The New Normal at Besson Street Community Garden

Keeping our community safe is our number one priority right now. We want to be able to deliver the best possible services to the community and that means doing things slightly differently. Many of our courses, classes and clubs will be starting back from September but all will be smaller to respect social distancing, and hand sanitiser and face coverings will be essential.

Stay and Play Sessions will be every Monday 9.30am to 11.30 am, every Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am and every Wednesday 1.30pm to 3.30pm, starting 7 September. There will be 2 one-hour slots. You will need to book your space via our Eventbrite site. Sessions will be released for booking one week in advance.

ESOL Classes (English for speakers of other languages) will continue as blended courses with some face-to-face and some online classrooms. Call on 0207 639 7605 or email Helen for details – You can also just call in for an assessment on Tuesdays, 3.30-4.30pm or Wednesdays 5.00-6.00pm. During registration week (1-4 September) you can turn up any day between 10am and 3pm.

Adult Learning Courses will be running throughout the next term though they will all be delivered from New Cross Learning, 283 – 285 New Cross Road, SE14 6AS to allow for greater space and social distancing – click here for further details of the courses on offer.

Gardening Club will continue to meet every Monday 1pm to 3pm and every Wednesday 12 noon to 2pm and we are pleased to say we are adding two new gardening clubs on Fridays and Saturdays (times to be confirmed). As always all volunteers are welcome.

Ukulele and Drumming for 7-13 year olds will be running every Tuesday from 3.45pm to 5.15pm, there will be two groups and the classes start back on Tuesday 15 September at Besson Street Community Garden – still only £1 per session.

Employment Support and Advice continues to be a priority service. We offer support with job searching, applications and interview skills by phone and Zoom. Please email to book an appointment.

IT skills training can sadly not be provided face-to-face at present, due to the difficulties in social distancing in our IT suite. However, we are able to provide virtual IT teaching. Our tutor will support you to set up Zoom, and will then provide ongoing support to address your IT skill needs. Call Jenny on 0207 639 7605 or email for further information.

Introduction to Bee Keeping will take place on three Monday evenings starting Monday 14 September at 6pm until 8pm and then on Monday 21 and 28. We have four 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. The course is taught by Camilla Goddard from Capital Bee. Book your place here. Please note that numbers are restricted to ensure social distancing. The classes will also take place outside only, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Mental Health First Aid Training is an internationally recognised qualification at level 3. It will take place over two Mondays, 5 and 12 October, starting at 9.15am to 4.15pm. You can book here or call 0207 639 7605

Mindfulness will be starting again in October. We will be offering an 8-week course. Further details will be put on our website shortly. Alternatively, please ring 0207 639 7605 for further details.

Sewing classes will be starting back, although we will have very restricted numbers, and you will need to book your place in advance. They will run Monday 10.30 to 11.30 or 11.40 to 12.40. Please call 0207 639 7605 to register or for further details.