Not the Offiice Christmas party Dec 16

officeOn Monday 16th December the Hill Station will be running a Christmas Lunch for any local residents who work from home and would love to have a Christmas Social! Get your ticket here

Starting at 12noon we will offer:
* A welcome drink and nibbles
* A seasonal starter
* Christmas meal complete with all the trimmings
* Christmas pudding and mince pies,
* Coffee and chocolates.

and yes there’ll be crackers and silly hats and some live music.

Vegetarian option available (state when booking)

The price for the set 3 course meal is £18.00 (or £30 for two or more people booked in as a group) and you will be able to bring your own wine or beer for a small corkage fee.

This will be a great opportunity to network with other local home-workers and share some seasonal spirit – or at  least show how happy you are that you don’t have to go to an official Christmas office party !

Booking is essential as we can only seat 60 guests. Get your ticket here

Talk to Me! Nov 2

Oct 26 saw the launch of Talk to me South East London Week.

Enjoy this joyful video then come along on Sat Nov 2 to see more

Interactive Disco Stop from Artmongers on Vimeo.



Run by Talk to me London and the RSA’s Connected Communities team, the week will encourage people in the New Cross area to interact more with people they do not already know, in an effort to reduce the feelings of isolation and alienation in the city, and to increase the sense that New Cross is a friendly neighbourhood. The Connected Communities research has revealed strong links between people’s satisfaction with their neighbourhood, and their health, life satisfaction, and wellbeing.

The signature ‘Talk to me SE London’ badge will be available to pick up in many locations around New Cross. Wearing the badge indicates to others that you’re friendly and want to talk. We’re also working with a number of local organisations to organise flagship events – more information and a full listing of events can be found on our website:

Here are some ideas for ways you can join in:

  • pick up a Talk to me SE London badges  from locations in New Cross throughout the week eg New Cross Learning, local hostelries.
  • be an ambassador. On Sat Oct 26 and Sun Oct 27 the project will be giving out Talk to me SE London badges in New Cross as well as flyers explaining what will be happening during the week! Interested in helping? Email at
  • participate in the ‘Talk Stop Challenge’.  Patricio Forrester will be transforming several bus stops in New Cross and turning them into ‘Talk Stops.’ If you have any creative ideas, email them to
  • join an event – Talk to me dinner, Talk to me pub quiz and closing party are open to all.  See programme.
  • organise your own event/activity.  The project encourage you to organise your own activities during the week. It could well be something you’re already organising during the week but which would fit under the wider ‘Talk to me’ theme. More ideas here

Questions, queries and suggestions? email

February the 3rd: SOUP-er Sunday at Common Growth


Hi Everyone,

The dark and miserable month of January is nearly over and slowly our daylight hours are increasing again.Yeah! To celebrate this we are starting February with another SOUP-er Sunday on the 3rd of February! Louise from Grow Wild will be sharing some delicious home made soup with us and if weather permits do a little cooking demo as well. Everyone is welcome to join us from 2-5pm! The attached photo was taken at a previous Soup-er Sunday. We are keen to continue to share food and conversation at Common Growth – and we’re looking for more people to get involved with the cooking, sharing and the gardening, so do come along some time!

As ever there are plenty of tasks to get involved in at Common Growth, such as finishing the building of the greenhouse, building steps, digging the pond, and constructing the pergola. There is also still some ‘Elephant Garlic’ to plant – I know a bit late for garlic, but better than never (I’m not sure that’s a phrase in English – I’m translating from Dutch!)

Hope to see you on Sunday.

On behalf of Common Growth

P.S. Do make sure your come prepared for mud and rain! (I’m not sure I’m selling it here, but MetCheck said only Light Rain for Sunday afternoon, so no excuses!)

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Boxing Day Sharing Lunch Dec 26

As in previous years, we will be holding a relaxed sharing lunch on Boxing Day in the Hill Station.

All welcome, especially if you would like a bit of company over Christmas.

Very informal. Just come along, bring food or drink (not just coca cola, whatever you like!)  if you have something.

And don’t worry if you can’t. We’d like to see you anyway.

This year, in conjunction with Grow WIld

On 30th and 31st October, Kat Drake from Common Growth is putting on a half-term music composing and film making workshop for 6-11 year olds at Heber School in East Dulwich, with a very talented musician and very experienced music teacher (who has also worked for the BBC and the Barbican managing music education projects), Catherine Burgis. The cost of the workshop is £65 per child for the two days and every child gets a DVD of the film and music we all make to take home with them. There’ll also be a screening of the film for parents at the end of the second day with spooky treats decorated by the younger kids.

Boxing Day Sharing Lunch 12-4pm

Feeling a bit lonely this Christmas? Or just fancy a change of scene and a bit of friendly conversation. At last year’s sharing lunch we had people from at least 5 countries… who knows who will show up this time.

Bring anything to eat or drink that you are happy to share. Leftovers very welcome!

Please pass the word on to any neighbours you think might enjoy a bit of company.

12-4pm in the Hill Station, Kitto Road SE14