A few months ago I registered Bold Vision for Give as you Live and signed up myself. Since then without doing anything different to normal, this has raised over £30 for Bold Vision. You can do it too. It’s very quick and easy then happens automatically when you shop online.
And now Sainsbury’s are offering us 4% if you sign up for their new ‘Everyday’ card. Mine just came. If you ever use Sainsburys, get your card here and help support the local community projects like New Cross Learning, Common Growth and Grow Wild without any extra cost to you.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that on a miserable grey Sunday so many volunteers braved the cold and came to help out at the Common Growth garden. With the promise of cups of tea, hot soup and cakes as a reward, 12 of us set out to build the greenhouse and planters, fix the gate, put up a trellis, paint the fence and harvest Jerusalem Artichokes (see the photos). This working together, conversations, camaraderie and sharing food is exactly what Common Growth is about! So thank you very much to Kayvan, Tamsin, Isabella, Pat, Arij, Carlos, Jim, Carlo, Richard, Zuhura and Rich for all your efforts to make it such a brilliant start of 2013!
Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to do some building work at the garden, so that we are ready to start the next growing season come Spring. Do come along if you’d like to help with any of these jobs: finishing the greenhouse, doing some landscaping, making a path, painting the fence, turning the compost heaps, building a new pond, building a pergola. We’ll also continue to serve freshly made soup in the garden, as we intend Souper Sunday to become a regular community event for all.
By the way, the greenhouse was bought with support from Grow Wild (www.growwild.org.uk) – and we can’t wait to start using it!
Hope to see you on a Sunday from 2-5ish in the Common Growth garden on Sandbourne Rd.
On behalf of Common Growth (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Hill Station is now open in the evenings on Fridays and Saturdays.
There will be live music when possible (let us know if you fancy a chance to perform) and we will also do a barbecue every other weekend. Next one Sat Jul 2nd.
We are in the process with the licensing people so not selling alcohol yet, but you are welcome to bring your own beer and wine and we’ll lend you glasses and a corkscrew. Of course we hope you’ll buy some food too to cover the cost of us being open.
I’ve been for the last couple of Saturdays and it’s great to sit out on the deck on a summery evening chatting with your friends passing by and encouraging them to join you.
Bold Vision recently agreed to be the incubator for the MacMillan House garden project masterminded by Sachen.
On 7 Jun Sachen won 2 awards at the Lewisham Make a Difference Awards ceremony. There were 8 categories with 3 nominees within each category. Sachen won the 1st place of the category for the Young Mayor’s Young Volunteer Award and then at the end of the night he won the overall winner of all the categories for The Mayor’s Award presentation. His mum Heather commented “We were astounded, overwhelmed and very, very proud of him.”
The cafe will not be operating so great if you can bring some food or drink to share
Following our February Conversation Soup event, the group felt it was a good idea to pursue the idea of regular neighbourly conversations. These will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month 7-9pm in the Hill Station cafe.
What is the Conversation Kitchen?
The aim is to create an informal space for us to meet our neighbours and discuss a variety of topics. You are invited to propose topics in advance (via the website) and we also encourage ad-hoc conversation during the evening. We envisage several different conversations taking place at different tables. Participants free to join one / move around / start their own.
Who will be at the Conversation Kitchen?
This will work best if a wide variety of people are involved. Not everyone has the confidence to go to an event on their own, so if you’re planning to come along, maybe there’s somebody you could pick up on the way? An elderly neighbour? A young person (minimum age 18)? Somebody who has just moved into the area. Take the plunge and make the first move, you could be doing them a big favour.
What will happen?
Timing: the event will run from 7pm to 9pm. Don’t worry if you can’t make the whole time, just come along when you can.
Food and drink: please bring what you can to share. Together we should have plenty of food to go round.
Topics. This is a co-creation event. Nobody is in charge, though Bill and Catherine are just convening. So do please comment below on what topics you would like to discuss.
Questions. If you have any questions or suggestions at all about the event, do please contact Bill on email@example.com or Catherine on firstname.lastname@example.org