Friday 10th Dec saw the official launch of the Wirral Arts and Culture Community Land Trust aka WACCLT at Birkenhead’s fantastic Future Yard venue. The aim was to tell people what we are about, why they should support us by becoming members, and also to guide them to our lovely new website where we’ll keep you updated.
Over 100 people attended including representatives from many cultural and community organisations across Wirral and the Liverpool City Region. Our WACCLT chair and compere Angela Samata explained why we had set up a CLT, talked about future plans and introduced our speakers: Paul Kelly (by video link) from community led housing champions Breaking Ground, Wirral Council Leader Cllr Janette Williamson and Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham. Birkenhead MP Mick Whitley and the Mayor of Wirral Councillor George Davies were also in attendance.
WACCLT board member and filmmaker Martin Wallace introduced some compelling film footage made soon after discovering Ron’s Place, our flagship project, stressing its importance as a ‘visionary environment’ with the potential to inspire creativity in the local community, eventually leading to further projects.
Many people signed up as members on the night and received their membership card and more used the online form on the website to join later on. We need as many members as possible to support our future funding plans so if you haven’t yet become a member, please go to our membership page and join us!
We’re hugely grateful to everyone involved – not least to local ukele band Just For Fun for providing fun-filled live music – and look forward to making exciting things happen together!