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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


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]googlmail.com or through this site!

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….



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

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.

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 sarah.shaw@nottsdeaf.org.uk

This post requires an enhanced CRB check.

Closing date: Friday, 04 November 2011