Lounge volunteers step into the breach
The Lounge youth and community venue in Alvechurch has been given a boost by a swathe of volunteers stepping forward to help manage it. But it still faces a financial crisis caused by the shock withdrawal of cash by Worcestershire County and Bromsgrove District councils.
The project’s management committee was severely depleted by the sudden deaths of three members earlier this year, coupled with two resignations. But very strong public support was shown at a public meeting in March and following that a group of volunteers formed a new management committee to work on ensuring a long-term future for The Lounge.
The venue, in The Square, has become a well-established hub for the community as well as providing a service for the young people of Alvechurch, which is its first priority. A spokeswoman told The Village: “We now have a new chairman, Bill Ulyett; treasurer, Kate Swadkins; and secretary, Laura Evans.” These are also trustees along with another new addition, Mark Newberry.
The project also now has a working management committee of 15 people of varying ages and backgrounds able to bring many different skills and experiences to the table, including members of the original team as well as many new faces. The spokesman added: “We have a massive challenge ahead of us just to keep the café open past the next couple of months and are very open to any help, be it time as volunteers in the café, help at our Picnic in the Park stall or any ideas to help with fundraising.”
One event already pencilled in is the rearranged fundraising concert by local band Dirty Brass at Alvechurch Village Hall on June 11.
Above: Management committee members Kathy Kirk, Mark Newberry, Natasha Beard, Rachael Bestwick, Lynn Roberts, Kate Swadkins, Tracy Winchester, Chris Thomas and Bill Ulyett.
This was an article published in "The Village". The Village is a very popular and highly regarded monthly magazine serving the thriving and beautiful north Worcestershire countryside between Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Solihull and Redditch. The online version can be found at: http://villageonline.co.uk/