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)

Dick Whittington Dec 4-6

Dick Whittington – A gloriously fun fundraising Panto, back for it’s 6th year! This year funds raised will go to Telegraph Hill Centre, an independent community organisation: Carers Lewisham and Bold Vision.

Join Dick Whittington and his cat in this tale of derring do and (mis)adventure. Meet a host of ripe and rambunctious characters, friends and foes as Dick and his Pussy fall into all sorts of tricky traps on their journey from rags to riches.

Venue:Telegraph Hill Centre, London

2015 Performances:

  • 8pm Fri Dec 4
  • 3.30pm Sat Dec 5
  • 7.30pm Sat Dec 5
  • 3.30pm Sun Dec 6

Doors Open at 30 minutes prior

Ticket Price: £6.00 – £12.00. Buy here

Refugee twinning action meeting

workshop 2TWe had a very productive meeting last night and identified several great potential twinning projects. We showed the film again for those who had not been at the first meeting, and heard some great stories from people at the meeting with experience in Palestinian refugee camps in the 80s (Kitty) and Indian/Pakistan partition refugee camps in 1945 (Durgesh). A lot of the human issues are the same and there are inspiring examples from both these situations to inform our own project development.

The projects we are developing are described in a bit more detail below. We need somebody to lead each one with the aim of spending the next month exploring the idea, potential contacts etc. This leader does not have to make a commitment to deliver the project, it is more like being its first guide to see if it looks like something we could explore further.

Next time we meet we will together choose the two projects that seem most possible and of value to both our community and the people in the camp. Once they are underway we will move on to starting up the next two. We hope to involve more of you in these individual projects so if something appeals to you and your interests or you have a good contact who might be able to help, please get in touch with

All projects should be in tune with Bold Vision values:

Openness: for all, not elitist

Mutuality: benefits to both communities, not patronising, not a handout

Potentialising: raising skills and awareness for all involved

Courage: may mean thinking in new ways, going beyond our comfort zones

Ideas that have already progressed a little

Bilingual Youth

Idea: 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. Possible support from SOAS and British Lbrary. We also have a refugee volunteer in the camp who speaks and teaches English informally and is willing to coordinate.

Intention: Cultural exchange, improved understanding of Arab culture in London,

Leader: Soile

Knitting / Craft circles

Idea: 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. We could gather donated materials and teach a few leaders who could then teach each other. Could be communal knitting projects eg knitting blanket squares for the newest arrival / baby, knitting an art collage for the ‘street’. Search skills data base / advertise for those who already know how.

Intention: Encourage connections between women in the camp to improve well being and mental health.

Leader: Kitty

Music with children

Idea: 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.

Intention: Cultural exchange as well as interesting activity and human connection for both groups of children

Leader: ?


Idea: 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

Intention: build connections, improve well being, benefit of new facilities and sense of pride / ownership

Leader: tbc but Anshu will kick off

Peace Rocks

Idea: have a peace rock dipping event during Jan / Feb and create a version of the house diamonds in the Hill Station. Partner with Ministry of Peace campaign?

Intention: sense of connection, raise awareness

Leader: Catherine

Other possibilities in early stages of development

Thrivers or survivors: use of simple, first aid type psychological support (eg Talk for Health course that we ran – via RSA – at New Cross Learning or the Dementia training that Judy Harrington has offered to do at Hill Station or New Cross Learning)

Forum Theatre / drama as suggested by Sylvestre Le Touzel Teale at last meeting. ? Using Cardboard Citizens style techniques. John will discuss with Bold Backer Adrian Jackson

Cooking Circles: cooking on a gas ring and with limited ingredients is a challenge, especially for those who are used to a full kitchen in their former life. Bold Vision project Grow Wild face similar challenges with their field kitchen. Possibility of recipe sharing, technique sharing, competitions (like Ready, Steady Cook where the limited ingredients are part of the concept)

Mobile library: create a small library that can be wheeled around the camp (eg using this kind of robust wagon). Train teenagers to be library drivers and manage the process. Develop a sense of community (like all running out for the ice cream van or – in my day J – the pop man, the egg man ad the knife sharpening man), increase access to books for those not allowed to live home.

School link: explored idea of cultural interaction through play between children at John Stainer school and those in the camp. Playground games exchange? Stories? Drawings?workshop 2T


Positive action refugee twinning meeting 7pm Oct 13

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Come on down (well probably up) to the Hill Station on Tues Oct 13, 7-9pm and lets put our heads and hearts together to plan some refugee camp twinning projects.

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I hope to be going back at the end of the month so will be great to have developed some ideas by then. Come and get involved, I’d love to hear what you want to do and how we can make it happen.