Premises renovation

The renovation of our premises are now complete. The couple of hundred members who took up the opportunity to look around on 6th August were very positive about the new facilities; the key features of which are:

  • 30% more space overall
  • six class rooms, compared with five previously
  • all class rooms will have external windows and air-conditioning
  • expanded social space on second floor, out of the way of members moving between classes
  • new projection facilities in all class rooms, plus hearing loops
  • administrative meeting room
  • refreshed decoration throughout
  • clear signage on all floors of the building
  • wherever possible we’ve recycled or repurposed materials.


Covid precautions

Covid guidance for Autumn term
As mentioned in the recent newsletter, the Council has developed guidance notes for staff and members to use when term restarts with face-to-face classes in Bridge Street. These are based on government guidance, tempered for our specific circumstances. The over-arching principle is of our taking collective responsibility for protecting ourselves and fellow members by observing sensible precautions.
One specific point I would like to clarify is why we will not be observing social distancing in classes. Firstly, social distancing is no longer mandated; cinemas & theatres are open. Secondly, if our classrooms were socially distanced it would reduce the number of places on each course by roughly half, which would substantially reduce the chances of getting your requested courses.
However, steps have been taken to improve the ventilation (openable windows in all classrooms and upgraded air conditioning) Also, we have reduced the numbers for each room to some degree.
The guidance notes can be found HERE

Tim Ewbank, Chairman