There must be something in the water in Brighton, Hove and across Sussex. Community businesses just keep popping up. It seems as though communities everywhere are trying to take control of their own futures by deciding to buy and manage their community assets.
This is why the team at the Bevy, the Uk’s only community pub on a housing estate, have decided to put on an event on 15th November at Exeter Street Hall, yet another community business. Entitled “Exploring the Community Business Revolution” they are going to be investigating the motivations, challenges and successes involved in this growing phenomenon.
Curtis James, a multidisciplinary artist and ethnographer, will be getting under the bonnet of the Bevy and Stoneham Bakehouse, photographing and interviewing the many different people involved and on the night will be immersing the audience in those stories.
We will have a panel discussion, chaired by Vidhya Alakeson, the CEO of Power to Change, the major community business funder. She will be interrogating representatives of the Bevy, Exeter Street Hall, Saltdean Lido, Stoneham Bakehouse and the Community Shares Company. The audience will then have a chance to ask questions. There will be free food provided, and the Bevy will be putting on one of its infamous pop-up bars!
This will be a great chance for people to find out more about these dynamic organisations transforming parts of the city. It’ll be of particular interest for people who are looking at unused or underused pubs, community centres or other resources and thing we could do something about that.
Warren Carter, the Chair of the Bevy says “ It’s no good waiting for someone else to save your local pub, shop or swimming pool – it’s up too you. It’s bloody hard work but if we can do it, so can you!”
This event is free but spaces are limited, so sign up now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-the-community-business-revolution-tickets-37838633371