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The Hive at de bees

What they do

The Hive's vision is to create a cultural focal point for Winsford which will act as a catalyst to re-ignite the economy and sense of community. Besides from hosting cultural events daily, from gigs and concerts to cinema, theatre, poetry, dance and exhibitions, the venue will be open 7 days a week as a vibrant social meeting place with a cafe bar and street food offering.

 

Business Proposals

The vision the team have for de bees is for it to become 'The Hive' and for the venue to become the heart of the Winsford community through the provision of various services which are:

As a performance/dance venue

de bees is presently the only dedicated performance/dance venue in Winsford providing the only stage for local community to take to or to host visiting artists. The need for continuation is great as is the opportunity for extending the program involving more of the community, from tea dances to rock concerts and poetry to punk.

As a cafe bar serving quality beverages and street food.

The Hive wants the venue to embrace the community and therefore provide food and facilities for the whole family and all tastes. The street food offering will be made affordable for students during the day offering quality 'fast food' and the offering will be themed according to the nature/style of events.

As a project office for The Hive's events and activities

The first floor of the building can house a working office for directors and working groups where projects, events and venue management are coordinated.

As a working place for Students on work experience

The Hive projects will all delivered by students working on modules under mentor supervision, the work experience will be coordinated with local colleges but requires working space in order for students to work without college supervision. The student working space will be situated alongside the Hive office and recording/rehearsal space and be accessible 7 days a week.

As a facility for musicians to rehearse and record

There are few rehearsal rooms available in the area, there are no recording facilities. The dedicated recording and rehearsal rooms will bring much needed affordable facilities for the community to further the creation and production of music. The project has its own record label Pollens that will distribute and market music created by the community. The Hive will base an internet radio station in the studio which will both promote activity and give residents the opportunity to host shows, interviews debates whilst locally generated music finds an audience.

As a venue for exhibitions

There is no dedicated gallery space in Winsford. Space will be created in order to display locally created art, design and photography in order that residents may feel the presence of all aspects of the creative community to improve cultural identity.

As a venue for classes and workshops
There is a shortage of spaces in Winsford to hold dance classes and workshops which limits the offering to the local community, The Hive will offer affordable space for groups wishing to run commercial classes and Hive will programme a range of culturally driven accessible workshops.

History

de bees was once a thriving venue regularly hosting bands such as The levellers, Cage The Elephant and Catfish and the Bottlemen alongside comedians such as John Bishop, Alan Carr, Jason Manford and Russel Kane attracting visitors from around Cheshire as well as serving the local community. There then followed a long period of under investment which has meant the venue has deteriorated into little more than a late night club two nights a week appealing to a limited market which had the inevitable knock-on effect of it losing custom leading to further under investment over the years during which time only the Pub Co profited from the business.

The recent pubco reform legislation has led to the restructuring of the big pub co’s such as EI Group who own de bees. They are moving towards direct or semi direct management of pubs and given the venue’s non traditional offering and requirement for specialist operators there was no appetite for self management. de bees was deemed to have greater value closed and put up for redevelopment on the open market, the board agreed its disposal in March 2019. Although EI Group have agreed off market sale to the community should the share offer fail to raise sufficient funding the building will be closed and advertised on the open market.

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