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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I didn't know you lived in Kenilworth, Sandra - did I?  Maybe you've mentioned it before! I don't have a site yet, though I have my eye on one - the council are going to give me a room, though, without charge where I can make a start.  I have a meeting on Friday morning, will know more then.

I had forgotten about the old cinema!  I don't live too far from there.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming late to the discussion as usual, not been around for a few days and have a lot to catch up on.

This sounds a brilliant idea Evie, and I hope it works out for you and I spend a lot of time in that part of the world, its not far from us and we tend to visit Kenilworth Castle quite a bit when they have events on, so you must let us all know when you get a site so we can drop in!



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for this, Apple - it's all moving on a-pace, have found a vacant shop I really want to rent (it's perfect in so many ways!) and have a meeting this week with a local property person who thinks he can help me get it, and is keen to chat and offer advice generally.  People are being so friendly and helpful - people I wouldn't expect to be! - councillors, business people, etc - people with influence as well, which is great.

So it's all getting closer - just need money!!

I am updating the blog regularly, if people want to look: http://treehousesecondhandbooks.wordpress.com

There will also be a chance for people to buy a £20 share - you don't get much back, but a sense of supporting something good!   Very Happy


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie glad things are moving forward. I think hubby would be very pleased to get rid of the children's stuff in our attic. I'll get him sorting after his present project painting ceilings and walls is done.  Wink


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't have time to post before but meant to - to say what a totally brilliant idea and I wish you every success! It sounds as if lots of locals also feel very positive and excited, so let hope it gathers a good head of steam. How lovely to have found a home for it, too. A bright light in dark times!!


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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Green Jay!  And I see one or two people here are now following my blog, which is nice!   Very Happy

Just to update - things are now moving forwards.  I have seen an accountant, who has registered the business and is now forming the company for me, I am seeing a solicitor on Friday about all the legal stuff, a property negotiator is hoping to get me a good deal on the property I have set my heart on.  All of this has come about through the interest on the part of the VC of the district council, who has put me in touch with all the right people, and good people.  The property negotiator is giving me a huge discount on his usual rates, and if he can get the rent he thinks the property I have my eye on is worth, it will be brilliant value for money in terms of his fee.

So I will very soon be a company director...maybe even by the end of today, but within the next few days at least.  Then I can open a business account at the bank and start gathering in my funds.

I have not gone for the co-operative that I originally thought about, it will be a limited company but still offering the chance for people to invest by way of shares, so once everything is set up legally I can start publicising the venture properly among local people and see if I can get some interest going and raise some funds that way.

Exciting times!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am following it, but using a feed aggregator rather than by email notifications.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds very sophisticated!  Are you becoming a geek?  Wink

What's great is that it counts all my FB friends and Twitter followers, as posts automatically get published in both places, so technically I have 277 followers.  Groovy.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
That sounds very sophisticated!  Are you becoming a geek?  Wink

1. (That's yes in binary.)


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie, that is brilliant news - I wish you every success.  I will certainly buy a share when these are available.

I love this place:  The Last Word  which is a cafe with books rather than primarily a bookshop, but it has a good feel.

I shall watch with interest!




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