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.

Big Book Sale Sun 4 Nov 2-5pm @ New Cross Learning

Massive book sale to raise funds for New Cross Learning, the community-run library and learning centre in New Cross Gate on Sunday November 4, 2-5pm.
Paperbacks will be 5 for £1 and hardbacks £1 each. There will also be seasonal treats like parkin and tea and coffee on sale for those who want to make an afternoon of it.
“With the freezing weather coming in, what could be better than buying a few good books and curling up with them by the fire?”, asked Gillian Hart, Co-chair of New Cross Learning. “We have superb second hand books for sale – mainly fiction – and books for children as well. Every penny will go to keeping New Cross Learning open.”
The successful wholly volunteer-run learning centre New Cross Learning took over from New Cross Library, – which was closed as part of Lewisham Council’s cuts, just over  a year ago,  backed by the charity Bold Vision. It was recently promised a 2-year lease and building maintenance funding by Lewisham Council and is also backed by New Cross Gate Trust.
The volunteers must raise all the money needed to cover running costs.
The services that New Cross Learning provide include
– learning activities, from creative poetry workshops, to a regular knitting workshop, street dance, baby bounce, craft activities and health programmes such as healthy walks
– free computer use and wifi
– a library of books
– newspapers and quality journals
Notes for Editors:
The Big Book Sale will be on Sunday 4 Nov
283-285 New Cross Road, New Cross, SE14 6AS
Nearest Station: New Cross Gate.
New Cross is a diverse community with multiple indicators of deprivation. New Cross Learning exists to support that community. It is an incubator project supported by local community charity Bold Vision, www.boldvision.org.uk
New Cross Gate Trust also supports New Cross Gate http://www.nxgtrust.org.uk/.
New Cross Learning has a secondhand bookshop that is open during our opening hours (a smaller stock is available than on our special book sale days).

This is the third booksale they’re doing so the operation is pretty slick and they have thousands of books at low, low prices – hardly anything more than £2 and paperbacks five for £1.  They’re sorted so people can find what they’re interested in and they offer tea and cakes and a chance to sit down.  Transport is easy to the Saville Centre, 436 Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LJ.  It is a couple of blocks south of Lewisham Hospital on loads of bus routes that run from Lewisham (Southern and South Eastern Rail services and the DLR) to Catford (with Catford and Catford Bridge railway stations connecting to the Overground, Ladywell and St. John’s, Nunhead and Peckham, etc.).

All and everyone welcome – and if people have books to get rid of we are taking them in on the day…

World Book Day: Mar 1

To celebrate World Book Day in New Cross Library on 1 March, there will be a Big Book Swap in the library from 6pm-8pm. It’s free, open to all ages, there will be refreshments and other activities, and all are welcome, – please bring at least one book to swap!

This will be followed by a Big Book Sale on Sunday 4 March (2-5pm) with second hand books selling for bargain prices – with most paperbacks priced 5 for £1 and hardbacks or large paperbacks £1 or £2 each – cheaper than our usual second hand book prices. Come along & bring friends to help raise funds for the library in 2012

Despite the amazing prices, we have incredible books on sale – you won’t be disappointed.
Please pass this on to fellow book lovers!

And remember you can still submit your book for the New Cross Bookshelf Artwork… it’s easy to do and you’ll be proud of it for years. Just click here to complete the short form and submit your details