[imc-oxford-features] FW: bar feature for ox imc - draft
hamish at gn.apc.org
Sat Aug 27 08:59:14 PDT 2005
can some one have a go at terning this into a feture - think it needs a
re-wright - I have lots of photes.
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> tHi Hamish
> Below is a draft article for a feature on Oxford IMC -
> thoughts, imputs, etc? It reads to my mind like far too much
> of a puff piece but I am having difficulty getting my mind
> around treating it as proper feature. Are you able to help with this?
> All go at East Oxford Social Club
> The last week has seen some momentous changes at the East
> Oxford Community Social Club. Located in the Community Centre
> on Princes Street, just off the Cowley Road, a new committee
> had taken over from the previous one in April. After several
> months of learning and studying the figures it was realized
> that the Club was in serious trouble if it did not introduce
> some radical measures.
> Some of those measures are now in place and the future of the
> Club is being safeguarded. What threatened to be the end of
> an important institution and popular venue should now see
> through its recent financial difficulties and thrive in its
> roll as an essential part of community life in East Oxford.
> Contrary to some rumours going around there are not going to
> be massive changes or disenfranchising of the current users
> and events. Regular events such as Arawak on Wednesday and
> Mish Mash on Fridays will continue. Catwezle will be coming
> on Thursday in September and other events are being planned
> for Saturdays, Cornerstone Musik's night of music being among them.
> The change of significance is that there will be a temporary
> closure of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights while the
> current committee finalizes it's plans for the club and
> ensures that the financial stability being reached is
> maintained. However, the can be opened for people wishing to
> do events in the bar.
> The bar is now run by its own committee of volunteers, with
> all profits to go back into the community centre. This bar
> committee is non-hierarchical and open to everyone, and makes
> its own decisions on how the bar is to be run. It is made up
> of the people who simply volunteer as bar staff and those who
> have been trained up as bar managers. No qualifications are
> needed, just show enthusiasm and a desire to help the
> community and Social Club and you are more than welcome. If
> you want to learn more about running the bar then there are
> people ready to show you as well.
> Comments and input from the users of the Social Club are more
> than welcome. Already many ideas are being tossed around,
> especially on how to make the bar more family friendly and
> generally improve on the ethical nature of what it sells
> without ignoring the needs of the community it serves. If you
> wish to have your say, pass your comments to us by email -
> eocsc at somd.net - or simply give them to the bar staff so we
> can take account of your needs.
> Currently there is a focus on changing the stock to widen its
> range. For example, there is a greater selection of
> non-alcoholic drinks being brought in, along with some malts
> to replace the multitude of blended whiskies. Speckled Hen
> ale is also now being stocked.
> Membership for the remainder of the year is now free, and
> allows you full access to all our facilities. Just ask at the
> bar about it.
> These are exciting times for the Social Club, and the aim is
> to take it out of the doldrums and back into community life
> in a big way. The club belongs to everyone so if you want to
> be a part of it, or help it succeed then it is a simply a
> matter of coming along and getting involved.
> For more information contact the East Oxford Community Social
> Club at East Oxford Community Centre Princes Street (off
> Cowley Road) Oxford
> OX4 1DD
> Email: eocsc at somd.net
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