this is the link to the slide presentation for the meeting.
There has been an amazing amount of progress since our October update.
At the Cabinet meeting on 15th October, Ealing council announced that Acton Arts Project was the preferred bidder for the leasehold of the old Library building. The support of Ealing Councillors was unanimous.
This was tremendous news for us and for everyone in Acton. However, this is the start of the next phase of hard work. We really need your continued support to make this dream a reality!
We are holding a public meeting on Thursday 7th November in St Mary’s Church at 7.30. We hope to see you there because this will be our opportunity to present our plans to you all in more detail and you will meet Sam – our partner from Arthouse Crouch End who will be developing and operating the cinema.
Our application for funding with the GLA was delivered in time and we are waiting to hear the outcome. Meanwhile we need to demonstrate our public support and our ability to match fund and this is where we need your help through your pledges on our Spacehive site.
Huge thanks to those of you who have already made pledges. Every contribution means we are one step closer to the doorstep of our Acton cinema.
120 years ago the great Victorian benefactor John Passmore Edwards gave us one of the best buildings in Acton.
But its doors were closed six years ago.
Now we have an excellent chance to get this brick and stone classic back - as a classic cinema.
For two years a dedicated group of local people - The Acton Arts Project - has worked to turn it into a two-screen cinema, cafe-bar and arts hub. Day and night you and your families could see the latest films - and a whole lot more you won’t find in the multiplexes at the other end of the Uxbridge Road.
And it would kick-start the revitalisation of the whole of Acton High Street.
The bid is in front of Ealing Council. Winning the building back will trigger the potential for big grants from the GLA and others. Once it’s up and running, it will make money. But YOUR money is needed to get things started - to fund the planning and re-design inside.
So we’re asking the five thousand who’ve pledged support and waited so patiently - and new supporters - to pledge money. Whether your contribution is bigger or smaller, every contribution will help. We will be keeping a list of donors and anticipate announcing a range of donor perks at a later date. This is just a pledge. If we don’t manage to hit our target, no money will be taken from your account.
The project is called A Cinema for Acton.
You can find it here:
Please pledge generously. It’s your chance to help get back a great Acton building - and give it a great Acton future.
After two years of hard work, our proposal to transform The Old Library on Acton High Street into a two-screen cinema, bar-café and arts hub is being considered by Ealing Council after we delivered it on August 19th. There are other bidders but we are confident that Ealing Council are considering the options very carefully in order to maximise this golden opportunity to regenerate our failing High Street and kick-start a vibrant night-time economy. That doesn’t mean that we are resting on our laurels waiting for news.
7th November Public Meeting at St Marys Church
The public meeting at St Mary’s Church on 7th November was very well attended. The packed church was welcomed by the Rev Nick Jones and the project was introduced by Doug Carnegie who gave a brief description of the group behind the Acton Arts Project; how long we have been running and what we are trying to achieve. Mike Taylor took over to give more detail about the proposed set up, finances and schedule - which was outlined in the presentation slides. The floor was then handed over to Sam Neophytou from Arthouse Crouch End, who will be the partner and tenant responsible for the cinema and in charge of day to day operational control. Sam’s enthusiasm and passion for cinema and community were evident and he received a warm reception from those present. Unfortunately, Piers Read from Time+Space Co, who will occupy the first and second floors, was unable to attend but he had provided Sam with some slides which included some images of the project in Hornsey that they are both currently working on. The event was rounded up with a Q&A and the audience asked some very precise and relevant questions; for example: about the funding, about the space for community meetings (which will be on the first floor), how the diverse community of Acton will be included in and welcomed to the new setting.
We will be planning to hold more public meetings in the near future, at different times of day, if you were unable to attend on the 7th.
The pledges that you have made on Spacehive have almost all been collected in and we have the funds in place to get started – thanks to you all!
Our bid to the Greater London Authority for the Good Growth Fund was, regretfully, not successful. We understand that the grant was massively over-subscribed. Obviously, this is a setback to the project - but we know we have the resources to re-calibrate our position, and move forward with confidence while exploring new sources of funding.
Meanwhile we are focusing on the successes we have achieved so far and the wonderful support from we have from the community.
We have appointed a local solicitor to draw up our lease with Ealing Council. In addition, we have made lots of positive progress with the application for planning permission. This is thanks to the co-operation of Sam, our cinema partner, and Andrew at ARC Cinema Solutions, who has provided some new sketch plans for the ground floor and the two screens.
We are also looking forward to a fresh, new look to the website very soon. If you made a pledge to the project and would like us to thank you, or your business, or group, on the website – please let us know.
We continue to need your support, your fundraising ideas and your positive energy to keep us going.