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:-
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
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