Changes: Committee, constitution and finance

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Les, Tony, Geoff and Arthur.

Blackpool Makerspace is changing

Going forward, Blackpool Makerspace will be managed by a a group of people chosen from the membership, at least two people will be required to sign cheques.

The official/formal name of the group will be Blackpool Makerspace.

As owner of the building where the space is based, Mike Hull becomes Leader of the Blackpool Makerspace by default. Tony Hughes has agreed to look after the finances, and Mike Hewitt continues writing the Blog.

A draft constitution was proposed and accepted by those present.

An entrance fee of £2 is now required from all who attend. Junior members enter free, but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

£12 was collected from the six adult members, and passed to Tony to open a bank account in the name of Blackpool Makerspace.

More changes are coming and interested parties are invited to join in the discussion, at the weekly meetings or on the mailing list.

Why are changes being made?

As mentioned in an earlier post, the Blackpool Makerspace application to the craft council to participate in the nationwide Make:Shift:Do event has been accepted, and some money has been awarded to put on an event in Blackpool.

As a group, we had no bank account to put the money into, and no formal identity or constitution.

These points needed dealing with quickly to allow us to accept the money and put on the event.

How did the group manage before?

The original group, the Blackpool Linux User Group (LUG) from which the Blackpool Makerspace has evolved, was effectively just a weekly social gathering.
There were no formalities or finances for the group to deal with, as all the facilities were provided free of charge by PC Recycler Ltd.
This worked well for many years, until the landlords sold the building in April 2015. PC Recycler could no longer host the weekly meetings.

Mike Hull was a relatively new member to the group at the time, and when he became aware of the situation, generously offered to take over the hosting of the group at his hotel. Eventually, the group will have private access to the basement of the hotel, and work is ongoing to get the basement fit for purpose, as can been seen in the weekly updates.

At the crossroads, a new direction.

quoting from the discussion on the mailing list: 

“No one is suggesting stopping anything you want to do in club time. That is the beauty of having a new space. Some people may only want to do programming, others may want to do pottery at the other end of the room, or rocketry, or brewing. In most makerspaces people just do their own thing, but that doesn’t stop like minds communicating, learning and sharing time together. To me the social aspects of the club are just as important as the physical doing. We can always arrange special activities to teach new techniques or show new products to the group.”

What has happened to the Linux User Group?

Nothing, except a change of venue. A large proportion the Makerspace members are the original LUG group.
As long as The Linux User Group has members interested in keeping it alive, the LUG will continue to meet at the new space.

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