We want to thank everyone who helped out at the Nottinghack camp, whether it was getting water, running the tuck shop, setting up Barbot, or keep the fire pit running. You can see our photos on Flickr, see all the memories and videos, and we hope that we'll see all of you in 2018!
Membership payments and you
Over the past few months, the Trustees have been looking in-depth at membership payments. As part of having a larger space, there are greater financial responsibilities, and we're taking a look at what we're defining as "low payers".
Obviously, the Hackspace is, and always will be, a community where you pay what you can afford - that's one of the core tenets of the space. But another core tenet is giving back to the space a little more than you take out - every member doing this means we can continue to get new tools, expand our space, and make the Hackspace even more amazing than it already is.
For the Hackspace to continue successfully, we need to raise the average membership payment. With our expansion, it costs Â£9 an hour to run the space - making sure the rent is paid, the lights stay on, and the space is as welcoming as it can be.
We know that everyone has their own financial situation, and all circumstances are different. We'll be contacting members that are paying very low amounts to discuss their payments and work with them on what could be done.
We're getting closer and closer to making Hackspace 2.5 an ideal place to create new and amazing things - most of the bad electrical wiring, flooring, and plumbing has all been taken out, and now we can start building up from scratch to make everything just as we need it.
But we need YOU to help out! We're not expecting you to magically know how to wire up a room, build a staircase, or install plumbing, but if you have some beat-up clothing, a sturdy pair of shoes, and a willingness to work, you're perfect for the Hackspace!
We've now started having regular worknights and days - both Tuesdays and Saturdays. This gives you a chance to get involved in making the space as fantastic as you can make it, and also means we get everything done faster.
The Trustees have also been trying to figure out a good way to keep everyone updated on what's going on with the Trustees. We want to make sure that you know what's been happening, what new things have come into the space, and what we're doing to make sure the space is going along smoothly.
Right now, we're posting regular updates on the Hackspace Wiki. We're looking for better ways to do this, but, in the meantime, if you want to keep up with what's happening, visit the Wiki!
We want to make the Space even better by bringing in a new embroidery machine, but we need your help!
We're currently running a pledge drive to raise funds for a machine that will enable anyone to make patches, badges, and even create custom stitching in multiple colours.
The machine costs Â£900, but that includes the official software which is normally Â£350 on its own. Everyone who pledges will be inducted for free, so now's the time to help us hit that target. Whether itâ€™s Â£5 or Â£50, every pledge will get us one step closer to getting this awesome device in the Space.