Hi. Thought it was time I introduced this to you all.
I'm a LHS member of several years now, but don't get to the space very much these days due to its location. A group of us with similar concerns have therefore set up the above-titled organisation to set up a space south of the river. After over a year of muddling around the idea, we've progressed beyond the "talking about it in pubs" stage and are now into the "raising starting capital and a hair's breadth from securing a space" stage. We're a registered company, and have been in some very promising talks with Network Rail with regards to securing a low-rent railway arch in Loughborough Junction. There's some (recent) background reading over on our blog: http://www.southlondonmakerspace.org/
and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SouthLondonMakerspace
We're currently holding biweekly meetings on Saturdays at the London College of Communication in Elephant & Castle. If anybody wants to come and say hi, lend a hand, or just tinker on a project, it would be great to see you there. The next date is 9th November, and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/9077841067
(required in order to get checked in at the front desk)
We've also had some great conversations with Russ on the topic, and he's given us some very useful advice. We also have his formal blessing, so please don't get the idea that we're trying to be in competition with LHS. We will complement and hopefully collaborate in the future :-)
All feedback and questions welcome!