A message from Dave Hayward, Chair of CLASP Trustees.
It may be that our long search for a permanent home and archive is over. Thanks to some excellent support by one of our members we have been introduced to the manager at New Creation Farm at Nether Heyford, he has offered us the chance to rent a building at the farm for use as our home. The building which is of substantial wooden construction has ample space for our archived materials together the ability to accommodate an office/classroom and finds-processing area. It is exactly what we need to satisfy our requirements.
The Trustees have visited the building and agreed in principle to accept the offer on the basis of an initial three year lease, with an opt out clause for us after a year if it is not financially viable. The agreement will entail building repairs remaining the responsibility of the owners whilst CLASP looks after alterations etc. We will have to fit the building out with shelving, furniture etc. This will, of course, entail significant fund raising for CLASP – any suggestions, help or even donations will be welcome!
The CLASP Trustees will take a final, formal decision at the next Committee meeting on the 4th February 2019. More details after that date.