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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Get ready for another year at Common Growth!

Common Growth team

Common Growth volunteers

We’ve been working hard all winter to get the garden ready for another year of growing fun. We’ve built a pergola, and a new raised bed, repaired the greenhouse after heavy storms (!), planted bulbs, turned compost, dug manure into the soil, repaired and painted a bench that we found on the street and shared numerous bowls of hearty soup! 

The garden is usually open every Sunday afternoon from 2-5, and during the Telegraph Hill Festival we are putting on a couple of extra events. On Saturday the 22nd of March the garden is open from 2-5 for the ‘The Big Dig’ – a nationwide project organised by Capital Growth to get more people down to their local community gardens to get involved with food growing!

And on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of April it’s ‘Art in the Garden’ day as part of the ‘Open Studios’ weekend! Come and join us between 2-5 pm to help paint the fence inside our garden. Together with local artist Myah we are creating the Longest Artwork in New Cross (15 metres)! No need to bring any paint, but spare paint brushes are appreciated. Make sure to wear some old clothes.

We’ve been awarded some funding by the local council to organise more gardening workshops for kids and adults in collaboration with Frendsbury Community Gardens in Brockley. This is great news for all, as the workshops are free for all to attend, informative, practical & fun, and they help us to develop the garden. So do come along if you can! A full programme will be confirmed shortly, but the first workshops will be as follows:

Saturday 12th of April – Let’s get sowing and growing!

10.00-12.00 Frendsbury Community Garden, Frendsbury Road, Brockley, SE4 2LB

13.30-15.30 Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road, New Cross, SE4 2NS

Hints and tips for sowing seeds (conditions, compost)
Hardening off, Pricking out and Potting on seedlings
Practical activities & seed pots to take home!

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.

See you at Common Growth!

First Prize for Common Growth in Lewisham in Bloom!

Last night Common Growth was awarded first prize in the community gardens category of the Lewisham in Bloom competition! We’re so excited and proud! They recognised all the work we have done to the difficult space with minimal resources and over quite a short time, and they commended our cooking activities, workshops and other events as well.

We are so grateful for all the help from our regular volunteers and anyone who’s supported us over the last 3 years! It’s an amazing achievement and we are going to celebrate it this Sunday afternoon! So do come and join us for some nibbles, drinks and perhaps a spot of gardening on Sunday from 2-5.

We would also like to thank Louise, Sarah and Ella from the Grow Wild team for their help and support.

Also, our next gardening workshop is coming up on Saturday the 19th of October from 10.30 to 12.30. Lumen Silveira will be leading this workshop on ‘extending the growing season’ and ‘planting now for spring’, which will cover what plants and seeds can be planted during the Autumn for autumn/winter blooms and crops, and tips on bulb planting for a colourful spring display.  Do get in touch if you’d like to attend. (Email Commongrowthuk@gmail.com or Text Anniek: 07956239893)

Hope to see you soon!

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