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Forest Cafe on track for financial reprieve
Forest Café has half the money it needs to re-open
Rosalind Brown
Wednesday, 05 October, 2011 | 09:00

A group of volunteer fundraisers are halfway to buying back the the Forest Café after months of fundraising.

A campaign was launched following the announcement of bankruptcy by the charity and had been at the very forefront of the Forest's collective thoughts for their last year of opening.

Weekly fundraisers and the creation of a WeFund account has seen the Forest Café raise half of the required amount to buy back their home at Bristo Place.

On 1 September, following a busy festival season, the Forest Café was forced to shut its doors at its Bristo Place venue.

The volunteer-run organisation was treasured as a creative and cultural hub of free thinking in the grassroots art scene.

A registered charity, the Forest was told they would have to raise £100,000 to secure a mortgage and so far it has received over £13,000 in pledges.

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for the Lothians region, has been vocal in her support for the Café: “The attitude of the current administrators of the premises on Bristo Place has been incomprehensible, but I remain confident that the dedicated Forest volunteers will be able either to get their old venue back or find somewhere even better.

"This city has been immeasurably better off for their efforts over the years, and that’s why I’m wholeheartedly supporting this campaign."

For many performers, the Forest Café provided them with the venue with which to perform and the Café became a popular haunt for students across the capital.

Ailsa Skudos, a student at the University of Edinburgh told The Journal: "The Forest is an important part of my life. As somewhere to socialise, somewhere to enjoy free entertainment but also to find out more about things I would be totally unaware of like spoken word poetry or vegan brownies. I love the Forest and so when I heard it was shutting I donated £20. I hope other people will too." 


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