Here we are at the end of another month and there are a number of topics that are vying to be discussed. Many of them have been on heavy rotation in this column (and indeed the national news) for at least the last year (I’m sure you could reel them off fairly quickly without too much effort). They are all pretty weighty (in one case literally) subjects, though, and as we are approaching a certain time of year, my eyes were drawn to a fairly small industry news story I dug up recently instead.
Rob Dennison has been spending the past few weeks building the new 50 Cal Café in Saxilby, Lincolnshire. Nothing particularly exciting there, you may think, but Dennison is a veteran and the goal of the café is to help fellow vets to come to terms with their experiences. Not only will it raise funds, it will also employ other veterans and offer coaching and counselling.
More generally, Dennison told The Lincolnite recently: “I want this to be an area where everyone feels welcome and can get a cuddle if they’d like one. Lincoln and Lincolnshire has strong links to the military, so it needs a space where everyone is welcome.”
This made me think of what a great sector the out of home one truly is to work in. Even if your enterprise is not obviously altruistic, you are by definition at the very least providing the basics of a community: a place where people can relax, socialise and enjoy good food and drink. As we head into uncertain and divisive times, this service will become even more important – so it may worth taking a moment to consider anything else that could be done to emulate Dennison’s efforts, albeit, of course, on a smaller scale.
It just leaves me to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year on behalf of everyone at H2O Publishing. Enjoy your break and we will see you in 2019!