OURGLASS STEERING GROUP FORMATION

The first meeting of the Ourglass Exeter steering group was held on 21/06/2021 in order to review options that best help secure the long term future of The Hourglass, and embedding it even more in the local community. The group was formed following the departure of the previous lessees, rumours of permanent closure and the owner’s stated preference for a much shorter term, less secure tenancy.

The steering group consists of Kate Farrell, Lucy Findlay, Mark Fowles, Philip Haines and Vik Mohan, who bring a wide range of complementary skills, as well as a commitment to the successful future of The Hourglass.

Hundreds of people responded to a community survey on the future of The Hourglass, most of whom are patrons of The Hourglass, live locally and support the idea of securing its long term future.

The group has recently been awarded 2.5 days of consulting by the Plunkett Foundation to develop an action plan, help from the Music Venue Trust and local Councillors Diane Moore, Amy Sparling and Carol Whitton, together with MP, Ben Bradshaw.

The action plan will now be developed with a view to establishing a Community Benefit Society that will form a framework for future support of The Hourglass.

A number of meetings with the owners Ei/Stonegate have already been held and the group looks forward to hearing of their plans for The Hourglass and working together in the future.

Last year the local community secured an Asset of Community Value for the Hourglass, which is a Grade II listed building. It was also designated as a Grassroots Music Venue by the Music Venue Trust.

The group can be contacted:

By email at ourglassexeter@gmail.com,

Significant News is posted on the Hourglass website http://www.hourglassexeter.co.uk

Updates are available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ourglassinexeter

Twitter/Insta: ourglassexeter

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HUGE SUPPORT FOR THE HOURGLASS TO BECOME A COMMUNITY OWNED PUB

The survey, organised to understand local community support to secure the long term future of The Hourglass, has had a magnificent response with over 99% stating that they would like to see the Hourglass become a community owned pub.

 

More than that people are very keen to be involved – 73% voluntarily provided their contact details, although the survey was anonymous by choice, 70% expressed an interest in buying shares and 65% offered help, with a wide range of skills.

 

Many ideas came forward about minor enhancements that could be made, a lot of which included more use of the basement for music and other live performances, public and private community activities.

 

Hundreds of participants completed the survey, but it is important to underline that this primarily came from existing customers of The Hourglass and other local residents. 98% of respondents had visited The Hourglass, 73% live within walking distance, 92% had been there to eat and 22% had attended live music events.

 

The Hourglass was the epitome of a LOCAL – and that is what the future should be about – not another soulless, pubco/property co/private equity co owned building in the middle of a strong residential community.

 

The next steps will include forming a steering group to see if this community aspiration can be brought to reality. Organisations like the Plunkett Foundation, CAMRA, the Music Venue Trust, together with support from our local Councillors, Diana Moore, Carol Whitton and MP, Ben Bradshaw have already provided us with help in these very initial stages.

 

Thanks so much to everyone for their participation so far – now the work begins.

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