#peacerocks come to London Mar 2016

Show solidarity with Syrian refugees by making a peace rock and displaying it on your doorstep. Or giving it to someone you wan tot make peace with so they can display it on theirs.

We made them at Common Growth, outside the Hill Station and outside New Cross Learning. It was a joy.

Peace Rocks! Oh Yes it does… from Artmongers on Vimeo.

Peace Rocks in SE London

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Photo by Artmongers

First Artmongers made them in the Syrian refugee camp and now we are making them here as part of the Bold Vision Refugee Twinning project. These are free events. 

Show your support for the refugees and make a little peace right here. Maybe you will give your Peace Rock to a friend you fell out with. Maybe a neighbour you haven’t said hello to yet. Or someone who is new to your street.

Artmongers are running workshops all over the place for the next week with the help of Bold Vision. Come along and share the joy. It only takes a few minutes. We want to see Peace Rocks strewn all over the Hill and New Cross.

Wear old clothes. Bring along a small rock from your garden or your bathroom shelf. Rocks also provided for the hard up.

Maybe you have a few old pots of half used paint (preferably gloss paint) that you know you will probably never use. Why not bring those along too and share your colours.

Workshops will take place at the following Bold Vision venues:

  • Common Growth Garden: Sun Feb 28, 1-3pm
  • Hill Station Cafe:  Tue Mar 1, 3-5pm
  • New Cross Learning: Thu Mar 3, 4-5pm
  • John Stainer School (tbc)

Let us know if you would like to run a workshop at your place of worship, club or neighbourhood.

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Photo by Artmongers

Free Workshop on Natural Dyes – Take 2

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Due to unforeseen circumstances we have rescheduled the Natural Dyes workshop so please join us on:

Saturday 1st August 11-1PM

For this free workshop on Natural dyes.

Our workshop leader is STILL foraging away in preparation for this hands-on workshop.

Get some practical tips and learn about the fascinating history of natural dyes in the beautiful setting of Common Growth Community Garden.

Limited places available!
Email commongrowthuk@gmail.com to confirm your places. Please give the names of attendees and a contact phone number.

Common Growth Community Garden is at Sandbourne Road, New Cross, SE4 2NS.

The workshops are informal and fun. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials. This is one of a series of workshops by Cloister Garden and Common Growth funded by the Telegraph Hill Ward Assembly Fund.

Hope to see you soon!
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Big Lunch and Community Weekend Jun 6/7

Telegraph Hill Community Weekend
6/7 Jun: events and activities taking place across Telegraph Hill Ward include:

  • Besson Street Community Garden – Sat Jun 6 from 1pm – 5pm
    Community Fete celebrating 150 Years of Alice In Wonderland! With a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ starting at 2.30pm, Coconut Shy, Book Stall, Making Mad Hats, Storytelling, Book Making, Decorating Mad Cakes, Queen of Hearts Card Game, Competitions, Alice In Wonderland Film Show, Mad Hatters Tea Party, and lots more. Come in a fancy dress if you please!
    Plus Secondhand Saturday Market, so book your stall now! Call 020 7639 7605 or email jill.mountford@nxgtrust.org.uk
  • Open Gardens 2-5pm Jun 6 at:
    Frendsbury Gardens (1 Frendsbury Road)
    Common Growth, Sandbourne Road
    There will be lots going on at both of these venues, including arts and craft activities, games and refreshments, fun entertainment, seed swaps, planting and lots more.
  • The Big Lunch – 3-5pm on Sun Jun 7, on Kitto Road SE14 5TY. Bring your own food to share or throw on the BBQ. There will be live bands and DJs, Zumba dancing, vintage stalls and crafts, and children’s activities. There is a licensed bar and the road will be closed. Everyone welcome.

Wildly Fun Theatre School
If you love singing, dancing, drama or costume and set design and are 7 – 13 years old why not join this fantastic summer theatre project Mon Aug 10 – Fri Aug 21, at Besson Street Community Garden – crazy, wild stuff with Alice In Wonderland! Just £20 for two weeks and ends with an amazing show for family and friends. Contact Jill for more information, or you can book here

Summer Youth Actviity Grants – it’s not too late to think about applying for NXGT summer grants fund, to run other youth activities in the local area. The closing date for applications is Monday 1st June, so check our website for more information if you are interested in applying. http://www.nxgtrust.org.uk/summer-grants-fund-2015/

Hullabaloo recorder club’ – for 7-12 year olds, every Tues 3.45-5pm at Besson Street Community Garden. The recorder classes are for beginners or those with a little experience of playing – just £1 per week. Learn how to play, read music and perform with Keyla, our highly qualified and very experienced music teacher. To find out more or book call Jill on 0207 639 7605. jill.mountford@nxgtrust.org.uk.

NXGT are looking for Trustees!
Need local residents trustees (people living in New Cross, Telegraph Hill or Brockley); a ‘community representative’ (someone who is currently involved in local community work in New Cross); and a new chair of Board of Trustees.

Trustees serve on the governing body and are responsible for the general control and management of the organisation. Trustees come from all walks of life and being a trustee can help you meet new people, change your community for the better, learn new skills or use your exisiting skills in a new context. A trustee is a voluntary position. To find out more contact jenny.couper@nxgtrust.org.uk. Closing date for applications is Mon Jun 8.

Great Community Venue available for hire. 
The Field, a fantastic new venue at 385 Queens Road, is a co-operatively run community space in New Cross. It is available to use for free – and ‘The Field’ organisers are inviting activists, campaigners, educators, community organisers, youth workers and others to book the space for their events. To find out more, contact the wonderful people at the Field by email: info@thefieldnx.com or drop in to an open meeting every third Monday of the month 7pm – 9pm.

Community Matters
Community will certainly matter more than ever as more ‘austerity cuts’ are set to take place. Local Government faces further millions of pounds of cuts in addition to what’s it’s already made in the previous five years; conservative calculation already adds up to a staggering £85 million from local services that helps make life more civilised and bearable in Lewisham. We need to find ways of coming together in our community to defend what we have and regain what we have lost. Find out more info here.

Community Campaign to Save Adult Education
Lewisham and Southwark Colleges are threatened with a 24% cut to their budget. This will mean many courses closing and up to 200 jobs lost. Across the country 190,000 adult education places will be lost over the coming year. Since 2010 the adult skills budget has been cut by an alarming 40%. To find out more and to get involved, read on.

Can you help?
A local self-help depression support group are looking for an artist or art therapist and a yoga well-being exercise tutor to volunteer their services for a session on Saturdays (anytime between 2pm and 4pm). It doesn’t have to be every week. Can you help? If you are interested please call Mo 02077325274.

Health Matters
Cocaine Anonymous

A self-support group for drug users and addicts meets every Thurday, 7pm – 8pm at 170 Community Project, New Cross Road. All Welcome.
Depression Self-Support at the Today Group
Weds 6.30- 8.30pm at Besson Street Community Garden. Also Sat 2 – 4pm with a focus on art as therapy. Call 0207 7325274 for more information.
Mindfulness –  A workout for the Brain
Tues 6.30-7.30pm at Besson Street Community Garden. If you want to get more focused, be more creative, listen better, worry less and feel better, think about joining our non-religious self-supporting, It is a facilitated group with discussion. Phone or text Colin on 07574 185 624or email: facilitations3@gmail.com
Zumba Class @ All Saints
Every Tues 7.15-8pm. Dance your way to fitness. Visit imogenlees.Zumba.com or email: imolees@hotmail.co.uk or call:07986 885 064
Eat A Rainbow Food Co-Op
Every Fri 12– 3.30pm outside All Saints Church. Excellent quality fresh fruit and vegetables from our community stall on Mondays 10am – 2.30pm outside New Cross Post Office

Walk the Talk
Mon May 25 11.45am outside Deptford Lounge. Family Services UK run their next community walk for a great mental, physical and imaginative workout. Contact corinna@familyservicesuk.org for further information.

 

Bold Backers Feedback

sculpture 11Last month we invited all our Bold Backers to join us for a celebratory supper and a chance to hear all their feedback about what we have been doing so far at Bold Vision plus their ideas for where we should focus our attention next.

Among the many ideas (summarised here Bold Backers 2014 Report on your feedback) we realise a few things need clarifying to everybody

  • Bold Vision is an umbrella charity supporting the Hill Station, New Cross Learning, Common Growth and other local community projects like Grow Wild from time to time
  • Almost all community activities are run on a voluntary basis, the projects and Bold Vision are constantly seeking funding to maintain activities
  • We welcome new members onto the Bold Vision management team – contact  boldvisionmail@gmail.com to find out more or get involved
  • If you have a fundraising idea or know someone who might be interested in being a Bold Backer please also get in touch

Children’s workshop: Decorate and Plant your own Salad Box

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the 28th of May we have a great half-term filler with the decorate and plant your own salad box children’s workshop. Encourage your children to grow and eat delicious and healthy food, and take home your own salad box to look after.

  • See and taste salad growing in the garden
  • Vegetable Garden Friends ‘Salad Sing-Along’
  • Planting seeds and decorating a salad box to take home

The workshop will start at 10.30 and will run for approximately 1h30. It is free to come along, and we will provide all materials. The workshop will be led by Suriya Pieris and Ruth Robinson.

Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road, New Cross, SE4 2NS

The workshops are informal and fun, and a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners. If you would like to attend or want more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email commongrowthuk@gmail.com giving the name of attendees and a contact telephone number and which course at which garden you’d like to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials.

Hope to see you soon!

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