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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New Cross Library

The newly re-named New Cross People’s Library (formerly New Cross Community Library) Steering Committee is meeting for an Open Meeting on
Thursday 26th May at the Hill Station , Kitto Road, Telegraph Hill at 7pm-8pm
in order to find some financial support and backing for rent required and/or an umbrella organisation ready to work with the above management.
You are most welcome to attend to offer your support in this last minute attempt to keep our Library being the only one of the original 5 doomed with closing actually facing closure.

Local Assembly meeting Tues May 17 May 7pm-9pm

At Honor Oak Community Centre, 50 Turnham Road, SE4 2JD

What will happen?

1. Residents will narrow down the types of community projects to get a share of the £43,750 Assembly Fund this year. The assembly has a large action plan of projects suggested by residents. This is your chance to help select which types of projects and ideas are most important for local

  1. Youth activities and support projects
  2. Community activities

It is also a chance to add more ideas around projects.

2. Volunteering

Find out how to volunteer (eg for Honor Oak Community Library, the assembly co-ordinating group and the Pensioners Shopping Bus) and how to get more volunteers from Lewisham Volunteer Centre for your community group.

3. Honor Oak Community Centre Library

Come and see what is available at the centre and join on the evening.  There will be storytellers for children in the library during the meeting.

4. Damp and Mould Review

Information from councillors on the official review on the problems tenants are having with damp and mould in their homes.

5. Community Information

  • Updates from local community groups
  • Family Mosaic Housing Association will give information on the Hilton House redevelopment (Honor Oak Estate)

Registration 6.45pm, food and drinks provided. Free crèche available for over 2’s (limited spaces). Storytellers for children in the library (lounge) during the meeting.

Bold Vision Common Growth public consultation results

The results are in and it’s looking good. Over 90% of those surveyed were supportive of the project, recognising its value for the community as well as the produce.

This helps to get neighbours involved and also to get to know each other

In order of importance, they saw the benefits of this community gardening project to be based at Sandbourne Road as:

  • Providing activities for the children
  • Creating a pleasant space to spend some time in
  • Getting to know our neighbours
  • Producing local sustainable food
  • Providing workshops and learning opportunities
  • Supporting the Hill Station café

You can read the full report here: Sandbourne Road consulation report. Contact Kat for more information

Bring and Buy book sale for Crisis 26.01.11

Bring and Buy book sale for Crisis
Wednesday 26th January, 6.30 to 8.30pm in The Hill Station
UPDATE from Tamsin: We’ve have hundreds and hundreds of wonderful books coming in.  From mint condition hardbacks to interesting vintage paperbacks.  History, biography, travel and “self-help”.  Loads of childrens books and books about baby and childcare.

We’ll have books by the skip-full – now need the buyers.  Bargain prices – children’s books 10p to £1, paperbacks five for a pound or 50p if they are big and in good condition, hardbacks £1 or £2.  Really unmissable.

A New Year — so out with the old and in with the new
Make space then re-stock your book shelves and raise funds for Crisis.
Drop off your books in the Hill Station or in the Telegraph Hill Centre (leave them by the cupboard opposite the office door if out of hours) or ’phone 07702 895 226 or e-mail to make other arrangements.