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£570raised of £500 target by 24 supporters

    Weʼve raised £570 to Take Birley Spa Bath House into Community Ownership

    Sheffield, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 18th December 2018

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    The historic Birley Spa Bath House in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, is up for sale. An exciting opportunity has presented itself to preserve one of the few remaining Victorian Bath Houses in Britain by taking it into co-operative ownership, restoring its iconic plunge pool to its original intended use, and restoring its pleasure gardens to their pre-WW2 heyday.

    Built in 1842 by the Earl Manvers, Lord of the Manor of Beighton, as a luxury resort to compete with Buxton. A charity fund was also set up so that 'the poor' could 'take the waters.' Granted Grade 2 listed status in 1960, the Spa currently stands empty, but has huge potential as a community asset for the residents of Hackenthorpe, Sheffield and beyond. It provides an opportunity to bring new employment to the area, at a time when areas across the city are suffering from a lack of community cohesion.

    The recently formed Friends of Birley Spa group intend to ensure the future prosperity of the Birley Spa Bath House as a public asset, saving the building and the plunge pool from developers who may choose to convert it into housing. The creation of a co-operative provides the opportunity to buy Birley Spa and operate it as a local enterprise, accountable to the local community. Around the country, local people are taking charge of their local assets, so that they have real control over their local community.

    A minimum fee of £10 of will give you membership of the Birley Spa Community Society. Your involvement beyond that is up to you, but regardless of the amount you pay, you will be guaranteed the same voting rights as other members. You can vote at Annual General Meetings, stand for election to the Board, volunteer skills for the refurbishment, or give the Spa your custom and support.

    The Friends of Birley Spa have agreed that the minimum target for our share issue will be £70,000 which is the lower estimate of the bathhouse at auction. There is however, the possibility that a sale or handover can still be arranged with the Council, who are the current owners of the site, if they can be persuaded that the best interests of the building lay in a community handover. One of the best ways we can do this is to maximise the number of investors, showing how widespread support is for the building to remain in public hands

    The Friends of Birley Spa brings together local people and community groups such as Shirebrook Valley Heritage Group, and is also in negotiation with national stakeholders such as Historic England, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Victorian Society. We invite you to review our preliminary project plan here and to contact us for further details. Join us, and save the historic Birley Spa bathhouse!

    Those who purchase membership will be refunded automatically if the crowdfunder reaches its minimum target.

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    • Christopher Olewicz4 months ago
      Christopher Olewicz

      Christopher Olewicz

      4 months ago

      However, we would like to use the money raised so far to buy insurance so that we can organise public events at Birley Spa and fundraising events at other venues. There may be other expense involved with this like room hire. Any surplus will be put towards materials for emergency repairs that are needed at Birley Spa if we can agree building access or towards work needed in the grounds . Once again, thank you to everyone for their patience with us. If you have any query about this, please email us at friendsofbirleyspa@birleyspa.org.uk

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    • Christopher Olewicz4 months ago
      Christopher Olewicz

      Christopher Olewicz

      4 months ago

      We would now like to close this particular fundraiser. We will be having a meeting with the council in the near future to discuss the future of Birley Spa. After that, we will be in a better position to decide what money we need to raise and what for. We will then be able to investigate the various fundraising options we have.

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    • Christopher Olewicz4 months ago
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      Christopher Olewicz

      4 months ago

      First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has donated to this crowd funder. Birley Spa is such an amazing, unique place in Sheffield which is well worth saving. We set the crowdfunder up when Sheffield City Council had put Birley Spa up for auction and we thought as a community that we may have to make a bid for it. Since then, the council has decided to withdraw Birley Spa from auction so the situation has changed.

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    24

    • Sue Bolsover

      Sue Bolsover

      Oct 13, 2018

      This donation is on behalf of my mum, Margaret Bullock.

      £10.00

    • Karen  Webster

      Karen Webster

      Sep 3, 2018

      My house overlooks the spa I have lived in Hackenthorpe all my life previously on Spa view place and for the last 30 years Dyke Vale Avenue I have grown up loving the spa and it’s surrounding woods

      £30.00

    • Janice Evans

      Janice Evans

      Aug 29, 2018

      Good luck

      £10.00

    • Ian Evans

      Ian Evans

      Aug 29, 2018

      Good luck

      £10.00

    • Phill Collins

      Phill Collins

      Aug 29, 2018

      £20.00

    • Samantha Marples

      Samantha Marples

      Aug 27, 2018

      Every bit helps hopefully

      £10.00

    • Vanessa

      Vanessa

      Aug 27, 2018

      Thank you for working to save our local heritage. Good luck

      £30.00

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