Cafe Orange - the future's bright?

Courtesy of the Telegraph Hill newsletter and BC regular Tamsin, here's a message from the Telegraph Hill Centre, who are trying to convert the now-defunct Cafe Orange in to something useful.

It’s there for the taking… there’s a way to make the Telegraph Hill Centre work for us all. And we’d love you to be part of making it happen…

Heard rumours about Café Orange? A small group of us have been working on this and we want to include you in the conversation. Join us for a free coffee and pastry on Saturday 20 June 11am—2pmin front of the former Café Orange to find out more.

Would you like more childcare facilities on Telegraph Hill? A shop? A café? Somewhere for young people to hang out? Studios to rent? Somewhere to rehearse or even record your music? A space where you can bump into friends and neighbours because you’re popping in to pick up some milk, have a coffee, look at an art show or collect your child from a guitar lesson?

The long term bold vision is to rebuild the space to provide a landmark setting for these activities. Meanwhile let’s use the Centre for connecting, resting, working and supporting
each other.


Decisions are yet to be made so you can get involved too. Together we can make anything happen.

17 comments:

Tamsin said...

Thanks Nick, but correction... Not the Telegraph Hill Society (it does not have the man-power or the energy) - the work is being done by a different bunch of interested people drawn together for this specific purpose and tasked by the Parochial Church Council of St. Catherines with looking at alternatives for making use of this space that becomes available as the lease to Carr Gomm expires.

Anonymous said...

How about a Travellers Information Centre?

There could be a nice little exhibition, people from social services on-hand to offer good advice etc etc. I doubt whether travellers get enough real support and help in the Borough.

I think, if promoted well, it could be a real success and set a template nationwide for best practice when it comes to Travellers.

Westsider said...

Ho ho anon, is that a bit of trolling!?

Anonymous said...

no, it's a serious suggestion. Why wouldn't it be?

Westsider said...

Of all the priorities that the borough has, do you really think providing "advice" to travellers in the middle of a residential area is top of the list?

If we have to give travellers advice (other than stop "travelling"), why wouldn't we just send social services to their camps to talk to them? Why do they need a drop in centre miles from where they actually live?

Tamsin said...

Nice idea - if you can get the traveller community interested (they don't, after all, want to be patronised) and get the funding (whatever happens there needs to more than break even because it helps subsidise the community element of what goes on in the Centre).

I agree about lack of support for gypsies - Europe-wide - amid the horrors of the Holocaust what Hitler did to the Romany culture of Eastern Europe is often overlooked.

Anonymous said...

With an attitude like that Westsider you could obviously do with visiting a facility that would inform you of the history, culture and needs of the travelling society, so we can immediately see that a travellers centre would be of a greater use than just to travellers.

Westsider said...

What makes you think I don't know anything about their history? What attitude?

Now you seem to be suggesting it should be some kind of museum of traveller history.

Do you want a drop-in centre for people miles from where they live or a museum for a culture with no connection to the area? Or both?

willow said...

A dance studio or a gym.

spinach leaf said...

it is the perfect spot for a deli

Headhunter said...

Yeah personally I'd prefer something more relevant to people in the area. As Westsider points out, there are no travelling populations around Telegraph Hill. As for travellers and gyspies, most travellers in the UK have no more connection to the Romanies and genuine gypsies than Hitler himself, they are mainly people who have, for whatever reason (possibly perfectly reasonable) decided to opt out of society. True gypsies need very little recourse to "civilisation" as they know how to live off the land without any need for hand outs or support from anyone.

Tamsin said...

Part of the deal with whoever uses it has to be that it is available for the community at least some of the time weekends and evenings. The Centre has more people/activities wanting space in the evenings than there are evenings or space available - and it was a useful venue to have use of in the Festival.

Tamsin said...

Posting to bring this back into the picture. Come to the Farmers Market at ten (the usual plus the bi-monthly local information stand) - move on to this as soon as it opens and you still won't miss a moment of the Midsummer Fayre on Hilly Fields.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that Askes are moving into the old Cafe Orange building. The area is being carved up between Askes and Goldsmiths with a complete disregard for the 'community'. Is there really any chance of resisting them?

Tressilliana said...

If it means Aske's can take a few more pupils you won't find many parents objecting. The year we applied there for our son it was the most oversubscribed school in the country. (He didn't get a place.)

Anonymous said...

It's not such a great school any way. If your face don't fit you'll have a miserable time as a pupil. An awful elitist factory if ever there was one.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean "doesn't fit..."

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