Homes for Oxford had a slot on Sunday afternoon where Deborah Glass Woodin and I presented our recent work and our immediate challenges. It was a good opportunity to tell people about the Wolvercote Paper Mill bid and even more so about our upcoming bid for the Irving Building. Hopefully, as a result, a few more people will have liked us on Facebook or contributed to JustGiving (as I write today it’s up to 46% of target and we haven’t really got going yet!).
There is one inspirational story I want to tell you about briefly, to see if it grabs you as it has me. The story was presented by Britt about how the community had bought a bakery in Anfield, Liverpool called Home Baked.
In Anfield, they have the opposite problem to us: rows of empty houses and no one wants to live there. Here in Oxford, there are very few empty homes and hardly anyone can afford to live here! Nonetheless, could we take inspiration from what they have done in Anfield? Could we re-start our recently closed bakery as a community-bakery?
I don’t think we can afford to buy the Gibbons bakery building as well as the Irving (well not unless someone out there with deep pockets wants to take it on with us) but what if we could have a bakery as part of the Community Hub in Irving? Is anyone else interested in looking at this possibility? If you are, get in touch with us via the contact us link and let’s see if this idea has any life.