Usually our meetings attract in the region of 15-25 people, often with about half a dozen new faces, so don’t be shy, just come along for a chat, and find out what we are about.
If you’d like to get involved in setting up a proper 24/7 Makerspace come along and talk to us too, and get involved.
We now meet in the new space at the top of town, and run weekly open evenings on Tuesdays between 7 and 9pm .There is a limited amount of free parking in front of the Makerspace (6 spaces, but our latest record must be squeezing in nine or so cars…) but of course loads of space in the Southern Road and Castons Car Parks for £1 for the whole evening. There is also some free street parking nearby in Council Road, for example. After our public meetings we seem to be establishing a pattern of retiring to the Maidenhead Inn nearby to set the world to rights.
Please fill in our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N53YFTP to help us understand what you want in your Makerspace, or better still just turn up for the open evening and talk to us. The list of tools is growing by the week, so we will not attempt to list them here – but they already include a 3D printer, a vinyl cutter, and shortly a laser cutter at the time of writing, as well as a small wood lathe, and electronic test gear and soldering irons.
WE HOPE TO RUN MINI-WORKSHOPS IN CRAFTS, RASPBERRY PI COMPUTING, SOLDERING AND MANY OTHER PRACTICAL TOPICS OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERS.
We have restarted our talks and workshops, as of Monday February 5th, when we had an excellent talk by Steve Hawtin on using Raspberry Pis in the home as a Music server and Music Player.
Please note that we intend to be as inclusive as possible, but anyone under 18 attending will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times (proof of age may be requested if you have particularly youthful looks!). Entry is nominally free, but we would appreciate a donation of for example £1 on the door towards our costs, as we are a member-run, not-for-profit community group, and we currently have no external funding other than our own members’ pockets.
We are a not-for-profit group, so in the circumstance that we collect any money above and beyond our fixed costs, then we will plough that back into the group by either increasing number of meetings, or to purchase tools and equipment that we can all use and share. .
Come and join us and help us build a new and well-equipped Makerspace in Basingstoke!