It’s 9 minutes past 12 somewhere, right?

Just in case anybody is a little confused about the title, it is a reference to the broken clock. For it is indeed 9 minutes past 12 somewhere…

Did you know that Warsop Town Hall as it stands today, was built in 1933? I did not know either. I only know that now, because I had to have a look on Facebook, and found this date thanks to a post from Mick Millership on the Warsop Is Talking group… There is very little written about Warsop history on a surface google search level, so that is when Facebook comes in handy, and on an added note, suggests to me that a much-needed dive into the local archives is long-overdue.

The mention of ‘Facebook’ actually brings me onto a conversation that I had with a friend this morning, regarding the notion that in this day and age, town halls and community centres tend to exist on Facebook or primarily in online spheres, even long before the covid pandemic hit, and as a result, these locations have lost their physical space in time. And hey, I am not knocking social media one bit, it has many advantages and perks, I mean if it was not for social media and internet advancements, I would not be sat here writing about Warsop and the Town Hall, so there is that. However, I think the main moral to take away from what my friend was saying, is that online spaces should not replace the art of physically meeting, gathering and just conversing over shared aims for the community, general concerns and essentially having a safe space to turn to, for those who need it, when the going gets tough.

Whether it be a community group, open to all… Or simply a place to gather, discuss and organise. I know all of this seems impossible given social-distancing and covid restrictions, but these restrictions are easing now and there is a community out there, right on our doorstep, that requires collaborative thought and collective action. From concerns of litter, ideas on improvements to make our village better to plans of upcoming events. There is a lot to think about. I feel that a central location, open and accessible to all (in some capacity) is definitely what Warsop needs. Whether that is in the form of our Town Hall as it stands, with some TLC, or perhaps a greater investment is needed, providing the area with a fully functioning community-focused hub. I like the sound of that. If I won the lottery, that is where my money would go. So, any fortune-tellers out there? Drop us the winning numbers, yeah?

Look, I know there is a lot of talk about the future of the Town Hall, and I am aware of the survey circulating regarding this, and I strongly recommend folks consider all possibilities before providing feedback on such an important decision. Ultimately, this is not a case of me sitting on here and telling people what they should or should not think or do, but more so a way to just post a couple of strong images of one of Warsop’s most recognised features and contribute my perspective of Warsop in general, from a younger point of view. Just to put my two cents into the mix, not that anybody particularly wants to hear what I have to say, but I do have a habit of chiming in on conversations when my input is quite possibly not required or wanted for that matter. So, consider this a case of consistency on my part.

I do not profess to know much about buildings or councils, but I do know a little about living in Warsop, as I am sure many of you do. I have lived here for 23 years and I can imagine to some of you reading this, that this is perhaps the length of time in which you’ve been married to your significant other or maybe it’s the age of your children, quite possibly it could be the number of Christmases that you’ve had since age 47… Now that the age thing is out of the way, I do want to add here, that I have seen Warsop change drastically over the last ten years and have massively felt the decline of facilities and lack of investment, which has had a huge impact on the community and local area. I think whatever side of the political spectrum you are on, and just to clarify, I belong to no party, just a bit of a free spirit who cares about the community and the future of Warsop… We can all agree that there is common ground here. A shared interest in what Warsop needs, lacks, and how things could be vastly improved. I would love to look at Warsop ten years from now and still recognise the landscape as it stands, but also take pride in new additions, feel satisfied with investments that have been made, which directly benefit the community. Look back on valuable changes that have provided a bit of much needed collectivism, hope, and a sprinkle of some of that community spirit that my grandparents always bang on about. An investment in people and the wider community.

I think whether you love it or hate it, want it down or up… It is hard to deny that the Town Hall as it stands, is a prominent and central feature of Warsop. I do hope in some capacity, it can remain that way.

P.S. Yes, it really is snowing in April! Aghhhh.
That is global warming for you, but that is for another blog.

It’s 9 minutes past 12 somewhere, right?

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 06 Apr 2021

Just in case anybody is a little confused about the title, it is a reference to the broken clock. For it is indeed 9 minutes past 12 somewhere…

Did you know that Warsop Town Hall as it stands today, was built in 1933? I did not know either. I only know that now, because I had to have a look on Facebook, and found this date thanks to a post from Mick Millership on the Warsop Is Talking group… There is very little written about Warsop history on a surface google search level, so that is when Facebook comes in handy, and on an added note, suggests to me that a much-needed dive into the local archives is long-overdue.

The mention of ‘Facebook’ actually brings me onto a conversation that I had with a friend this morning, regarding the notion that in this day and age, town halls and community centres tend to exist on Facebook or primarily in online spheres, even long before the covid pandemic hit, and as a result, these locations have lost their physical space in time. And hey, I am not knocking social media one bit, it has many advantages and perks, I mean if it was not for social media and internet advancements, I would not be sat here writing about Warsop and the Town Hall, so there is that. However, I think the main moral to take away from what my friend was saying, is that online spaces should not replace the art of physically meeting, gathering and just conversing over shared aims for the community, general concerns and essentially having a safe space to turn to, for those who need it, when the going gets tough.

Whether it be a community group, open to all… Or simply a place to gather, discuss and organise. I know all of this seems impossible given social-distancing and covid restrictions, but these restrictions are easing now and there is a community out there, right on our doorstep, that requires collaborative thought and collective action. From concerns of litter, ideas on improvements to make our village better to plans of upcoming events. There is a lot to think about. I feel that a central location, open and accessible to all (in some capacity) is definitely what Warsop needs. Whether that is in the form of our Town Hall as it stands, with some TLC, or perhaps a greater investment is needed, providing the area with a fully functioning community-focused hub. I like the sound of that. If I won the lottery, that is where my money would go. So, any fortune-tellers out there? Drop us the winning numbers, yeah?

Look, I know there is a lot of talk about the future of the Town Hall, and I am aware of the survey circulating regarding this, and I strongly recommend folks consider all possibilities before providing feedback on such an important decision. Ultimately, this is not a case of me sitting on here and telling people what they should or should not think or do, but more so a way to just post a couple of strong images of one of Warsop’s most recognised features and contribute my perspective of Warsop in general, from a younger point of view. Just to put my two cents into the mix, not that anybody particularly wants to hear what I have to say, but I do have a habit of chiming in on conversations when my input is quite possibly not required or wanted for that matter. So, consider this a case of consistency on my part.

I do not profess to know much about buildings or councils, but I do know a little about living in Warsop, as I am sure many of you do. I have lived here for 23 years and I can imagine to some of you reading this, that this is perhaps the length of time in which you’ve been married to your significant other or maybe it’s the age of your children, quite possibly it could be the number of Christmases that you’ve had since age 47… Now that the age thing is out of the way, I do want to add here, that I have seen Warsop change drastically over the last ten years and have massively felt the decline of facilities and lack of investment, which has had a huge impact on the community and local area. I think whatever side of the political spectrum you are on, and just to clarify, I belong to no party, just a bit of a free spirit who cares about the community and the future of Warsop… We can all agree that there is common ground here. A shared interest in what Warsop needs, lacks, and how things could be vastly improved. I would love to look at Warsop ten years from now and still recognise the landscape as it stands, but also take pride in new additions, feel satisfied with investments that have been made, which directly benefit the community. Look back on valuable changes that have provided a bit of much needed collectivism, hope, and a sprinkle of some of that community spirit that my grandparents always bang on about. An investment in people and the wider community.

I think whether you love it or hate it, want it down or up… It is hard to deny that the Town Hall as it stands, is a prominent and central feature of Warsop. I do hope in some capacity, it can remain that way.

P.S. Yes, it really is snowing in April! Aghhhh.
That is global warming for you, but that is for another blog.

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