Bold Backers Feedback

sculpture 11Last month we invited all our Bold Backers to join us for a celebratory supper and a chance to hear all their feedback about what we have been doing so far at Bold Vision plus their ideas for where we should focus our attention next.

Among the many ideas (summarised here Bold Backers 2014 Report on your feedback) we realise a few things need clarifying to everybody

  • Bold Vision is an umbrella charity supporting the Hill Station, New Cross Learning, Common Growth and other local community projects like Grow Wild from time to time
  • Almost all community activities are run on a voluntary basis, the projects and Bold Vision are constantly seeking funding to maintain activities
  • We welcome new members onto the Bold Vision management team – contact to find out more or get involved
  • If you have a fundraising idea or know someone who might be interested in being a Bold Backer please also get in touch

A terrific year at New X Learning!

I recently attended the New Cross Learning AGM and have to say those people go from strength to strength. The diversity, inclusion and sheer stamina of the team is remarkable.

Over the Christmas holidays they will be taking a well earned break, but work won’t stop at the library. Thanks to a maintenance grant from Lewisham Council the ceiling will be replaced, doors repalightbox 2 2014ired and the whole place will get a fresh new look by the time the decorators are done. All the perfect compliment to the second Lightbox Art that was completed by Jess and co this week. The picture gives you some idea but pop in to see it for yourself. And if you’re not already a registered user signing up is a great way to support them too.

NXL Highlights 2013/14

Oct 13        Black History Month Black Panther magazines draw 2 ex-Panthers from the States for an ad-hock discussion and meeting

Nov 13       Big Book Sale plus The Auction proves to be a quick way to make money, attract more users with an increase in issue numbers

Dec 13        2nd AGM and Xmas Fayre. Kathy and Gill remain Co-Chairs as agreed at the AGM.

Jan 14        Workshops commence for the Chinese New Year, the year of the Horse. More Chinese participate this year.

Feb 14        LGBT month is celebrated with a showing of Broke Back Mountain, the first of our Pop-Up Cinema shows

Mar 14      Basic Skills IT Training course starts that is aimed the Silver Surfers. A most moving evening hosting 13 Palestinian women who told us about life in their country and what faces them every day. John Kirk’s performance of Private Peaceful brought tears to our eyes.

Apr 14        Ewan McColl remembered from a 50 year old recording with Travelling People brought to us by Mark Brown of Goldsmiths’. Another successful partnership with New Cross Free Film Festival brings famous director, Ken Loach to NXL.

May 14      Joined with Dig to help with Tomato Fest seeding Managed to sell some new books. 25 kids sat still in a cartoon graphics workshop.

June 14      Patchwork workshops and Gypsy recognition as the Roma Festival is held here at NXL.

July 14        The Lease is signed and big thanks go out to the Bold Vision Backers, especially Catherine and John who never gave up on us.

Aug 14       Mystery walks and picnics were even more popular this year. A brilliant trip down river to see the Poppies at the Tower brought a diverse group of people together.

Sept 14      Party in the Park was a promotional success with over 5000 people grooving to Punk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Reggae Blues and Folk music all day long. NXL hosted all the meetings, allowed the bank account to be used and did the printing i.e. put New Cross on the map.

New X Learning Auction 7pm Nov 28

annual fundraising auction

Dozens of amazing lots. Do yourself a favour and get some Christmas shopping done at the New X Learning auction while meeting your friends at your local Hill Station and helping New X Learning raise money to provide a much needed free volunteer run library and learning centre in New Cross. Click for catalogue NXLAUCTIONCATALOGUE 2014


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NXL fundraising auction Nov 28

Running the annual New Cross Learning auction at the Hill Station for the first time was a big success. The auctioneers (Andrew and Audrey) sparkling wit and charming presentation was complemented by the usual great food and wine on offer by the cafe team. The tension was high as competitive bidding set in for the most cherished lots. auction 2014 c

And most important of all, the lottery raised a record amount of funds for New Cross Learning – over £3000.

Well done to all who donated prizes, bidded, won, ate, drank, auctioned… great team work for a great cause.

A L Kennedy at NXL 27 Oct



Join us for a wonderful evening on 27th October at New Cross Learning with the celebrated writer AL Kennedy – who will be reading from and signing her new book All The Rage. Tickets in advance from Brown Paper Tickets – £10 full price, £8 concessions. There will be refreshments available.

All proceeds will go towards keeping New Cross Learning open.

Green light for New X Learning 16.08.14

New Cross Learning is celebrating after parent charity Bold Vision, signed a two-year lease with Lewisham Council today, 16 Aug 2014,  marking a significant step forward in the cooperation between the community and the Council.

“We are very pleased that the lease has now been signed and that the collaboration between Bold Vision, New Cross Learning and the Council continues to develop. Lewisham Library & Information Service will be supporting the valuable work that Bold Vision and New Cross Learning carry out to ensure that residents in the north of our borough have access to information, books, IT and a huge range of activities” said Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock.library baby

It has been nearly three years since a group of volunteers backed by local charity Bold Vision took over the running of the former New Cross Library and turned it into New Cross Learning which offers community internet access and a multitude of activities as well as a full Lewisham Library service with 5,000 books.  

Dedicated volunteers, supporters, and charities including the New Cross Gate Trust, Deptford City Challenge Trust, RSA and local ward assemblies have supplied funds and backing to keep New Cross Learning open and build supporter numbers through new activities like their popular Baby Bounce.  Over 5,000 people come in every month and opening hours have increased to 4 days a week.

The terms of the lease allow New Cross Learning to use the Council-owned premises with money from the council for necessary repairs. Fundraising continues to be essential to provide training and activities and for running costs like heating, electricity, water, rent and rates. 

New Cross Learning is already on the road to becoming self-sufficient on operating costs through the annual auction, sales of kindly donated books and printing services – and some people make regular monthly donations.

“We are delighted to get the lease signed and appreciate how we have built a constructive relationship with Lewisham Council as we both learn about new ways of making things happen. It’s great that so many supporters and volunteers are involved with New Cross Learning and keep the doors open”, said Catherine Shovlin, the director of Bold Vision who negotiated the lease.

“This is excellent news for New Cross Learning and for our supporters, because people now know we will be open for the next two years. This certainty about our future means we can apply to funding bodies as well as plan our activities”, said Gill Hart and Kathy Dunbar, New Cross Learning’s co-chairs. 

New Cross Learning has a summer programme of activities including the Summer Reading Challenge and Mystery Walks and Picnics. They are always on the lookout for more volunteers who either have specialist skills or who feel they could do a regular couple of hours a week on the library’s front desk. Training is provided so no previous skills are required.

Notes to Editors

New Cross Learning is a community-run space offering a library service and a bookshop as well as a wide range of learning activities, supported by registered charity Bold Vision. Among their major donors is the New Cross Gate Trust. NXL is wholly volunteer-run.

What do NXL do?

  •  New Cross Learning provides free computer/internet use, Wifi, newspapers and magazines.
  • They offer a full Lewisham Library service.
  • NXL has desk spaces to work, and we also run learning activities and workshops.
  • Read more about NXL here