Bloomin’ Hanover Zocalo

Zocalo 18

(Extracted from the Hanover Action website)

We are very excited to announce the first year of Bloomin’ Hanover which will coincide with the return of the Zocalo.

To coincide with The Great Get Together there will be a walkabout on 22nd June for us to see how our streets look and a chance to open our front doors and meet our neighbours.

Put a table and chair and a pot of tea or a few beers outside your house and wait for your neighbours to turn up, or have a wander and meet your neighbours who are sitting on the street waiting for visitors. Get involved in Bloomin’ Hanover or just put up a Zocalo poster and see what happens.

So let’s start brightening up your house fronts or window sills with plants and flowers, perhaps some art or a social space and lets welcome our neighbours in Bloomin’ Hanover.

Caroline Lucas will be joining us 7pm 22nd June for a walkabout

Please help publicise the events by downloading either or both posters and sticking it in your window
(see below for download)


Bloomin’ Hanover poster – If possible please download, print and stick in your window

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Zocalo Poster – If possible please download, print and stick in your window

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Day of the Phoenix!

Final Community poster 19th May

Join us for an opportunity to get creative, take part in a cracking raffle and a chance to natter with your neighbours! The Phoenix Community Open Day on 19th May 15:30 – 17:30 taking place at the Phoenix Community Centre and through to the Phoenix Gallery.

Enjoy the fun activities on offer aimed at young families, teenagers and everyone else. There is also space for you to chat with your local councillors, public service providers and community activists. We welcome your ideas about how we improve the Phoenix Estate and create more opportunities for all in the neighbourhood.

This Open Day will coincide with the Phoenix Gallery’s Open Studios weekend and will include an art and craft trail that takes you from the studios to the estate. This will be the first event that bring the Gallery closer to the estate and with a number of creative engagement events planned.

All are welcome to both events to take part in fun activities, meet with artists and your fellow residents and voice your opinions on the future of the estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Coalition and the Neighbourhood Plan

The Hanover & Elm Grove Community Coalition includes representatives from community and residents groups across the ward and interested individual residents and has formed to work of developing a neighbourhood Action Plan for our area. For more info on the developing plan, who is involved and how you can join in see our NAP pages HERE

The community coalition is holds regular meetings which are open to anyone who lives in the ward, wiht the next one on May 1st at the Phoenix Gallery – for more on these, look HERE

The next public event, looking to engage people in the developing NAP will be on Sunday April 29th, where we will be joining in at Spring in the Patch, with information about the plan and your chance to comment, and will also be teaming up with Hanover Action who will be running activities around local recycling and their ‘Bloomin Hanover’ plan to fill our streets with floral abundance.

We hope you will drop by on the day and share your thoughts about our neighbourhood

Next meeting and other stuff…

The next LAT meeting will be on Tuesday April 17th – 7pm at the Hanover, and this will also be our AGM where we will look back over the past year and ahead into the future….

At the last meeting (for mins see HERE) we talked a lot of rubbish, partly discussing the Refuse & Recycling theme of the developing Neighbourhood Action Plan, and partly looking at a report which was presented by a resident suggesting that communal bins close to buildings may present a fire risk.  Both of these topics will be picked up again this time, with input from BHCC Cityclean and Corporate health & Safety team who will be in attendance to speak to these issues.

Also on the agenda is the Collaboration Fund update. Those at the last meeting will remember that Tim Read from the council Restorative Practice Team attended to speak about his work, and opportunities to use this approach to tackle local issues – particularly graffiti. Since this meeting we have had the opportunity to bid to the council collaboration fund, as part of the Neighbourhood Plan Community Coalition, and are hoping for good news on this bid to be shared at the meeting.

Regarding the Community Coalition, we held a great event at the Hanover Centre on March 19th, getting local views on the developing plan. If you haven’t checked it yet, look HERE for the latest version and how to give your views and get involved. Our next public event will be at Spring in the Patch on April 29th.

Here is the April 17th agenda so far – please let us know if there are any things you would like to add.

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. AGM  – Election of Chair and Secretary
  4. Minutes of Previous Meeting – Matters Arising – Fire Risk Commmunal Bins
  5. NAP Update
  6. Collaboration Fund Update
  7. AOB

Look forward to seeing you

 

Clean streets

Hampden Road makeover

Last week some residents of Hampden Road got together to repaint a grotty looking wall – and here’s the result! Excellent work by those involved and thanks to the council for sorting out paint for the junction box.

St Martins Place Community Cleanup

On Weds October 25th, University of Sussex is organising a streetclean on St Martins Place and anyone wishing to join residents, students and city clean staff sprucing up the street is welcome to attend. Lucy Walker from the university says it will be “a very informal hands on, sleeves up call to action. We’ll be sweeping pavements and clearing any recycling or rubbish.” For more info contact Lucy Housing@Sussex.ac.uk

If you think your street needs sprucing or you and your neighbours would like to do some work on your street and would like some help or advice, do get in touch.

“We are far more unites and have far more in common than that which divides us” Jo Cox

Join your friends and neighbours at the Hanover Centre on Saturday in a celebration of our community, inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year.

There will be cake, there will be crochet from the fabulous @rebelyarns  and much more besides.

This event is #RefugeesWelcome

For the Facebook event page, see HERE 

Enquiries to Cllr Emma Daniel at her personal email brightonhuxley@gmail.com

 

 

The Social and Environmental Sustainability of Clothes

Interested in sustainability and clothing issues? We have been asked to help promote this event by Mike from Finsbury Rd who attends the LAT. Looks interesting – anyone wanting to go or know more, contact Mike by email at mikeloscaminos@yahoo.co.uk

I’m running a one-off event for which I need committed environmental people to contribute to research with colleagues at the Open University on sustainability.

This will involve attending a focus group/workshop at the Hanover Centre, Southover Street on Thursday 3rd July (8 – 9.30pm), looking at people’s views on sustainable and ethical clothing and there will also be some chance for discussion, a bit of a snack and I hope we’ll have some props, displays too and a bit of fun. You don’t need to know anything about clothes!

The aim of the focus group is to understand how we can encourage consumers and also retailers to change practice. For this we want to get views of individuals who are: already committed to related sustainability/eco issues and explore some questions together. It is part of a short piece of exploratory work – being undertaken in Brighton because of the Green concentration – and it will help inform a major research project planned to influence DEFRA and policy.

The poster below summarises the main theme. It would be great if you were able to take part in the focus group – please let me know as I need to have an idea of numbers for snack, handout and seating purposes.

Please let me know

Best wishes

Mike

mikeloscaminos@yahoo.co.uk

Mike Clothes

A bit about Mike
Mike is a freelance researcher, living in Brighton, who specialises in community projects, co-operatives and social justice causes.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Co-operatives Research Unit at the Open University since 1998 where he has researched social enterprise organisations. Mike is also a research associate at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), where he has been involved since 2004 on projects concerned with community development, advocacy, state/third sector representation mechanisms, community participation, impact and measurement, and the role of community asset ownership. Before this, Mike worked in the sector for nearly 20 years at the Development Trusts Association, Community Matters and Save the Children. He holds a PhD from the Open University and an MA in Social Policy from the University of Sussex. He has spoken at academic and practitioner events in Germany, Mexico, Poland, Sweden and Japan. Mike is a member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN, UK), Social Policy Association (UK), European Social Enterprise Research Network (EMES, Belgium) and ISTR (Baltimore) He has published work on social enterprises, civil society and advocacy and remains active as a volunteer and activist in local community action.