Spring 2013 Events
Saturday 30th March 12pm to 5pm - Give and Take Market – Brixton Station Road. Come and get rid of unwanted items as well as to pick up and re-use good condition second hand items and to learn how to repair their electrical items. This Year we will have the wonderful and inspiring Re-Start Project and Comm-Tech there to demonstrate basic electrical repairs and promote local repairers.
Saturday 20th April 11am to 3pm – Making Uncovered - Making Uncovered is an exciting festival of making, art and craft. It’s free to attend, and everyone is welcome – drop in at any time. Book your free ticket.
Saturday 27th April 10am to 5pm – The Great Brixton Bake Off - Following last year’s success, Brixton Market Traders Federation CIC is once again hosting an extravaganza of culinary delight on Saturday, 27th April. The Great Brixton Bake-Off II will be a showcase of the best that local bakers have to offer. There will be six categories: Cakes, cupcakes, biscuits & bites, savouries, vegan and bread. There will also be a grand prize awarded to the yummy treat judged Best in Show! The B£ will be there supporting traders and encouraging people to use the B£.
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April – Made in Lambeth. We’re really excited to be one of the Made in Lambeth Projects. Lambeth residents will be helping us reach our tipping point to get more people using the B£ on a regular basis. Take a look at the brief here and if you think you’re able to help, please sign up!
The Brixton Pound would like your input
The Brixton Pound is three years old. We’ve achieved a lot over this period but we’re seeking constructive feedback from as many community members as possible – and we’d like to hear from you whether you love or hate the scheme.
We are running a series of focus groups. If you think you would be able to one of these (we’ll refund expenses up to £20) then please fill in the really quick form below. There are three very short forms, one for each focus group – click on the description that is the best match for you.
- Focus Group 1: I love the Brixton Pound and I use it a lot – click here.
- Focus Group 2: I like the idea of the Brixton Pound but I only use it a bit, or haven’t gotten round to using it at all – click here.
- Focus Group 3: I am not convinced by the idea of the Brixton Pound and I don’t use it – click here.
Autumn is officially here! Here are some of the events we’ve got coming up over the next few months. Get them into your calendars! If you’re able to help at any of them, please give us a shout!
Brixton Oxjam - Sunday October 21st October from 2pm at various Brixton venues.
Film screening – Sunday October 21st from 7pm. In association with Transition Town Brixton we’ll be showing ‘The Economics of Happiness‘ at the Transition Centre, 6-8 Robsart Street SW9 0DJ.
Brixton Bolt – Saturday 27th October. We’re looking forward to finding out who is the fastest person in Brixton. Pay for your entry using Brixton Pounds.
Thomas Greco: “A New Approach to Community Economic Development” – Sunday 28th October from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are free but limited so be sure to register as soon as possible.
Film screening - Sunday November 18th from 7pm. In association with Transition Town Brixton we’ll be showing a film. Details coming soon.
Start your own food business – FREE workshops
After the success of the last food workshops in March, they’re back! See details below:
Workshop one: Thinking Food
This session is designed to demystify what it takes to start a food business and help you find local people and resources to support you. Meet existing businesses and food enterprises who will be able to help you work out any local supply gaps, providing you with valuable market information.
When? Wednesday, 21st November 2012, 6 to 8pm
Where? Park Hall Industrial Estate, Martell Road, SE21
Local food business owners will include:
- Beamish and McGlue
- Volcano Coffee
- Brixton Village Food Owners
To apply: Please register for a place at workshop 1 by clicking here.
Workshop two: Practical steps
See it all in action by taking a tour of West Norwood Town Centre and West Norwood Feast, meet businesses and market organisers, and get some tips from Lambeth food safety advisers.
When? Sunday 2nd December, 10am to 1pm (including lunch)
Where? Beamish & McGlue, 461 Norwood Road, London, SE27 9DQ
Hear from Lambeth food safety advisers about the food safety requirements and support available in starting up your own food business. The presentation will be followed by a walkabout of West Norwood town centre, where you can meet local businesses that are sourcing or thinking of sourcing locally, and local market organisers to find out where you could open a pop-up or have a market stall. Lunch will be provided, giving you the chance to network and learn from each other’s experiences.
Please register for a place at workshop 2 by clicking here
Workshop three: Tasting and testing
This session is a “dry run”, where you can bring along samples of your wares for people to taste and give you feedback. As well as your fellow producers, we’ll have local experts from restaurants, cafes, markets and shops to give you advice on quality, price, presentation and marketing. If you’re looking to start your own food enterprise, this is an unmissable opportunity to get free professional feedback and build your confidence before going public.
When? February 2013
Where? Portico Gallery
Making it Real: Sell at real markets
Finally, put all you’ve learnt into action at a real local market. We’re negotiating a number of stalls at Brixton Market, Lower Marsh Market, Waterloo (produce and chilled food only) and West Norwood Feast. We’ll set up some stalls where you can sell your wares to real buyers – your first step on your journey to setting up your own food business!
Summer events – volunteers needed!
One of the best ways to get more people using the Brixton Pound is to talk to them in person about why the pound exists, how it helps support local independent businesses and how it works. Here is a list of events we have planned over the next few months to do just that:
Brixton Station Road Market – Saturday 7th July – from 10.30am
Urban Art Fair – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July – 10am – 6pm @ Josephine Avenue, London SW2
Pre Olympic Zumbathon - Sunday 22nd July 1:30pm – 4:30pm @ Hootananny Brixton
Brixton Pound Social – Tuesday 24th July – from 6pm @Satay Bar
Brixton Pound Skillshare Open Evening – Wednesday 1st August 6-9pm @ The Angel, 354 Coldharbour Lane
Brixton SPLASH – Sunday 5th August – from 10am
Lambeth Country Show – Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September from 10am @Brockwell Park
Brixton Market Swap – Saturday 29th September from 10am @Brixton Station Road
Brixton Oxjam – October – details to be confirmed
We’re always looking for volunteers to help us manage and run these events. If you want to build up your interpersonal skills, want to learn more about the Brixton Pound or just want to do something fun in your spare time get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our next Brixton Pound Social!
Start your own food business – FREE workshops
In the spirit of love for local supply chains and resilience, and in collaboration with Lambeth Green Community Champions, we have organised a series of workshops aimed at supporting anyone with an interest in starting their own food business from home. We call out to makers (or aspiring makers) of all things edible to join us at either or all the events below. These will be an opportunity to learn a few tips from established local food businesses, market traders and food safety advisers. They’ll provide also important networking opportunities for meeting possible buyers and to find out what exactly is missing out there which you could be making and selling!
Workshop one: Thinking food
This session is designed to help you identify your barriers to starting a food business and how you can overcome them and help you find local people, and resources to support you. Meet existing businesses and food enterprises who will be able to help you work out any local supply gaps, providing budding food entrepreneurs with valuable market information.
When? Tuesday 13 March, 6 to 8pm
Where? Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ
Meet local food business owners including:
- Theo Haunsler, The Breadroom
- Stafford Geohagen, Healthy Eaters
- Steve Ross, Kaffbar
- Melissa Morgan, Ms Cupcake
- Harry Niazi, Olley’s Fish Restaurant
- Anne Fairbrother, Brixton Cornercopia
- Jonny Rushton and Liam Brown, Seven
- Ossie Bash-Taqi, Ossie’s Ginger
Workshop two: Practical steps
When? Tuesday 20 March, 10am to 1pm (including lunch)
Where? Kaff bar, 64-68 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PY
Hear from Lambeth food safety advisers, on the food safety requirements and support available in starting up your own food business. The presentation will be followed by a walkabout of Brixton town centre and a chance to meet local businesses that are sourcing or thinking of sourcing locally, and local market organisers. Lunch will then be provided at another local venue, where we’ll have a chance to network and hear from each other’s experiences.
Workshop three: Tasting and testing
This session is for anyone with an interest in sampling all things local, whether as customers or businesses. Local growers and makers will showcase their wares, such as fruit and vegetables, preserves, chutneys and breads, so that you will have a chance to find out about (and taste!) what is available to you. And for those looking to start your own food enterprise, it will be a great opportunity to meet people who are doing it already.
When? Monday 26 March, 7 to 9pm
Where? The Canterbury Arms, 8 Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QD
- Advice provided on packaging and marketing from Brixton Station Road Community Market organisers and stall holders
- Growers and makers display their food and produce samples
- Informal networking session with drinks and nibbles provided – a chance to ask the growers, makers, local businesses and make new connections!
Please fill in our online application form (you’ll need to hover your cursor over it and a link will appear), or email us at: email@example.com. If you have no internet access, you can call 07525 806 470 and a form will be sent to you.
Please return this to: Sue Sheehan, Sustainability Unit, London Borough of Lambeth, 5th Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SP.
We will confirm ASAP whether you have been successful in securing a place.
Brixton Pound Christmas Party!!! Oh yes indeed…
So with Christmas now really and truly out of the way…well we decided to hold on to the festive mood for a little while longer and postpone our party until mid-January when we thought we would be in serious need of cheering up.
We hope you and your friends and loved ones can join us on the night, Thu 19th January 2012 from 6:30pm at Kaff Bar.
Kaff Bar are both on our paper and electronic currency schemes, so plenty chance to play with your phones on the night.
There will be DJs and some finger food, and more importantly a great crowd of Brixton residents and businesses to socialise and network with. We shall also be at hand to sign up any newbies onto our amazing Pay by Text service, for which you get a 10% automatically added to your account every time you top it up.
Other than that, it’ll be an informal evening of drinks, nibbles, chats and DJ’s spinning their tunes.
We look forward to seeing you then!
The Brixton Pound Team