The story behind the floor
I have had a chance to explain the situation to some but by no means all – so I wanted to let everyone know what has happened and why I have decided to cancel the Revolution until I am sure the situation is resolved.
Basically the floor in our first milongas before Christmas 2017 was not an issue at all. But then over Christmas there was a candlelight service and this caused a large amount of wax to be spilled on the floor – which of course became gradually trodden in.
Our January milonga was the first time we knew anything was amiss. The floor was totally unacceptable – to everyone’s credit you all made the best of a bad job – but basically this was a real personal disappointment.
After the January Milonga I met with the church and they assured me that the cleaner would be focussing on repairing the floor. I inspected the floor in early February and indeed I could see that many wax splashes had gone – although with over a week to go clearly there was still some grime in certain areas.
You might like to remember that of course the church has 200 chairs in the hall – so it is not so easy to check as you might think. In any event we went ahead – and the last Milonga was really a worry for all. I know that this spoilt the evening for many people – particularly the followers. I am so very sorry for this.
We were in fact fortunate that no-one fell, and perhaps with hindsight I should have stopped the event as soon as we knew it was still unacceptable – but fortunately no-one did hurt themselves and once again everyone took everything in great spirits.
Since then I have had many fruitless conversations with the church – who basically feel that the floor is fine for normal use – and it is only us as dancers that have a concern. I have offered to clean the floor myself – hiring cleaning equipment at my own cost – but they in fact worry that we will damage the floor – or leave parts of it different colours to others. I have also spoken to a professional company – but their quote was out of our reach, the church won’t contribute anything and the firm would not work saturdays and wouldn’t move or put back 200 chairs – which I do understand.
Today I had the final meeting with Father Andrew and he was definite that he could not allow me to hire equipment and clean the floor at my own expense – as in previous churches he has had experience of well meaning amateurs causing a lot of damage. He has plans for the church to redo the floor in 2019 – but this is at a cost of £18,000 which shows the magnitude of the task. In my mind there is considerable doubt this will ever happen – but we shall see.
I do understand his concerns, but this leaves me in an impossible situation as I cannot take any risk with the enjoyment – and ultimately of course the safety – of our dancers.