We have purchased 189 Portswood Road, the old Nat West bank. Thanks goes to all our supporters in the community, we wouldn't have been able to do it without you all. Renovations are ongoing. We hope to be in the new building by late October 2018. Join our mailing list for more information.
October Books Have Bought The Bank!
Buying the Bank: Loanstock Issue 2018
It’s official, come and support us on this exciting new chapter in October Books story. With your support we are organising the purchase of an old bank building in Portswood with the idea of creating a community hub in the space, so we can truly say we are ‘more than just a bookshop’.
This new venture will help to secure the long-term future of the shop as we will no longer be paying out excessive amounts in rent and it will be amazing for you all to support us in this venture. At this stage, we are announcing the offer of Loanstock Issue 2018 which will run from today 9th March to 31st May 2018. The Loanstock offer documents can be downloaded and completed and returned to us at the shop or to firstname.lastname@example.org with LOANSTOCK in the subject line.
Download the loanstock offer documents:
The documents contain information about loanstock, our current financial position and some information on long-term business and financial plans. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information. The initial issue of loanstock certificates will be on the 21st March 2018.
Our most recent Annual Accounts and Report can be downloaded here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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Membership application documents can be downloaded here.
Members will have a vote at Members’ Meetings and be able to stand for the Management Committee. You do not have to be a Member to buy loanstock and you do not need to buy loanstock to become a Member. Membership is a one-off purchase of a £5 share which is non-redeemable, non-transferable and becomes void if you cease to be a Member.
For more information about membership, click here.
We look forward to seeing you soon and co-creating a new story for October Books.
The October Books Team – Annabel, Clare, Jess, Joey and Jaquie
Bid to Buy the NatWest Bank
We are really excited to announce that our proposal to buy the old NatWest bank in Portswood has been accepted in principle. As many of you know, we have been looking for new premises and the NatWest bank building provides more than enough space for the relocation of the bookshop. The bid was a consortium proposal with collaboration with other local organisations, including the Society of St James and Social Enterprise Link Wessex. We have until March 23rd to raise most of the funding required.
The proposal requires £300,000 of community funds plus a loan in order to make the purchase possible. This seems like a big ask, but we have over £70,000 already pledged by community members and supporters of the scheme, which will see the space develop into a community hub. The plans are not finalised yet as we had to move quickly in order to make the most of this opportunity but we imagine the space to provide rooms for hire for community events and health and well-being activities, a social enterprise hub as well as supported housing for the homeless.
We are asking you, our community, to pledge funds for a minimum of five years to make this project possible. This is your opportunity to be a part of a new kind of High Street, one where you are involved and one which you can help to create. This is such an exciting opportunity and we need your help to make this happen.
Please pop in to the bookshop for more details or write to us email@example.com.
P.S. If you’d like to have a look at the plan for the bank building, you can download it here.
Exciting new chapter for October Books
‘October Books is starting a new chapter as it seeks to move into new premises in Portswood in 2018. It wants to reviltalise it’s community role and it wants you to be part of it. Will you?’
- Do you know of suitable premises in the Portswood area?
- Do you want to contribute financially to the setting up of a new community hub?
- Do you know of an organisation or other community business that would like to share premises
- Do you have expertise in financial and business planning, project management or other skills that might be helpful?
- Could you offer time volunteering in the shop or behind the scenes?
Trans Like Me: An Evening with CN Lester
An evening with CN Lester author of ‘Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us’
Tuesday 25th July. 7pm
CN Lester is a lot of things, a classical musician, an alternative singer song writer, an accademic an author and activist. Also genderqueer.
In their book, ‘Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us,’ Lester explores what it means to be transgender and explains some of the most pressing issues and concerns: from pronouns to Caitlyn Jenner; from feminist and LGBTQ activists, to the rise in referrals for gender variant children – all by way of insightful and moving passages about the author’s own experience. Trans Like Me shows us how to strive for authenticity in a world which often seeks to limit us by way of labels.
Ticketed event: £2 unwaged/ low wage, £4 waged. Collection from October Books. Tickets should be available on the night, but it will be first come first served, so get them early to avoid disappointment.
It should be an interesting evening for all whether you are part of the LGBTQI community and interested in meeting CN and hearing them speak. Or someone outside of the community who is just interested in learning more. Hopefully see you there!