Great Community Cafe Info here

It has been over two years since writing a blog post here on this site.  And alot has happened in that time.  Especially an explosion of cafes supported by the Super Kitchen project.  I haven’t got a full list of these kitchens but will post when I do – in the meantime there is this resource put together by NCVS

Temporary, Part-time (6 months) Kitchen Assistant

Temporary, Part-time (6 months) Kitchen Assistant

Stonebridge City Farm, St Anns, Nottingham


Stonebridge City Farm is looking for a temporary – part time Kitchen Assistant.  The assistant will work in an existing team of Chef, volunteers and trainees in our small café.

Application by e mail to

Stonebridge City Farm, Stonebridge Road, St Anns, Nottingham NG3 2FR

Fundraising event at People’s kitchen

Dear All,

Come to the Sumac Centre this Saturday for an exciting Peoples Kitchen!

We’re raising funds for the Free English Language Classes for Women that
have been happening every Monday at Sumac for 2 years!

The classes have stopped now for the summer and will start again in
October: we’re looking for volunteers, so please tell everybody about this

On the menu:
Chickpea and potato curry
Spinach curry
Surprise dessert (sorbet? cake? …?)

Spread the word & Bring your friends!

Saturday 28th June, 7.30pm

…and don’t forget to share it!

Hope to see you there 🙂

The Sumac Centre
0845 458 9595

245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX

The Sumac Centre is an independent community and activist resource centre.
It is made up of a community cafe, social club, library, exhibition space,
veggie catering campaign, filmnights, talks, meeting spaces and the
residents. The centre is used by various campaign groups and collectives
working towards social change and justice for all. Come and visit us!


Full details of Events at Sumac:

Veggies/Sumac News:

Fundraising event at People’s kitchen

Dear All,

Come to the Sumac Centre this Saturday for an exciting Peoples Kitchen!

We’re raising funds for the Free English Language Classes for Women that
have been happening every Monday at Sumac for 2 years!

The classes have stopped now for the summer and will start again in
October: we’re looking for volunteers, so please tell everybody about this

On the menu:
Chickpea and potato curry
Spinach curry
Surprise dessert (sorbet? cake? …?)

Spread the word & Bring your friends!

Saturday 28th June, 7.30pm

…and don’t forget to share it!

Hope to see you there 🙂

The Sumac Centre
0845 458 9595

245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX

The Sumac Centre is an independent community and activist resource centre.
It is made up of a community cafe, social club, library, exhibition space,
veggie catering campaign, filmnights, talks, meeting spaces and the
residents. The centre is used by various campaign groups and collectives
working towards social change and justice for all. Come and visit us!


Full details of Events at Sumac:

Veggies/Sumac News:

Social Eating Promotional Video- from Family Cafe to Super Kitchen


sorry this has taken an age for me to distribute. Please watch and share. It’s the promotional video for Family Cafe which was our surplus, social eating pilot. I am emailing you because I need your help and support to start to roll this fantastic new project out: it’s called Super Kitchen!
We are now developing this model into Super Kitchen and have already opened our first Super Kitchen at Mansfield Rd Baptist Church who are using our model very successfully. They are attracting over 80 customers each week to sit and share a fantastic, healthy, freshly cooked meal using FareShare surplus. Each cafe upcycles about 6 tonnes of surplus food each year and can transform it into over 5,000 meals. 
Please get behind our amazing Super Kitchen project, as we aim to have ten kitchens using our model running by the end of the year. This will have huge impacts upon the health and well being of our City and help look after precious food resources. So far we have raised 7 FareShare memberships which give free food to each project for 1 year whilst they trial our Super Kitchen model. But we need more support and to link in with budgets that are allocated for food waste reduction, healthy eating, well being and social support. 
Please let me know what you think! Many thanks, Marsha Smith

Independent Coffee Shops

In the face of the never-ending march of the big corporate coffee shops, I’ve just set up a Facebook page to highlight and support independent coffee shops and cafes in Nottingham.
I thought you might like to share this with the Community Cafe list (and anyone else you fancy).
Rumbletums Cafe: Kimberley’s hidden gem. You’ll find all our contact details at

Spokes travelling cafe!!

Have a look at the facebook page for the newest community cafe in town…



Melting Pot – food and culture festival



Saturday 19 April – 12pm- 4pm
& Sunday 20 April – 12pm- 5pm

World Food Stalls | Artist’s Interventions | Dance Performances | Live Music | Family Activities

Entry & activities- FREE!

Whether you enjoy food, music, dance, or have a passion for the local community, Melting Pot Festival invites visitors to experience the world at New Art Exchange, Hyson Green.

To see the full festival line-up, please click here.

The event has been made possible through the generous support of the College of Arts, University of Lincoln.

Sneinton Market – Kitchen Rummage Lounge

Do you have any unwanted kitchen equipment? Is your cooking area cluttered up with unwanted gifts? Gadgets that seemed a good idea at the time?

Bring them down to Sneinton market this Saturday! A cabin-bag or a banana box full can be sold in the Rummage Lounge for free and you can keep the money. If you really have a lot why not get half a stall to yourself for a fiver!

Better still, pick up a bargain or two, and go home with more than you got rid of; but things you actually want! The theory of the car-boot, and the practice of Sneinton Market for years!

Fill a few shopping bags with some good quality food at some great prices. A market supporter posted on Facebook this week that he got all this for £13.50!

3 punnets of Blueberries

2 punnets of grapes

2 punnets of strawberries

9 bananas

12 apples

3 courgettes

6 red onions

1 honeydew melon

2 leeks

3 red peppers

3 bunches of radishes

8 carrots

3 parsnips


And some cheeky banter…


Add to that some properly baked bread from Bake Off and Pie, sauerkraut and ginger beer from Zymo and some interesting bargains for your shopping basket. Early till 1.30 at Sneinton Market.

Trade at Sneinton Market, STALLS from £10! Enquiries taken daily.

Email or call us on 07793 389323

Trading Saturdays and Mondays early till One Thirty.

Each Saturday & Monday, the market is 8am-1.30pm



Every 3rd Saturday Rummage Lounge 9a.m.-2pm

Every 4th Saturday Notts Nosh Market 9am – 2pm


Stalls £15. We put the stalls up for you! Introductory offer £10.


Getting about and parking:

At Aberdeen Street Car Park, parking is free for the first hour and just £1 for the 2 hours after that.

You can park all day in the old Market Buildings Car Park for £4.

Parking meters are available on Bath Street

The market place is accessible, and disabled parking bays are available on Bath Street opposite the market.


Buses that pass close to the market are: 43, 44, 39, 24, 25, 27, 100


If you would like to promote your community activity on the market,

or for more information, call us on 07793389323

Cafe OPEN Tuesday 18th March 12.30 – 18.00 Today’s Menu.

Cafe network event change of date!!

The networking event scheduled for this Wednesday has had to be cancelled and rearranged for next week! Sorry for any inconvenience…Look out for new details soon!

Invite to the Nottingham Community Cafe Network social

Dear Community Cafe 

You are warmly invited to the Nottingham Community Cafe Network social

at SPOKES COFFEE HOUSE, 48 Frair Lane, Nottingham


from 6pm till 9pm

There are currently 25 community cafes in the network from across
Nottingham and beyond, running amazing projects to bring tasty, diverse
meals to our communities in affordable, accessible, exciting and
innovative ways.

This event is an opportunity for all of us to meet each other, share
ideas, share our successes, get help on what we struggle with, make new
friends and generally strengthen the community cafe movement!

There’ll be food, hot and cold soft drinks* and music from local acts. There will also be a community cafe’s ‘asks and offers’ board for
you to contribute to.

Its also an opportunity to add to the fare and showcase the food you serve
in your cafes. Each cafe is invited to BRING A DISH!

Please RSVP to

We look forward to seeing you there!

More Info

Spokes Coffee House on the net:

Community Cafe Network on the net:

* If you want to drink something other than soft drinks, please feel free
to bring your own

Melting Pot Food Festival – Call for Collaborators

Melting Pot is a food festival to be held at New Art Exchange (19th and 20th  April 2014), that celebrates and reflects the vibrant and diverse culture of Hyson Green and Forest Fields. Hosted at New Art Exchange and developed with our neighbouring communities, the weekend aims to serve up the sights, sounds and flavours of Nottingham’s vibrant international quarter!
Recognising our shared agenda which is to support our immediate communities, to celebrate the vibrancy of this locality and to have a positive impact on the neighbourhood, we wanted to invite organisations/ community groups like yours to collaborate with us on this event. As well as being an opportunity to reach more people in Hyson Green and Forest Fields, through collaborating we can platform your organisation and we also hope it will be the start of other ways of joint working in the future.
The festival is still in its initial stages of planning, and we are keen to seek you input into its form, however there will be the following opportunities for you within the festival:
–              Have food stall unique to your organisation
–              Contribute towards artistic interventions themed around the idea of food and the social context
–              Lead on / suggests artists to lead on workshops for families
–              Suggest artists for a programme of live music and performances from local musicians and young people reflecting world culture
–              Have an Information stalls about your organisations/ and about promoting healthy cuisine amongst diverse communities 
Please note that there isn’t a fee for you to have a stall nor will we be taking a commission from the sales of the day. There will be a small fee that we will pay towards the workshop leaders and musicians and artists who would perform and lead workshops during the festival.
We would envisage festival collaborators would join us for an initial creative meeting to seek your input into to the form of the event and to discuss what opportunities there could be for the communities and artists you may work with to have a presence at the event. As well as being represented by as many local groups as possible, we also want to ensure this event is enjoyed by as many people as possible. We would ask collaborators could help us spread the word about the event. NAE will lead on the development of the event, but if there are other ways you feel you can support, we would love to discuss that in our initial meeting.
 New Art Exchange | Maria Rosaria Digregorio | 

39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 6BE

| T: 0115 924 8630 | E: | W: 

Reminder….Network Meeting is tonight at the Sumac Centre, Forest Fields at 7pm!

You are invited to the next cafes meeting @ Sumac Centre, 7pm Thursday 6th Feb

Hi All I know it has been a long time since the last meeting (see minutes at this link Community Cafe Group Meeting (1)) – however so much has been going on with community cafes since then  that it would be great to reflect on this with as many community cafe people as possible.

The agenda will be

1. reflection 2. joint projects 3. charity status (CIO) for the network?

Thanks to Tom and Anna (community organisers from Hyson Green + Radford) for agreeing to facilitate this meeting.

Please RSVP by next Thursday and look forward to seeing you soon,

All the best

Dave Jones



The Family Cafe project opens again next Tuesday…

A new year, a new cook, a new price and a new type of service for you all!

Come and enjoy a tasty, home cooked, fresh, vegetarian dinner for a bargain price. FREE kids activities every Tuesday… Come and support this innovative project and get a delicious dinner for you and your family…

Did you know that we do take away? If you are in a rush but still want a great meal then ask our serving staff about a take-away…

Our new staff member is Victoria. She is a fab cook, an avid grower and maker and has been involved with loads of great social food activities from the cafe and gardens at Shipley Country Park to Newstead Treefest, and her food skills range from allotment growing to making home made cakes and much more; she is a real treasure and we can’t wait for dinner! Now she’s come to take over on Thursday’s and Friday’s so please come and make her welcome, say hello and get stuck into some ace food cooked with lots of love!

flyer back 2014

flyer front 2014

Rumbletums Job Advert

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rumbletums is now re-advertising its cook vacancy. This has been amended from the previous job description to remove the management element. We are now looking for just a full-time cook.

These are the details:
24 – 30 hours per week
Salary negotiable
(Up to £7.00 an hour dependent on experience and qualifications)

24 to 30 hours per week worked over 5 days (Tuesday to Saturday). Exact hours to be agreed with the successful candidate.  There will be a half-hour unpaid break per day and a free lunch will be provided.

We want an experienced cook who can assist with, and on occasions run, the lunchtime service and also support young people with learning disabilities undertaking training placements within the café.

Applicants must have worked in a commercial kitchen and have food preparation, cooking and baking experience, although further training will be provided.

Please contact Jeff Buck for a full job description and application form (or for more details) by e-mail at or by telephone on (0115) 9459421

Alternatively, you can pick up an application pack from:

Rumbletums Café, 2a Victoria Street, Kimberley, Nottingham, NG16 2NH

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm on Friday 22nd November 2013

Rumbletums Job Opportunity

 Rumbletums has revised its previously advertised part-time cook post and is now seeking to appoint a part-time Cook/Trainee Manager. The post is for 24 hours per week (rising to 30 hours to cover for Cafe Manager’s holidays) and the salary is £7.20 per hour. The successful applicant will need to have experience of food preparation, cooking and food service and be willing to undergo training with a view to eventually being able to manage a similar establishment. If anyone is interested, please request an application pack or further details from Jeff Buck An application pack can also be  picked up from Rumbletums Cafe, 2a Victoria Street, Kimberley.

Chase Cafe Update

Hi All


 If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity we would advise you to come along to an information sharing event where you can meet staff & volunteers from the Food bank, The Renewal Trust Business Advisors and staff on:

  • Thursday 5th September
  • At: The Chase Neighbourhood Centre
  • Time: 10am

 Please note further information is on the Renewal Trust website cafe however in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further info’

 Best wishes


Coleen Francis
Community Empowerment Worker
Office Tel:   0115 8412670
Mobile:        07909 941748

Chase Cafe Business Opportunity

Hi All


Please see the attached advert Link here for tenders for the Chase Community Café. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals / groups to manage a community café and earn a self employed living from it. More information is on the flyer and the Renewal Trust Website.


Please do send out to your contacts and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.


Best wishes


Coleen Francis
Community Empowerment Worker
Office Tel:   0115 8412670
Mobile:        07909 941748

chase centre

Note from the Green Festival

Hello all
A bit more information…Please network this widely…

The Nottingham Green Festival is confirmed for Sunday 1st September.

The event, now in its 22nd year, is independently organised by grass
routes community based volunteers, with no statutory funding. The
ethical standards and environmental / human / animal rights ethos of
the event are long established, having evolved from the pre-history of
the Nottm Peace Festival from which it has grown.

So if you are able to run a fund-raiser, book a stall for your group
or encourage others to do so, that might make all the difference in
ensuring the success of Nottingham’s own Green Festival, the place for
the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything
environmentally friendly and ethical, whilst also having lots of fun
in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park, Waverley Street /
Addison Street, a couple of minutes from Nottingham’s Old Market

This event has over 100 product, information and food stalls, kids
rides, workshops, alternative therapies and technologies, live
performers, entertainments throughout the park, live music bands
performing from the bandstand alongside Veggies Catering Campaign and
the Vegan Festival within the Green Festival

Read more and find booking details at

What is the aim of the Nottingham Community Café Network??

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!

David Jones
07738 729828

Rumbletums has a vacancy for a part-time cook

Details are:

16½ hours per week
£7.00 per hour

Rumbletums, a Community Café in Kimberley providing training and work experience for young people with learning disabilities, is seeking a part-time cook .

Role includes food preparation, particularly baking, assisting with lunchtime meal service and general kitchen and front of house duties, as well as teaching and supporting the trainees.

Initially 16½ hours a week: 9.30 – 15.30 each Wednesday, plus 12 hours over two other days, which might include Saturday, to be agreed. Each day includes a half-hour unpaid break. The days worked may be altered following discussion and, in time, will include Monday.

Applicants must have worked in a commercial kitchen and have cooking experience, although further training will be provided. Also, they must be prepared to undertake additional hours, up to a maximum of 30 in any week, in order to cover the absence of other staff in the kitchen. This may occur from 5 to 10 times per year.

Please contact Jeff Buck for a full job description and application form.

By e-mail at

or by telephone on (0115) 9459421

Alternatively, you can pick up an application form from

Rumbletums Café,
2a Victoria Street,
Nottingham, NG16 2NH

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm on Friday 31st May 2013

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2013.

Thanks very much

Chef/ Hospitality & Catering Teacher – full time fixed term until March 2014

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 24th May 2013

SALARY & GRADE Circa £19,000

HOURS 37 hours per week. Working hours to be agreed with some flexibility required to meet the needs of the project. Please note that evening and/or weekend working will sometimes be necessary.

POST BASED AT Café 100, 100 Derby Rd, Long Eaton, NG10 4LS

Cafe 100 is a community cafe in the heart of Long Eaton.  In addition to being a fully functioning café, Cafe 100 provides an opportunity for young people in the area to gain real work based training whilst learning all aspects of both the hospitality and catering trades. It is run in conjunction with Rathbone Training. Our aim is for Cafe 100 to become the hub of the community where people can come, relax, eat, drink and learn whilst increasing the employability of young people and creating employment opportunities.

See full details here

Next Network Meeting – Thursday, 16 May, 4-6pm, Mtg Room 2 (downstairs), Broadway Cinema

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 and receive 150 free copies of the new NCCN map!!

The notes from the last meeting are here notes.

Please RVSP to

My number is 07738729828

Welcome to Real Lives’ Newsletter! [fwd]

The aim of this mailing list is to keep all you lovely people updated about Real Lives

This includes:-    work experience in various forms such as temporary job roles, PAL job vacancies, voluntary opportunities

–    Events we are organising and opportunities for you to attend or get involved

–    Support meetings to facilitate or attend

–    Skills based, social or creative groups

–    Training opportunities

–    Art exhibitions Crocus Cafe

The fundraiser event on the 28th April went brilliantly! A big thank you to all involved and those who came along to join in the fun!We had a fantastic buffet made by Joel, 3 bands and a speech artist, an art exhibition, donated art work to raise money and lots of great stalls including Empleo offering a CV surgery, ridewise with bikability information, Active8 doing art and crafts and helping us out with the PA system and setting up, Sue B from the Crocus board making jewellery and Graham offering leaflets and advice on community gardening, as well as pulp friction who bought along their bike that makes smoothies!

We also had the help of regular volunteers and some new ones who made the event run smoothly and worked brilliantly as a team.We raised £850 so thank you for all your generous donations, this will go towards Crocus’ vibrant and exciting future ahead as well as helping out with some of the debt from the past.We have had our first ‘suspended’ meal! We are taking on this great initiative that is spreading over the world from Italy see the link: if you are ever in Crocus and want to give a drink or meal let us know, or if you feel you are in need of a suspended meal or coffee come and ask what we have got. In the future we are hoping to have a board showing how many are available.Lots of people have been saying some lovely things about Crocus Café and the launch – if you have the time please do write recommendations on our Facebook, twitter or trip advisor!

What’s Real Lives up to? 

Last month our contribution to the centre for welfare reform was published please see the link to read more…

We have changed the price of our managed budgets – they are now £50 set up fee and £3 per invoice, other than real lives invoices– as they are free.We are developing our link with the Nottingham Recovery College and will be doing some more teaching next academic year and hopefully holding some on site. Our course should be around setting up your own group which will tie in nicely with our café venue and communications board. 

Volunteer experience

 We are now running Crocus 7 days a week. We are seeking volunteers to help us mon, tues, weds 10.30 – 3.30. As a volunteer you only have to do 2 hours a shift in a week any more is up to you. We will be delivering food hygiene training in the future and you will be supported to develop your work skills. 

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch and we will add you to the volunteer rota. 


We want to start to develop a peer support time banking network. This has been done in Doncaster and documented in Peer Power by Simon Duffy a paper you will find in the resource section of our website. Interested parties would be supported to meet up and develop a resource with skills and contact details listed that would be made available to the group, by volunteering some of your time you can then utilise time from others in a form that is useful to you. Ideas and Interest Welcome!We now have a communications board at the café for people to advertise for help, support or interest in a group or meeting.

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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

Our Big Gig

This looks interesting (like the Big Lunch idea), a way to get a music event going in the Summer

Family Cafe Launch Next Tuesday 4pm


after a lot of work, and with still rather a lot to do… we are happy to announce that our new project: The Family Cafe will open this Tuesday at 4pm until 5.30pm.
This innovative project, the first of it’s kind anywhere in the UK (as far as we are aware) is about encouraging people to share food and eat socially, to promote community, volunteering, conversation and food empowerment and all in return for a donation…
Yes, there is NO FIXED PRICE LIST! Simply put what you want in the pot.
Affordable food, eaten socially, cooked with lots of love by The Secret Kitchen Cafe… See you there. Link to flyer
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News from the Underground (Beth Marriott)

Dear undergrounders

Just wanted to tell you a little about what I have recently been up to. As you know I’ve been running the kiosk since June in the cold wind and rain and after discussions with the land lord I decided to extend. The husband and some friends helped to redevelop a shipping container which is in the last stages of be transformed into a beautiful plush space where by which people can come and eat my food from. I will also be open Friday and Saturday evenings.

In celebration of this I am holding some Guinea Pig testing evenings to test out new menus these are invite only (count this as your invite), and will run from 7.30 on the 3rd,4th,5th,10th,11th,12th of april and the 7th from 10 till 2pm. As all underground events the menu will hold a veggie/ vegan and a meat option and they will be bring your own booze. On Saturday the 6th I will be having an opening day for any one to attend from 2pm where I will be serving some food samples and you can have a look around the new container.

As I said we are still currently fine tuning the interior and the furniture will change but if your around Sherwood and fancy a cuppa the container is warm, almost finished and interesting!!!!

To book give me an email back or a bell on 07514625697 or just drop into the kiosk.

See you soon


Nottingham Yoga & Wellbeing Festival seeking food stalls

The Nottingham Yoga & Wellbeing Festival on Sunday 12th May 2013 (at the Britannia Hotel, St. James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN) has opportunities for someone to provide a pop-up cafe, craft, art stall traders etc…

Please get in touch for more information.


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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Community Cafe Training Course

see details below….

Organisation: Co-operatives UK, Making Local Food Work
Location: Sheffield
Course type: Short Course
Date: 16 May 2013
Hours: Not Applicable

Community Cafe Skillshare

Mark Simmonds, Co-operatives UK, Making Local Food Work

Thursday, 16 May 2013 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST), in Sheffield.

A day of inspiration, networking, sharing good practice and support for anyone involved in community based catering.

Morning session

Session 1 Case study presentations of several different examples of community cafes, showing the different models and approaches.

Session 2 A presentation by the Scottish Community Cafes Network entitled

“Catering for change: community cafes at the heart of tackling health inequalities and promoting social justice – a Scottish perspective”

Session 3 A workshop facilitated by experienced community cafe manager Alison Shockledge around the nuts and bolts of setting up and running a community cafe

The content of this session will be shaped in part by your needs, but could include:

  • The catering basics: menu design, kitchen operations & layout, service and selling
  • Menu pricing and margins
  • Maximising opportunities with other catering products & services

Lunch will be provided, (there will be an opportunity to let us know of any dietary requirements on the booking form).

Afternoon session
Open space Workshop This session will be an interative workshop where we will split up and explore issues of particular interest to those attending, share ideas and best practice.

Who should attend?
Managers and volunteers from community cafés, and anyone planning to set up a community café.

Our trainers and facilitators

Alison Shockledge – Founder member of Operation Farm and former project co-ordinator of the Park Cafe, Tameside MBC
Mick Martston, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens

Mark Simmonds, Co-operatives UK – Field Officer for Making Local Food Work programme, with expertise around structures and business development of community food enterprise.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Please follow the link below for further details.

Next Network Meeting – Thursday, 16 May, 4-6pm, Mtg Room 2 (downstairs), Broadway Cinema

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,



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

Join the Notts Nosh Network – invite to meeting – and see their latest newsletter

NottsNosh can offer support with funding bids, other benefits to being a member of the NottsNosh Network include:

Quarterly meetings to have your say.
PR support (PR via Blogs, facebook groups, newspapers, TV and radio)
Sharing events via an online calendar
Promotion via the Notts Nosh website and entry onto a local food map.
Support with a listing on BigBarn
Signposting of volunteer(s) to support your project
Potential commercial opportunities
Access to the NottsNosh
Access to food labels and other brand packaging
Skills share and a platform to resolve and tackle common issues
Network wide grow plans; resource sharing; bulk buying
Members information area on the website
Access to the online forum
Support at your events
Learning and training opportunities and ‘paid for’ best practice visits*

If you are interested let me know….

Please see Notts Nosh Newsletter Spring 2013 (1) for the spring newsletter and updates from NottsNosh.

The next Notts Nosh Network meeting will take place on the 20th March at Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens. The network meetings are for anybody with a stake in local food – Community food projects, local producers, suppliers, hobbyists and consumers.

Main agenda items will be the new website and BigBarn opportunity.

If you are interested in attending please let me know.

Until the website is live – if you are interested in using the NottsNosh branding then:

1. Request a members pledge
2. Fill in the members pledge and sign the terms and conditions 

3. Return pledge to myself or
4. NottsNosh will send you the logo electronically and let you know how you can access other branded materials and other network benefits.

Hope to see you all soon

Kind Regards

Rosy Moore

FIG Local Project Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover for Shona Munro)
Groundwork Greater Nottingham
Denman Street East

DDI: 0115 964 8828
Tel: 0115 978 8212
Fax: 0115 978 7496

Facebook: Notts Nosh
Twitter: @Nottsnosh
Instagram: NottsNosh

Coffee Machine Advice?

Hi all,

I am a scheme officer at Albany House (NG3 2GS) in St Anns which is part of the ASRA housing group.
We currently have a cafe which is open to both residents and to the community and would appreciate a bit of advice from yourselves.
We are interested in purchasing a coffee machine but obviously we have a budget we need to stick to and were wondering if you were aware of any companies that would offer us a deal e.g. would give us a machine for free if we purchased their coffee?
Any advice would be gratefully received

Kind Regards

Kerry Roberts | Extra Care Scheme Officer
asra Housing Group | Albany House| Nottingham | NG3 2FL
 0116 257 6879 | ddi: (0115) 9599 763 | fax: 0115 9599 757
email: | web:

Promotion Materials – special offer on stickers

Veggies in collaboration with Active Distribution invite you to design
your own high quality campaign stickers at a very affordable price.

1000 stickers cost just £21.
Similar stickers elsewhere can cost £36-£40 or more.

There is a print run every few months, when a sufficient number of
designs are gathered together.

If you might be interested let me know soon and we’ll hold your place

whilst you sort out your designs and artwork.

They really are excellent value!

More details at


Follow ‘VeggiesCatering’ on Facebook

Funding Opportunity


This may be of interest to members of the community cafe network? 

Decade of better health grants (£250 – £5000) for community groups and voluntary organisations – activities that address:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health

Please circulate!

Kind Regards

Rosy Moore
FIG Local Project Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover for Shona Munro)

Groundwork Greater Nottingham
Denman Street East

DDI: 0115 964 8828

Tel: 0115 978 8212
Fax: 0115 978 7496

Facebook: Notts Nosh
Twitter: @Nottsnosh

Instagram: NottsNosh

Volunteer chefs required for new cafe project

Hi all,
Real lives CIC are running a lunch cafe from the Crocus Cafe in lenton on Mon, Tues and Wed. They are looking for volunteer chefs!!
Contact details for Poppy at Real Lives is below – please forward to anyone who might be interested…
All the best,
DaveVoluntary chef needed for lunch shift mon-weds vegetarian cooking.Thanks

Poppy Repper

Real Lives C.I.C, Head of Operations, Unit V7 Howitt Building, Lenton Business Centre, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2BD

0115 822 9478

Company Number: 822 3152

Invite to networking meeting Fri 22 Feb 12-1.30pm at Broadway Cinema Mezz lounge

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

Local community festival updates

Hi All

Although community cafes are great spaces (not home, not work) where people hang out regularly,   the bigger less regular events are also vital for community.

Three major community led events in Nottingham are Sneinton Festival, Sherwood Art Week, and Fun on the Forest (Bulwell).

Sneinton Festival

They are thinking about doing a smaller event this year. The main day is always the first Sat in July.  Current Secretary is, who you can email to find out more or go  on his mailing list.

Sherwood Art Week

They have a new website – – that you can sign up to on the front page to get a e-newsletter – if you also sign up as member then you can add a link on their site, and get other benefits

Fun on the Forest

They are  looking for stalls and supporters (date of event 29th June).  See that booking form and other event upcoming in Bulwell here Doc1

Pre-invite to Community Cafe Network meeting

I would like to set up a meeting for week commencing 18th Feb 2013.  This will be a get together to renew the network (i.e do some networking) and see if there is any scope for moving forward on some joint projects!  For example can we do a joint catering brochure so we can approach the council, nhs etc to offer our services?

Please let me know if you are interested in coming to this meeting, What is a good day/time that week for you?  What is your suggested location for it?

All the best,

Dave Jones

Hi Undergrounders,

 I’m doing a series of mid-week pop ups, that will be running through out January and February on Thursdays. Starting on the 17th of January.

The 3 course fixed priced menu will include 2 option one meat one veggie for £15. These nights will be specifically geared to give you something to look forward to in the week without breaking the bank .

Spaces are limited menus and details of the Sherwood venue will be given when you inquire.

Email me :

or ring on :


Look forward to catering for you


From NHS Nutrition Team [fwd]

Who are we?

The Nutrition Team are part of Nottingham CityCare Partnership’s Nutrition and Dietetic Service. We are registered nutritionists, dietitians, community food workers and a community liaison worker. Our aim is to support the local population to eat better and lead healthier lives, reducing health inequalities in Nottingham


Why us?

We have been delivering training across the city since 2009, benefiting hundreds of workers who are now promoting healthy eating and good nutrition as part of their work


Our training is provided free of charge to people working in the city of Nottingham.


We deliver a wide range of practical and interactive programmes to promote good nutrition to the public


How to contact us

You can speak to a member of the Nutrition Team by calling 0115 883 4291

Alternatively send us an email

Notts Nosh Events this Week [fwd]


Just a reminder about our 4 festive feast events this week:

Tuesday 18th @ Netherfield St Georges Centre 11-2

Wednesday 19th @ Killisick Pondhills Lane Community Centre 11-2

Thursday 20th @ Aspley Salvation Army 11-2

Friday 21st @ Bulwell Crantree Farm Community Centre 11-2

Get your hands on some lovely local FREE soup, find out about community projects and local food in the area and celebrate with Notts Nosh.

[see invite flyer at follow link NNFF Invite4]

Hope to see you all there!

Rosy Moore

FIG Local Project Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover for Shona Munro)Groundwork Greater Nottingham
Denman Street East
DDI: 0115 964 8828Tel: 0115 978 8212
Fax: 0115 978 7496

Facebook: Notts Nosh
Twitter: @Nottsnosh

Instagram: NottsNosh

…from Notts underground pop-up restaurant….

Hi under grounders

Just a quick one to say hi and to let you know this Saturday I’m doing a thanks giving pop up it’s not really going to be that traditional but it will be a mezze style meal of 7 courses with the main ingredients of thanks giving meal (turkey, sweet potatoes pumpkin pies etc.) as inspiration for each course.

So it’s £25 for 7 courses

Bring your own booze

In Sherwood (details given on booking)

7.30 for 8

If your interested let me know

Give me a bell on 07514 625697 or email me


Stalls available at urban food market

THERE are still a few stalls remaining for the Local Urban Food Market in Sneinton on Saturday, November 24.

The market will offer locally-grown food from a number of producers, including Ecoworks, Paul’s Bakery and Pick’s Organics.

The market will lbe held from 10am until 3pm in Sneinton market place.

To book a stall, which costs £13 and is provided, call Wendy on 07793389323.

See original post in the Nottingham post here



FIG Local has an exciting opportunity to offer….

To launch the new Notts Nosh Food brand FIG Local will be holding 4 ‘Notts Nosh Festive Feast Events’ in December in our 4 target areas; Bulwell, Aspley, Killisick and Netherfield.

Notts Nosh was created to showcase all of the wonderful food that is being produced within Nottinghamshire, to tap into local pride and to encourage people to buy local food. In doing this we will be addressing the issues that families face in these tough economic times.

The cost of feeding our families is ever rising and this is due to many factors.  One of these factors is the cost of transport and oil from importing foods which raise our food prices. Not only does the current food system take its toll on the environment it also means that lower income households are beginning to struggle with affording food.

The Notts Nosh Festive Feast Events will be held at community centers in our target areas and will offer a free meal made from local, seasonal donated vegetables. The event will also be an opportunity to hand out community food maps of the area which will showcase free, affordable and community based food and encouraging people to access and use these.

We will also have stalls selling fresh local vegetables, jams, chutneys, honey, cakes etc as well as a raffle for food hampers.

Any money raised will be donated to a local food bank or charity serving food.

The opportunity

Is for an individual/group/community cafe to co-ordinate the one pot meal aspect of the events including

  • Sourcing the recipe (to be kept simple examples would be; a veg risotto, veg stew or soup)
  • Co-ordination of a team of volunteers to prep, cook and serve the one pot meal

This opportunity is voluntary however the event will be highly publicized in the media including radio, newspapers and possibly TV and could be a great promotional opportunity for the persons/business/group involved.

We are hoping to roll out a weekly community café in these areas depending on the success of the Festive Events and this could lead to potential employment for the persons involved.

For more information see the role description linked here one pot meal co-ordinator role description

Secret Kitchen Launches new website!!

Have a look at the Secret Kitchen new website at the link below….

This is a recent message from Marsha at the Secret Kitchen….

“Would you like the cafe to run a social eating evening in your area? Do you know of a church hall, community centre or anywhere where there is a kitchen and space to sit and eat? Sherwood? Mapperley? The Park? Bestwood and beyond?

If so please get in touch as I am planning a series of non-Sneinton Social Eating Events to get our model, our energy and our spesh food out and about!

Street-food festival invitation [fwd]

We at Pop Up Nottingham, are tentatively planning a pop-up street food festival.  What we are looking for, is independent, local food specialists, who source ingredients locally and have a flare for the unusual.

Contact us at hello[at]

Help wanted at the Iona School Advent Fayre

Message: Hello,
I am a parent at the Iona (Steiner-Waldorf) School in Sneinton. Every year we hold a BIG fundraiser for our (somewhat cash-strapped…) school, known as the Advent Fayre. This year the event will be held on Saturday 1st December.
We usually run a small-scale restaurant on the premises, run by parent volunteers, but this year we find ourselves distinctly short of parents with catering skills! We were wondering whether there is any way that this event could be run in partnership with a small team from one of Nottingham’s community cafes? e.g. We provide the kitchen, premises, and ingredients, and a small team from a community cafe ‘hosts’ the restaurant for the day by providing man(/woman)power for a few hours. The community cafe would be able to publicise their own cafe venture as much as they would like.

If you know of any small teams or individuals who would like to be involved in this, then I’d be incredibly grateful if you could get in touch.We would be able to get several parents from the school involved as helpers on the day (e.g. washing up, waiting on tables, etc).

With best wishes,
Esme Worthington
(Iona school parent and 2012 Advent Fayre volunteer)

Contact her on esmejw[at] or through this site!

All Ours is Back on Second Sunday of Every Month

See the flyer at link below

All Ours Flyer 14th Oct 2012

The Cafe opens at the Greenway in Sneinton

In case you thought the Eastend of Town didn’t have enough community cafes then you have another option now, with Nina and Miriana’s The Cafe open  at the Greenway Centre on Trent Lane in Sneinton.  It is starting off as a sandwich and jacket potato thing first, then soon there’ll be Portugesse specials and other foody attractions.  The Greenway that houses the Cafe is very welcoming – there are Free newspapers and chess and maybe even tabletennis if that’s your thing…..
Opening times are Mon-Fri, 9.30-2.30pm, flyer link here

A Grand Day Out

Approaching Chapel Bar (the little stretch of street the follows on from Angel Row, right opposite the Central Library) the other day, I noticed a large group hanging around outside the new Tea Trolley cafe.  I was going to their Grand Opening, and thought “Oh no there’s some kind of fire alarm drill or something, or why would alot of people be outside?”  Turns out the reason was that it was a choca block event!  I tried to get in to sample all the free goodies but was forced back by the crowds with only a couple of cupcakes to show for the wait!  Really glad to see such a good start to a new cafe venture, and with their new signage and big, clear window that looks out onto the street, they should get a lot of custom from the passing trade alone!
They also are looking for community groups to have stands and stalls in the cafe in the back room, so if you are looking for a city centre presence?…..
Unfortunately Julie Semper, who worked on the project to set it up, is no longer with South Notts College (who were supporting the project, in order to bring students with learning difficulties through training in their professional kitchen).  So any equiries should now go through Emily at



New 1 Day CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Certificated Course

A great opportunity to gain this highly recognised qualification which will enable you to work within the food and catering industry.  This course is aimed at updating your current knowledge and skills whether this is relevant to cooking at home or in the workplace.

This course consists of the following:  

  • Introduction to Food Safety              Cleaning & Disinfection  
  • Food Pests                                         Premises & Equipment  
  • Food Safety Control                            Multiple-Choice Exam

Remitted fees may apply

 Alternatively Course Fees: £36.50

Course Date: Monday 29th October 2012

 Time: 10.00-5.00

 Venue: Nottingham Forest Football Club Ltd, The City Ground, Pavilion Road, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ

 To enrol on this course, please contact NCN call centre on 0115 9100 100 and quote course code K3A293-PS/12.

Two ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Events’ Tomorrow at the Kiosk and Rumbletums

Tomorrow (28th September), Rumbletums Cafe will be taking part in the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
We’ll be open from 10.00am to 3.00pm serving our usual selection of home-made cakes together with excellent coffee (or tea, if you prefer) and we’ll give 10% of our day’s takings to Macmillan.
So please come along and support Macmillan and Rumbletums.
Look forward to seeing you.
Beth Notts-Underground invites you to
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Friday, September 28, 2012, 10:00am – 2:30pm at The Kiosk, Sherwood

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 

Eden Cafe at Stonebridge City Farm

See the new Stonebridge Cafe flyer at the following link flyer for email

Tea Trolley ‘Grand Opening’

The Tea Trolley is a new community cafe at 4 Chapel Bar, Nottingham, NG1 6JQ.  They are spcecialising in homemade/handmade sandwiches, paninis, salads, cakes and cream teas. Vegan/veggie and gluten free diets catered for.

Volunteers are needed for front and back server Tues-Sat, or if you know of any community projects that may like to have a stall to promote their project then get in touch with Julie at

Your invite to the grand opening is below and can be downloaded at this link (pdf) –  TeaTrolley Invitation

Cafe Sneinton has a break – Secret Kitchen takes up the slack

After 3 and a half years Cafe Sneinton is taking an extended break (mainly because of my other duties as a new father).  This should mean though I’ll have a bit more time to spend on the Cafe network.  The Secret Kitchen however is now opening on Fridays and Saturdays at St Christopher’s church (back there after a very successful summer season at Green’s Mill).

Tom Hughes writes on facebook “[To] the team who helped at the Hermitage, I’d like to say a huge personal thank you for what you’ve done with Cafe Sneinton. I and my family were grateful consumers and enjoyed the relaxed (tho sometimes frenetic) community atmosphere. I think it has been a transformative project and I’ll miss it. Marsha Smith  (Secret Kitchen) can carry the baton with pride!”

Marsha writes today on the Secret Kitchen facebook page “cafe opens about 10am this morning… goats cheese and pumpkin seed lasagne with lemon thyme wedges and salad for lunch, coconut and lime flapjack and tea, coffee and toast ready before lunch…”


URGENT Request: The Big Day Out Event: 14th July 2012 [fwd]

Dear All,
There are still FREE stall spaces available for this Saturday’s ‘Big Day Out’ Event at the Riverside Embankment. We are looking for Chutney, Cakes, Produce, Plants and other locally made craft stalls to share the ‘Urban Food Market’ arena….
Please call me direct 01159622200 to book a space. Alternatively, I would really appreciate your help in sharing this immediately with friends, collegues and associates… much thanks

“Notts Underground” surfaces (just on Sunday)!!!

hay Undergrounders,

So the day has come! After a lot of help from my friends and family I will be opening my coffee kiosk in Sherwood on Sunday yes Sunday (1st July)! So why don’t you come along. The Notts Underground style BBQ will be served from 1, along with some free samples of the menu and a toast to the shop! If you do want to drink alcohol bring your own as I don’t have a license, but soft drinks and coffee will be available.
Come and stuff your face at 1b Winchester street, Sherwood NG5 4AH
Hope to see you then

Green Festival and Sneinton Festival Coming up

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
See you all for some wonderful festival fun, games, dancing and much more,

The Sneinton Festival Team

Mencap Cafe Catering Manager [fwd]



Post:                                       Catering Manager


Salary:                                    Grade 4 (£17,310 – £19,306 per annum)


Responsible to:                     Project Manager


Responsible for:                   Kitchen assistants/ Front of house staff/ Volunteers


Working hours:                     Full time


Job purpose:                         To manage the café at Nottingham Mencap  to                                                                deliver a high quality, customer focussed service which achieves a minimum of a break-even financial position.

Full detail at link below….



ORGANIC GARDENING COURSE 6 weeks: Mondays June 18 to July 23 2012 – 7-9pm [fwd]

Venue: Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens and our new
Cultivating Futures Eco-Building
Tutor: Karen Fry, Local Food Educator at AMCgardens
The course will be suitable for both beginners and experienced gardeners who
would like to become organic or improve their organic gardening. We will
cover topics relevant to productive (vegetables
and fruit) and ornamental gardens.
 What is organic gardening? Overview.
 Healthy soil, healthy plants
 Compost and comfrey demystified
 Green manures
 Using peat-free composts
 Pests and diseases/friends and foes
 Weeds and wildflowers and what’s next
Cost: £54 per person + free year’s membership of The Gardens.
To book a place or to find out more, contact Karen Fry on 0115 9867777,
email, or pop unto The Gardens on Kirkby
Gardens, the Meadows, Nottingham NG2 2NZ. We’re open from 9.30am

Job Vacancy at Iona School [fwd]




The Iona School in Nottingham has a vacancy for a


Nursery/Kindergarten Cook


To start as soon as possible the post is permanent. The position is 30 hours per week (9am – 3pm), throughout the year.


The successful applicant will be capable of the following duties


  • Able to create wholesome vegetarian meals from scratch for our Nursery and Kindergarten children and staff.
  • Ordering, accounting for and occasional collection of stock.
  • Serving meals at lunchtime for the nursery and kindergarten, approximately 35-45 covers.
  • Plan a seasonal menu in line with school requirements.
  • Liaising with staff in regards to meal numbers and ensuring these are documented.
  • Following a strict cleaning schedule in the kitchen and correct rotation of stock.
  • Experience of working in a catering environment essential, with a desirability of working in a school kitchen.
  • Sound knowledge of food and kitchen hygiene.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and to own initiative essential.
  • Liaison with City Council Environmental Health Officers in regard to a high standard of food hygiene.


Please apply with a C.V and covering letter describing why you are suitable for the role and how your skills match our expectations


Fiona Stuart

The Iona School

310 Sneinton Dale



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.

Peoples Kitchen at the Sumac Centre, Saturday 14th April @ 7pm [fwd]

This Saturday and every Saturday, come and join us for a tasty vegan dinner. A great evening to eat together, chat and perhaps enjoy something from the Sumac bar.

On the menu this week…

Fajitas, served with salsa and potato wedges

Suggested donation of £3.50

For more info on Peoples Kitchen, on the Sumac Cafe Collective, or how to volunteer as a shopper, chopper, cook or server, email

The Sumac Centre
245 Galdstone Street
Forest Fields

Victoria Leisure Centre catering tender

Nottingham City Council is looking for a catering provider for a new café provision, located within the £9.1million re furbished Victoria Leisure Centre which was completed in February 2012 and benefits from a new café, café terrace, preparation room, servery, storage and customer wc.

This will provide the successful tenderer with an opportunity to provide a quality catering provision for the Victoria Leisure Centre , and Sneinton Square area. The final fit out applies to both indoor and outdoor terrace catering provision and is the responsibility of the successful tenderer. This includes: catering equipment and sundries, tables, chairs heavy and light goods.

Response required by Mon 23 April 2012 at 12 noon. Go to source nottinghamshire tendering website to see full details. Contact Katja Barron on 0115 876 4196 or email

Want to run Chase Café?


The café at The Chase Neighbourhood Centre is looking for a new small business to take it over. A few have already applied and have been given a weeks’ trial run each. The community will decide which of the businesses will be successful in taking on the café by casting their vote.

If you are interested please contact Coleen Francis on 0115 8412670 or 07909 941748.

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.

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.

[fwd] any ideas for interesting and exciting venues for Notts Underground pop-up restaurant?

Dearest Undergrounders,

You may have been aware that I’m making moves to formalise my Pop up restaurant/cafe, and I am trying to find some different venues around Nottingham, to hold my events, as well as find a unit or venue in which to cook from.

So the purpose of this email is really to see if you my Undergrounders know of any interesting and exciting venues in your local areas, that may be adaptable for a pop up restaurant, whether it be a cute community centre, an old shop, a café that’s not open in the evening, or a pub that no longer uses there kitchen or even a house, barn or out building. As long as it’s interesting and as long as I can some how cook and serve food (essentially it needs running water and electricity near by) I’m up for it.

So I’d be grateful if you could put your heads together for me, and send me an email if you think of any thing, and I’ll get doing more pop ups and so you can eat more scrummy food.

Many thanks

Beth Marriott

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

[fwd] Festival coordinator job ad

Please see attached a job description for an event coordinator for St. Ann’s Unity Day.

You can download the person specification and application form from the Renewal Trust website here

link here to job ad

[fwd] Job Advert


is looking for a

Café Manager/Supervisor

30 hours per week

(6 hours per day, Tuesday to Saturday)

£6.50 – £8.00 per hour

depending on experience and qualifications

To be responsible for the effective management of an established community café which offers work experience opportunities to young people with learning disabilities. The role will entail all aspects of café and kitchen management in order to maintain already established high standards and quality and to further develop the café to realise its full potential.  The role will be primarily a management role, but we are seeking someone with experience as a chef/cook and who can be hands-on when appropriate.

Job Description – Cafe Manager

Please send letter of application stating why you would like to work for us, with CV to:

Rumbletums (Kimberley) Ltd

2a Victoria Street


Nottingham, NG16 1DX

marking the envelope ’Job Application’

Closing date for application: Friday 24th February 2012

Light Night this Friday at Sneinton Market (hot food available!!)

Light Night


Sneinton Market

10th February


Retro Market      5 –10pm         gifts * crafts * many kinds of tea * hot world foods


Launching our ‘Something for the Weekend’ markets


Something for everyone!


Fire Jugglers  *  Drums  *   Longden School of Dance  *  Folkwit

Them Balloons   *  Paranoid Arborial Troubadours  *  Lisa De’Ville


for programme see

from sunday

[fwd] Mollyqueen newsletter

Happy February!
Its unbelievable to think that Christmas was over a month ago… February has come around fast with a good reminder of the weather we should have had back then when we were stuffing our stockings and stashing our sellotape. If you’re sick of freezing your socks off, scroll down for our winter warming recipe for a scrummy, spicy soup. We hope everyone had a blast over the last week with their sledges and snow boots and we hope that you all hit your snowball deserving targets right between the eyes. My aim sadly is about a metre to the right, but its fun trying all the same.
Things are moving pretty speedily over in the land of MollyQueen. We’ve now taken on a creative concession space in the wonderful workd that is Hopkinson Gallery on Station Street in town. We’ve had two marvellous meetings where we’ve been lucky enough to increase our membership and take on some lovely fresh new faces to help with our events. We’re also more or less booked up for the next few events, details of which will be listed below.
We hope that this year has kicked off with a lovely january and we look forward to seeing your lovely faces soon!
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 28th February –  The Night Market with live music from Evil Jack and Louis Scott
6pm – 10pm+ @ The Golden Fleece, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Sunday 25th March – The Marvellous Market – with live music, a circus entertainment workshop and much more! 11 – 5pm @ Federation House, Claremont Road, Carrington
Also, see us every day until 5pm @ Hopkinson Gallery on Station Street. Find us upstairs in the Creative Concessions department.
See if you can spot us when you walk in….
Thankyou very much for reading, If you’d like to know any more about what we’ve been up to take a trundle over to our blog, now featuring words from guest writers and other artists as well as plenty of info regarding our events. or find ‘Molly Queen’ on facebook!
Ski’s and stethoscopes,
Winter Warming Soup-a-loup

3-4 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 red peppers, de-seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried crushed chillies
1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
ground black pepper & sea salt
2tsp mixed herbs
1.5pts hot chicken stock from cube

1. In a non stick stock-pot/pan, fry the carrots & peppers for 5mins over med-high heat
2. Add the onion, garlic, chillies, chilli powder and herbs and continue frying for 5mins
3. add tin of tomatoes with juice, and stock, then add salt & pepper
4. stir well and bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 25-30 mins.
5. remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, before whisking with a hand blender to a smooth consistency.
6. ENJOY!! Should serve at least 4 people. For a milder version, do not use the crushed chillies, or make your own variations with different herbs, spices, etc.

Yum yum in your tum tum!

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


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

Local Food Market at the Sneinton Market Relaunch

Thanks to everyone who took part in this first local food market – It was a success and something to build on…Hopefully one of many.  Have a look at the slideshow below.

Happy Christmas and New Year, see you in 2012!

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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

Feast on the Farm [fwd]

Come and say hello to us at our stall at Sneinton Market on Saturday
10th December between 10am and 6pm, lots going on all day and a great
opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done.

And on Sunday 10th December we would love it if you could join us for
a celebration of the Orchard project at the city farm between 4pm and
8pm. There will be a festive bonfire, food from Ecoworks in the cafe
and apple recipe sharing and tasting. Bring along your own apple
recipes to taste and share!

Contact me if you would like to help in any way or want any more info.
Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:

Healthy living, personal growth and spiritual well-being through
pesticide-free, locally produced food…

Promote your Community Café with an Apple Recipe! [fwd]

Dear Community Cafe,

Showcase the delicious food that your Community Café offers by
contributing an apple based recipe and sample to the Orchard Feast to
be held at Stonebridge City Farm on Sunday 11th December between 4 and
8pm. We are hoping to gather all the recipes together to make a book
which will include details of each Community Café that has contributed
a recipe.

Recipes and samples can be dropped off at the City Farm on Sat 10th or
Sunday 11th or I can collect them from the Market Launch if that’s
easier. Don’t forget to include info about your Community Café as well
as any history or stories about the recipe.
Please contact me if you need more detail.

Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:

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

Secret kitchen Menu this week…..[fwd]

Weds: Succotash aka ButterBean, Sweetcorn and Parsley SoupyStew (with creme fraiche and LOTS of black pepper), Homemade Roasted Mushroom Pate and Coleslaw salad and Chocolate Orange FlapJack…

Thurs: Chickpea and Lemon Soup, Mozzarella and Marinated Tomato Flatbread and Salady-Stuff, Lemon and Almond Loaf Cake…

Fri: Lentil and Coconut Soup, Risotto Roasted Pepper Loaf and Salad, CousCous, etc and another Chocolate Chai Cake


ps. WiFi as of Wednesday lunch… free

Meeting next week

Hello Nottingham Community Cafe

We want to invite you to a meeting next week in the evening at the Stonebridge City Farm 6pm – 7.30pm EITHER WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY 16th or 17th .  Please let me know which, if either, date is best for you….

The Meeting is about the 10th Dec Sneinton Market Relaunch.  There is potential for us to book stalls for this event.  It is slightly complicated which is why I am hoping all who are interested should meet first.

Some advantages to you for being part of this:

This should be a money earner:-

1. It is free to book a stall
2. The event should attract thousands of people.  This is because it is being advertised front page in the Arrow that goes to every home.  Also last year a much smaller Christmas market attracted 2000 people.  There is a risk however that the weather is bitter cold which will of course put people off.
3. This is a great chance to advertise to people through flyers and banners.  It may be that we can do one flyer for all the cafes if we have time to agree on the details. This should lead to more business for all of us.

It is a good chance to develop a taste (or more of a taste) for outdoor catering, and also network amongst some of the local food providers and other interesting people that will be attracted to this arts and market event.

There are only a limited number of slots but it is a long day so I imagine not everyone wanting to be there all day.  There should be a steady stream of people throughout the day from 10am-7pm.  So if we divide this into 3 hour slots let us know how many you want to do also how much space you need – 5foot or 10foot?

These are the sort of details we can discuss with Wendy who is managing the market – I am grateful that she will be there at this meeting to answer questions and come up with a plan together.

Look forward to seeing you next week, if you can’t make it but would like to join in please rest assured we can sort it out over the phone so you shouldn’t miss out!!

Dave Jones

Also please bring a dish each so that together we can all have a bit to eat.

Can Sneinton Market become the Marakesh of the North?


Funding Flash

Communities for Health – £1000 Grant

This fund is great for community cafes.   Last time it was under-subscribed….


Grant Guidance

Application Form 2011

Cook – needed urgently – Nottinghamshire Deaf Society [fwd]

Job details:
Employer: Nottinghamshire Deaf Society
Salary: £6.50 – £7.25 per hour
Hours: 8 to 10 hours per week

Do you want to work with the Deaf Community?

Can you provide a two course meal every Monday lunchtime for 20 to 25 people?

Can you also provide freshly made sandwiches / cobs for 40 people on Wednesday lunchtimes?

Do you hold a current Food Hygiene Certificate?  Or are willing to undertake training?

Do you have experience in using British Sign Language or undertaken any Deaf Awareness training?  Or are willing to undertake training?

If the answer is yes then we’d like to hear from you.

You will be supporting a group of elderly deaf people who use our Community Centre twice a week to meet socially and access our services.

It’s a great place to work and a great team to work with.

For an informal chat and/or application form please contact Sarah Shaw on 0115 970 0516 or email

This post requires an enhanced CRB check.

Closing date: Friday, 04 November 2011

Invitation to Breaking Bread [fwd]

Invitation to Breaking Bread

Celebration event and special film screening.

Friday, 4th November at 1.30pm-3.30pm
At New Art Exchange
39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6BE

First Floor invite you to a free celebration community party at
New Art Exchange, Nottingham with food, drink, live music, children’s activities & special screening of the Breaking Bread film.

First Floor have been working with members of newly arrived immigrant communities in Nottingham  and in collaboration with a video artists, Monica Alcazar & Helen Muggeridge to create a film, which tells the story of personal identity and experience inspired by bread within their different cultures.

Breaking Bread aims to promote collective well-being and understanding between different communities and so strengthen the wider community and neighbourhood spirit in Nottingham.  It aims to give a voice to previously unheard communities and in sharing experience find common connections.  Breaking Bread is funded by Awards For All through the Big Lottery Fund and is supported by New Art Exchange and Culturebox.

The Breaking Bread event will also be raising money for Oxfam’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.

RSVP Alison Garner on or call 07940 753314

We will be baking bread for the event at Hyson Green Community Centre from 9.30am to 1pm on 4th November please contact if you would like to bake with us.

The Secret is Out!

Marsha Smith, who has been one of Cafe Sneinton’s best cooks over the years, is now opening her own cafe (the Secret Kitchen) at St Christopher’s Church hall on Trent Rd, around the corner from the Hermitage Centre.  It will be opening mon-fri from 9-4pm and should be a great place to hang out and get Sneinton’s only fresh coffee, plus homemade cakes, pies, soups etc.

There will be other things going on there too like family days and other ideas as they arise.  Please get in touch with her if you want to be involved in some way or use the space.

The flyer is here, and also attached here is a new consultation project from Sneinton Alchemy that seeks to create a local plan to take advantage of new government ideas of localism (Localism bill pdf here).  They will be at the launch and elsewhere in Sneinton over the next few weeks!

News Round Up

Alain Job of Melting Pot Cafe at the Sycamore centre is also a street food pioneer.  And with the help of University students (more on this later as Marsha from Secret Kitchen has also tapped into this resource) he has created his own brand of street food – Nkono.  It is a banana skin cone with the Cameroon curry inside.  A tasty, healthy, biodegradable bit of home-made  fast food.  Maybe look out for it at Glastonbury next year, and certainly at the Relaunch of Sneinton Market 10th Dec!!

Alain and Nkono are down at the Goose fair until Sunday – please go down and try this new product if you can!  They are near the tram end of the main avenue in the Forest Rec that runs across the site from Mansfield over to Forest Rd West.

See the face book page


Hi all
We  think and hope you will agree that  Stonebridge City Farm is a
treasure which belongs to the people of Nottingham. Entrance is free
and we would like to keep it that way but the farm needs the support
of the people to ensure its existence. For just £10 a year or two
hours voluntary work a year you can become a member of “Green Street –
Friends of the Farm” and play a part in  protecting the farm. Details
of joining are attached and you can print the form, choose your option
and post it in to me or drop it off at the farm next time you are in.
Please also pass on to anybody who may be interested.  The 2 hours
voluntary work contribution can vary depending on what you would like
to  offer – from helping in the garden, maintenance work, baking or
helping at events, to give some ideas.

The half-price edible plants offer for Green Street is now finished.
Instead we will be providing limited monthly special offers and
Friends will be the first to hear of these offers. Workshops and
activities with limited numbers will be offered to Friends first.

Contact me if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing you
on the farm soon.
Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:


All Ours October Souper Social Sunday

On Sunday 9th October 2011, 1.15pm – 3.45pm
at the 
Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Boulevard with home made soup & cake courtesy of Pixies Pantry, hot drinks, table tennis, pool, games, chat.
The Lost Artists – a self help group for isolated artists who want to network with each other.   Artists, musicians, poets and any other artists that practice other art forms – are all welcome. Artist materials and musical instruments provided.
the Middle Street Jugglers Have a go at juggling, plate spinning and toothbrush twirling
 Art and Craft journalling for wellbeing by Dee Fairchild . All materials will be provided. It will be a buffet style workshop.
This social coincides with the beginning of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks. There is a rundance event preceding All Ours, nearby at the Windmill from 12-1pm and a full listing of the other events for the 2 weeks can be found here
Future Dates : next All Ours will be on Sunday 13th November

Events this weekend!

Sign up to our twitter feed – nccnevents


See message below from Beth and Nottsunderground for more on the ‘Stuff of life’ festival

hi my lovelies so this weekend its going to be beautiful weather the last of the season so get down to the stuff of life festival! check out the link below its an incredible park in the secret world of NG7. There will be lots of wonderful localness from music to food, mollyqueen crafts and even belly dancing!!! (I think) I will be baking like a good’un so get down there xxxx

article in left lion about the event

Melting Pot Cafe is a go!

Last week was the launch of the Melting Pot cafe at the Sycamore Centre, hungerhill rd.  All the tables and chairs were outside to take advantage of whatever sunlight and warmth was lingering about late summer.  The band, Shades of Blue entertained with hits from the 50s and 60s (track down this band by contacting Steve at Stonebridge City Farm).

Alain who runs the cafe sent me this text yesterday: ‘ Lunch is ready now @ Melting Pot on hungerhill rd at the Sycamore Centre….Savoy cabbage & Meatball regatta with rice and sweet corn on the cob. Sahara sweet beans with garlic bread and salad (V), add to that our cafe grilled rubber of Fish and Chicken with potato wedges.’

I hear the prices are reasonable too (in the range £2,50-£4.50)

Here is the article in the Nottingham Post about the event: reprinted below

Open for business: Cooking with the barbecue at the The Melting Pot Community Café launch are, from left, Jerona Dillon, Charles Ekedi, Aaron Calladine, Alain Job, Pacha Gul and Jack Oliver.

THE FIRST of two new community cafés opened this week with a launch featuring live music, face-painting and poetry.

The Melting Pot Community Café, at the Sycamore Centre, St Ann’s, is the latest in a growing network of community cafes across the city.

It will be followed by The Secret Kitchen Community Café, which is expected to open at St Christopher’s Church Hall, in Sneinton, in mid-October.

A loyalty card scheme will also be launched soon by the Nottingham Community Café Network, which supports community cafés in Greater Nottingham and helps new ones establish themselves.

Alain Job, coordinator of the Melting Pot Community Café, said: “The café is not just a place where people are going to be eating, it is going to be a space where different local people can have meetings and conduct community activities, such as knitting clubs and reading clubs.

“People can also access internet or use computers at the café, which is going to be an advantage for such a deprived area.”

The Melting Pot Community Café aims to serve a range of authentic food from across the world.

It will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm.

Alain has previously volunteered at Café Sneinton, a community café held every Saturday at Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre.

He has also catered for many community events in St Ann’s and Sneinton.

“When anybody needed some African delicacies at a community event I was the person to provide that,” said Alain.

“The Sycamore Centre will have a very fantastic and exciting array of world food.

“Food from around the world, from Africa to Latin America, from Europe to Asia.”

The café will be run by volunteers and there will also be guest chefs cooking different cuisine, such as Lebanese and Italian.

Marsha Smith, who is setting up The Secret Kitchen Community Café, also has experience volunteering at Café Sneinton.

When she opens her café in October she will offer healthy, organic, fairly-traded and locally-produced food and drink, including food made with flour from Green’s Windmill.

Food and drink will include tea, coffee, fruit cordial, homemade cakes, and fresh homemade soup.

“People will get a proper teapot with a teacup,” said Marsha.

“There will be a tearoom type atmosphere, with table cloths and tea cosys; a proper cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake and a proper sit down.”

Community cafes offer cheap or sometimes free meals in a sociable setting. Many are run by volunteers.

Examples in Nottingham include the Crocus Cafe, in Lenton, Ann-Marie’s Diner, at Sherwood Community Centre, and a café inside the Chase Neighbourhood Centre, in St Ann’s.


The latest update from Marsha is:

I’m launching The Secret Kitchen Community Cafe in Sneinton next month at St Christopher’s church hall. Weekdays 9-4pm. Freshly ground coffee, tea in a pot, organic cordial, local, organic, fairly traded… with fresh vegetarian soup from locally grown organic veg, homemade cakes, jams, chutneys and homemade vegetarian pasties every Friday…all served on vintage crockery by a lady wearing a fetching tabbard!

News Round Up

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



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.