Next refugee twinning meeting Jan 7

Last time we met we discussed several great projects. See the post of that meeting for more info.

Now I am about to revisit the camp in order to:

  1. Gather follow up evaluation data based on the 5 factors of well-being used in New Cross Connected Communities research so that I can write up the work and we can seek further funding
  2. Get permissions from those people in the video so we can use it more widely
  3. Progress the first two of the projects below that we feel is most ready for implementation

I really hope you can come along and share ideas, contribute new thoughts, bring this alive!

workshop 2T


Bilingual Youth: Bring together young people in London learning Arabic and young people in the camp who want to learn English. Involve library donations and understanding of Arabic literature. Leader: Soile

Knitting / Craft circles: create easy entry, safe neighbourhood eg per block where women can gather in each others houses on a rotation basis to spend an hour doing craftwork together. Leader: Kitty

Music with children: create a combined choir sharing songs between Edmund Waller and school in the camp. To sing together via live streaming and to send recordings of each other singing each other’s songs. Leader: Byron?

‘Barn-raising’: create action focus for men to come together and redress their sense of powerlessness to protect and provide for their families. Eg build a children’s playground together, build a shaded seating area by water tap. Leader: tbc but Anshu will kick off

Peace Rocks: have peace rock dipping events during Feb for display during festival. Leader: Catherine

Bold Vision friends’ gathering 7pm Nov 26

BV orgBold Vision belongs to all of us… so we thought it was time you had more of a say.  We hope you can join us for our first friends’ gathering!

Please join us 7pm, Nov 26 at the Hill Station
It’s about a year since we got together for the last conversation about Bold Vision (see the feedback here) and we would love you to join us to take the conversation further.
This will be more of a family affair. We will give everyone a drink when they arrive and there will be a bar available. But really this is a working session – the first of its kind but something we will hold regularly from now on.
We hope to cover:
  • A quick review of Bold Vision: its structure, role and projects
  • The challenges and opportunities we are facing
  • Your ideas for WHAT we should be doing, HOW we should be doing it and the resources we will need

What happened during the last year?

As you may well be aware already, the last year has seen some changes for Bold Vision.

At the Hill Station, we saw the departure of Stephen from the business – we really appreciate his huge contribution and energy over the last couple of years. And now Jacqui is doing a great job of putting her own stamp on the place with lots of events and a cosy new look.

Grow Wild – which Bold Vision has always been part of – is now under the Bold Vision umbrella and still carrying on with smaller projects even after the end of the Big Lottery grant.

The Refugee Camp Twinning project has been in play for about six months since our successful crowdfunding earlier in the year and we have some exciting possibilities developing to create real and human links between our community and theirs.

New Cross Learning continues to go from strength to strength. It looks better thanks to the makeover at the beginning of the year, and activities are flourishing. Thanks largely to community run libraries and the adaptability and openmindedness of NXL and others like it, Lewisham is one of the only LAs in the country with increasing library usage.

On the Bold Vision management team we have seen the departure of Susan and Patricio – who have been there from the start and made a huge contribution over the years and Deborah who has been involved during her London seasons. Meanwhile we have welcomed great new input from Anshu and increased involvement from David. Clare has done a great job this year of getting the accounts clear across all the projects.

We are always keen to get new ideas and new people involved so please shout if you are interested. All our meetings are open to everybody and published on the website

Best wishes

The Bold Vision Team

London Dance Orchestra Swing Quartet Nov 18

The London Dance Orchestra has offered to send a Live Swing Quartet to the Hill Station, with a view to starting another night for dancers down this way!!

You’ve heard them at Wilton’s, at Swan Wharf, and currently on Tuesday nights at the Scolt Head in Dalston; if not, here’s a clip from their latest album (not yet released!  You heard it here first!). With over 15 years of playing for dancers, they know what we want, and they get a buzz from playing for us, so it’s an ideal situation!!

We’re going to run our first dance together, Wednesday 18 November, from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.  0ad45153-c34d-48e1-91c9-2bc7c6bc194e

And here’s the deal.  We are limiting this one to 40 max, so we’re asking people to let us know ahead of time that they want to join us, to be sure they get in.  And because you have helped me before, if you want to get in at the beginning, here’s your opportunity!

There will be a cash bar.

Tickets: £7; £5 concession if you book with me (Deborah, in advance; £10/£7 on the door.  If you want to volunteer (set up, clean up, bar, DJ, door), well, you get in free, of course!

Ps. If we decide to continue, we will need help to do this on a regular basis — people who can get the word out, maybe teach a lesson, prepare fliers, set up FB events and pages, help set up and clean up and for the bar.  If you want to help make this an on-going event, let me know when you book.

Can’t wait — Robin is really committed to his music and making it the best possible with the best musicians he/we can afford.  Hope to see you there.

Pocket Piano Extravaganza Nov 14

pp novTransmission is a new occasional contemporary music series taking place in the beautiful surroundings of St. Catherine’s Church on Telegraph Hill in South East London. Our aim is to present explorative and thought-provoking concerts which feature exceptional performers and composers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

For our first concert we present a multi-keyboard extravaganza featuring pianos, toy pianos, reed organs, pocket pianos, harmoniums, homemade electronics and more. The programme features John Cage’s rarely heard classic Music for Amplified Toy Pianos alongside explorative works by some of the most inventive composers working in London and beyond today. 

When: Saturday 14th November, 7.30pm
Where: St Catherine's Church, Pepys Road, SE14 5SG (easily accessible via the London 
Overground or Rail services to Brockley, New Cross Gate and Nunhead. A cash bar will be available at the venue.

Patricia Alessandrini: Étude d'après Scarlatti
Ed Bennett: Crazy Legs / Gothic
John Cage: Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
Michael Finnissy: Sonata for Toy Piano
Lauren Sarah Hayes: Patience
Daria Kwiatkowska - Spin
John Lely: Four Reed Organs / Pocket Pianos
Nye Parry: New Work (premiere)
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata in D minor, K.10
Arlene Sierra: Painted Bunting

Mira Benjamin (toy piano, percussion, reed organ)
Ed Bennett (toy piano, percussion, reed organ, pocket piano, melodica)
John Lely (toy piano, percussion, reed organ, pocket piano)
Nye Parry (Indian harmonium, electronics)
Xenia Pestova (piano, toy piano, percussion, reed organ)