Refugee 2.0 next meeting Jul 16 7pm

NEXT MEETING

This exciting community action is gathering steam. Do something positive. Come along and get involved. Everybody is welcome.

Come along and get involved! If you can write, speak Arabic, raise funds, have ideas, project manage, have good contacts, run events, build things…. we’d love you to be on board with one of our twinning projects to support the human in the refugee camp

Next meeting : 7pm, Sat Jul 16th, Hill Station

Our refugee action meeting on Jun 25 made amazing progress. 16 of us, including lots of new faces, gathered to discuss the project so far (Phase 1), outcomes of impact report and next steps. We also heard from Pamela who has spent time volunteering in Calais, and Boz who is working on a radio soap opera with Syrian refugees.

We focused primarily on the need to raise £14k for Phase 2.

Although there was some support for the original concept of the high profile evening event, it was generally felt that it was both too ambitious in the time frame and not necessary given the required budget. It was held as a concept for Phase 3 and a reconfigured idea was discussed to raise funds and awareness for Phase 2.

In its new format, the evening becomes a several day event building awareness and support. We discussed the following possible elements:

  • Kick off event on International Peace Day (Wed Sep 21) featuring the photojournalism project Soile is doing with Aske’s / the camp

Other events for Thurs / Fri featuring eg

  • Toymaking from recycled materials
  • Edmund Waller singing?
  • Mini Hexayurt building on Hill Station deck / parking area
  • Hexayurts containing experiences eg videos from the project, Syrian refugees living in London storytelling / music / craft, photojournalism display)
  • Stage Hill Station to reflect the camp
  • Run Calais Kitchen pop ups on Fri/Sat/Sun with music
  • Suggested ticket price = annual income eg if you earn £20k you pay £20, if you earn £100k you pay £100

 

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Big Lunch Big Success Jun 7

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Highlights in Summary:

  • 550 people came along to Sunday’s Big Lunch
  • Everyone who wanted free food had it –  something like 200 burgers/sausages donated by the Hill Station
  • We had 22 stalls and all of the traders loved having the opportunity to sell and promote their wares
  • We had 13 different bands/solo performers from Beat Boxing to Gospel to Joy Choir to Rasta and SKA band2015-06-07 14.04.23
  • We raised £475 for Nepal and Syrian refugee projects
  • Lots of new people came up at the end and said they had really felt welcomed and appreciated the opportunity to be part of the community vibe.
  • Good that we had new links with House of Bread church and the New Life church which meets at Askes
  • The kids activities which Kate and Catherine did were great
  • The Zumba dancing went down so well.
  • Although takings at the café were down on the day (with so much free food outside) we were able to offset that with a good bar on the day so that’s good.2015-06-07 16.36.33
  • We had lots of volunteers (including 4 Askes boys) who stayed till the end to help clear up- THANKS!
  • Lots of photos and nice comments on Facebook

FOLLOW UP OPPORTUNITIES

  • If you heard the Syrian refugee appeal and want to donate here’s the link
  • If you are interested in getting involved with Bold Vision – we want young people, old people, ideas people, admin people. We are a friendly bunch and hate boring meetings so try to have good discussions. We meet once a month in the evening. Contact Catherine (cmshovlin@gmail.com) or John (jknepler2@gmail.com) if you want to chat about it

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.

 

Sharing Lunch 26 Dec

Whether you just fancy a change of scene or you’d like a bit of company over the holiday period, you are extremely welcome to join us for our Boxing Day sharing lunch.

We’ve been doing this for a few years now at the Hill Station on Kitto Rd. It’s a casual affair, pop in for a free cup of tea sharing foodand a quick chat or bring along some of your festive leftovers and share with others. I’ve particularly enjoyed it when people have brought food they would have eaten at Christmas in their home country, but mince pies are welcome too!

We’ll be around and open from 12 till 4. Hope to see you there.

 

Playclub Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

Come along to the Telegraph Hill Playclub Fundraiser on Friday 21 November.
6-8pm Kids Frozen Singalong
8-1030pm Comedy night with live music with a fantastic lineup (Adult only)
There will be food and a licensed bar.
Turn up on the night and have a great time raising much need funds for our well loved, community Playclub. Our target is to raise at least £700.

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