Watch 168 sunflowers being dropped from NXL and then come in for light refreshments and a chance to discuss the event and see Lewisham Local History Society’s exhibition of WW1 and WW2 memorabilia and Adrian Harris’s exhibition of photographs from the fall of the Berlin Wall. Facebook link
The New Cross people’s kitchen seeks to create a convivial activity around food, from its collection, to its cooking and eating, in order to get in contact with different people and collectives from the New Cross area. The New Cross people’s kitchen will work by collecting food from local traders who donate it, by cooking and eating collectively in different venues (community kitchens) in our local area. The organisation of each event is open to anyone, it is done collectively and on a volunteer basis.
The people’s kitchen is simply an opportunity to have fun cooking and eating together, but also to meet each other and speak together about issues and topics concerning us as inhabitants of the south-east of London, to get to know local communities, to share and discuss issues and concerns in convivial settings, to fight food poverty without making charity, to create alternative possibilities for people to sustain their lives collectively, to give ourselves tools to fight gentrification and the privatization of the neighborhood and our lives by planning change collectively and from below.
To launch this project we are organising a first event/dinner for the 16th of November. This will take place in St James community centre, which is attached to St James’ Church (down the road known as St James just opposite New Cross Gate Station, Iceland and New Cross Learning). We invite anyone who wants to help with the cooking and preparation of the food to turn up at 5pm. We will start to serve food at 6pm.
We hope to see you there! 🙂
New Cross People’s Kitchen
It will be a fun event with lots of activities to join in with. Most importantly you can help harvesting sunflower seeds direct from the flowers, to provide a legacy for the project! Take some seeds home with you for planting next year to keep New Cross bright, beautiful and bee-friendly for years to come.
What’s happening on the day:
- Facepainting – mark yourself with a bee or a sunflower to support the cause. Both kids and adults are welcome to be painted!
- Bee workshops – find out about bee-friendly planting, keeping bees, take a look at a demo hive and taste some honey!
- Sunflower Photo booth – get a sunflower project souvenir, have your photo taken with fun props & your favourite sunflower!
- Seed harvesting – take seeds away with you to plant at home or at another community garden or project
- Share sunflower seed recipes – email us your favourite recipe with sunflower seeds and we’ll collate it into a handout to share at the event
- Planting next years flowers – help us prepare and plant sunflowers and meadow seeds to bloom next spring on the site by Sainsbury’s
- The event will be held at the Sainsbury’s sunflower site (by the corner of the carpark and petrol station, next to New Cross Gate Station). Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm.
Enjoy this joyful video then come along on Sat Nov 2 to see more
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: http://www.talktomelondon.org/
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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com
Free Film Festivals www.freefilmfestivals.org is a community group promoting free film screenings in neighbourhood venues.
Last year the NXDfff held 23 film events in 13 venues over 11 days. It was a very diverse programme – from mainstream family features, locally made shorts, global docs and 50’s sci-fi horror. The festival was enjoyed by over 1,000 people.
Free Film Festivals is about showing films in interesting local venues. It’s about increasing the ‘feel good’ factor of people in the community with free and enjoyable events in popular public spaces, including outdoor screenings. We are entirely not-for-profit and run by volunteers. Events are funded thanks to our partnerships with community organisations and other supporters.
If you have an idea for a film event, are a filmmaker or want to gain experience in event organising, marketing and design or just want to be part of a community fun film project come along and meet us on Monday 11 November, upstairs at the Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road at 8pm.
Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org