LUDLOW and District Community Association (trading as Ludlow Assembly Rooms - LAR) is pleased to offer support and encouragement to Stroud Trust in its pursuit of obtaining a community asset transfer of Stroud Subscription Rooms. Like Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Stroud Subscription Rooms was built through public subscription by and for the community. Facilities such as these are an important part of any community and should be preserved as such. Ludlow Assembly Rooms is approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary of being an arts and community centre, serving a town of 10,000 with a rural hinterland of 35,000. It has not always been easy but with a committed Board of trustees, over 130 active volunteers, a small but highly skilled staff team, 500 Friends of LAR (members) and the support of individuals, societies and groups across the town, we have weathered all the storms to date. Once a facility such as Stroud Subscription Rooms is lost to the community, it is usually lost forever. … [Read more...] about Reader’s letter: Trust support
THERE is much talk and difference of opinions regarding the sale of the Sub Rooms. There seem to be two camps - one that support Ecotricity buying it to become and office and a public venue, and the other believes it should stay as it is. There definitely needs to be change - it costs the council too much money, and few people use it. On paper, a publicly supported art centre with a theatre, bar, café, rooms for hire and tourist information, placed in the centre of a culturally engaged socially active community should be a hive of activity. Stroud has a thriving events calendar, a need for venues for activities for young and old, (yoga classes, ballet, judo), weddings, public meetings, a central hub for all things Stroud. We want music, drama, dance, comedy, films, poetry, art, beer, coffee, food, market stalls - a central meeting focus to our community, so how has the Sub Rooms failed? Ecotricity are not the right people to do this. They are not in the arts and … [Read more...] about Reader’s letter: We own Subs!
I am writing further to the reports both in the Stroud News and Journal and on stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk in respect of the Brexit means Exit Rally which took place outside the Stroud Subscription Rooms on Saturday 18 th November. Firstly, as correctly reported in advance by the SNJ, this rally was staged by the umbrella organisation Brexit means Exit, and in addition it comprised many other Leave campaigning groups such as Better Off Out, the Freedom Organisation, the Patriotic Association as well as members of several political parties, including UKIP. It was not a UKIP rally as some have falsely maintained, and for that reason there were no UKIP banners or rosettes whatsoever in view. Secondly the vexed question of where the rally took place. Brexit means Exit had applied for and had been granted permission by Stroud District Council to set their PA system up in Kendrick Steet, just round the corner from the Sub Rooms. This they duly did, but when the organisers saw that the … [Read more...] about Reader’s Letter: We have a right to be heard
JUST what is going on at Stroud District Council? We have the majority Labour Group ‘mindful’ to sell the Sub Rooms yet their National Party is leaning more to the left with a Policy of Public Ownership. How can they therefore sell the publicly owned Sub Rooms to Mr Vince? The Sub Rooms were built as a result of public subscription in the 1830s and were then purchased by Stroud Council around 1961 – presumably using, at that time, ratepayers’ money – what is the legal position here? – for the moral position does not seem to matter. Why are the Liberal Democrat, Conservative, Green and independent councillors silent on this subject? Do people really want Mr Vince to be the owner of a local asset? One can only hope that Stroud Town Council will have the means to fight this proposed sale, for they are the only ones attempting to do what is right in this case. Certainly one cannot be confident about the decisions coming from Ebley Mill. … [Read more...] about READER’S LETTER: How can the council sell the Sub Rooms?
I THINK that the atmosphere in Stroud since the news leaked that the task and finish group preferred bid for the Sub Rooms was for Ecotricity has become very unpleasant. Mr Vince is trying to save this much loved iconic facility for the public and should be applauded for his efforts. He has offered to consult with Stroud Town Council which I understand was declined due to them backing the Stroud Trust bid. The situation should be addressed by the district council by releasing all three bids now for the public to see why they have made the decision they have and whether all groups could work together to get the best outcome for the people of Stroud and this amazing building and forecourt. Hopefully, the public will attend the ‘consultation’ to be held by Stroud District Council at the Subscription Rooms on November 18, to add their thoughts to the process before the final decision is made on December 5. ROBIN PHILLIPS … [Read more...] about READER’S LETTER: Mr Vince is trying to save the Sub Rooms and should be applauded
DEAR councillor Cornell, the Sub Rooms. I am writing to you in your capacity as chairman of the district council task and finish group addressing the future of the Subscription Rooms. Like many residents, I have been shocked to hear the leaked news that your group favours the bid from Ecotricity over the other two options of either a sale to the Trust or retention of the Sub Rooms in SDC ownership. I would be grateful if you could explain, why SDC did not include the option of itself setting up a trust to run the Sub Rooms, a course being followed by many councils faced with the challenge of revenue-funding for discretionary culture and leisure services. I appreciate that the terms of the T&F group were set by the strategy and resources committee but you must have discussed this option within your group over the months since January. Many people share my dismay that your group appears to have made up its mind without any input from the public. A consultation event on … [Read more...] about Reader’s letter: Why no input
THERE are many arguments being ranged for and against Ecotricity’s bid to purchase our Subscription Rooms in Stroud (SNJ letters, October 25). It’s unfortunate when this debate lapses into the impugning of the characters involved – always a danger, alas, on troll-infested social media. By playing the ‘personality game’, those who, as a matter of principle, are opposed to selling our prized community asset risk having our arguments written off as personalised attacks. We mustn’t allow this happen. The argument against our Sub Rooms being sold off to the highest bidder is straight-forward and overwhelming. It’s terrifying how comprehensively free-market ideology has infected the modern psyche, even in Stroud! The currently hobbled Tories are determined to finish off the job that Margaret Thatcher started, and to privatise everything. The fate of our Sub Rooms is therefore a microcosm of this historic struggle to retain at least the … [Read more...] about Reader’s letter: Anti cold logic
SAVE Our Subscription Rooms? For who? If the Sub Rooms are sold to Dale Vince/Ecotricity they will pass out of community ownership…forever! Our wonderful building could be transformed into a truly vibrant community performance/arts/social hub (as per the Stroud Trust/Stroud Town Council bid) with no ongoing costs to SDC. But now it seems that there is a very major risk that it will be sold – for peanuts! – to someone who will ‘allow’ the current meagre offer to continue. Please don’t let this happen! Sheila Munnoch Stroud … [Read more...] about Reader’s letter: Keep it public
Norway has the strongest penetration for digital news subscriptions of any country. Can media organisations in the Nordic country thank consumer culture, good strategy or something else entirely for the boom in paywall payers? Newspaper readers in Norway don't seem to mind parting with a set number of kroner each month to ensure access to their digital sources. The Norwegian news media has proved adept at converting visitors to registered users, and registered users to paying subscribers on its sites. Both the number of newspapers with paywalls for content and number of digital subscriptions have seen prolific growth in recent years. A recent report by Nordicom showed that, following a doubling of newspapers with pay models for online news in 2015, 151 newspapers across the country had paid digital subscription models by the end of 2016. The most common model is the so-called ‘hard paywall': self-produced news on the sites is restricted to paying customers only. All three … [Read more...] about Why Norwegian media lead the world in digital subscriptions
CHOOSING a digital TV package is a minefield . . . so many choices!Some families prefer the upfront cost of a basic TV box and licence with no monthly subscription. Others do costly direct debits for access to premium sport packages and the latest boxsets.So, to help out, we have pulled together a guide to paid-for TV.Options depend on which internet provider you use as main suppliers offer TV alongside their broadband services. This can be limiting, as BT, Virgin and TalkTalk only supply TV to customers who also buy their internet.Anyone able to have a satellite dish on their home can get Sky Q, regardless of broadband provider. Those not wishing to pay monthly can watch no-contract Freesat or Freeview TV.If you want the latest boxsets or premium sport, some providers let you pay as you go. Now TV lets you get daily, weekly or monthly passes with no contract. TalkTalk TV allows you to sign up for extra premium channels on a monthly rolling … [Read more...] about Which is the best digital TV package? From Sky Q to TalkTalk, Now TV and more – our guide to choosing a TV subscription service