On Tuesday 10th May, a small group of local residents who are determined to save the Old Barn Community Centre and get it restored to the local community met up at the Green Man. Will Hudson who is leading the campaign reported back to the group.
As agreed at the last meeting, local residents had decided to join the Old Barn Association on mass, to demand that Rev Geoffrey Muhoro returned the centre to the local community. However it appears that local residents applications to join the centre are being rejected despite two attempts to deliver them (a) by recorded post and (b) by hand.
The next stage is up to Barnet Council who have called a face to face meeting with Rev Geoffrey Muhoro, for him to explain how he manged to acquire control of the centre without the apparent support of so many local residents. It is hoped that he will explain why he has doubled the rental charges for groups using the centre, forcing them out of the building. Already the muslim group that used the Old Barn, and the Monday Group have found themselves locked out of the building – and Home Start are soon to give up their offices too.
The Old Barn Action Group has asked Barnet Council for a face to face meeting to follow-up on the outcome of the meeting with Rev Geoffrey Muhoro, and hope that Barnet Council will act swiftly to resolve the dispute over the premises. In the meantime, the Old Barn Action Group intend to take the campaign to save the Old Barn out into the local neighbourhoods of East Finchley with a series of “Pop Up Photo Protests” at various landmarks around the area. The first PUPP is planned for Saturday 21st June at 10:30am outside East Finchley Tube Station.
In a bid to raise funds, and even more awareness of the situation the Old Barn Action Group are hosting a Bric-a-Brac stall at the East Finchley Festival on Sunday 19th June. The group is serious, and it is getting itself organised. The meeting adopted a constitution, and is starting to plan for the day when the Old Barn will be returned to the Community. Members have been tasked with various tasks; raising funds, organising publicity events, sorting out the governance of the group and drafting plans for the Old Barn.
The group has quickly established itself, with page on Facebook, a Twitter profile and WordPress site all taking shape. The next step is to launch a petition and get as many people signed up to support the campaign.
Whatever you do now – watch this space for more details of further action.
Old Barn Action Group – Monthly Meetings
Are scheduled to take place on the first Tuesday of each month at the Green Man Community Centre, starting at 7pm. If you would like to attend please let us know by clicking on the relevant Facebook event page to confirm attendance or by contacting Will.
Next three meetings are:
Forthcoming Events and activities
Pop up Photo Protests (PUPPS)
To raise awareness of what is happening at the Old Barn and help the story spread through social networking sites the Old Barn Action Group are going to organise several ”Pop Up Photo Protests (or PUPPS).
The idea is simple – a group of people with banners, leaflets and cameras will turn up outside various local landmarks in East Finchley, hand out a few leaflets, snap a few photos and in a short space of time produce an album of pictures that can then be posted on various social networking sites.
If you want to join us sign up to our PUPP events on Facebook
East Finchley Festival – Bric-a-brac Stall
Yes the Old Barn Action Group will be at the festival on Sunday 19th June and will be running a “Bric-a-brac” stall. The team will be on hand giving out leaflets about what is happening at the Old Barn, whilst hopefully raising a few pennies to help the campaign to get off the ground. Come along and support us.
Got any cool ideas?
The Old Barn Action Group are determined to get the Old Barn Community Centre returned to the local community, and are committed to run a peaceful (but noisy if necessary) campaign to raise awareness and get everyone involved until we achieve our goal.
So come along and be part of our campaign to Save the Old Barn!