News - January 16, 2014

De Overkant may become Navigators’ new home

Student society Navigators (NSW) may become the new tenant of former café De Overkant. Membership of the Christian student club has been growing fast ilast year, so the members are eagerly seeking a new location. Just when the PopUpClub is leaving the Bevrijdingstraat café…

The NSW’s Bible study groups get together at six different locations, but for a plenary activity their present location at Hoevestein is just a bit too small, says president Bouke Kappers. ‘It would be great to have our own clubhouse at last. Now we always have to look for a location for activities such as courses and parties.’

The PopUpClub has rented De Overkant café since the summer, but is now looking for a new home. NSW joined the PopUppers there this month to see whether it is a suitable building for a club headquarters, says Kappers. And they liked it. ‘It would be perfect if we could rent it. It is bigger, easier to find, has more atmosphere, it is in the centre and it offers more scope for hosting guests.’

It is not yet entirely certain whether NSW will be the new tenant. All the housing associa­tion’s current contracts have to be completed first. The Navigators are also looking for a co-tenant, as the society cannot afford the rent on its own, and only needs the building on a couple of days a week. According to Kappers, IxESN has expressed an interest. Things should be clearer within a month, he expects.