We just wanted to update everyone on what's been happening behind the scenes at Abbotshall over the last six months.
As some of you know, at the end of 2019 we achieved charity status and prepared a presentation to give to Lewisham council as the lease for Abbotshall was being transferred from the previous holders. Teach Sport, to a new provider.
Around this time, we made a number of changes to how the centre was being run, taking the running of the cafe in-house, trying our best to give the interior a bit of a spruce-up and temporarily looking after the running of the centre in absence of our wonderful centre manager, Chris Bull.
Fast forward to early 2020 and we pitched our plans to Lewisham council and continued with the running of the centre, introducing new classes and (we hope), providing a welcoming centre for the community.
Then, well, we all know what happened next! Yep, March hit and the country as we know it changed. We closed the centre and the playing fields in-line with government advice and essentially ceased trading as a business. This obviously was a massive blow to all of you who used the centre, attended classes or just popped in for a coffee and a natter. That vital support we had from all of you has been hugely missed.
We have been very fortunate over the last six months to have received a number of grants and funds through applications we have submitted which will allow us to keep the centre running for the foreseeable future and should, hopefully, allow us to weather another potential Covid storm that may appear sooner than any of us would like.
These funds have been earmarked for covering the running of the centre (utilities, staff costs etc), allowing us to have cash in the bank if we do face another lockdown and therefore are forced to close again, and to help improve the centre through the purchasing of equipment and to help give the interior and exterior a much needed face-lift.
Suffice to say, these six months have been tough (for everyone), but we wouldn't be where we are if it wasnt for our team of wonderful volunteers who have kept the place in running order. From our brilliant gardeners to Frank and his helpers who have been watering, mowing and generally trying to keep on-top of the playing fields over the summer months. But we would love more of you to come along and volunteer in anyway you can. We are a charity and although we have some funds in the bank to keep us going, we rely on the help and goodwill of you to help us keep on top of everything so please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer or if you have any suggestions on ways we can improve the centre and what we offer.
Finally we just wanted to let everyone know that there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes over the last couple of months in preparation for opening back-up fully. Obviously this is a ever changing picture and we will follow the latest advice from the government, but our intention is to be able to get us back to the bustling, fun, lively centre we had managed to get up and running before this torrid time hit us.
Thanks again for all your support, understanding and patience. We would be nothing without all of you and we really, really hope we'll be able to see as many of you again soon.
If you do have any questions, queries, suggestions or you'd simply like to volunteer, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or head to our Facebook page and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Oh, and show us some love with a follow on instagram
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