BASED in the heart of Stroud, The Beacon is a community hub established to listen to, ask and attempt to solve questions about the challenges facing society today.
Founded by Marcus Blackett, and run with co-organisers Tracee Williams and Sophie Ross, it is located in the old art shop, opposite Walkers Bakery.
“We and our wonderful volunteers opened it as a place to talk about the mess the planet is in, and how to respond to it,” said Tracee.
“After eight months we have a much clearer idea of what we can do to help.
“We have had wonderful conversations and made some great friends already.”
Marcus added: “We believe the only way forward is by us pulling together and supporting one another as a community.
“This is your invitation to bring how you feel to our conversation.
“We can watch the future as individuals, or join with others to help respond to the challenges ahead.
“Do you have ideas or solutions? We would love to hear them.
“What we are focusing on this month is rubbish.
“The ongoing issue of the incinerator and recycling, how best we can encourage our community to re-use, repair and recycle.
“Next month we focus on our planet, as it is Earth Day on April 22nd.
“We’re asking: Where are all the birds and insects? Is it possible to encourage them back?
“And in May, we’ll be looking at how to make the bonds in our community stronger – so that no one is left out.”
Sophie said: “We offer beautiful meeting rooms with panoramic views of the town, and a thriving social calendar of art and music events.
“Our website is beaconstroud.com, find us on Facebook and Instagram.
“Or our old fashioned friendly landline 01453 765 987.”