Our last weekend at The Old School Hall (at least for now)

Hello everyone!

For those of you who use Facebook you’ll have seen that, just over a week ago, we were told that our lovely Old School Hall in Sneinton, our home for more than 6 years now, was going to close this September.  I have been incredibly saddened by the news and more than a little cross about the handling of the whole the situation. It’s also awful timing given our recent August break,  however we are where we are and we must and will move forward. I’ve been busying away in the background and can now update you with the following:

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1) Firstly: Bob and I will be back this weekend for one last hurrah at the hall! 

Classes will run at the Old School Hall this weekend – Sun 4 and Mon 5 September.  We’d love to see all of you (old and new) at the hall to help us say goodbye. 

SUNDAY 4 SEPT: 5.30 for 5.45 start for Fundamentals and 7pm for Improvers, (we’ll keep them fun for all) and then we’ll have social dancing from 8pm rather than our usual Intermediates class. Could be a bit emotional 🙂

**Please feel free to bring cakes etc for a bit of a mini Fuddle, I’d love to enjoy a few last cups of tea and coffee, a natter and a few dances with you all as we close this chapter of Nottingham Lindy Hop.**

MONDAY 5 SEPT: Solo Jazzers we haven’t forgotten about you fabulous people! We’re going to have one more class at hall on Monday for you too – Bob’s been dying to teach it again for ages – so we’re going to teach Mama’s Stew. This is a fun, high energy routine and I’m sure you’ll all love it. By the way everyone is welcome. It’s going to be a blast! Class starts at 8pm.  

Read a little more about the awesome Mama Lu Parks here: http://mikeypedroza.com/mama-lu-parks-mamas-stew/

Watch (one of many) you tube clips showing a version of the routine: This is Mike Faltesek at Stompology: https://youtu.be/a07oOkW_vvM

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2) Nottingham Lindy Hop will continue – yay!

I’m currently in talks with the Renewal Trust who are committed to finding us a new home in the Sneinton area at least for the next year. I have 3 venues to consider so far and I will let you know more as soon as I’ve sussed them out. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates.

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3) The future of The Old School Hall

The hall itself has been closed due to some structural issues that need remedial work to be carried out soon. Unfortunately it’s future is not guaranteed. Unless the community gets behind it and funding is secured, this beautiful, simple, historical, community building will be demolished in 2017. I personally think that option is an horrific prospect and intend to support the community’s efforts to keep it open. 

A public meeting is to be held on at 6.30pm Mon 12 September to discuss the future of the hall and as so many of you have also expressed concern about this building (and you are all so clever and talented) it would be great if you felt able to attend this meeting.  I honestly don’t know what impact we can have but the powers that be should know that this building is valued. 

More details about the meeting have already been posted on our Facebook group (thanks Becky) but can also be found here:


“Come along to a public meeting hosted by Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum to find out what’s going on with the Old School Hall: Meet outside the Hall at 6:30pm on Monday 12th September. All welcome.”

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I hope to see you all this weekend. 

With much love to all of you who have made our many happy years at the Old School Hall so fabulous, Lisa xx

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