Remembrance Day: Silent Cacophony Nov 11

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

New Cross People’s Kitchen Nov 16

Dear Friend, we would like to invite you to a free communal meal in the heart of New Cross! This is an idea the New Cross Commoners came up with after our mapping project at Party in the Park. 

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

Celebrate the sunflowers Nov 3

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.

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

New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival 2014. Kick off mtg Nov 11

Would you like to be involved in the third New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival? 

Free Film Festivals 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

Cinetopia / New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival
Also see: NXD FFF  Cinetopia and Facebook

Help needed for Party in the Park Sep 14

New Cross Party in the Park NEEDS YOU on Sat 14 Sep 
New Cross Party in the Park is  in Fordham Park 1-8pm with loads of great music, community stalls, food, drink and much much more – it’s just the kind of thing that we need, if you agree can you PLEASE help and make sure that it’s a successful event that we can do again and again.
The people who are currently making this possible are a very small group of very dedicated people – but there’s only so much they can do – if you can offer 2 hours on either the Saturday or the days either side you will be able to enjoy the party that much more knowing that you are doing something to make it happen.
All you need to do is email saying which 2 hour slot(s) you want to do – simple and it will be HUGELY appreciated.