Big Lunch Big Success Jun 7

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Highlights in Summary:

  • 550 people came along to Sunday’s Big Lunch
  • Everyone who wanted free food had it –  something like 200 burgers/sausages donated by the Hill Station
  • We had 22 stalls and all of the traders loved having the opportunity to sell and promote their wares
  • We had 13 different bands/solo performers from Beat Boxing to Gospel to Joy Choir to Rasta and SKA band2015-06-07 14.04.23
  • We raised £475 for Nepal and Syrian refugee projects
  • Lots of new people came up at the end and said they had really felt welcomed and appreciated the opportunity to be part of the community vibe.
  • Good that we had new links with House of Bread church and the New Life church which meets at Askes
  • The kids activities which Kate and Catherine did were great
  • The Zumba dancing went down so well.
  • Although takings at the café were down on the day (with so much free food outside) we were able to offset that with a good bar on the day so that’s good.2015-06-07 16.36.33
  • We had lots of volunteers (including 4 Askes boys) who stayed till the end to help clear up- THANKS!
  • Lots of photos and nice comments on Facebook


  • If you heard the Syrian refugee appeal and want to donate here’s the link
  • If you are interested in getting involved with Bold Vision – we want young people, old people, ideas people, admin people. We are a friendly bunch and hate boring meetings so try to have good discussions. We meet once a month in the evening. Contact Catherine ( or John ( if you want to chat about it

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Bold Vision Common Growth April 2011

Community Gardening and Cooking in and around New Cross

Did you know there is currently funding for both Gardening Projects and Community Projects available through Lewisham Homes?
‘Lets Get Gardening’ Fund to develop community gardens, food growing areas, hanging baskets, wild flowers etcIts a very simple application all you need is two named Lewisham homes residents on the application to express interest.We would love to see more planting in the New Cross area either for food growing or for wildlife. Could you continue 1000 Sunflowers for New Cross where you live?Deadline Monday 17th February
For further Question call Lewisham Homes Community Involvement: 0208 613 7664see document here.
Community Fund 2014
Got an idea that will improve the community, environment or safety in your area? Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Lewisham Homes
Community Fund 2014.Last year, the Community Fund helped kick-start 16 local projects, ranging from street dance lessons in Sydenham, a business enterprise course for young people, improving the Heston Nature Garden, sporting activities for 8-14 year olds in Deptford to a family and neighbour activity weekend for residents on the Kender Estate.What you need to knowYour project must benefit Lewisham Homes’ residents, and meet one of
the following criteria of:
* Improving the community
* Improving the local environment
* Improving safety in the areaApplications open 3rd March and closing date 14th April
Would you like Grow Wild to deliver workshops? These could be community cooking sessions, pick and preserve workshops or something else!Get in touch with Sarah at Grow Wild if you would like to discuss either of the above
Grow Wild is a community food growing, cooking and sharing project in New Cross and the surrounding areas. Grow Wild is out to make a difference by working in partnership with local organisations to initiate and run community food growing and cooking activities. Wild |170 New Cross Road | London SE14 5AA | United Kingdom

Community Cooking Activities


Each week we have a range of free community cooking sessions…find one at a time and place to suit you….

Just bring an apron and a food container to take home any left-overs or samples and you’re ready to cook with us! Details below:

Monday’s 12 – 3pm:

Marmalade Mondays at the Hill Station

By popular demand the Marmalade Mondays have returned to the Hill Station for those who want to join the community during the day to cook up a meal to share.

Run now by volunteers with ingredients supplied by participants and our local community gardens, this community initiative has become a popular staple at the Hill Station Cafe.  Come along and help prepare different recipes each week.

At the Hill Station Cafe, Kitto Road, SE14 5TY

Monday’s 12 – 3:30pm:

Chop & Chat in partnership with JOY

Chopping and chatting to make the homemade soup of the day to share for lunch.  Then join in to prepare other delicious recipes to eat together and take samples home…

This is a free cooking workshop for those who fancy a social get together to talk whilst preparing food.  A mutually, supportive and informal session, where everyone is welcome.  Sessions run until February 10th.

No. 178 Cafe, 178 New Cross Road, SE14 5AA

Tuesday’s 6:30pm – 9:30pm:

Tasty Tuesdays

An evening cooking session for local people; join in to prepare a range of dishes following new and traditional recipes from around the world.  This is a group, led by people from the community with some of the ingredients contributed each week by the participants.

No. 178 Cafe, 178 New Cross Road, SE14 5AA

Any questions let me know.