It was great to partially reopen the building in June for meetings on the lower ground floor and to enable Re:Ignite Church to return on Sundays. The Confessional in September 2021 was the first publicly attended event at The Exchange for almost 2 years. 440 people attend this music event, showcasing local and nationally talented artists throughout the day. Due to the events success, it has already been booked in for September 2022, this time taking place over 2 days.
The British Textile Biennial began with its launch on 30th September 2021 and hired The Exchange Hall for the whole of October. This exhibition saw 2,000 people gather throughout the month to visit us at The Exchange. It felt great to have The Exchange Hall on the first floor back in use.
The cafe area, MeeMaws and The Exchange Lounge, on the lower ground floor started being reused in mid-September for Relish English teaching classes and a new Relish Hub, where anyone could drop into MeeMaws and enquire about Relish English classes or to simply practice English conversation. Relish has been helped by a Blackburn with Darwen Integration Grant to continue to employ the Relish ESOL trained teacher. Relish also has 3 other classes taking place elsewhere in the local community and has been attended by over 10 different nationalities who reside within the Blackburn with Darwen Borough seeing the lower ground floor mobilised back into being used again.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and look forward to a successful year in 2022 which we hope will see many of you joining with us at The Exchange for an event, working as a volunteer or celebrating and encouraging us through our social media platforms.