The aim of NCCN is to help existing community cafes to thrive, and to support people who are in the process of setting up a new cafe. A broader aim is to promote the idea and practical reality of Third Places (not home, not work, but where community happens).
There used to be a pub on every corner, and due to tax on the pint and other factors these places don’t exist anymore, but our human need for socialising and places of conversation still is as strong as ever. I ran a community cafe from a community centre for 4 years and the model was purely based on volunteers – no paid staff at all, and no real funding (£500 to start up). From this experience I wanted to spread this idea, but am very aware that there is a whole spectrum of organisations and projects that fullfill the brief of Third Place:- from a sole trader business to charity project, to community or church group. But all these cafes are operating beyond the profit motive, and so I felt that networking between them would be easy as they are not really in competition with each other (as Costa and Starbucks are!).
The last two netwoking meetings have proved this, as so much info and help has been exchanged etc. Look out for the notes from the meeting soon, and your invite to the next (at Sumac Centre I think) where we are going to concentrate on planning a celebration event for all our volunteers!
Please see attached at these links below the new pocket guide to community cafes featuring 18 of Nottingham’s (and surrounding area) finest.
Front Back of leaflet
This is a tri-fold design and please feel free to print and display, or hand out. We are seeking a bit of funding to print a few thousand copies to spread the word around Nottingham, so fingers crossed we get that soon!
If you would like your cafe on the next version please get in touch with the details…
Thanks to William Forrest for doing the design
Please come along if you can to the next network meeting on 16 May 4-6pm at Meeting Room 2 at the Broadway Cinema.
There be a bit of a buffet as per last time, and a good chance to network.
The notes from the last meeting are here notes.
Please RVSP to firstname.lastname@example.org,
You are invited to join other community cafe people at a FREE event on Fri 22 Feb 12-1.30pm at Broadway Cinema Mezz lounge for networking, buffet, chat, and maybe hatching a plan or two.
On the agenda:
What do we love about community cafes? what concerns us?
What visions and ideas do we have? How could we work together?
Please rsvp to email@example.com
The Nottingham Local food partnership including Ecoworks (and their new electric, vehicular stall), Stonebridge City Farm, AMC Gardens and others are going to be at the Green Festival again this year on Sunday 10th, 11-4pm.
The weather looks ok too, so hopefully see you there!
So here it is guys, this year’s SNEINTON FESTIVAL coming very soon (28th June-8th July). The main festival event is on July 7th 2012. It starts with a Parade through the streets of Sneinton (with the ‘Olympic Ideals’ theme, promoting positive health, education, citizenship, community & spirituality) the on to Tricketts park for an event jam packed full of excellent activities, arts & crafts, stalls and food to satisfy all tastes. Plus with two music areas -the main stage and the SEND world vibes acoustic tent – we welcome many amazingly talented local musicians, performers and artsist to entertain and wow you all.
For more information check out the full event details on the programme attached or at these links – Front page, Main programme page
Plus if you want to find out more about a particular event, volunteer or get involved in any way please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you all for some wonderful festival fun, games, dancing and much more,
The Sneinton Festival Team
Please see below a letter written to the Local food Partnership (NLFP) members by Nic from Ecoworks – she wanted me to invite all you community cafes (and cafe supporters) along too, to see how we can get the Sneinton Market going especially in relation to street food……
At the last market we decided that a good old fashioned pint in the pub was called for to bring everyone investing in NLFP / Urban Food / Sneinton Market, to meet and have a relaxed discussion about where we take things next. We have seen it through the wilderness, ahem winter…and now, the rewards of warmer climates approach.
We no longer have the Plunkett Fund to support meeting time, but there is ample opportunity to apply for bigger pots to cover a programme of ‘event/feast/workshops’ and marketing activity with Awards For All perhaps? As well as taping into some other social/economic fund which would support enterprise, resource sharing/development.
Wendy has already begun applying for certain grants for stalls and exhibitions on Sneinton Market, and I have requested this info be shared with you all so we can identify gaps and other strengths/ambitions of local food etc..- live cooking of cultural street food is one
As you know I am off on maternity leave mid july so I’ll be pushed to co-ordinate all of the above, so instead, a pint in the pub should be the first steps to see who and what can be shared into bite size peices, and I’m happy to share application/bid writing.
Pub-wise: The Lord Nelson in Sneinton has been suggested as it has a back room but it will only hold so many, any other near town locations with room and a decent pint? (Paul / Nicky / Mary – appreciate it is a long way to come for a pint, so feel free to email ideas/suggestions if you cannot make it, especially since you all have lots of market experience)
I have attached a doodle link: please pass on the choice of dates to those not on the internet or to anyone you think should be involved or I have missed).
Cheers all, and may a pint or two lead to creative partnerships
Posted in Local Food Network, Members Events, NCCN Events, Nottingham local Food System, Sneinton Market
Tagged community, community cafes, meet up, NCCN, Networking Event, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, work opportunities
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