Category Archives: Publicity

Introducing the Pocket Guide to Nottingham Community Cafes

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

Inside map

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

Crocus and Real Lives Launch

Real Lives would like to invite you to our fundraiser launch event in aid of Crocus Café – Sunday 28th April 12-4pm

This is an exciting new development – we are now working with Crocus to keep it open 7 days a week and develop a community hub with lots of new exciting projects, opportunities and initiatives.

We hope you can celebrate with us!

Feel free to circulate this flyer or use the poster in your work place or community, and bring along your mates. Food and entertainment and music provided!

Estimates of numbers back to me on this email would be great so I can order in the food.

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Information request for a community cafe map!

Am pleased to say that we are in the process of designing a map booklet showing all the community cafes in Nottingham – see the one that Edinburgh cafe network have produced at this link ECF_Cafes_map_proof_02
In order to get the data for this map please would you take two minutes to fill in this Survey monkey form – if you do this before 22 March you get 25 FREE colour maps once the design is complete!!
All the best,
Dave Jones
p.s. to complete over the phone,  call 07738 729828

New Graphic Design Service for Small Community Groups and Charities

Community Graphics is launching soon.  This service is great for community cafes,  offering affordable graphics so you can drum up more customers.

Please have a look at our publicity (link here)  and fill out the following market research survey

If you fill out the survey the your organisation will get a free place on a training session called ‘improve your publicity – hints and tips for designing flyers and poster’.  It takes place from 11-12.30pm on Friday 5th October 2012

To get a quote for a specific job then fill out the following form on this link 

Healthy Breakfast Club on King Edwards Park goes weekly! [fwd]

Following a successful pilot scheme, Sneinton Tenants Outreach Programme (STOP TRA) will now be running the FREE healthy breakfast club WEEKLY from 12th April onwards.


The breakfast club runs from 10am – 12 noon on Thursday mornings in the pavilion on King Edwards Park, Carlton Road.


People who live in close proximity to the park are welcome to come down and enjoy a healthy breakfast (usually on offer are: cereals, toast, beans, eggs, jams, milk, tea, coffee, juice, yoghurt etc.), meet other people and find out about ways to improve your health.


For further info, please see attached poster, visit:  or contact Pete on 07799544172.

Tempting food that is served up for a very tasty price [fwd]

FOR Alain Job, it’s a necessity to save money in the kitchen while still cooking up flavourful foods.

Lucky for him then that it’s also a way of life – a way of cooking drummed into him at an early age back in his home country of Cameroon.

  1. Waste not, want not:  Chef Alain Job at the Melting Pot Cafe in the Sycamore Community Centre,  St Ann's.

    Waste not, want not: Chef Alain Job at the Melting Pot Cafe in the Sycamore Community Centre, St Ann’s.

Mr Job works today as chef at the Melting Pot Café in Sycamore Community Centre, Hungerhill Road, St Ann’s.

And in a couple of weeks he’ll open Nkono, a business in Victoria Centre Market specialising in Cameroonian cuisine.

He already runs Nkono as a catering and special events business.

Running a community cafe kitchen and setting up his own business means Mr Job must be frugal without letting taste and flavour suffer.

By following the cookery philosophy of his homeland, he can do that.

“Quite frankly, I save enormously,” he said.

“We’re saving the cafe about £20 to £26 a week. That’s good when you’re considering the economic situation of the moment.”

Mr Job first learned smart, tasty cooking from one of the best cooks he’s known – his grandmother.

Young Alain was one of nine mouths his grandmother had to feed – food waste was not something she could afford.

“If she wasn’t very careful there was a greater likelihood the next day that there wouldn’t be much to eat,” Mr Job said.

“The leftovers were part of the strategy for her. She had various ways of dealing with it. One was adapting leftovers to new recipes and making them look totally like something fresh and new.”

The word “leftovers” was not one that was much used. Meals were always made to seem new and fresh.

“She did very cleverly adapt the leftovers to whatever she was cooking the next day to make it a new meal with a new experience,” he said.

“It gave the impression that we were having something new every day.”

It’s a lesson he remembered, and one he’s brought to his life as a chef.

Many of the methods he uses are not complicated.

When making a simple soup, he’ll chop vegetables and roast them in the oven.

The stems, stalks and bits he doesn’t use, he saves and wraps in foil. The following day, it often goes in curried mutton or goat.

“It brings the flavours of the roasting and the intense aroma into the curry goat or the curry mutton,” Mr Job said.

This is another trick that comes from his grandmother – although she used leaves rather than tinfoil.

“Whenever she had leftovers, she put them in the fresh leaves,” Mr Job said.

“Then she wrapped them very well. The next day she put them on a low heat to warm it while preserving all the flavours really slowly.

“The heat went through the leaves, or through the foil, and warmed the food enough.

“The food had already settled and was holding in all the flavour really well. Some people said it was better to eat then than when it was first cooked.”

link to original article in the Post

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

Nottingham Undergrounds alternative Valentine dinner

Hilovely people Spread the Love

Come on your own, bring a friend or bring a loved one, but don’t expect it to be a traditional valentines’ meal.

£20 for 5 courses, bring your own booze.

In Sherwood just off Hayden rd, limited spaces available.

To book ring 07514 625697 or email


Latest Flyer

See our latest flyer below….


If you are involved in one of the cafes on the flyer above please check the details and get back with any mistakes/changes.  Also for future publicity please send me 10 words that will be promote your cafe!!

edit: PLEASE A NOTE CORRECTION ABOVE – People’s Kitchen is open Saturdays 6.30pm not 12pm