There are just so many really good things to report this week that it’s a shame to start with the negative; the closure of The Trades.
For RAE this has been a bit of a bummer. The previously published Blog says much of what our understanding of the circumstances leading to the closure of the former WMC were, and we won’t go over old ground.
We believe that there are now several interested parties in taking on The Trades tenancy, but having an interest in a business and actually finding the right level of lease payment for a business that thanks to the actions of the former tenant is non-existent is another thing all together.
Our fear is that whoever takes it on will simply follow the Pub / WMC business model, a model which for a Town Centre venue has now failed three times.
We have tried to convince the Freeholder who of course is simply interested in collecting rent to get a return on his considerable investment, that thinking outside of the box is what is needed to preserve his investment and secure a mid-term sale of the property. I don’t think the words have fallen on stony ground but one must bare in mind that the interest of the Freeholder is different to the interest of the operator.
While a better than working business plan could be put together to create an amazing Community Arts Centre together, while retaining some of the traditional elements of the venue, we simply do not have the capital or connections to capital to make it happen.
We’ve had so many offers of volunteer help to make a Community project work that it would be a shame not to put the capital situation out there. If anyone knows of someone or consortium who might be interested in talking seriously about a Community project then please ask them to Email in confidence HERE
Meanwhile we’ve had to change the Brand name of our events to “Live In Rotherham”, with all our Concerts, with the exception of the Bon Jiovi event, moved to The Silverwood Miners Welfare Club which is situated in Dalton. Google Maps will be on the Web Site soon.
We can also report that most of the Events booked into The Trades have now found new homes. Night Train Burlesque and the Mesmerize Birthday Celebration have now been placed at Eastwood View WMC.
Besides the Rock events, we have also shifted the Championing Rotherham Folk Concert on 25th March with Roy Bailey, Ray Hearne, Toein’ In the Dark + other top local performers to The Silverwood Miners Welfare Centre. Unfortunately we had already printed tickets and flyers, so when purchasing please remember the event is at Silverwood. And get those tickets quick, there are some very generous concession rates for this Fund Raiser towards positive politics working again in Rotherham. Online tickets are on sale HERE. Other tickets available from members of the Rothe There will be stalls including Minx Designs and RAC + a Socialist Share, e.g. people will be asked to donate skills and time to raise money for RAC to continue their important work of promoting positive politics in Rotherham.rham Against the Cuts Team (see Tom Donaldson) or Reserved by telephoning REA on 07780373212.
Of course the main reason for buying a ticket will be to witness the Rawmarsh Mashers back after a long absence…………………….. hohoho. Masher John has thrown his hat in the ring to provide added chaos.
Not one of the easiest reads, but the people behind the Celebrate and Support Rotherham Facebook Group have publish a pamphlet with the title “Voices of Despair, Voices of Hope”. It has been put together by Liam Harron and Chrissy Meleady MBE and features first hand experiences from CSE victims / survivors. There are also some questioning articles from which we can all learn. It has already attracted considerable attention with RMBC and other organisations ordering in bulk. The Pamphlets cost £4 each to produce and to get the message out there the authors are simply looking for a donation towards the cost. You can find out where to get a copy on the Celebrating Rotherham Facebook site HERE
Jam & Slam our growing music and words Youth Group is developing fast. The next two get together is 21st March. On the 14th we will be working on some song writing skills and listening to a short presentation and working with some Drum and Bass / Disco concepts.
On the 21st my friends Karen and Nigel from Swansong, will be coming to do a short chat on the hard working Gigging Bands face + hope fully play a couple of songs.
Other highlights, Melanie will be performing her set for the Strong Voices end of project event which takes place on the 26th March. The Mashers will perform their set for the Championing Rotherham event on the 25th March at Silverwood, and we will have more poetry. AND not forgetting Tom’s warm up exercises.
It all happens at Myplace, on St Anne’s Road, Rotherham (bang next to the new Tesco Car Park) and runs from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
Very soon RAE in conjunction with Something Special in Old Town Hall’s Mayors Parlour will be offering local grass roots artists the opportunity to exhibit their work. RAE are pleased, nay, over joyed, that Caz Maz has agreed to head this project up.
Our intention is mount a series of Exhibitions, some subject based; some artist exclusive.
We are hoping that the first Exhibition will have its launch towards the end of April beginning of May. If you or know of someone who would like to take advantage of this opportunity, you’ll need approx. 15 – 20 pieces and be prepared to allow them to be exhibited for around three weeks please Email HERE
So it has been busy times at the Masher Towers office.
Facebook followers will have noticed that Facebook have declared the Rawmarsh Masher is not a real person and arbitrarily switched my active Profile to a page, registering me as Richard W. Millard.
They then went on to make it difficult for me to get friends of the Rawmarsh Mashers logged into my new account. Therefore, if you have not had a direct invite to become a friend of Richard W. Millard, search him out and stick in a Friend Request.
Some may have picked up that I recently had another dodgy period, which it looks as if I’ve worked through. Thanks for the good wishes.
Signs that things might be changing for the good in Rotherham. The recent, highly successful Imperial Building Sunday Market, received tremendous encouragement from the new powers that be at Riverside House. This has to be great news for the Imperial Building Traders + the Rotherham Town Centre, which is to be helped at weekends with the aid of FREE weekend car parking on the old Tesco Forge Island site.
The Sunday Market was great. Very busy and Traders were doing swift business. It was also good to see an exhibition of Women Artists to celebrate International Women’s Day collected by the Sheffield based Cupola Gallery.
Best of all it was good to see people coming together to make things happen in Rotherham. I’m told that the Market may become a monthly event.
Once again I’m sure that I’ve missed some important News out. I’ll do my best to get another Blog out at the Weekend.
All listing updates etc you can find on the Rawmarsh Mashers Facebook Page / RAE Facebook Page and of course via the Web Site listings page HERE The News Page can be found HERE
There’s a new Word Pit being prepared. I already have a wonderful collection of work, for the Easter issue, but we like to hear from new Poets as well Email Chris Bilton our Editor HERE
If you are trying to look up a local or National public Organisation, or even looking for support, you might find some help on our Resource Page HERE
I’d bring your attention to a new CD “Orgreave Justice”. The CD features artists from Billy Bragg and Atalla The Stock Broker, to Barnsley’s The Hurriers and more locally The Pitman Poet. All profits for the CD go to the Orgrieve Truth and Justice Campaign. The CD costs only £9.99 and can be ordered HERE. You can also buy the CD as part of a package with an “Enemy Within” T Shirt.
Whatever you are doing this week, have fun, support your local artists and business and KEEP IT LIVE