Join us for a convivial evening of jazz (Paul Milnes and friends) and pizza (Bosco and Bee). Pizza from 6pm. Music a bit later. This is not a ticketed event but we would love you to make a donation by clicking here. Proceeds will be split between the Refugee Twinning project and Hill Station maintenance. Food and drink will be on sale at the event.
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.
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.
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!!
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, email@example.com) 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.
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.