Blog

Welcome to our news platform. Over the lockdown period we will try our best to regularly keep you all updated with what we are up to and news on our plans for the future. We hope everyone is doing ok and we look forward to you all being able to come back to our venue and have a good time!

Where are our kick starters? New changes announced!

When the government announced the Kick start scheme to start in August last year we were very keen to get rolling. The scheme was created to employ people aged between 16-24, on universal credit, who have found difficulties finding employment. In order for us to register to the scheme we had to team up with BARBIE and apply for 30 positions at a time. We have applied for 11 positions to expand our team and 6 months later we are still waiting for news on where they are!!!

The government have now amended the scheme to make it easier to recruit kick-starters by cancelling the minimum you can apply for. This change will apply from 2nd February.

We are looking for the following to join our team, no experience necessary:

Caretaker x 2
Cleaner x 2
HR and Administration assistant (can work from home)
Event Assistant (can work from home)
Trainee Chef
Cocktail and Coffee Barista
Security Guard
Retailer (can work from home)
Marketing Assistant (can work from home)

If you meet the criteria to be a kick-starter and are interested in any of the positions above, please email daggersales@outlook.com for a full job description and details of training provided. We will notify you once the scheme has launched with information on how to apply.

Congratulations to The Longest Johns!

Jenna (CnD Co – Director) was originally the landlady of The Three Tuns pub and after 5 years she decided to make a bold move by relocating to a larger venue which we now know as The Cloak and Dagger. She always had a passion for events and live music especially. During one of the open mic nights, The Longest Johns turned up and were amazing. She booked them to do two gigs at the Tuns and now we are really delighted to hear that they have now been signed by Decca (which is part of Universal)!. We hope to continue to be a platform for new bands and eventually fill our walls with photos of performers who have gone on to bigger places.

Cultural Recovery Grant

The Cloak and Dagger have applied for the 2nd round of grants from the Arts Council’s Cultural Recovery Grant. We have our fingers and toes crossed that we will be successful. The grant will aid us to open as soon as we are permitted, with a program of activities and events. The funds help us with the shortfall of core costs. The lockdowns have been extremely tough on The Cloak and Dagger, the overheads on the building are more than the income we can generate from takeaway sales. Unfortunately our landlord has not reduced the rent and still expects full payment!

The grant will help us to recover from the losses we have faced and be able to move forward. Lets hope for the best!

We want to hear from you 😊

Massive shout out!! If you have ever attended an open mic, comedy show, magic show, club night, gig, art class, art market, interactive show, exhibition, film screening, yoga brunch, quiz, craft group, therapy group, performed here, DJ’d here or attended any of our other events here WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We have recently become a community interest company and would like to apply for funding to be able to continue providing all of these great services in the future.

Please share any feedback you have, good (or bad!), if there was any benefits-health/wellbeing, being able socialise, what you liked, where you travelled from, any pics you would like to share and what venues mean to you would be great. Please email daggerbookings@outlook.com.

We will in return send everyone a gift to say thanks!

New Studio for The Cloak and Dagger

Since October we have been slowly renovating a derelict storage unit at the rear of The Cloak and Dagger. We have partnered with our neighbours, Enso Martial Arts to convert the space into a great new community asset- a martial arts/fitness studio and rehearsal room. Doug from Enso will be a resident teacher specialising in meditation and martial arts for people of all ages and abilities.

After several weeks work due to weather conditions, the roof is now complete and we are now making a start on restoring the walls and interior.

This large studio space will be perfect for fitness and dance groups, therapy groups and as a rehearsal room.

We aim for work to be completed by May and look forward to seeing the space in action soon after.

Are you a fitness instructor, therapist, drama teacher or need rehearsal space? Get in touch with us by email daggerbookings@outlook.com for more information about this new facility.

Cloak and Dagger becomes a Community Interest Company!

We are pleased to announce that we have registered as a community interest company, Cloak Room CIC.

The CIC will manage all our brilliant events, community groups, workshops and exhibitions from 2021 onwards. We decided to register as a CIC so that we can focus on providing more activities for the local community and fill the gaps created from other venue closures in the area.

A CIC is a not-for-profit company which is committed to fulfilling duties which are beneficial to communities.

We are keen to hear from you if you would like to become a Trustee, member or volunteer. Please email daggerbookings@outlook.com and we will send you an application form.