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Grace Network bids farewell to Brimscombe Port

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Organisations linked to The Grace Network responded to the eviction deadline of 5pm today, September 29th, and have moved out of Brimscombe Port.

The Long Table, Stroud Furniture Bank, Stroud District Kids’ Stuff, and The Bike Drop will make the move over the road to their new home at Brimscombe Mills and hope to be fully operational by the end of October.

Grace Network founder Will Mansell said: “We’ve done some amazing stuff over the years at Brimscombe Port, but it feels good to move on and life is about going forwards and moving on with the challenge ahead.”

Moving out: Pascale Pretty wheels one of the Bike Drop’s bikes over the road to the new home at Brimscombe Mills. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

The current site at Brimscombe Port will see Stroud District Council invest a total of £3m which has been almost matched by external funding.

The Port is now earmarked for residential use, with more than 150 houses and flats as well as small business use.

Ryan Ives moving some of the final pieces of furniture out of the Furniture Bank at Brimscombe Port. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

SDC is seeking a development partner to regenerate the port canal, create a community centre and ‘enterprise opportunities’, industry and tourism, but plans do not include connecting the canal.

Demolition of Brimscombe Port will begin in October.

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