We’re all looking forward to another Kimberley Lights Switch on here at Rumbletums. The café will be open throughout the evening selling hot drinks and a selection of cakes and snacks.
This year we will also be selling our amazing Christmas Cards at the parish hall along with some beautiful knitted craft items. Why not join us there and support the work of Rumbletums Café.
Many thanks to Mike Baldwin for a delightful evening full of anecdotes and interest as he took us on a tour of his show garden career. H.R.H Prince Philip apparently doesn’t like Rhododendrons!
Lovely canapes and cakes prepared by the Rumbletums team gave everyone plenty of brain food at half time.
Thanks also to the wonderful Roots micro pub in Kimberley who hosted a music and quiz night in aid of Rumbletums, raising over £1200. We’ve been completely bowled over by their generosity
Keep checking to see what events are happening to support Rumbletums.
Sarah, Nicola, Alex, Emily and Gareth have been busy creating Christmas card designs based on the theme of “Lights and Baubles”. The designs were created using wax and ink. We were delighted with the results. We hope you like them too.
They will be available to buy singly or in packs of 10 from the Café or using the online order form.
Single Card £1.20
Pack 5 £4.99
Pack 10 £8.99
In order to raise some of the funds needed to buy the premises that Rumbletums currently occupies in Kimberley (see “Rumbletums 7th Birthday and a New Challenge” below), we’ve set up a GoFundMe page. If you’d like to support us, we’d be very grateful for any donation, however large or small.
Rumbletums AGM is a time when we can look back over the previous year and take stock of all that has happened and been achieved. This year we will be holding our AGM on Monday 6th August at pm. You are most welcome to join us and celebrate a year in the life of Rumbletums.
Rumbletums celebrated its 7th birthday on 2nd July and held a birthday party in the cafe on Saturday 6th.
It was a time for looking back on what the project has achieved since its inception in 2011, with friends old and new and for looking forward to, hopefully, the next seven years. But Chair of Trustees, Derek Gardiner, also had to reveal a new challenge now facing Rumbletums and its supporters.
This is his statement:
As you may know, since Rumbletums first opened on 2nd July 2011, the Victoria Street premises have been rented from the owners of the building, the East Midlands Baptist Trust Company. For the seven years that Rumbletums has used this building, we have benefited from a low rent in return for maintaining and developing the building. During that time we have provided a range of valuable services, not only to our trainees but to the wider community.
However, the Baptist Trust Company decided, when our lease was last renewed, that they would sell the building at the end of the lease period. This will be in June 2019. We now know that the sale price will be £200,000. Although Rumbletums has been given first refusal on buying the premises, it will be difficult to raise this amount of money in the timescale set down by the EMBTC, although we will obviously put as much effort in as possible to secure the necessary funds and are looking at a variety of ways of trying to raise the money.
We have investigated alternative premises and will continue to do so, but, at the moment, there are none that are suitable for our needs locally or that are within our budget. We are also hoping to hold discussions with EMBTC to see if there are any alternative arrangements we can come to.
Sadly, if all these attempts fail, it is likely that Rumbletums will have to close. This is an outcome that, of course, none of us wants.
So it is not yet a done deal and we will work hard to ensure the future of the project, but it would be wrong of the trustees not to inform all those associated with Rumbletums of the facts and of the difficult position we are now in.
Our first consideration in all of this will be our trainees and staff and we will ensure that everyone is informed as things progress, so that timely decisions can be made as necessary.
We know that we will have your support at this difficult time and we hope that by working together we will find a solution and Rumbletums will be around for another seven years.
Rumbletums are delighted to be this months recipient of the Waitrose Community Matters award of £500. Each month 3 causes are selected to go forward for voting by the public in their store and Rumbletums have come top of the poll! Thanks to all of you who voted for us whilst doing your shopping. Don’t forget to drop in to out Café in Kimberley and enjoy delicious cakes and coffees as a well earned treat.
Waitrose Community Matters.
We’re very grateful to everyone who voted for us at Waitrose in Wollaton. Thanks for your support.