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raised of £4,500 target by 69 supporters

Weʼre raising £4,500 to help East Essex Hackspace fix up the pavilion in a rush!

Hawkwell, Essex

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East Essex Hackspace is a non profit organisation which will be providing a community workshop space, lectures and events in the former Clements Hall Cricket Pavilion on Park Gardens road in Hawkwell. At the end of May we will be signing a seven year lease.

Rochford Council is allowing East Essex Hackspace to move in before the lease, to assist us in manufacturing and distributing COVID-19 emergency PPE to the NHS and other health workers. With new urgency, we require the pavilion to be transformed into a usable space for equipment such as our laser cutters and 3D printers which are working to make PPE.

To date (1st May), our volunteers have produced 9,000 face shields and 6,000 ear protectors working from bedrooms, patios, garages and garden sheds. The only way to increase production is to increase the length of time we cut with the equipment we have. By having a central location, volunteers working in one-person shifts can man many machines all day long.

The Pavilion has been closed for the last eight years and has fallen into a dilapidated state. A rat infestation, vandalism and years without regular maintenance have left the space in need of a significant clean up effort. The council has invested £25k in a new roof for the building to secure its place in the community, however all internal works are left to us.

As a non profit Community Interest Company, we intend to raise funding through grant applications, but to get started, we are asking the community to help where they can, to allow us to open the doors as quickly as possible.

All the work will be done by volunteers but we need to raise money for materials to make this happen.

We need, in rough order of priority:

- Cleaning & Sanding supplies £100

- Interior Paint, rollers, brushes etc - £200

- Building work - £700

- New stainless catering Kitchen - £600

- Fire extinguishers & signage £200

- Electrical rewiring £2,500

- Interior double door £150

- Electric hand wash stations x 3 = £150

- Acid etchant & Floor paint for workshop £300

Should the crowdfunding allow us to do so we may add to this list as we find other things that need fixing.

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  • Tim Neobard3 months ago
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    Tim Neobard

    3 months ago

    Thank you all for your kind donations! I think we were a bit naive to think we could have done what needed to be done for the £4,500 and quite a few things came out of the woodwork we didn't expect. Thanks to several people, the local council, grants and a couple of companies, we now have enough to close the campaign for the reconditioning of the building itself. Any money over the £1,540 will now be going into equipment to populate the workshop. We will setup a new campaign and retire this one specifically for equipment!

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  • Tim Neobard4 months ago
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    Tim Neobard

    4 months ago

    21d of sanding later and you can see we are getting the first layer of paint on. We still have to disassemble the kitchen, put in a stud wall and sand that, but we have been putting it off as we will lose our tea and coffee making facilies! Thanks for the recent donations, we'd been getting concerned we were almost out of cash and this helps us buy much needed supplies.

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  • Tim Neobard4 months ago
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    Tim Neobard

    4 months ago

    We have boarded the social space and are now awaiting the plasterer to arrive Tuesday/Wednesday! We still have a bit of paint prep to go, the newly cleared storage cupboard (left door closest) needs scraping, the disabled loo continues to need attention and the entrance lobby has to have every square inch steamed off as they painted over the mold each time they repainted! Still, it's looking a lot better. Please keep sharing the campaign and letting people know we are still working. We still need to raise another £1,500 to get electrics in!

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5 months ago

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Page last updated on: 8/25/2020 11.27



  • Peter


    Aug 25, 2020

    Well done!


  • Judi


    Jul 30, 2020

    You are all doing a grand job, well done.


  • Richard Reeves

    Richard Reeves

    Jul 20, 2020

    You’re doing a great job for the community - thank you.

  • Jasper Wallace

    Jasper Wallace

    Jul 14, 2020

    keep up the good work

  • Anonymous


    Jul 13, 2020

    Donation on behalf of Nigel & Coral Kathro who changed a couple of my old videos into dvd's and asked for any contribution to go to the pavilion project.Thanks Nigel & Coral and also a thanks to Tim


  • Val Collins

    Val Collins

    Jul 2, 2020

    Well done!


  • David Sullivan

    David Sullivan

    Jun 25, 2020


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Tim Neobard

Tim Neobard

Hawkwell, Essex

co-director of East Essex Hackspace

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