Moseley Hive News
From pop-up to permanent: Moseley’s buzzing neighbourhood Hive is now wholly owned by the community.
Moseley Community Development Trust (CDT) has bought an old shop on the high street to transform it into a permanent home for community activity.
93A Alcester Rd was previously a Pizza Express and before that WH Smiths. “We’ve bought the building as a long term base for people powered possibilities on Moseley high street”, said Lorna Brewster of Moseley CDT
The space is called The Moseley Hive and the CDT has already been running it: “We had borrowed it from the landlord under a meanwhile lease, and we are delighted that now they’ve agreed to sell it to us”, said Lorna.
“It’s our chance to help people take back the high street by adding community powered property to the mix. It means we can provide a platform for the wonderful ideas brimming in our part of Birmingham.”
“It becomes a permanent, welcoming heart to the community, breathing fresh life into the high street and making Moseley an even more vibrant place to live,” she added. “This will build on other community spaces, such as our own Moseley Exchange, the wonderful Moseley Park and Pool and the amazing award winning markets.”
Where local people once bought newspapers or ate pizza – the building has more recently been used for activities from drop-in English classes for people from Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Syria, breakdancing sessions, arts events, repair cafes and clothes swaps. With the building owned by a local charity it will allow for even more possibilities and opportunities for people to come together.
Funds to buy the building were donated by a charitable trust which has asked to remain anonymous. “When you let a community own and shape a space, you can’t guess what will happen. We’re excited to see what kind of possibilities The Hive will bring.”
You can come and celebrate this new opportunity for Moseley at The Moseley Hive, Wednesday May 17th between 5pm and 8pm. “Come and have a nose and talk to us” said Lorna.
The CDT is also seeking volunteers to help with events, marketing, and other aspects of community development