After 3 and a half years Cafe Sneinton is taking an extended break (mainly because of my other duties as a new father). This should mean though I’ll have a bit more time to spend on the Cafe network. The Secret Kitchen however is now opening on Fridays and Saturdays at St Christopher’s church (back there after a very successful summer season at Green’s Mill).
Tom Hughes writes on facebook “[To] the team who helped at the Hermitage, I’d like to say a huge personal thank you for what you’ve done with Cafe Sneinton. I and my family were grateful consumers and enjoyed the relaxed (tho sometimes frenetic) community atmosphere. I think it has been a transformative project and I’ll miss it. (Secret Kitchen) can carry the baton with pride!”
Marsha writes today on the Secret Kitchen facebook page “cafe opens about 10am this morning… goats cheese and pumpkin seed lasagne with lemon thyme wedges and salad for lunch, coconut and lime flapjack and tea, coffee and toast ready before lunch…”
Apologies for much missed news and no contact for a while. I have become a father recently and so have been out of action for a while now! Personally though it gives me renewed inspiration to help develop the community cafe scene in Nottingham, since I think children get so much out of being part of rich communities that Third Place‘s (including commmunity cafes) are essential parts of. “It takes a village to raise a child” they say and every happy village has its pub or cafe or tea house where people congregate and talk and hang out…
Anyway on with the news:-
Tomorrow is the Nottingham Local food Partnership’s (find us on facebook and twitter) fourth monthly Market. We have a great range of stalls from Ecoworks, AMC gardens, Stonebridge City Farm, Veggies, Secret Kitchen and many more (including a farm shop selling local, wild game meats like venison and partridge). It’s from 10-3pm so come along and hangout, also have a look round the new Victoria Leisure centre. There is a cafe unit that opens onto the square – it is still up for tender so, if interested, just contact the council and put your bid in…hopefully whoever gets it will create a community cafe and not just a business.
Alain Job from Melting pot at the Sycamore Centre, St Anns has opened a new venture in Victoria Centre Market upstairs in the fish and meats section. He is selling delicious African Cuisine in a banana skin cone (the nkono concept!) Monday to Saturday 11-4pm.
Marsha Smith from Secret Kitchen held a social event last week Friday 5-9pm – it was great relaxed, unique community event and a first for Sneinton. You could BYO wine and beer, bring the kids, the food was delicious and cheap and there was free musical entertainment. It was the the definitive ‘Third Place’ night and we could do with alot more nights like this around (especially for us with young children who can’t get to pub as much as they’d like)
Social night flyer_secret kitchen_bw
Cafe bingo is still coming but there has been a delay due to funding issues….
Also am looking for further ideas and support for this project going forward – hopefully we can get an action group together soon.
Posted in AMC, Cafe Sneinton, Community Cafe Concept, Ecoworks, Local Food, Member's projects, Members Events, NCCN Events, New cafe opportunities, news round up
Tagged Alain job, AMC, cafe, community, community cafes, Ecoworks, local food, Melting Pot, Nkono, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Ray Oldenburg, Sneinton Market, Stonebridge City Farm, volunteering