Granby Winter Garden – A Sense of Place

 

Such a great creation on all levels….Culturally, Artistically, Locally, Nationally ALL the ‘allys….

We hand over to A Sense Of Place who delivered a scoop on the goings on in Granby

As I write this new addition to Granby isn’t quite open yet, so I feel very privileged to have been shown around. I also feel the full story of the particular place isn’t mine to tell, so I won’t tell it. Not all of it.

But it’s such a beautiful place and such a credit to the people who’ve made it, who’ve seen it all the way through from a sketch, to a vision and now a real thing, that I can’t not show you these photographs of the place, just before it opens. A dream coming true and a particularly lovely addition to the evolving story of Granby 4 Streets.

So here it is, Granby Winter Garden.

The part of the story I can tell you is that when we in the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust were getting work going on our first ten houses, two of the empty ones in the middle of Cairns Street were in much more trouble than the rest. Roofless for years and with serious structural cracks, they’d have cost much more money than we had to do them up and get people living in them again.

So we did some immediate stuff, like stitching the worst cracks and putting on a temporary roof, then left them for another day. Which arrived when we got nominated for the Turner Prize in summer 2015.

And as a result I was one of the people involved in early discussions with Arts Council England. At which point my part in the winter garden idea ended. Fully engaged, as I was at the time, with our other Community Land Trust houses being turned back into homes.

So here we are nearly four years later, and to the huge credit of the Granby Community and everyone who’s actually helped the Granby Winter Garden has almost arrived. A truly community-led part of what’s already as good a community-led story as you’ll hear anywhere.

And one day I might be able tell you more of this particular part of the Granby story and give all the credits that are no doubt due. But for now, here are the photographs. Isn’t it lovely?

Huge thanks to Hazel Tilley of Granby 4 Streets CLT for showing me round. And well done artist Nina Edge for the chandelier. As well as gardener Andrea Ku for all the work you can see getting the garden going, the winter trees now coming into leaf for the first time.

When the Winter Garden’s finished, which will be soon, it’ll be an artist’s studio for a residencies programme, with a B&B upstairs, as well as a garden and gathering place for the community and for events.

And I’ll be telling you more when it opens. But that’s the story so far.

Much more Granby Stories here.

Food: Nutritional Yeast

I’ve been looking into this for a couple of years and eventually got round to buying some…

So far I’ve cooked a Vegan Mac & ‘cheese’… the yeast providing the cheese flavour.

Not sure if I used enough but it was tasty. You basically make up a white sauce, flour water, bit of stock and away you go.

Let me know if you’ve used it yourselves and what kind of dishes you’ve tried it with…

Whether you’re Vegan or Veggie it’s a great source of B vits etc and as you can see you can throw it in most things

WATCH: Skiddle shine a light on Liverpool music Scene

Skiddle recently published a video on the constant flux of our music venues.

Whilst this is a plight that is nationwide, Liverpool has certainly been hit hard over the years…

Even though it was put together some time ago, it’s still good to see our venues and night life highlighted in such a way.

The ‘film’ includes prominent heads, giving their take on the current shape/state of the scene and the independent venues that make up our beloved musical landscape.

Definitely mixed emotions whilst watching, proud of our city, the venues and yet frustrated and angry when you see the hard work and investment, not to mention the communities that spring up around these venues, steamrolled by developers.

Developers that wouldn’t have been drawn to the area had it not been for the venues, punters and the visionaries who breathed life into these areas.

We’ve all seen it loop over and over, to the point where apathy kicks in and people become resigned to the fact that nothing can be done to stop the gentrification of our key spaces.

Not to say people don’t stand up and go down without a fight, but historically this hasn’t led to many victories…

 

 

Throughout the ‘film’ there are some very valid points made: Dave McTague quite rightly points out that our attention is now (more than ever) fragmented and its harder for venues/promoters to actually draw us in and get us to pay for tickets to watch live music, a point that Joe Maryanji elaborates on when he mentions advances tickets sales. The kind of thing smaller promoters/venues can only dream of…

Not to say its all bad…Our city still has great venues with more popping up and new and old promoters alike still fighting the fight of the front line. Liverpool has been on this merry go round since the sixties, with different influences playing a hand in changing the landscape, but essentially its the same shit, different decade.

So take a look at the vid and realise that now more than ever if you really believe in the venues you love and the music that passes through, then as a punter you need to put your money where your mouth is.

 

Independent Venue Week is nearly upon us so take a look at Phase One and the Jac as a starting point to see whats going on around the city.