CHiP - Community Hub in Pippbrook House, Dorking, Surrey
I am part of the team supporting the use of Pippbrook House as a future Community Hub in Dorking. We'd like to see it stay in public hands rather than being sold to a developer for housing.
CHIP is now a registered charity. The building needs a lot of work to make it functional for modern office standards. Estimates for it's renovation have varied from from £1m to £3m.
MVDC currently own Pippbrook House and will be using it for the next year or so while renovations take place to the council offices nearby. After that the building is likely to be sold.
The building has a long history and was designed by George Gilbert Scott, who designed the St Pancras Hotel in Kings Cross, London.
What can you do?
Chip has a Facebook Group. Please join us here!
We've been putting on regular local events in and around Dorking to raise awareness of the plight of Pippbrook House.
The next major event is Pippfest 2016. This will be happening on Sunday 11th September at Pippbrok House grounds in Dorking.
On Valentines day 2016 we had a tea party in the grounds with lots of hearts adorning the treees.
Over Xmas 2015 we had "The 12 Days of Christmas" art installation around the building. I made the "9 ladies dancing" and when installing it found that it sits on a "fairy ring", which seems appropriate! I also helped out with the "7 Swans a swimming" and put some extras on the "12 Dorking Drummers Drumming".
We had a stall at Dorking Gala night 2015, with a photobooth with victorian hats and accessories.
We started "Pippfest" in September 2015 which will hopefully become a regular music and arts festival in the grounds of Pippbrook House. More about Pippfest here. I designed and built the stage sign with Hanna Bee and Nick Webber.