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News Round Up

Alain Job of Melting Pot Cafe at the Sycamore centre is also a street food pioneer.  And with the help of University students (more on this later as Marsha from Secret Kitchen has also tapped into this resource) he has created his own brand of street food – Nkono.  It is a banana skin cone with the Cameroon curry inside.  A tasty, healthy, biodegradable bit of home-made  fast food.  Maybe look out for it at Glastonbury next year, and certainly at the Relaunch of Sneinton Market 10th Dec!!

Alain and Nkono are down at the Goose fair until Sunday – please go down and try this new product if you can!  They are near the tram end of the main avenue in the Forest Rec that runs across the site from Mansfield over to Forest Rd West.

See the face book page


Hi all
We  think and hope you will agree that  Stonebridge City Farm is a
treasure which belongs to the people of Nottingham. Entrance is free
and we would like to keep it that way but the farm needs the support
of the people to ensure its existence. For just £10 a year or two
hours voluntary work a year you can become a member of “Green Street –
Friends of the Farm” and play a part in  protecting the farm. Details
of joining are attached and you can print the form, choose your option
and post it in to me or drop it off at the farm next time you are in.
Please also pass on to anybody who may be interested.  The 2 hours
voluntary work contribution can vary depending on what you would like
to  offer – from helping in the garden, maintenance work, baking or
helping at events, to give some ideas.

The half-price edible plants offer for Green Street is now finished.
Instead we will be providing limited monthly special offers and
Friends will be the first to hear of these offers. Workshops and
activities with limited numbers will be offered to Friends first.

Contact me if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing you
on the farm soon.
Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:


All Ours October Souper Social Sunday

On Sunday 9th October 2011, 1.15pm – 3.45pm
at the 
Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Boulevard with home made soup & cake courtesy of Pixies Pantry, hot drinks, table tennis, pool, games, chat.
The Lost Artists – a self help group for isolated artists who want to network with each other.   Artists, musicians, poets and any other artists that practice other art forms – are all welcome. Artist materials and musical instruments provided.
the Middle Street Jugglers Have a go at juggling, plate spinning and toothbrush twirling
 Art and Craft journalling for wellbeing by Dee Fairchild . All materials will be provided. It will be a buffet style workshop.
This social coincides with the beginning of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks. There is a rundance event preceding All Ours, nearby at the Windmill from 12-1pm and a full listing of the other events for the 2 weeks can be found here
Future Dates : next All Ours will be on Sunday 13th November

News Round Up

Tomorrow I am travelling with Nicola from Ecoworks (thanks for the lift) and others up to Sheffield for the Making Local Food Work Conference (you can watch it live online).  Looking forward hearing about other great projects around the country (e.g Feeding Manchester), but  I think we can be proud of what Nottingham has in terms of its Third Sector projects.  Will report back soon.


I met Roger Moors, the new Food Projects coordinator at Ecoworks, at the Pakistan Centre for lunch (was very tasty as usual) recently.  And he suggested what I thought was a great idea for the NCCN.  It’s a ‘disloyalty card’ based on the loyalty cards of Coffee shops such as Starbucks.  The idea is that some independent outlets all join together to create a card whereby for example 6 visits to any of the outlets get the card holder a free meal/drink etc.

For us as a group of community cafes it could be very nice little bit of marketing, cheap to set up, and as long as 6 of our members wanted it we could get it off the ground quickly.  Maybe change the name from ‘disloyalty card’ to something else?

Above is an example from a group of London independent Coffee houses.


Thanks to the Stonebridge City Farm, Sumac Centre, Roots N Fruits, and Nottinghamshire Deaf Society for signing up recently as full members.


I visited the Sumac on Saturday along with my family for their People’s kitchen, we had homemade pizza’s and other stuff.  It was very delicious and healthy. We all had a good time out in their front garden, with all the raised beds and catering vans – good for hide’n’seek!

The Sumac have a new project, Mutual Aid, which is all about filling in after the funding cuts for support services such as benefits advice. It’s on Sundays from 12pm. Email for more info.

Food Review – Punjabi Lunch Club

I went to the Punjabi lunch club on Tuesday. It actually only opens on Tuesday from 12-2pm which is a great pity because I have raving about the food to everyone I have met since then!

On reflection I had worked up a good appetite by walking there (over hill and dale) from Sneinton via the Goshen community cafe on Alrefton Rd. The lunch club is in the Hyson Green Community Centre next to the New Art Exchange, and right by the Forest Rec Tram stop.

It is a very simple unassuming set up – collect your meal and pay the treasurer of the group £2.  The meal comes in an airline food type tray and I got chana dahl, a chapatti, saag aloo, and rice pudding, all astonishingly delicious.

I shall definitely be back and I wish there was a way for the Chef to do a masterclass for other cooks in the cafe network, because the food is health, very cheap to make and tasty.  I guess I’ll have to work on this idea!