Green light for New X Learning 16.08.14

New Cross Learning is celebrating after parent charity Bold Vision, signed a two-year lease with Lewisham Council today, 16 Aug 2014,  marking a significant step forward in the cooperation between the community and the Council.

“We are very pleased that the lease has now been signed and that the collaboration between Bold Vision, New Cross Learning and the Council continues to develop. Lewisham Library & Information Service will be supporting the valuable work that Bold Vision and New Cross Learning carry out to ensure that residents in the north of our borough have access to information, books, IT and a huge range of activities” said Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock.library baby

It has been nearly three years since a group of volunteers backed by local charity Bold Vision took over the running of the former New Cross Library and turned it into New Cross Learning which offers community internet access and a multitude of activities as well as a full Lewisham Library service with 5,000 books.  

Dedicated volunteers, supporters, and charities including the New Cross Gate Trust, Deptford City Challenge Trust, RSA and local ward assemblies have supplied funds and backing to keep New Cross Learning open and build supporter numbers through new activities like their popular Baby Bounce.  Over 5,000 people come in every month and opening hours have increased to 4 days a week.

The terms of the lease allow New Cross Learning to use the Council-owned premises with money from the council for necessary repairs. Fundraising continues to be essential to provide training and activities and for running costs like heating, electricity, water, rent and rates. 

New Cross Learning is already on the road to becoming self-sufficient on operating costs through the annual auction, sales of kindly donated books and printing services – and some people make regular monthly donations.

“We are delighted to get the lease signed and appreciate how we have built a constructive relationship with Lewisham Council as we both learn about new ways of making things happen. It’s great that so many supporters and volunteers are involved with New Cross Learning and keep the doors open”, said Catherine Shovlin, the director of Bold Vision who negotiated the lease.

“This is excellent news for New Cross Learning and for our supporters, because people now know we will be open for the next two years. This certainty about our future means we can apply to funding bodies as well as plan our activities”, said Gill Hart and Kathy Dunbar, New Cross Learning’s co-chairs. 

New Cross Learning has a summer programme of activities including the Summer Reading Challenge and Mystery Walks and Picnics. They are always on the lookout for more volunteers who either have specialist skills or who feel they could do a regular couple of hours a week on the library’s front desk. Training is provided so no previous skills are required.

Notes to Editors

New Cross Learning is a community-run space offering a library service and a bookshop as well as a wide range of learning activities, supported by registered charity Bold Vision. Among their major donors is the New Cross Gate Trust. NXL is wholly volunteer-run.

What do NXL do?

  •  New Cross Learning provides free computer/internet use, Wifi, newspapers and magazines.
  • They offer a full Lewisham Library service.
  • NXL has desk spaces to work, and we also run learning activities and workshops.
  • Read more about NXL here

Free money for Bold Vision

give as you liveDid you know… You can now help BOLD VISION – just by shopping online.

Thousands of stores will donate to us a percentage of every pound you spend online when you shop with Give as you Live.

To join in just click here and go through 3 easy steps

  1. Sign up to Give as you Live on your desktop, tablet or via the mobile app. It’s fast, simple and 100% secure.
  2. Shop for millions of products at over 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Expedia and more.
  3. The retailer will donate a percentage of the purchase value to your favourite cause. It won’t cost you a penny and you’ll be contributing to keeping us open for business.

Maybe you’re booking a holiday anyway, buying a book on Amazon for Father’s Day anyway… we don;t want you to buy things you weren’t going to, but when you have to get your credit card out, why not let this throw us a few pennies – it will all add up! We’ll keep you posted on what we earn.

To join in just click here

Hill Thinking

In September we organised a meeting with people from Bold Vision, Telegraph Hill Centre, Telegraph Hill Festival, PCC 

and the Hill Station to explore what (if any) should be the ongoing  role for Bold Vision.

Attached are some of the key points that came up during that meeting. Envisioning meeting 1309

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this or any other suggestions you have. Please add a comment here or email

Call out for a new Treasurer

After some sterling work over the last few years, our able Treasurer Stuart Bell is stepping down.
So Bold Vision requires a new voluntary bookkeeper/Treasurer to maintain day-to-day accounts and manage the overall financial affairs of the charity. The tasks take around 1-2 hours per week plus regular monthly committee meetings.
The key tasks are:
– deposit money and pay bills,
– monitor all cash and bank transactions including donations
– reclaim Gift Aid
– maintain financial records as required by charity and company regulations
– prepare monthly management accounts and cashflow projections for management committee
– prepare annual cashbooks and liaise with Bold Vision’s external accountant in relation to the annual accounts
– ensure appropriate financial controls are maintained and recommend new policies where necessary.
Skills/experience required are:
– experience of bookkeeping for small organisations or charities
– knowledge of accounting principles and financial reporting framework for charities
– good computer/spreadsheet skills or ability to use basic bookkeeping software
– ability to work collaboratively with diverse members of the community
– willingness and ability to attend regular meetings in SE14
– commitment to community development
If you think you might be able to help, or know someone who could, please get in touch with us

Emergency Appeal

Support our appeal to keep Bold Vision’s Hill Station safe

Hey, we all love the Hill Station and it’s such a shame it got burgled last week. We are hoping to recover some of the replacement costs of the lost items from our insurance policy and have upgraded the locks. So we are appealing to all our supporters for help

In order to keep the show on the road we are running an appeal to install a professional CCTV system. They cost £1200 so we are appealing for your support to keep us all safe. We have already had £950 in donations so we are a good way there. Thank you all so much!

Can you help with the last £250 to close this appeal?

Just click on the donation button to give to this appeal.

Many thanks

The Bold Vision and Hill Station teams