The first night went well... we certainly enjoyed ourselves and the response we got was good, though of course there are many things we need to work on to get "right".
The set up and staff briefing went well and we where ready to open in plenty of time. It wasn’t heaving but we made a good start. All of those who came in asked when we would be open again and told us that they wanted to come back, all said they valued the facility and wanted to see it continue. Special mention for the Kitchen team (Tam, Bev and Kate) who produced superb Smoothies, Flap-jacks and Brownies amongst other things!
The Police, Environmental Health and the Safer Communities partnership came through for us… providing us, amongst other things, with a Radio which meant we could speak directly with the mobile Police unit and the Officers posted outside both Pussycats and the Station. We where even visited by a Council members including one high ranking cabinet member and of course our regular Radio 4 producer/journalist!
A number of Team members also spent some time outside the gates of Pussycats talking to clubbers, Police and Door staff - something we want to develop - Anne and I where invited into Pussycats by the head of the Door Staff to visit the VIP lounge and to have a chat with the Club Owner, which we did… unfortunately, though invited we didn’t feel we could stay and join the party! The opening night closed at 3.30am when the Police came to tell us it had all gone quite and to collect the Radio
Many lessons learned and much work to do! To keep abreast of the sank•tuary project visit the blog/website including regular chill-out/ambient music recommendations & links.