World Book Day 7 Mar

Come to New Cross Learning’s celebration of World Book Day on Thursday 7 March

We will be holding a Book Exchange, a write-in for the Bridport prize (flash fiction, poetry and short stories) and an exhibition of Extreme Reading Photos.

The write-in will start at 6, Book Exchange will run from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and is the perfect opportunity to pick up some new reading material. Bring along a book of your own (or a pile) and try and convince someone to swap it with you. Refreshments will be available.

Over the whole of World Book Day week we will be be holding an exhibition of Extreme Reading photos. We are trying to encourage reading by making it fun and inviting by adding a little spice to such an everyday occurrence, and we want you to take part! Please send us photos of where and how people can read in the most peculiar, strange, weird and extreme ways.

All entries need to be in by 28th February 2013. Photos can be sent to We will print them for you. Be creative and have fun!

More info

The Future of the Telegraph Hill Play-club Jan 28

Parents and Carers meeting – Monday 28th January 9.30-10.30

Please come to a meeting at Telegraph Hill Centre, London SE14 5TY, for Parents, Carers and Childminders to get an update on the Council cuts and to discuss where next for the Playclub.

What would you like from your community run playclub? Would you be interested in becoming involved?

This is a meeting to inform a presentation we will be making at a Children and Young People’s Committee Council meeting on 30th January.


Toys will be available for children to play with at meeting.


Notes of the meeting will be available on our website if you can’t attend, and you can also email us at, comment here, or on our Facebook page.

Grow Wild activities

  1. Dec 7 onwards: The start of building the Telegraph Hill Centre garden where we will be building raised beds on Fridays from 12 noon
  2. Dec 5: Planting and cooking demo activity at the EWCS AGM 5pm -7pm.
  3. Dec 12/19: Cooking at the Youth Club 7-9.30pm
  4. Dec 21: Winter Solstice on 21 December with Parade and Winter harvested treats
  5. Dec 26: Sharing Lunch on Boxing Day

Primary school Fairs. We are organising planting activity and cauliflower fritters for these fairs:

  1. Dec 7: John Stainer 3.30
  2. Dec 8: Edmund Waller  2 -4pm,
  3. Dec 13: Childeric 3.15pm
  4. Dec 14: Kender 3.30pm.

And don’t forget Souper Sundays at the Common Growth garden.

Babes in the Wood Nov 30- Dec 2

Panto time again!

From 30th November to 2nd December 2012, Telegraph Hill Centre will stage Babes in the Wood.

Babes in the Wood tells the story of Jack & Jill, two young orphans with a fortune . . . and a scheming uncle. Will kindly Granny Smith protect our babes from their uncle, the evil Sheriff of Mottingham? Will Robin Good save the day, rescue our babes and win the hand of Marian?

Come and see the show to find out! There are four shows across three days, including two matinee performances.

  • Friday 30th Nov – 7.30pm
  • Saturday 1st Dec – 2.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Sunday 2nd Dec – 2.30pm

Tickets are £12 (£6 Concessions).   There will be a cafe / bar available at Telegraph Hill Centre.


Some tickets will be available on the door but you are advised to book in advance as the Panto usually sells out fast. This show is a fundraiser for Telegraph Hill Centre and all proceeds will go towards the refurbishment of the Centre.

Getting to Telegraph Hill Centre: Telegraph Hill Centre (New Cross, SE14 5TY) is situated at the junction of Pepys, Jerningham, Kitto and Vesta Roads. There are good train and bus services from New Cross Gate,  New Cross, Brockley, Nunhead and Queens Road Peckham stations. Buses 343 and 484 stop outside. Free on street parking.


Halloween at Common Growth

The Halloween Event at Common Growth was a success.  Many thanks to Suriya, Ruth, Louise, Ella and Jim who organised it. There was games, singing, planting, art, and a soup making demonstration by Louise from Grow Wild. The photos attached tell the story of a fun afternoon!  It is great to see that the space is put to good use this time a year. Hope to see more of this at CG in the future.
We’ll be doing more building stuff over the winter period. Not too much growing anymore – apart from Broad beans and garlic, and some salads. We’re also waiting to pick the brussels sprouts and dig up the Jerusalem Artichokes. Does anybody know how you’re supposed to know the artichokes  are ready for digging up?

Some of us have discussed having a ‘Christmas Party’ at the garden with mulled wine and mince pies! You’ll definitely be invited if it happens…!

See you soon.

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Big Book Sale Sun 4 Nov 2-5pm @ New Cross Learning

Massive book sale to raise funds for New Cross Learning, the community-run library and learning centre in New Cross Gate on Sunday November 4, 2-5pm.
Paperbacks will be 5 for £1 and hardbacks £1 each. There will also be seasonal treats like parkin and tea and coffee on sale for those who want to make an afternoon of it.
“With the freezing weather coming in, what could be better than buying a few good books and curling up with them by the fire?”, asked Gillian Hart, Co-chair of New Cross Learning. “We have superb second hand books for sale – mainly fiction – and books for children as well. Every penny will go to keeping New Cross Learning open.”
The successful wholly volunteer-run learning centre New Cross Learning took over from New Cross Library, – which was closed as part of Lewisham Council’s cuts, just over  a year ago,  backed by the charity Bold Vision. It was recently promised a 2-year lease and building maintenance funding by Lewisham Council and is also backed by New Cross Gate Trust.
The volunteers must raise all the money needed to cover running costs.
The services that New Cross Learning provide include
– learning activities, from creative poetry workshops, to a regular knitting workshop, street dance, baby bounce, craft activities and health programmes such as healthy walks
– free computer use and wifi
– a library of books
– newspapers and quality journals
Notes for Editors:
The Big Book Sale will be on Sunday 4 Nov
283-285 New Cross Road, New Cross, SE14 6AS
Nearest Station: New Cross Gate.
New Cross is a diverse community with multiple indicators of deprivation. New Cross Learning exists to support that community. It is an incubator project supported by local community charity Bold Vision,
New Cross Gate Trust also supports New Cross Gate
New Cross Learning has a secondhand bookshop that is open during our opening hours (a smaller stock is available than on our special book sale days).