We are very excited to announce that on Friday 15th May Holmfirth Tech Ltd, a local Community Benefit Society (CBS) completed the purchase of the ex-Adult Education Centre (now known simply as The Tech) from Kirklees college.
The CBS had to go through a long and complex legal process to sort out the charitable covenant but the time and effort taken have proven worth it. The Tech is now owned by Holmfirth Tech Ltd a local community benefit society and will remain in the ownership of local people.
It has been the property of Kirklees College since 1974 but will now provide a creative hub for education, wellbeing and enterprise of local people. It's great to have The Tech back Holme!
This is a significant milestone. HTL has occupied the Tech for two years under license and the way in which the use of the building has grown in this time has shown how much the Valley needs a hub for creativity and education and small businesses. The contribution and support given by local people, particularly the Activities Leaders and donors are very much appreciated.
This is also a good opportunity to update you on what has been happening since the doors were closed at the end of March.
The Tech was asked to act as the #Community Anchor Contact us on Hvcommunity.firstname.lastname@example.org) during the #Corona-19 crisis. Since then, Sarah Broxton the newly appointed Centre Manager has been working flat out with the Holme Valley COVID Mutual Aid and other groups to coordinate their responses to requests for help from people who are in dreadful situations. She is also administering the Holme Valley South Emergency #Hardship Fund. The Tech has been the busiest closed building in Holmfirth!
The Childrens Art School has also been using the empty space to put together art packs for distribution to children across Kirklees.
Plans are now being made to get The Tech back into action after the lock down whilst making sure everyone remains safe.
On the money front, enough funds have been raised to get this far but more will be needed to get the building back up to tip top condition and fit for future use. If you have any ideas for fundraising please let us know.
Again, many thanks for everyone for all your support - let's look forward to seeing each other in The Tech again before too much longer.