Photos by Kate Disher-Quill
In late August 2014 we submitted our Development Application for our home down here at Whateley Street. About 15 months later we're almost done with the building's resurrection, we're buggered but completed chuffed at the way it's all shaping up.
Along the journey, what we needed more than security, money and sleep was a helping hand... and this we got in spades. When most of our tradies were off on their weekends, the RSW team would be onsite Saturday's doing anything we could to complete the build. We mostly had no idea what we were doing, but like with everything else we've ever done, we got in there, had a go and worked it out.
Every Saturday we've had a new face emerge willing to do the same, and as the months past, the number of faces grew, as did our ability to get through the work. Some were regulars, some one-offs, lending a hand with whatever time they had spare. We were lucky to have a range of ages and skills. I can say, from personal experience, that this support has been utterly energising. At times when it all felt so far away, in sweeps a friendly face with a tool belt and/or can-do attitude to fix the problem and keep us moving.
As a result we can say, with full confidence, that RSW is built off the sweat and tears of those who will benefit from the workshop most... it's also founded on the same ideals RSW emerged from. Being willing to learn, not afraid to fail and doing so with full support around us. Forging some solid friendships through it all is also a massive bonus.
For our final working bee, we asked for as much help as possible and got it. You can see from the images taken by our photographer Kate Disher-Quill that the mood on site was focussed, positive and productive. We got through a mountain of work, charged through the list with some well-earned beers at the end of the day.
We can't thank these people enough, we know all your names and will never forget your faces.
As to our opening date? There are too many variables dictating that, hence, the day we open is the day we announce it (so watch our social media closely early in the new year) with official launch parties and workshops as promised to our crowdfunding pledgers to follow.
Membership holders - everyone who has purchased a membership do not need to renew it, this includes pledgers from our 2013 crowdfunding campaign. Your annual memberships will commence exactly one month after we officially open for trade, giving you time to get started and a bonus month to get in there if you're eager.
Over the holiday break we will take the time to be with family and rest up before entering the new year pushing forward to get your workshop and cafe open.
Your bike. Your workshop. Your way.... soon to be a reality.