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 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!

Halloween at Common Growth

The Halloween Event at Common Growth was a success.  Many thanks to Suriya, Ruth, Louise, Ella and Jim who organised it. There was games, singing, planting, art, and a soup making demonstration by Louise from Grow Wild. The photos attached tell the story of a fun afternoon!  It is great to see that the space is put to good use this time a year. Hope to see more of this at CG in the future.
We’ll be doing more building stuff over the winter period. Not too much growing anymore – apart from Broad beans and garlic, and some salads. We’re also waiting to pick the brussels sprouts and dig up the Jerusalem Artichokes. Does anybody know how you’re supposed to know the artichokes  are ready for digging up?

Some of us have discussed having a ‘Christmas Party’ at the garden with mulled wine and mince pies! You’ll definitely be invited if it happens…!

See you soon.

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Bold Revue Show! 04.06.11

Bold Vision Revue Show 05.06.11The feathers have been dusted down, the sequins sewn, the lycra, leather and lace prepared – the time is right for the Revue Show to take Telegraph Hill by storm.

The date to remember is Saturday 4th June. The bar at Hill Station opens at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.30pm (estimated end time 10.45pm). The venue (Narthex, Telegraph Hil Centre) will be dressed, so should you be in any which way you want – have fun, it’s your night!   This show is for adults only (18+).

Confirmed acts include:

  • An Opera singer
  • Performance poets
  • Several bands
  • Street dancers
  • Jazz singers
  • Cabaret performers
  • A blistering comedienne
  • Satirical sketches
  • Belly dancers
  • Torch singers
  • A Comic Poet . . . . and many more amazing acts to confound and delight in equal measure

The Revue Show is a fund-raiser in aid of Bold Vision, a local charity dedicated to making Telegraph Hill an ever greater place to be.   Bold Vision has achieved a lot, but there remains a lot more to do.   Raising funds will help Bold Vision achieve much more for our community.

Book online – (there will only be limited tickets at the door)

Details of timings, the venue location and confirmation of your booking are provided at the end of the booking process. We had an amazing and generous response from the performers, some from Brockley, Deptford, Nunhead, Peckham, Battersea and beyond – even North London!   Most of the performers will be known to you – they are your friends and Telegraph Hill neighbours, so don’t be shy, they’re not! BOOK NOW!

Brockley Max 2011 festival 27.05.11 – 04.06.11

A host of performances, gigs, workshops, spoken word and children’s activities are lined up
for this year’s Brockley Max.brockley max hilly fields music.jpg
Brockley Max taps into the creative expression of resident artists just down the road from the Hill Station. Be they painters, musicians, performers or poets with something a little bit quirky, or just plain old traditional, all come together under this year’s theme of MAX IT UP – JOIN THE FUN! The festival comprises a wide range of events and activities with something to appeal to all residents of all ages.
The festival runs  in Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park.

A few highlights from the programme

  • 27 May with ‘The Max Opening Night’ featuring an eclectic line-up of musical acts performing at Brockley station.
  • Gospel vocal collective and classical music at St. Hilda’s.
  • CueB and Tank Galleries host exhibitions of installation pieces and photographic work.
  • Laughs are guaranteed as Peter Searles brings his storytelling and comic timing to the stage at The Orchard.
  • Enjoy the big screen experience as Brockley Wood Nights returns with an evening of film shorts at Lewisham Arthouse.
  • 4 June: workshops and activities for children as part of ‘Art in the Park’ on Hilly Fields. Arts and Crafts market on Hilly Fields. Festival close out with a series of gigs across various local venues.
For more info see the festival website The festival is a community event, run by local residents on a non-profit basis. Most of the events are FREE.

Common Growth project open day 2.4.11

Last week I signed the lease from Lewisham Council to get the land for the Bold Vision Common Growth community garden.

Watch this short video to see the Common Growth land and some of their plans for the future. To get involved you can email them directly at They are looking for all sorts of people to get involved -you don’t need to already knopw how to grow vegetables.