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News Round up

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.

Reminder community cafe is open for business again [fwd]

PEOPLE are reminded that the Sherwood Community Cafe is now open for business again.

The cafe, based at Woodthorpe House in Mansfield Road, opposite Woodthorpe Park, closed before Christmas due to funding problems but reopened in January.

Margaret Hilton, a member of the community centre, said she was pleased the doors were open again and encouraged people to come and try the healthy dishes.

She said: “The cafe offers a wide range of hot and cold home made food.

“All the food is made on the premises and we want people to know that the cafe is definitely now open again.”

The cafe is open every Monday to Friday from 9am until 3.30pm.

It is also able to cater for small children’s parties and staff are keen to know what customers would like to see on the menu for these events.

As well as home-made food, there is home-made jewellery on sale at the cafe, made by a local crafts person.

And there are a range of classes and activities which take place at the community centre, including a playgroup, the Nottinghamshire Bobbin lace Society, post natal yoga classes and a lunch club.

For more information about these activities, go to the website at

To book a party or large table at the cafe, or to order food in advance, call 0115 962 1153.

link to original article in the Post

Sneinton Area Upcoming Events [fwd]

See the page in the upcoming arrow about the Sneinton Market reopening…….
‘Nottingham Local Food Partnership!’ will be showcasing its ‘Urban Local Food Market’ at the grand re-opening of Sneinton Market on Saturday 10th December 2011 10am until 6pm!  NLFP are a group of food growers, producers, community gardens & cafes who have got together on a mission to increase sustainable local food across the city and county. The market launch will include freshly produced hot & cold dishes from around the world – Indian, Pakistani, Jamaican, African, English, as well as organic fresh produce, preserves, sweet pastries, plants and gardening crafts. Food growers and producers interested in being a part of future local food markets should contact: Nicola on 01159622200


Sneinton Christmas lights switch on – Tuesday 6th Dec

BANCA and Kiddywinks Open day 3rd December

New Cook and Eat courses (one in Sneinton on Thursday lunch from Jan 12th)

Upcoming events at the Stonebridge City Farm-

Sneinton Festival Annual General Meeting 1 Dec

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Harvest Festival and Chilli Day at Stonebridge City Farm Sunday 25th 10-4pm


Just to let you know:

We have the following produce available should any of the cafes like to purchase:

Cooking Apples
Marrows huge! Great for stuffing with calaloo, thyme, garlic, onions and tomatoes :o)

Pumpkins will be arriving shortly – great for making soups, curries and sweet pie dishes

Just call me to arrange an order over £5 please with £1 delivery unless en route

Nicola Hinton
Local Food Worker

Upper School
Brewsters Road

Tel: 01159622200


Stonebridge City Farm is proud to invite you our new fine dinning evenings. We hope to offer you a unique dining experience, sourcing seasonal, fresh and organic produce with delicious vegetarian, vegan and meat options. See our flyer here.  And take a look at the fine_dining_menu  Places are very limited so please book early by calling 07940 496354.


Sneinton Hermitage has a over 50s lunch club flyer and is looking for new members.  Call Vanessa on Mondays from 11.30-1.30 on 0115 9504707


The Greenway Centre has a new cafe open lunch times Mon-Fri – More news on this soon….Also Lemon and Lime cafe in Queens Walk Community Centre in the Meadows is looking to relaunch soon – If you would like to be involved as a volunteer in revamping this cafe then get in touch with Bev on 07922537664



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Viking weekend this weekend at the Stonebridge City Farm

FREE entry 10-4pm

Also St Ann’s Allotments Heritage Open Day this Sunday, 11 am to 4pm


Alain-Andre Job is now not only a famous BBQ man and community organiser but is now about to run his own community cafe.  It is at the Sycamore Centre on Hungerhill road.  We wish him all the best with this project and hope to see you all there at the launch party next week, Thursday 15th Sept 3-8pm – more details are on the flyer linked here.

Another new community cafe is about to open in Sneinton…More news on this soon…


This network is part of the Nottingham Local Food Partnership which is supported by the Making Local Food Work national project – read their latest newsletter here.


The Communities for Health/ FIG Small Grants are still open to application, until 30th September. Please forward the link below to any of your contacts based in Nottingham City and who have an idea related to food and health. They can download guidance and the application form from it.

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Well a lot is going on at the moment – in the country and the world as well as in Nottingham’s community cafe scene!

Just a comment on the social unrest, and the potential (near certainty) of a another recession:- Community spaces are needed now more than ever – the best defence against all the coming problems is a strong community – and strong community needs spaces where ‘community’ can happen!

An interesting upcoming community programme that your project may get involved with is the community organiser program run by Locality and the best place to keep up to date with it is at Jess Steele’s blog (she is head of the program)

A different perspective can be had at the community activist network – it’s free to join.

More community means more networking – so as well as this network I am interested in forming other Nottingham(shire) wide networks – One idea is to bring together all the community led festivals in Nottingham (those run independently of the council) into some kind of loose association.  Off the top of my head I can think of:-

Sneinton Festival, Holding hands round St Anns, Medfest, Gay pride, Sherwood festival, Caribbean Carnival, Lenton festival, Green Festival, dot to dot, Mela, and the big one still to come this year Headstock up in Newstead. (most of these are on facebook).  No doubt there are more of these festivals so please let me know.

Also I think it is time for community centres across Nottingham to come together to have fun, share resources and help each other through these difficult times. For example most community centres have cupboards with stuff from old projects that isn’t used anymore – maybe others could use the stuff.  Also sometimes there are bits of money left over from projects, lying dormant in bank accounts – maybe this could be pooled for an event or some joint publicity!

If you can help with either of these two networks please let me know.

Dance group that performed at Sneinton Festival


Kate Troy from the Great Green Garden project and Transition West Bridgford has invited us to go along and dig up an abundance of potatoes ready now – I will organise transport to get across to their site to harvest them – we can have the potatoes for less than commercial rates.  Let me know if you want to buy any of these potatoes or if you can come help.  We should be going next week so get in touch and I’ll let you know more details.


see forwarded message below – if interested please contact her directly:-

Message: Hi

I’m trying to find out if any of your members would be interested, or a able to, supply outside catering. We are looking for a buffet lunch for around 50 in mid October.

We are an Advocacy company, trying to get our work commissioned, we mainly work in St Ann’s and Sneinton. We are holding an event to showcase our work. We have, fingers crossed, local MPs and speakers from the Cabinet Office and people from Nottingham City Council.

Let me know if you need any more information

Thanks again

Victoria Gondzic

Integritas Advocacy CIC

3rd Floor, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FB.

Direct Line 0115 9348411

Office hours Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm

Visit our web site at

Integritas Advocacy CIC seeks to promote the dignity, self-determination, legal and human rights of individuals.  We provide information and independent advocacy for vulnerable adults and training for practitioners and carers supporting them.


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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.