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.

Get ready for another year at Common Growth!

Common Growth team

Common Growth volunteers

We’ve been working hard all winter to get the garden ready for another year of growing fun. We’ve built a pergola, and a new raised bed, repaired the greenhouse after heavy storms (!), planted bulbs, turned compost, dug manure into the soil, repaired and painted a bench that we found on the street and shared numerous bowls of hearty soup! 

The garden is usually open every Sunday afternoon from 2-5, and during the Telegraph Hill Festival we are putting on a couple of extra events. On Saturday the 22nd of March the garden is open from 2-5 for the ‘The Big Dig’ – a nationwide project organised by Capital Growth to get more people down to their local community gardens to get involved with food growing!

And on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of April it’s ‘Art in the Garden’ day as part of the ‘Open Studios’ weekend! Come and join us between 2-5 pm to help paint the fence inside our garden. Together with local artist Myah we are creating the Longest Artwork in New Cross (15 metres)! No need to bring any paint, but spare paint brushes are appreciated. Make sure to wear some old clothes.

We’ve been awarded some funding by the local council to organise more gardening workshops for kids and adults in collaboration with Frendsbury Community Gardens in Brockley. This is great news for all, as the workshops are free for all to attend, informative, practical & fun, and they help us to develop the garden. So do come along if you can! A full programme will be confirmed shortly, but the first workshops will be as follows:

Saturday 12th of April – Let’s get sowing and growing!

10.00-12.00 Frendsbury Community Garden, Frendsbury Road, Brockley, SE4 2LB

13.30-15.30 Common Growth Community Garden, Sandbourne Road, New Cross, SE4 2NS

Hints and tips for sowing seeds (conditions, compost)
Hardening off, Pricking out and Potting on seedlings
Practical activities & seed pots to take home!

The workshops are informal and fun, and a great way to learn a few more gardening skills and share tips with other gardeners. If you would like to attend or want more information, then please text Rich on 07901 360321 or email commongrowthuk@gmail.com giving the name of attendees and a contact telephone number and which course at which garden you’d like to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All courses are free, but we suggest a £3 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of materials.

See you at Common Growth!

Helping Hands @ Volunteer Centre Lewisham

Volunteer Centre Lewisham has a new project called Helping Hands.

This project will be providing services to residents and businesses in and around Lewisham Borough.

Our services include:

  • DIY/Handyperson
  • Shopping
  • Gardening
  • IT assistance


Who can use it?

Our service is now available to anyone living in and around Lewisham Borough as well as to businesses.

What does it cost?

£15 per hour including VAT or £12 an hour including VAT if in receipt of benefits

How can you/your service users access the service?

You can call us on the office directly to arrange the service: 020 8613 7113

Or you can fill in the attached referral form on behalf of your client and email to: helpinghands@volunteercentrelewisham.org.uk

Attached is a leaflet providing more information about the project and the services.

If you have any queries please let me know.

Kind Regards

Lauren Banks

Work Skills Development Officer- Helping Hands


Tel: 020 8613 7113

Volunteer Centre Lewisham, 2nd Floor Showroom, 307-313 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6NW

Charity no. 1089900

Company No. 4194910

Helping Hands leaflet Referral Form for services

Spice survey

spiceIf you have ever received Spice credits maybe you can take a few miunutes to complete this survey and heolp them oimprove what they are doing/

“Hello, this is Gurjit.  I have recently taken over from the lovely  Joan Roach, as the new Spice Locality Manager . I very much look forward to meeting those of you that I have not already met!
In the meantime, I hope that you can help me with an online survey
Please let me know if you would prefer a paper copy of the survey.
Warm regards. Gurjit Jessel Harding gurjit@justaddspice.org

Edmund Waller Winter Fair 30 Nov

A message from the organizers
My name is Laura Doehler. I have a son in Edmund Waller Primary school and I co-organsie the winter fair coming up 30.11. which is next Saturday. I would like to let you know that you can book a table with Ema Felix (emafelix@hotmail.com) if you would like be present on the fair with craft activities or selling. You can also have a free table on the school ground outside (unless it is raining, then inside) because we would like to give local charities the chance to inform people about what they do. If you would like to use this opportunity just get back to me and I will organise a place and a table.
All the best and I am looking forward to hear from you, Laura
Otherwise of course, feel free to come along. It is from 12 – 4pm. There will be mulled wine, stalls, performances, music and so on.

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 newcrosspeopleslibrary@gmail.com saying which 2 hour slot(s) you want to do – simple and it will be HUGELY appreciated.