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As we slowly and painfully traverse this lockdown and Christmas seems a distant memory, I have some happy news and some sad news. Let’s start with the happy - we got funding! In fact, we were successful in getting all the funding we applied for in the Autumn. I’m going to be putting more detail about each of the pots in later blog posts, but for now, here’s an overview - 
  •  From the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), we receive a grant to develop plans for the refurbishment of The Old Library and plans around acquiring or purchasing it. We currently have a lease with Cornwall Council, but have the option to buy it, so we want to find the best way of doing this.
  • From the Cornwall Council Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) we worked with an Exeter company called CoCars to bid to install an electric bike scheme in Bodmin. We were successful in securing a grant and this summer we will be installing 18 pay-as-you-go electric bikes. There will be two charging hubs and multiple virtual hubs and you’ll be able to jump on and pay to use the bike by the 20 minute chunk. I’m really excited about this!
  • From Arts Council England (ACE) we have received another year’s worth of project funding. Whereas previously we have got money to put on big events - in light of the current situation and my desire to do cultural activity With Bodmin not To Bodmin, we will be recruiting and employing a small creative team (including a young/early career artists from Bodmin) to work in the town for a year, listening, talking and co-creating projects that respond to issues, desires and needs. 

So a busy year ahead!

Now the sad news - today is Sophie, our Marketing Manager’s last day. Sophie joined the inaugural intoBodmin team back in 2018, when our office was a bare, cold room (now the cafe) and we’d sit around folding tables using 4G internet, directing confused looking people who were looking for the library. It seems an age away when Sophie, Marion and I were trying to work out how we deliver our first Arts Council project and how we’d spread the story about a new arts and community organisation in Bodmin. Fast forward two and a half years and we’ve sold over 5000 tickets, put on huge public events (Lights Up) and hosted nearly 200 hundred artists, theatre makers and musicians. It’s been a huge job, with a huge amount of pressure and expectation and Sophie has been absolutely pivotal in achieving all this. She’s an excellent communicator and has done a wonderful job in helping us to tell our story. Remember, you’re all reading this because of Sophie, through her words and marketing skills, that encouraged you to join our mailing list.

So to Sophie, who is compiling and sending out this newsletter for the last time, I need to say a huge thank you. You will forever be part of the legacy that helped get intoBodmin on its feet and we will forever be grateful for the love, sweat and tears you have invested in us. 

Best wishes,

Fin
CEO | intoBodmin
MORE NEWS FROM INTOBODMIN & FRIENDS

CRIB TIME TAKEAWAY CLOSED THIS WEEK (Friday 29th)
While Lisa and her hardworking volunteers are doing their best to continue to keep The Old Library Cafe open on Fridays for our Pay What you Feel Crib Time Takeaways, understandably, circumstances are against them at times. This week we're not able to open as usual, but please keep an eye on our social media channels for updates. In the meantime, if you're struggling and in need of a meal please get in touch with us on EmailUs@intobodmin.co.uk 

HELP CREATE A MUSIC MAP OF BRITAIN
A Song for Us is a national music project that celebrates our communities during the pandemic. Can you help create a music map to mark this time? Share a track that has special meaning and add it to the music map online. Everyone can be creative. Budding songwriters, this is an opportunity to share your creativity by making your own song about this period. From 23 March, new songs celebrating our communities by leading songwriters and composers will also premiere online. These include Gavin Bryars, Skinny Pelembe, Seth Lakeman, This Is The Kit & Bucky and Gwenno.

GOODBYE SOPHIE! 
We're sadly saying goodbye to Sophie Hodge, who has been our marketing manager since 2018. In this blog post, Sophie shares her thoughts about her time working for intoBodmin and how much she has come to value and appreciate the support of the team and the organisation as a whole.

A Message from Bodmin Food Bank
"Our Foodbank in Bodmin has been helping local people for over 10 years. We are open every Monday & Wednesday between 1pm-3pm at Bodmin Christian Fellowship on Berrycoombe Road (next to the Fire Station). As well as food for you and your family, we can also help with toiletries, pet food and household items. If you're not sure how to be referred to us for help, you can contact us in confidence via email at contact@wadebridgefoodbank.org or call us on 01208 815374. Whatever your circumstances, we're here to help. We also want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all the donations we have received from the community, we are overwhelmed by the support. Emergency food is the first step in helping many people access other services and support which can help get their lives back on track, so the impact of a donation is very much appreciated."

Donate to intoBodmin and The Old Library  
Give us the gift of a bright future. Donate the price of a ticket - or any amount you like - by Paypal, cheque or bank transfer or drop us a line for more information. Every donation is appreciated and will allow us to carry on doing fantastic things for our community. 

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