offering for those treading the Vegan path. We'll encourage and reward reusable cups and your own takeaway plates. You can add to (or take away from) our act of kindness jar - a free coffee, a simple message of support, or even a mini make-away craft kit - this is the jar to make other smile and you smile on the inside. 

Once the café closes at 2pm, the doors will open for classes. It could be yoga, crystal mediation, fitness group or life-coaching. It maybe a youth group, women's circle or men's square. The commonality being that each one of these will help support, nurture, protect and build our physical, mental, emotional or spiritual self. 

And then The Inside rests for the night, ready for another day. Ready to connect our community over chatter, coffee and classes. 

It's over to you guys. 3 years in the making. So much procrastination. A whole load of love, energy and hope is built into this crowdfund. Please help us reach, make and create this space.

Forever thankful

Laura xxx

ps - this is part of an INSANE initiative by Natwest. They will match fund (up to £5k) this crowdfund which means that total midnight waking fear of a £10k target is beautifully halved! As soon as we reach £2.5k they inject £5k and then we need to reach the final £2.5k for their funds to be released! By no means do I see this as a simple target and my nights are still weighted with the enormous task ahead but I am forever hopeful that, together, this will become and be.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£330 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Freckles craft party for 10

Our parties are planned to perfection, each one tailored to your wee soul - themed to make their dreams come true! From the invites, to the activities, games, food, and party bag - the only thing you'll need to worry about is the cake! This package includes everything you could party dream of including decorations, Tunbridge Wells venue (the home of freckles!), arrival popcorn parlour, all the above party essentials and a take-away sweetie bar!

£3 or more

18 of 100 claimed

Star keyring

These cute handmade crochet keyrings are made with love from our CrowdCrochet crew! Adorned with either a bolt, feather or worry doll, this reward is one for the pocket money young ones! Made with vegan Wool and the Gang yarn, they are finished off with a lobster clasp.

£4 or more

Postage

We haven't 'added' on costs for our rewards - if you need postage you can add this to your basket to help cover some of our costs. But if you are Tunbridge Wells and local we are more than happy to hit the roads and hand-deliver your reward!

£10 or more

Thank you card

This card is a simple thank you, no reward other than the utter beauty of a Scribble and Daub letterpress printed and individually hand-painted card.

£15 or more

16 of 100 claimed

Sketch, Stitch, Love felt star

These stunning, scented, handmade felt creations are a make of absolute beauty. You can personalise the back with a name and personalise the silver tag with a meaningful word. The reverse can felt or liberty print. We will contact you to arrange personalisation!

£18 or more

Crystal starter collection

This beautiful starter kit will begin your crystal journey and is the most magical gift for a enquiring young one or as a stunning me me gift! You will receive a set of three hand-picked high vibe crystals, all reiki charged and ready to work their magic!

£25 or more

19 of 80 claimed

Porcelain forever star

These very special handmade stars will forever hang from the ceiling of The Inside, giving you a stunning mark of support for years to come. The star can be personalised with a name, affirmation or sentiment with up to 20 characters and will have a stunning gold leaf reverse to shimmer up high.

£28 or more

31 of 40 claimed

Rikke Line wing gold earrings

Welcome to the world of Rikke Line - stunningly feminine and distinctive jewellery made from precious and sustainable materials! We are pleased as punch to offer these beautiful earrings as part of our crowdfund! These wing and circle earrings are made of 14K gold-filled vermeil and are a thing of utter beauty!

£28 or more

7 of 30 claimed

Freckles crew hoodie

Let your little one join the freckles crew! These beautiful hoodies will be the winter wear of choice and for darn good reason! The front illustrate our star or bolt icon and the loud and proud 'FRECKLES CREW' on the reverse! It's a crew to be proud of!!

£30 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Porcelain eco face care

A stunning hand built, porcelain, matt glazed soap and scrubbie dish, 5 x hand-made Wool and the Gang reusable scrubbies and a beautifully organic facial bar made with either shea or cocoa butter. COULD there be a better xmas gift for the environmentally conscious??

£30 or more

Simply thank-you card

This card is a simple thank you, no reward other than the utter beauty of a Scribble and Daub letterpress printed and individually hand-painted card.

£39 or more

9 of 20 claimed

Freckles make-away stocking

This stocking is jam PACKED with all the creative fun you'll need in the run up to the big C-word! A giant (80 x 30 cm!) stocking for pure joy decorating and Xmas Eve hanging, spinning top, bat and ball, foam clay, pens, pom pom maker and yarn PLUS one of hot-off-the-press chore charts to keep festive fun alive (NB: let's make the festive chores fun - a dance of joy, a show of love, an act of kindness and maybe add the odd bedroom tidy in there!)

£80 or more

Simply thank-you card

This card is a simple thank you, no reward other than the utter beauty of a Scribble and Daub letterpress printed and individually hand-painted card.

£86 or more

Hand-dye mystery yarn lover dream

We have brought together four INCREDIBLE indie dyers who will use their magical fingers to create a totally unique colourway just for you! At the start of each season in 2020 you will receive one skein from each dyer - Black Elephant will be brighten our spring days, followed by Spectrum Fibres providing the serious summer yarn sun, Kettle Yarn will cosy us up in Autumn and Hedgehog Fibres providing the winter hygge love! What is not to love?

£100 or more

25% off food and drink for 12 months

Do you know what, buy for your chums, come every day, offer this reward to strangers that you're standing next too... If you buy this reward you are entitled to share the love with your voucher card as you see utterly fit. Those T& detailed C's have no place here! For one year you get 25% off food and drink and probably a few acts of kindness as our wonderful staff see fit.

£120 or more

10 of 12 claimed

Mind, Body, Soul retreat

THIS is a reward for your future self and inject your Jan with UTTER magic on the 18th Jan 2020! Yoga session with Helen Bishop, Crystal Meditation with Mystical Thinking, Aalchemy Crystal Bowl workshop, taster reflexology, Nidra yoga with Julia and a wonderous kombucha workshop with take-away scoby led by the epic Boochi. All this wrapped up with plant base catering and housed in the stunning venue that is the Tunbridge Wells Yoga House.

£172 or more

Hand-dye mystery yarn lover dream - 2 skeins

We have brought together four INCREDIBLE indie dyers who will use their magical fingers to create a totally unique colourway just for you! At the start of each season in 2020 you will receive TWO skeins from each dyer - Black Elephant will be brighten our spring days, followed by Spectrum Fibres providing the serious summer yarn sun, Kettle Yarn will cosy us up in Autumn and Hedgehog Fibres providing the winter hygge love! What is not to love

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Family camping ticket to Elderflower Fields North

Taking their award-winning festival to the North - Elderflower Fields North takes place in the STUNNING Stanford Hall, Leicestershire on 29-31st May 2020. Your weekend will be filled with the very best of outdoor, creative play - packed to the brim with music, arts, nature and sport. These are the nicest festival producers in the land - with their beauty shining through every inch of this festival!

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Freckles Create Date for 8

Here's a reward for the makers at heart! Our Create Date's are a beautiful way to celebrate a birthday, hen do or simply spend a morning or afternoon with your chums. You'll get to choose from a selection of skills (maybe macrame, DIY beauty workshop, papercutting, papercutting...) and have all your needs completely and utterly pampered to! This will be 3-hours pampering for the mind, body and soul at a time and place to suit all the diaries!

£346 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family camping ticket to Black Deer

This really is THE most talked about festival of the season - for all you Americana lovers out there you may already have the date PENNED in the diary, but for everyone else - GET IT IN! These beautiful people have gifted us 2 adult and 2 children camping pass to this incredible festival (plus your morning coffee from Fine Grind, Lunch, create space with us in young Folk AND a freckles make-away stocking for early risers!). 19-21 June 2020.

£360 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bake Me Happy bread making course

Grab the gang and get your hands on this awesome reward! The wonderfully talented Joy is offering a 3.5 hour hands-on workshop for you and 7 of your besties! The workshop will include a delightful lunch (with wine!) and all the bread knowledge you can handle, you'll then head home with 3 different breads to show-off your new found flour-filled skill! NB: this workshop needs to be taken during the day in term-time before 19.12.19.

£400 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Family camping ticket to Elderflower Fields South

There are limited words we can use about this festival - set within the stunning Ashdown Forest Elderflower Fields is an award winning three day festival, designed especially for families with children. A wild weekend adventure, packed full of music, sports, nature and the arts. 22-25th May 2020. These are the nicest festival producers in the land - with their beauty shining through every inch of this festival!

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