February the 3rd: SOUP-er Sunday at Common Growth


Hi Everyone,

The dark and miserable month of January is nearly over and slowly our daylight hours are increasing again.Yeah! To celebrate this we are starting February with another SOUP-er Sunday on the 3rd of February! Louise from Grow Wild will be sharing some delicious home made soup with us and if weather permits do a little cooking demo as well. Everyone is welcome to join us from 2-5pm! The attached photo was taken at a previous Soup-er Sunday. We are keen to continue to share food and conversation at Common Growth – and we’re looking for more people to get involved with the cooking, sharing and the gardening, so do come along some time!

As ever there are plenty of tasks to get involved in at Common Growth, such as finishing the building of the greenhouse, building steps, digging the pond, and constructing the pergola. There is also still some ‘Elephant Garlic’ to plant – I know a bit late for garlic, but better than never (I’m not sure that’s a phrase in English – I’m translating from Dutch!)

Hope to see you on Sunday.

On behalf of Common Growth

P.S. Do make sure your come prepared for mud and rain! (I’m not sure I’m selling it here, but MetCheck said only Light Rain for Sunday afternoon, so no excuses!)

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The Future of the Telegraph Hill Play-club Jan 28

Parents and Carers meeting – Monday 28th January 9.30-10.30

Please come to a meeting at Telegraph Hill Centre, London SE14 5TY, for Parents, Carers and Childminders to get an update on the Council cuts and to discuss where next for the Playclub.

What would you like from your community run playclub? Would you be interested in becoming involved?

This is a meeting to inform a presentation we will be making at a Children and Young People’s Committee Council meeting on 30th January.


Toys will be available for children to play with at meeting.


Notes of the meeting will be available on our website if you can’t attend, and you can also email us at info@saveourplayclub.org.uk, comment here, or on our Facebook page.

BIG BUILD: Telegraph Hill Community Garden Sat 19 Jan

Come kickstart the Cloister Garden in to the new year by helping build raised beds this Saturday 19th January 10am-4pm.

Our main focus for the day will be cutting the scaffolding boards to size and assembling 6 large rectangular raised beds, which will line the gardens boundary. These will be filled with soil and herbs to be used in the cafe, centre users and Grow Wild.

Feel free to drop in and help for as long as you can or all day.  We have all the power tools and safety equipment needed.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all helping hands by the Grow Wild Field Kitchen.

Wear old warm, weatherproof clothes and some sturdy boots.

The Cloister Garden is located behind Telegraph Hill Community Centre and the Hill Station Cafe. Grow Wild are working with the users of the Centre to turn this currently underused garden into a beautiful and bountiful community resource.  For any enquiries please email Ella at ella.growwild@gmail.com

If you can’t make it on Saturday, we do also need a little bit of help on Friday to prep for this (between 12-4pm).


Many thanks, your support is greatly appreciated

The Grow Wild Team

A hive of activity at Common Growth

Sunday 6ht of January 2013

I was pleasantly surprised to see that on a miserable grey Sunday so many volunteers braved the cold and came to help out at the Common Growth garden. With the promise of cups of tea, hot soup and cakes as a reward, 12 of us set out to build the greenhouse and planters, fix the gate, put up a trellis, paint the fence and harvest Jerusalem Artichokes (see the photos). This working together, conversations, camaraderie and sharing food is exactly what Common Growth is about! So thank you very much to Kayvan, Tamsin, Isabella, Pat, Arij, Carlos, Jim, Carlo, Richard,  Zuhura and Rich for all your efforts to make it such a brilliant start of 2013! 

Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to do some building work at the garden, so that we are ready to start the next growing season come Spring. Do come along if you’d like to help with any of these jobs: finishing the greenhouse, doing some landscaping, making a path, painting the fence, turning the compost heaps, building a new pond, building a pergola. We’ll also continue to serve freshly made soup in the garden, as we intend Souper Sunday to become a regular community event for all.

By the way, the greenhouse was bought with support from Grow Wild (www.growwild.org.uk) – and we can’t wait to start using it!

Hope to see you on a Sunday from 2-5ish in the Common Growth garden on Sandbourne Rd.


On behalf of Common Growth (email: commongrowthuk@gmail.com)

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Save Telegraph Hill Playclub

Local parents and childminders have set up a campaign to try and stop the closure of the Telegraph Hill Playclub in Telegraph Hill Park as it is threatened with closure in May 2013 as proposed council cuts.

Save Telegraph Hill Park Playclub

Together we can STOP Lewisham closing another community asset. You can show your support: