WHQ, the global pandemic & news updates
Thank you all so much
Hi Chums - Thanks so much to everyone for all the e mail messages of support we’ve had pour in since the lockdown began. They mean the world to us so thank you. It’s great to know that you hadn’t forgotten about us here @ WHQ.
These have been really difficult times for us all & our hearts go out to all of you, who have been effected by this ruthless pandemic. It seems daft to be sat here talking about the situation for the reopening of a Club, at a time when there are people out there, who have lost loved ones, family members, jobs & so many people are facing uncertainty.
So we ask that you please excuse us, as it is important that we do still take a moment, to let people know what is happening with the Club, as we have been bombarded with enquiries for an update, which you can get by scrolling down...
Closed since last March
WHQ has remained closed since last March & given recent Government announcements, we are hopeful we may be able to return later this year. When we will be able to reopen, we really have no definite date yet, beyond knowing it will be sometime after June.
The Government have given us zero info, on what, or if any restrictions around potential on the step testing & possibly restricted capacity we may have to plan for. So until we get that info we can't take bookings or get any shows on sale.
No one really knows what may lie ahead, so we all just gotta try to stay positive & keep those fingers crossed. It all depends how long this crazy virus thing drags on & effects the Government's reopening timetable as things play out.
One thing's for sure & that is, that Clubs will be the very last business to be permitted to reopen.
Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund
Luckily we were successful in applying to the Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund first & second rounds. We secured backing in late October & then again in March, to cover the basic outline costs of us mothballing the building until July 21, for which we are very grateful.
What happens from July, we shall have to wait & see. It all depends of the Government's reopening plans stay on track, or if things spike again.
Like everyone & everywhere else, things are still up in the air for WHQ, until the virus either dies down, or the recently announced vaccines are fully rolled out successfully & proved to work.
The most important thing is that for now, we are still in the game & hopefully on target to reopen this Summer. We are counting our blessings to be in that position when so many other UK music venues may not be.
This New Site
As you can obviously see, we have been busy working on this fab new site for you all. It’s much easier to get about than the old one & is 100% phonetastic.
There are still massive chunks we need to transfer over from the old site (all the Halloweens / Complaint Corner / Stuff we like etc.) but as it has really been such fun to do, we thought we would share the new site with you all now & then just keep topping it up.
So we’ll keep adding to it consistently in the coming weeks, until all the missing info from the old site, tonnes of brand new content & loads more fab History is uploaded too.
Check out the 'Mr Policeman Badger' bits in History, to get a good idea of the standard of 100% true & hilarious new content we will be adding.
The idea is for it to blow your mind, keep us close as a crew & help us all to get through these difficult times. Just a few little visits, to read a little few yarns & one on ones, so we can all get by.
Trust us, it's gonna end up really far out by the time we finish it all, so we hope you will consider this brand new site, as our little lockdown gift to you.
Let’s face it - round about now, we’ve got nowt else to do but chat..!
We will be updating this section of the site regularly & as soon as we hear anything concrete from the Government, we’ll be sure to let you all know immediately - right here.
Will WHQ be doing small events..?
Until things calm down virus wise, is not possible for us to open for even small, socially distanced events. With us being a Nightclub, our closure is required by law.
Our Club soundproofing means we have no natural light coming in anywhere, so we cannot really operate as Bar, or repurpose the Club to access any alternative income stream.
So we gave it careful thought & took the decision to just clench those buttocks, totally lockdown, hold firm, hope for the best & wait it out.
So that's the plan - we wait & hopefully it won't be for much longer.
Keep in touch
We will keep this page exclusively for current news & any progress around the virus situation, so you can check in any time for an update. If you need to get in touch or have any questions, just holla down the e mail & Debs or Tom will respond accordingly...
So we hope you enjoy the new site, dig deep & it will keep the Club alive for you. Also please always wear those masks, wash those paws, stay out of trouble & keep your sweet self safe.
We send you our love, best wishes & kisses for you now.