Thursday, 7 January 2016
Do not underestimate the last nine months.
Don't forget every good time had and hearty song sung. Don't drop the conversations you started.
Bricks and mortar are just that - materials we build with. But a building is hollow without the life and soul which people bring. Every person who has set foot in The Fleeting Arms since the beginning of March is part of that life and soul.
Sure - our doors are closed now. We're busy mopping and cleaning and clearing. Sure - that's a pretty hard job to do. But it doesn't undo anything. Because the superb community and the superb work which has happened in these rooms is purely made up of people.
Space is hugely valuable, but only because it gives somewhere for us to gather - somewhere for us to make.
Do not tell yourself that it was lucky or that it was the right time and the right place - because people make luck and people invented times and places. So it's made by all of us. And, if ever anyone wants it to happen again, then we can make that happen.
So, at some moment in the next few weeks, if you have set foot and shared The Fleeting Arms with us, then raise yourselves a little glass. A toast.
Here to an amazing time.
But here's to more amazing times to come.
A very happy 2016 to all of you. You will smash it.