As a part of our fact-finding mission to get ourselves fully clued up on the best way to redesign Oakfield Terrace, the Core Design Team recently went on a day trip roaming around the north-west, checking out design ideas and ownership models, looking at the work of other CLTs and cooperatives.
Our first port of call took us across Liverpool to Toxteth where we were welcomed by the lovely people of Granby Four Streets.
Marianne kicked off our time together with an overview of the Design and Development Process, giving us a sense of the provisional timescale that’s being looked at for making everything happen and where our meetings sit within all that.
As things currently stand our input, and the information gathered through the rest of the community consultation, should lead to the submission of a planning permission application in March, and as long as that’s granted, once the specifics have been finalised, we could be looking at a year or so for the construction work to take place.
Of course, wise words about best laid plans come to mind; money needs to be found and funding deadlines factored in to all this, plus there’ll inevitably be surprises, shocks and frustration along the way. Nevertheless, the hope is that there’ll be handover to the tenants at some point in 2020.
All of which means that we should be looking at a radically different high street in less than two years!
So, you want to make your floorboards a nice feature in your house and ditch the carpets? Well, this is how you do it.
1. Remove any nails that are sticking up out the flooring with a nail punch to stop the sandpaper from tearing whilst using the drum sander.
2. Remove all debris from the floor.
3. Use various levels of grit on the sandpaper, 24, 36, 40 and 80, and sand against the grain. Use floor and edge sanders.
4. Hoover in between each different grade of grit to pick up debris and sawdust.
5. Apply your first coat of varnish.
6. Apply varnish coat number 2.
7. Using a 450 grit sandpaper, sand the floor in the direction of the grain.
8. Use a damp rag to wipe excess dust off the floor.
9. Apply the final coat of varnish to the floor.
10. Stand back and admire your handy work.
Saturday, 18 May, 2019
11am - 1pm
Free lunch included
Local resident Hilary Dyer grew up in the 60s and 70s above Hilda’s Hairdressers on Oakfield Rd. Join her on a walk down memory lane and our high street. Find out about the wonders of Willy Davies’ department store, Uncle Wings Laundry and playing footie with a pigs bladder from Jack the butcher. Hear from the shop keepers of today and join in the talk on what a high street was, is and can be.
Everyone welcome. We will serve free lunch from Homebaked Bakery. Tickets are free, but places are limited, so please book your ticket here:
We meet outside The Liverpool Lighthouse on Oakfield Rd at the corner with St Domingo Vale.
Drop into our new headquarters at 189 Oakfield Road (three doors down from the bakery) and let us know what you think of the plans for the terrace next to the bakery.
Pop in and say hello over the next four weeks on Thursdays 3-6pm, Fridays 10am - 1pm
We are looking for two new people to join our team. One role is guaranteed 8 hours a week predominantly Saturdays, the second role is guaranteed 16 hours predominantly Thursdays and Fridays. We are looking for someone who is local, flexible and looking to grow with us and who shares our cooperative approach and values. Relevant hospitality experience is desirable. We pay £ 8 per hour.
If you would like to apply, please leave your name, contact and a CV in the shop at 197 Oakfield Rd or e-mail your CV & covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 20th July.
We are very proud and happy to announce that following many months of planning, sweat, dust and creativity the flat above Homebaked bakery is nearly ready for the first tenants to move in. Before they do we would love you to come and visit, have a tour and celebrate with us.
Please join us on Saturday, 27th of January, 2018 between 12noon and 2pm at 197a Oakfield Rd, L4 0UF.
We will offer refreshments.
We would love to celebrate the opening of HOMESQUARE - a public square built with love for everyone who visits our high street - with you!
Sunday, 29th, 2-6pm. Official ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm.
There will be lovely food, chats and games, family workshops building bird houses and planters, back alley bowling, face painting, planting activities, time to meet and chat and (for the ones who dare and care) sing some KARAOKE!
Please join in and invite friends and family.
After a busy and eventful summer the Homebaked CLT trainees have finished their work on the public square next to our block. We have called it Homesquare (or alternatively Hometurf!). It is a place for locals and visitors to stop and enjoy a little oasis of nature, calm and company right on our high street. It will also be a venue for any workshops and activities that you would like to use it for in the future.
Homebaked and Collective/North West Design Work offer free places on a workshop series making beautiful objects, such as hanging chairs and planters out of unwanted household materials. You will learn about design and acquire basic skills in knitting and crocheting.
5 workshops, start date: Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017, 12 - 2pm
Place: The Old Post Office, 34 County Road, L4 3QH, Walton
Free admission, no prior knowledge or skills needed!
For more information and to book your space, please contact
Silvia on email@example.com
Have a listen to this podcast about Homebaked's Story and people-powered High Street regeneration.
Our friends at Independent Liverpool recently wrote some very nice words about us. Read them here...
'This is not about gentrification’: the pie shop reviving an Anfield street
As Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium gleams in the April sunshine, the abandoned, steel-shuttered houses cowering in its shadow serve as a poignant reminder of the impact developments can have on their host communities.
But in the unassuming bakery at the end of the terrace lies the heart of a movement working to transform this run-down area back into the vibrant neighbourhood residents remember.
The Homebaked cooperative bakery is in prime position to sell pies to some of the 40,000 football fans who come to the Anfield stadium on an average match day. What its customers might not realise is that in the back room of the Victorian premises a group of locals have cooked up a plan to transform the empty properties next door into 26 high-quality, affordable flats....
Read the full article at https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/apr/19/gentrification-liverpool-anfield-football-stadium-affordable-homes-cooperative-bakery-community