Free gardening workshops in August

Dear Garden lovers,

With all this warmth and sunshine the garden is bursting with life – come and pop in for a visit! We’ve got our regular Sunday opening from 2.00pm to 5.00pm and also both a kids workshop and an adults workshop in August, so you’re spoilt for choice!

First up is the kid’s workshop on Wednesday 7th of August called herb spiral fun. It is suitable for children of all ages and runs from 10.30-12.00, and will involve fun learning activities, games and singing.

After that there will be an adult’s workshop on Saturday 17th of August called Herbs and their uses and will run from 10.30 to 12.30. As usual this will be a mix of learning and practical activity.

The workshops are informal and fun, and it’s a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners.

More information on the courses is given below. If you would like to attend any of them, 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. 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.

Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road (on the corner with Jerningham Rd), SE4 2NS. http://goo.gl/maps/wu3GC

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Rich
On behalf of Common Growth Community Garden.

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A chance to improve New Cross

On the community survey we did a few years ago (the one where you all said the thing Telegraph Hill needed most was a cafe!) one of the things that people liked least about the area was New Cross.

With this in mind, a few organisations in the area are starting to work together to do something about New Cross. They already identified key issues (at the 170 AGM) and now there will be bi-monthly meetings in different locations in the area to involve groups and individuals who are more interested in improvement than in moaning.

See attached poster for details

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Local Opportunity

There is a vacancy on the New Cross Gate Trust’s Board of Trustees, and they are in the process of recruiting for a new resident Board member.

The recruitment process will be by way of an application form (application form attached, together with some information about what the role involves). We are keen to ensure that this is circulated as widely as possible.

Should anyone be interested in this role, then please feel free to contact Jenny to discuss this further. This opportunity is also being advertised  by Volunteering Lewisham and Do-it.org. Please note that this is a voluntary position.

Closing date for applications is the 21st October 2011. See these files for more info:

Advert – Vacancy for Resident Board Member – New Cross Gate Trust

2. Application Form

3. Trustee intro pack

Sainsbury and RSA support

Well after much correspondence, today I am eventually picking up the £500 cheque from Sainsburys. Not quite the £10k they originally promised but, as another supermarket says, every little helps! We will put that towards our toilet plans so you can look forward to experiencing the results in a month or two.

Next, this Thursday sees a public consultation meeting on the great community gardening project which Kat Drake and others are getting going. This Bold Vision sponsored project speaks to everything we believe in. People getting together to learn new skills, eat more healthily and make new connections on Telegraph Hill. Together we can put the garlic back in Plow’d Garlick Hill.

We have been working hard at getting charitable status for Bold Vision and it looks like we are almost there. That means we’ll be able to claim Gift Aid back from the government for Bold Backer money and look for funding from trusts and foundations.

Lastly, I met this morning with Tom Neumark who is at the RSA running the Connected Communities projects. They have been working in New Cross Gate, he’s eaten at the Hill Station and he was very interested in what Bold Vision is trying to achieve. He’s going to think up some ways they can help achieve our aims and also how his network mapping can help our social inclusion objectives.