Wednesday, 5 January 2011

See the website for more details...

We have restructured our website to include blog posts. If you are a follower of this blog, please note that new items will no longer be posted here, they will be put on

Over time old blog postings from this address will all be transferred to the website.

Thank you for following and I hope you continue to stay abreast of Bold Vision developments - we have plenty in store for 2011!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Hilltoppers request

Hilltoppers Christmas Special still needs EXTRAS
Thank you all of you who saw an opportunity to be entertained and have volunteered to come for either of our two slots on 28th November.

We are still looking for people to come from 9 to 12 as pub punters drinking or not or reading the paper.And then from 4 to 7  to be pub quizzers and be entertained by a celebrity pub quizmaster – Mr Steve Frost!! You'll get to wear Christmas hats.

Where:Telegraph Pub, Dennett’s Road, SE14

You can come for one slot or the other or both but which ever you come to you need to be free to stay for the full 3 hours-longer you're there the more fun's to be had!!

Any more takers please email both Sam and Max by Monday 22nd.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The Director of the Nunhead and District Municipal Museum and Art Gallery ...

... invites you to
the party to celebrate the closing of an exhibition by a local man. Champagne will not be served and the wearing of ball gowns will not be appropriate.

When: Saturday 20th of November
Where: The Hill Station on Kitto Rd.
From 6:30 to 8:30

The Duchess of Nunhead and others will be performing on the night.
For your enjoyment, please bring a bottle.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Live! 3D! Art right on your doorstep!

Calling all artists and art lovers.

Roll-Up Roll-Up For The First Telegraph Hill Xmas Art Bazaar At The Hill Station Café from 22 November – 26 December 2010

The Art Bazaar is an opportunity for artists to sell and art lovers to buy affordable art works in the run up to Christmas. The idea is to create a dense and enticing display of diversesmall and keenly priced art works that will make great gifts.

Each piece you sell means you get to replace it with a similar one until you’ve sold out!. 20% of each sale goes towards the Bold Vision project.

If you are interested in taking part we need you to bring one small artwork – ready to hang - to the Hill Station Café on Sunday 21st November at 5pm. We will also need title, name and price.

Please drop me a line to let me know if you intend to join in so we have an idea of numbers. Please feel free to forward this email onto anyone else you think would like to take part.

Any questions? Email Gill
 who is organising this for us

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Fundraising for Bold Vision


We were bored.  Eliza and Lucy (our big sisters) were making friendship bracelets.
Then Thea came down and announced that she wanted to do a street shop.
Then Lucy said ‘would you like us to give you some of the friendship bracelets we made?’
Then Gracie said ‘Should we go round to other peoples' houses for them to buy?’
So we went round selling them.
Then we went to Gracie’s house and Sylvestra  said 'would you like to sell these bamboo canes??’  So we did.
We managed to raise  £11.55. Not quite enough for a loo, but we did our best.

Grace xxxxxx      Thea xxxxxx          Jude xxxxxx
8yr                       8yr                       5yr

Thursday, 19 August 2010

PANTO AUDITIONS 1st September 7pm Narthex, Telegraph Hill Centre

Always wanted to play a Dame? Fancy yourself as Buttons? Want to help backstage?

Then come along and audition for the Bold Vision Pantomime on Wednesday 1st September at 7pm in the Narthex of the Telegraph Hill Centre. No need to prepare anything

The panto will be performed on 26th-28th November with four shows, two evenings and 2 matinees. For more details e mail Sanjit :


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Local cooking course for 16-24s

For more info and a chance to go along to this contact

Monday, 19 July 2010

Your feedback...

We asked you to share your thoughts on our progress so far, and particularly some sample menus.... here's what you said.

On getting together
  • This is a VERY GOOD THING
  • Nice one mate, keep it coming
  • We should do Big Lunch every year (several people)
  • Regular craft market
  • Close this bit of the road permanently
  • Have monthly events eg West Indian food, South American... and close the road off
On The Hill Station :)
  • Very very very good initiative!!!
  • I will be here everyday no doubt!
  • Great idea
  • Great menu / nice winter menu / good brunch
  • I would eat all of these at any time but seasonal menu change is a really good idea
  • Glad you've got lots of veggie food
  • Great cakes!
Suggestions for The Hill Station
  • More creative interior (Ed: we're still working on it!)
  • Books to read / swap
  • Free wifi?? (several)
  • Toys for kids, play corner (several)
  • Sunday papers
  • BYOB or will you have a license?
  • Local art exhibition (Ed: see picture of the week wall space)
  • Live music (several)
  • Use local produce. Get veg from Green Shoots community garden. Keep fresh and local
  • Shorter menu with daily specials
On opening hours
  • stay open till late on a Friday - people will meat for a meal at the end of the week
  • it would be good if cafe could open some evenings 
  • what about Sundays being for private parties?
  • would love to bring the family for an evening meal - open one or two nights a week till 8pm?
Lots of food suggestions on the wish list
  • DRINKS: Homemade lemonade, macchiato, green tea, Builder's Grey tea (2 parts PG Tips and 1 part Earl Grey), hot milk and honey, decaff
  • SWEET FOOD: porridge, jam sandwiches, cheesecake, cookies, sorbet, ice cream, ice cream again, chocolate bars, chocolate mousse, hot choc fudge cake, home made muffins, banoffee pie, blueberry pancakes with bacon (!?), rhubarb crumble and custard, french toast and maple syrup, milk fingers, shortbread, fruit with yoghurt
  • SAVOURY FOOD: salads, different bread, cheese on toast, toast, bacon sandwich, pizza, bread sticks for kids, hearty soup + honey bread, all day breakfast, fish cakes and salad, quesadillas (flour tortillas), quesadillas (corn tortillas), goat's cheese and beetroot salad, burritos, bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, eggs benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled egg
  • SPECIALIST FOOD: vegan cake, vegan savoury, vegan beans and tofu, aduki beans as cottage pie, more vegan, low sugar veggie cakes, gluten free, gluten free again
On pricing
  • Drinks are a little expensive (several)
  • Cheaper dish of the day?
  • Prices just right / like the price / good prices
  • Too cheap?
  • Student discount?
  • Lovely menus but expensive. Could we have some simple healthy (cheaper) options like baked potatoes for those on a budget?
  • Children's sandwiches bit expensive. Pocket money priced for children in park
  • Focaccia only £3.50 in Canary Wharf

Bold Vision is good Big Society

I had a fantastic time on Sunday at the Big Bold Lunch Launch. The Hill Station was looking proper, the sun shone, the music was brilliant, the organisation was spot on. It's great that we were able to show off the new space at the same time as celebrating the Big Lunch. You may not know that there's a link now between the Big Lunch and the whole Big Society movement. The Big Lunch was started last year by Tim Smit who set up the Eden project, aiming to get the whole nation sharing food on one day, partly because cohesive communities are likely to be greener and more resourceful, partly to raise awareness of sustainable food. This year it launched Big Society week.

We can't escape news of Big Society at the moment as we hear about cuts to public services and how the gaps need to be filled at a more local level, with much more voluntary participation. It's extremely worrying for many of us, especially those who depend on these threatened public services for their basic wellbeing. However, there are some positive and helpful ideas coming out of the Big Society organisation (and they want our ideas to feed it too). Find out more here, including ideas such as Your Square Mile, a community-based bank that could benefit our Bold Vision.

Also, see here David Barrie's article sharing ten local schemes that are great examples of Big Society. These examples are very close in spirit to Bold Vision, and offer some ideas we could take and adapt.

Finally, one thing that really helps the spirit of Big Society is sharing your photos, videos and experiences of local community action. So do please contribute to the Telegraph Hill Visions Flickr group.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

The Hill Station Opens

This Sunday 18th July sees the opening of the Hill Station. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible between 12 noon and 6pm when Kitto road will be closed to traffic and we can enjoy music, a craft fair and a picnic. Please bring food and picnic tables and chairs. We are aiming to all sit together at 1pm . Remember to bring money for the craft fair. If you need any further details then contact

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


Things are moving along nicely, but we are still in need of certain things for the cafe space. Please contact Ian Convery 0798 447 4457 or pop along to see him up at the Hill Station if you have any of the following:

Small tables to seat 4 people at least 4 of them

Children’s high chairs
Children’s toys

Dinner plates
Side plates
Condiment sets

Any kitchen equipment, it needs to be robust.

food processor
mixing bowls
wooden spoons

anything considered.

Please help make the Hill Station a great Community Space

Monday, 28 June 2010

Can you help?

Volunteers needed urgently this week:

Jobs to do:
  • All the pillars need the DPM trimmed to floor level and painted
  • Loads of plasterboard filling and decorating
  • painting outside of 6 panel window bay
  • general clearing and cleaning
Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 11am to 3pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm

If in doubt, please speak to Ian Convery on 0798 - 447 4457 during the week and Freddie Heaf 0754 - 032 0164 next weekend 0754 - 032 0164

Thursday, 24 June 2010

People and sausages

We all had a lovely time last Saturday - lots of people showed up to help with getting the Hill Station ready and great progress was made. Then many more came along for the community barbecue - maybe you can spot yourselves on the video here

Good warm up for the Big Lunch on July 18th... see you there!

Friday, 28 May 2010

Let's finish our Hill Station

It's all gone amazingly well. From a standing start only a few weeks ago to nearing completion.

Now we need you this Saturday (May 29th) for a big bold bank holiday weekend push. You don't need any skills, just willingness and enthusiasm. We are looking for people to paint, clear up, demolish the temporary wall and build a new wall. If you are up for any or all of that, please come along on Saturday afternoon between 1.30 and 4.30.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Bold Vision First Football Tournament

A resounding success. Goals were scored, sun cream applied, tears and laughter from 10.30 registration to the 3pm award ceremony.
Congratulations to all players and helpers, everybody was great. Special thanks to Bernadette for being the main organiser, Tunde from the park and Paul from Lewisham for equipment and crowd control, the four referees for professionalism and setting exactly the right tone and Rachel for remembering gallons of water and the first aid kit.

Friday, 14 May 2010

International football tickets!

Next Saturday (22nd) is our first Bold Vision 5-a-side tournament. We are welcoming all boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14 to take part. You can sign up on-line or get a from from the Park Ranger's office or the Centre. as an individual or as a team.

We will have trophies and medals for the winning teams and there will be a chance to see if you can also win a pair of club Wembley tickets we have available for next week's England vs Mexico game.

There will be refreshments available and lots of cheering from the sidelines (cheerleaders also welcome!)

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Name Game

The cafe name survey has now closed and the new cafe name is
The Hill Station.
Thank you to whoever suggested it and we look forward to meeting you all here at the opening event in a few weeks time.

Got a point of view? Have your say here.

Each day we removed the weakest name X Factor style. You can see wthe runners up in the list below...

Fri 14th: Hill Top Cafe
Thurs 13th: The Telegraph Cafe
Wed 12th: Hub on the Hill
Tues 11th: Kitto Cafe
Mon 10th: The Telegraph Hill Cafe
Sun 9th: The Undercroft
Sat 8th: Tea on the Hill
Fri 7th: Bold Vision
Thurs 6th: THE UNDERBELLY (and Gordon?)
Wed 5th: T SPOT
Sun 2nd: BOLDERS

Become a Bold Backer today

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Poetry evening

Some of you might be interested in supporting this event. Bernadette lives on the Hill and has offered her services for Bold Vision fundraising. Go along and see if this is the kind of event we want to hold at our cafe when it opens.

Poetry at The Place Below!
Monday 10th May 2010, 7.30-9.30pm
At The Deptford Deli, 4 Tanners Hill, London SE8 4PJ. 020 8 692 7399
In the company of GUEST POET - JAZZMAN JOHN
Music from Singer/Songwriter Bernadette Reed and Ian Salmon on Guitar
Tickets on the door £5.00; £3.00 Concession
The Deli Upstairs will be serving food plus one free tea/coffee with ticket
Books and CDs for sale on the night
Come on into The Place Below and let them hear you above!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Bold Football

Our next event will be a 5-a-side football tournament in the Lower Park on May 22nd.

We are currently in the planning stage but anybody who wants to enter can pre-register by email. Teams are accepted in primary school (up to 11) and secondary school (11-14). We'd love to see both boys and girls playing.

There will be prizes for the winners!

We are also organising a World Food area for players and fans to keep up their energy levels. Why not bring along your signature dish and we will label it and add it to our global buffet? Bring a home made flag if you can to  show us where your recipe comes from.

We need volunteers to help out before and on the day. Let us know if you can help with any of the following:

  • refereeing
  • coaching
  • admin
  • refreshments
  • prize-giving
  • sponsoring equipment / prizes

Special chance to hear a world class musician on your doorstep

On Monday 19th April, internationally acclaimed viola player Alexander Zemtsov gave a benefit recital in aid of the BOLD VISION café project accompanied on the piano by Catherine Edwards.
The programme featured music by Bach, Schubert, Hindemith and Brahms.
Over 100 local and not-so-local people in the audience were spellbound during the performance - which seemed even more magical as it got dark outside.

From ticket sales and interval refreshments we raised over £900 for Bold Vision.