Hullabaloo Recorder Club

Recorder classes for beginners or those with a little experience of playing. Just £1 per week. 
Every Tuesday from 3.45-5pm at Besson Street Community Garden. We supply recorers if you don’t have your own and there’s a chance to buy your own recorder from us at a discount. 
7 to 12 year olds are invite to join Keyla, our highly qualified and experienced music teacher. for more information, call Jill on 0207 639 7605. 

Employment Advice and Guidance and Information Service

Do you need help finding a job?
Knowing how to succeed in interviews?
Knowing what further skills and training you need to move forward in your career? 

Please contact Elisha, our employment adviser to book an appointment, Tel: 07532 787 466 or email 
Please note that as Elisha is often in meetings, you should leave a voice message on her phone if you do not get through, and she will call you straight back when she is free. 

Funded by the Big Lottery. 

Sew You Need To Get Out More

A weekly sewing class for anyone who needs to get out more and mix with people while doing something creative. These classes focus on patchwork, applique, embroidery, bag making, cushions, bedspreads among other gorgeous creative items.

You can choose from two sessions on Mondays 9.30am-11.30am or 1.30pm-3.30pm.
The classes are free of charge and we supply fabrics, resources and tools for most projects. Call us to find out more. 

Bee Keeping course

Monday 25 September, 2 & 9 October, 6.00pm-8.00pm

We have three thriving bee hives on site at Besson Street Community Garden. We want to help increase the urban bee population and encourage as many local residents as we can to understand bees and the plants and flowers that bees need and enjoy. We are also keen to support any local residents who want to establish their own honey bee hives. This is the last of our three bee keeping courses for this year taught by Camilla Goddard from Capital Bee. If you miss this one, the next one will be in April/May 2018. £6.00 unwaged and £20 waged. 

ESOL Classes

(Funded by the Big Lottery)
Everyone wanting a place on one of our courses will need to complete an assessment first. Assessments for the start of term will take place on:
Wednesday 6 September 11.00am-3.00pm
Thursday 7 September 11.00am-3.00pm
Monday 11 September 6.30pm-8.00pm
Thursday 14 September 6.30pm-8.00pm

After the dates above, all assessments will take place on Tuesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm and Wednesday 5.00pm-6.00pm. No need to book a place for an assessment,just turn up. 
For more information call us on 0207 639 7605 or email 

Good Wholesome Food and Very Quaffable Wine

In our occasional series of local restaurant and cafe reviews, we sent our reporter to check out the local Hungarian restaurant, The Rosemary, 178 New Cross Road. 
I jumped at the change of this assignment following hot on the heels of the Evening Standard’s enticing review of hungarian wines. And I have to say, overall I wasn’t disappointed. If you are prepared to open your mind, take yourself out of the Gastro-pub, cafe-bookshop, trendy cosmopolitan eatery mentality, then you’ll be relaxed enough to thoroughly enjoy this delightful experience. 
Rustic is the best word to sum up the interior design, rough wood, simple prints and the lush greenery of the plants which can be purchased along with a whole range of organic comestibles, teas, beans, nuts, rice, pastas, and chocolate in addition to traditional earthenware pots and candles. 
I chose Vorosboros marhapporkolt galuskaval (beef stew in red wine with home-made dumplings. there is a wide range of dishes t suit all dietary requirements, including the grilled tufo with roasted vegetables that comes specially recommended. 
The food is simple, wholesome, organic Hungarian food, and if you are that was included, you can wash it down with some superb Hungarian wines. If you get the chance, take it, you won’t be disappointed. 

Worried about Diabetes? Join the walk!

We walk for one hour on a Tuesday afternoon starting from Besson Street Community Garden with the challenging but not unpleasant incline of Waller Road. We do a couple of laps around the top park and go down through the bottom park back to Besson Street for around 3.15pm. 
We are lucky to have the support of a local dietician who walks with us most weeks and freely gives advice, information and support. Please join us. 
To find out more, call Jill on 0207 639 7605 or email 

Are you friendly, helpful and looking to volunteer?

If so, we might have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a friendly and approachable volunteer on Mondays and Fridays, to help ensure the smooth running of our reception area in New Cross Learning. you will be the first port of call for any visitors to our Employment Support and Computer Skills Training services that take place on Mondays and Fridays at New Cross Learning. 
We will rely on you to make a good impression so above anything else you’ll need to have a good rapport with many different types of people, helping them to feel looked after and at ease. Tasks will include: 
Answering the phone, taking and relaying messages, greeting visitors, offering them refreshments, and directing them to the right location, informing advisers when appointments arrive, running late or cannot make it, keeping reception tidy, diary management etc.
If this sounds like something you could commit to, please contact Elisha McQueen on 07532 787466 or email:  

Volunteer Gardeners needed at Besson Street Community Garden

No experience required.  Please join us Monday 1.00-3.00pm, Wednesday 12.00-2.00pm. 
Any time you can give is gratefully received. Bring your experience and share in with others or learn on the job. We do food growing and garden maintenance and development of our beautiful community site. 
You’ll be very welcome, please come along. 

Help Transform Someone’s Life

Do you have any time on a Thursday afternoon to help adults who speak English as a second language to learn to read in English?

We are looking for reliable, patient people who can spare an hour a week on a regular basis to support our ESOL students at Besson Street Community Garden. You will be working with a small group of adults from a variety of backgrounds, all at a similar reading level, helping them to develop this essential skill. 

If you think this is something you can help with, please get in touch with us to discuss this further. Email or Tel:0207 639 7605.  

Come and have fun with Green Eggs and Ham

With all the talk of fire and fury, we’ve decided our front page should be all about fun. We want to invite you, your friends and family to our annual community day on Saturday 16 September, at Besson Street Community Garden. 

This year’s theme is Dr Suess’s Cat in the Hat. We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of this great book along will all things Dr Suess. If you are not already familiar with this madness, Cat in the Hat is a funny and mean, endearing, rude and crazy story that can bring a smile and a belly laugh to anyone of any age. 

Our community day is open to everyone. We want you to come along and enjoy the beautiful Besson Street Community Garden and take part in the fun activities, including games and crafts, films and stories, quizzes, a treasure hunt, and great Dr Suess books to win. there will be tea and cake (and other refreshments) provided by our usual delightful caterers from New Cross Learning, and all the proceeds from the refreshments will go towards keeping that fabulous place open. If that isn’t exciting enough, we’ve also got the annual second hand saturday market where you can shop ’til you drop, pawing over other people’s unwanted treasures. 

Its on your doorstep, its free, it’ll happen come rain or shine, so put it in your diary now. If you’d like to book a stall for secondhand saturday, if you’ve got clothes, books, records, CDs, toys, go to, click on events and book your stall for just £5 or call us on 0207 639 7605.