Category Archives: Nottingham local Food System

You are invited to the pub!

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……
Dear All,
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

Book a stall on Sneinton Urban Food Market this Saturday

To book your stall please complete the details below. Contact for more info, or call her on 01159622200.

Book a Stall at the January Local Food Market


Where:Sneinton Market, Nottingham          Date: Saturday 28th January 2012

Time: Set up before 9:30am                        Market Opens: 10am

Market Closes: 4pm

Fee per stall: £18 Half stall: £10

DEADLINE: 12 noon on Friday 20th January 2012

Please complete the details below. Please note, all stall holders are required to produce the following documentation, a copy of which should be faxed or emailed along with this application form to fax to: 01159622200

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Food Hygiene Certification (for those responsible for preparing or the handling of cooked food)
  • Risk Assessment for Trading Activity

Thank you. We will provide confirmation of all stall holders by 3pm on  Friday 20th January

Link here to the above info in word document form

Get your local food delivered from Ecoworks [fwd]

Hi Dave

Just thought I’d put out there to you and your cafe networks.

We currently have the following produce available for delivery this Friday 16th September:

Runner Beans @ £2.69 per kg  (asda price £4.50 per kg)

Beetroot (Organic, Bio-dynamic) @ £1.46 per kg  (asda price £3.14 per kg)

Potatoes (not cleaned, but can be baked, steamed or mashed) @ £1.00 per kg (Asda price 0.94 per kg for non organic) or special offer £14.50 per 25kg sack

Garlic – Beautiful Fresh Organic Garlic, not available in the shops @ Large Bulbs 65p each Small 45p

Cooking or Eating Cox’s Apples – St.Anns local @ £1.41 per Kg (Asda Price £1.47 per kg)

We can also take pre-orders for some unusal produce, or please ask if there is something you would like me to look for including:

Red Peas
Pak Choi
Red / White Onions

Minimum Orders over £5 with a £1.00 delivery charge within the city area or you can collect from our offices in St.Anns. Cash on Delivery only please
Hope this is useful.

Much thanks,


Nicola Hinton
Local Food Worker

Upper School
Brewsters Road

Tel: 01159622200

News round up

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.

News Round-up

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.


Stonebridge City Farm Summer Event

Stonebridge City Farm are holding an open day on the 24th of July 2011 and we are asking groups, organisations and businesses if they would like to take part. We welcome information stalls, sales stalls, activities, entertainments and anything else you would like to bring to our event. If your stall is making a profit, dependent on the nature of your business we do ask that you contribute a small fee, if you are a Charity or non profit then there is no charge. The day will run from 11am until 3pm the site will be available to stall holders prior to this time to set up.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Hannah Rogers-Gee on 0115 9505113.

NCCN at the Green Festival 2011

A week on Sunday 22nd May you are invited to join us at the Green Festival at the Arboretum in Nottingham from  12-4pm.

We will have a tent or gazebo or possibly even a yurt set up in a cluster of stalls and stands from Ecoworks, Garden to Plate, Stonebridge and other Local Food Groups. I don’t know where we’ll be on site so come and find us!

If you want to come to a steering group meeting (discussing the future of this network) please come at 12pm-12.45pm or/and from 3pm-4pm (we are having two sessions). Between times we will be engaging the public, promoting Third Places around Nottingham, finding about more cafes from the general public, and doing fun activities such as drumming and free soup and bread.

Please arrange to get me some of your publicity material for me to give out/display, and please get in touch if you have any ideas in regard to this event.