New page for The Tree House Film Club

treehouselogo-copy6.pngJust a quick post to highlight the fact that there is now a page here for The Tree House Film Club.  You will find updates there, and also a contact form if you wish to be put on a mailing list to be kept informed by email.

Anyone who pledges £10 towards the Tree House project on the PleaseFund.Us site will get a month’s subscription to the film club as an extra ‘reward’; anyone who pledges £20 will get three months’ subs thrown in.  Can’t say fairer than that!

We’re also on Facebook and Twitter (@TreeHouseBkshop).

Mmm, films – lovely.

Green light for the Tree House Film Club!

treehouselogo-copy6.pngWoohoo!  The Tree House is finally going to be more than ideas and fundraising!  I have the go-ahead now to start a film club in the Kenilworth Centre, which is very exciting.

It will be called The Tree House Film Club, to tie it in with the bookshop project.  There will be a subscription, rather than individual entrance fees, as this complies with licence requirements.  Subs will cover the cost of hiring the venue and beyond that will go into the Tree House Bookshop fund, which is a non-profit business – when it is eventually up and running, the film club will carry on and will help to support the venture, which will give any profits to local charities.  Until then, the film club will be a means of raising both awareness and funds for the project as a whole.

I want to show films that have some level of artistic or significant content – the kind of films we don’t often see on television – including old British classics, foreign language films, Hollywood classics, less commercial films – but also some more popular things, a good variety.  I will set up an initial list, but obviously club members will be able to make their own suggestions as well.

First meeting then: Saturday 4th May, 7.15pm-10pm, the Kenilworth Centre.  The film will be Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, a personal favourite of mine, and one that doesn’t get shown often (ever?) on television.  Bit dated in some respects (the 1980s really were bad years for hair and fashion, weren’t they?!), but an enjoyable film about friendship and lost ideals, with a great cast at the start of their careers (Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, William Hurt among others), and a fabulous soundtrack.

This first film will be free of charge – an introduction to the club, a chance to come along and find out more about how it will work, the kind of films that will be shown, and any other questions you might have, and decide if you want to join.  Bring your own snacks and drinks (no alcohol).

Do get in touch via victoria @ treehousebookshop . co . uk (without the spaces, of course) if you would like to be put on a mailing list (no commitment to joining the club, just to be kept up to date with developments), or if you would like further information.

Put it in your diary – 7.15pm, Kenilworth Centre, 4th May.  May the 4th indeed be with us…sorry, just had to be done!

The Tree House Film Club

treehouselogo-copy6.pngI am on the verge of setting up a film club as part of the wider project of The Tree House.  It’s always been part of the plan, when we get premises, to have film nights, but until permanent premises are found, there is no reason why we can’t start a film club straight away.  I am waiting for confirmation from a venue in central Kenilworth, I hope to hear very soon; but for now I am interested in hearing from anyone who would like to join.

The club will focus on films that have a level of artistic content, and things you don’t often get to see at the cinema or on television, though I am planning a good variety of films.  I have access to a great DVD library!  There will of course also be the option for members to suggest films.

The reason for having a club rather than simply advertising films is twofold.  One is that the licencing is both cheaper and less complicated if we do it this way and only advertise the films within the club (we can advertise the club though!), and if we don’t charge on the door but have a club subscription system.  The other is that it enhances the community aspect that is integral to The Tree House Bookshop as a project.

Film evenings are likely to be Saturdays, fortnightly, with films probably starting at 7.30pm.  There will then be time afterwards to go on for a drink and/or to discuss the film.  It will be a good value Saturday night out!

So do get in touch with me, either here or via email – victoria @ treehousebookshop . co. uk (without the spaces) if you are interested in being on the mailing list.  No commitment, just in case you want to be kept informed about developments.

In the meantime, keep spreading the word, and especially about the PleaseFund.Us campaign, trying to raise £1000 towards the project – the pledges currently stand at £510 with 44 days to go, which is fantastic!  Very generous supporters.

Nearly half way!

treehouselogo-copy6.pngEncouraging news: I am just £30 shy of the halfway mark in my attempt to raise funds via crowdfunding site PleaseFund.Us – that’s just three more people donating £10 to The Tree House.  46 days to go.  Keep spreading the word!  It’s an all-or-nothing site – if I don’t get to the target amount, The Tree House gets none of the money pledged.

Thank you so, so much to the 11 generous backers who have so far pledged £470 between them – amazing.

Tree House funding target – getting there!

mier_prod-1 blueWow, have just looked at my PleaseFund.Us page, and see that I am now more than a third of the way to my £1000 target – £360 has been pledged, which is absolutely fantastic.  48 days still to go – if I don’t get the whole £1000 I don’t get anything, so I will keep plugging this until the time is up – I am so grateful for all the retweets on Twitter and shares on Facebook and there will come a time when I will no longer be promoting this!  Thank you for your patience.

There are little rewards for those who pledge money, from £10 to £100, and I will think of other little things I can do to reward those who do feel able to support the project financially.  In the meantime, if you can keep spreading the word, I will be so, so grateful – you never know who might be out there, looking for a project to invest in that they think is worth supporting, and every donation, large or small, helps and is a sign of faith in what I do think will be a positive addition to the high street and a community asset.

Here is the (very basic) little video explaining more.  The link to the PleaseFund.Us site is in the bar on the right hand side of the home page here on this blog.

New Twitter account

mier_prod-1-dark-red.jpgI have now set up a Twitter account for The Tree House (@TreeHouseBkshop).  I already have an account in my own name (@victoria_mier), and will continue to tweet Tree House stuff from that account for the time being as I have over 200 followers there, but will start to use the Tree House account more and more as it builds up a following.  Follow them both!  I also have a Facebook account for the bookshop, not much on it yet but as I plan to start organising some events in Kenilworth, more will appear there soon.  Twitter has been amazing at spreading the word and building networks – I was sceptical before I joined, but am fully converted!

Plan B

treehouselogo-copy6.pngI may have missed out on my ideal premises, but I am not being idle – just having to think more creatively about how to get this project off the ground.

I have decided to do a few things, to raise both awareness in Kenilworth itself and to raise more funds.  I am planning some publicity days, maybe at the Kenilworth Centre or in other venues, where I will simply set out my stall, literally and metaphorically, and try to present what I’m hoping to do.  This will include activities such as having a story session for young children, a book discussion session (very general, informal), maybe some competitions or a raffle, as well as some books for sale and definitely some cake!

I’m also hoping to start giving art history talks, which is what I’ve done for a living for numerous years now, but not recently…this is the sort of thing that would happen in the bookshop too, evening and weekend talks on arts, community and environmental topics.  These will be ticketed, also as a means of putting some money in the startup pot for The Tree House.

And I will set up a website and start selling online.  The plan remains very strongly to have a physical bookshop, as that is the most important aspect of this whole project, but until the right site materialises, there is no reason not to start an online shop (and sell through other online outlets, of course) – and online selling will be part of the business in the longer term in any case.  It’s a hard decision, though, because I want all the lovely stock I currently have to fill the shelves when that physical shop does appear!

So a few humble ideas, but I am hoping they will keep some momentum going.

A sign of faith – have to be positive!

treehouselogo-copy6.pngI now have another stamp – a bookplate stamp!  I will stamp all the books I sell with it, and have offered that anyone who donates £10 or more to the project will have their names in a number of books as a benefactor, so there is space for that too.

This is the stamp design.  It looks better stamped!  (There is no outline to the figure, for starters.)  And will of course be one colour (need to buy some different coloured ink pads – only have two colours at the moment!)  But I don’t have phone or camera to hand.

The Tree House Bookshop stamp copy

I love stamping things.  So now I will start sorting the books I’ve been given and stamping them…perhaps premature, since the whole thing is still touch and go, depending on where I can find premises…but it’s a sign of faith that it will happen.  It will.



Shakespeare and Co

treehouselogo-copy6.pngWaiting to start my own bookshop is frustrating and stressful; focusing on other successful secondhand bookshops will always be a source of energy.  Here is a fabulous photo montage of Shakespeare and Co, the legendary English-language bookshop in Paris that has been the haunt of many  great writers of the 20th century as well as a favourite destination for any booklover visiting Paris.  There are even beds for people to sleep overnight. Do have a look, it’s an amazing place.

Shakespeare and Co