Cafe and Events Wed 3rd Dec 2008
Present: Scout, Deborah, Abby, Emi, Alex, Bernard
Apologies: Pomme, James and ...someone else.
APs from Last Meeting
1. Emi and Alex to meet about Vollie Application: Everything is going fine, the kitchen has never before had so many lovely, hard-working volunters. We will work to update the application form a little.
2. Scout and Emi to do blackboard: It is hanging proud in the kitchen. Emi did damn all, she made Scout do all the work and laughed at her, "hahaha"- like that.
3. Torstein to do Vollie Par]ty[/i - It was a huge success, a good time was had by all. Except when Torstein had to spend two hours cleaning the next morning when his volunteers didn't turn up. Boo!
[i]People not turning up for shifts
Awful Events (Abby)
Sound Tech (Deborah)
Space left from Free Shop move
Jotter in kitchen for NMs (Torstein)
People not turning up for shifts Emi- with Application forms keep them in order so we have details. She had forms in a folder and someone moved it. It's really, really annoying. She'd keeping it safe in a secret place. Abby - should we write numbers straight into the volunteer contact book. AP- EMI to get a new volunteer book. She will see what numbers are in the old one and how valid they still are/if the person is still in the country. EMI will also write new numbers straight in the book when going through applications.
Awful Events - People come and they are crap, no-one discourages them and it makes some people not enjoy using the space. Scout - once every so often, having a one off show that sucks is okay, but not repeatedly. Abby - there must be a way to stop people. Scout - Shall we have a giant gong. Abby - some people have no respect at all for people who are working in the kitchen. She's said to people before not to just go on stage without asking, as they often do. Feels she is being treated sexist. Alex - Do we want to be known as a space with good events, or an open space and risk having not so good events? Emi - incessant bongos drives me crazy. All - yes! Alex - Loud events during the day detracts from having a cafe space that people want to come to for quiet times. All - some people who run events are very disrespectful to the kitchen staff, who are working to keep the space open for people running events. People won't turn music down when NMs ask them to etc. People will climb on stage without asking and start impromptu gigs - some of which are not so good.
AP SCOUT to write in Events Book rules at the front blurb about making yourself known to cafe staff when doing events. Also, to listen to people running the cafe and turn the volume down when people ask, as loud music never compensates for lack of ability.
AP SCOUT to write a poster to hang in the kitchen to remind NMs they are in charge of the space, and to let us know if people are making your life difficuly by posting on the Night Managers Forum.
AP - ALEX to put sign on stage saying to ask the kitchen if you want to perform and other things.
NB - Scout completed these before the end of the meeting. Shazahmmm.
Soundtech - Lack of makes everything difficult, Deborah didn't know how to turn the music down when she needed to last. Abby - Mike, new sound technician, is making an idiots guide to the sound equipment.
Sofas Emi - Been looking in Charity Shops for ages to replace bad and uncomfortable sofas. We're on freecycle, keep an eye out. Alex - Shannon and others went to auctions to find second hand sofas. We decided to get new leather sofas as they are easier to maintain, but second hand as we don't want to cause demand. Scout - Yenta covers would be ideal! Abby - Will look into MFI stock as they are liquidising, or something Alex - Not too many sofas as they take up space. I wish there were no sofas at all, but I understand the joy they bring people.
Emi - New menu exists in part, we need a new menu to go with the new menu. "They look so shitty."
AP - Working On Menus meeting on Tues 16th @ 5pm in Action Room.
Space Left From Free Shop
Alex - Explained what's happening with the Free Shop, and this will free up that area of the cafe. Emi - It's happening Monday all day, people should come if they want to help. Alex - Going to put up posts for minutes in that space, and work on Friends of The Forest area for other organisations doing good work.
Jotter in kitchen for NMs
Torstein - Communications book for K/NMs just to pass on general information, asking people to do things, tell other's what's been happening during the day, people that have been barred etc. Alex - We can't have something open access in the kitchen if it contains sensitive information, explained hidden Night Manager forum.
AP - Torstein to get a Communications Book for people in the Kitchen. It will not contain sensitive information, but should say "Person barred today - look on BB for details" or so for sensitive information.
Any other Business
All- No, hooray!