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Monday, 15-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Some Red Speakers

 
 
 
Some Red Speakers

These are quite cool eh, sound alright as well.

I like red.


Sunday, 14-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Afro-Caribbean Carnival: Day 2 inc Parade

 
 
 
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Nottingham Afro-Caribbean Carnival: Day 2 inc Parade


The Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is a celebration of African Caribbean culture which will took place this year on 13th & 14th August in the heart of Nottingham's African Caribbean community.

A two day event which included a parade on Sunday afternoon. The parade showcased professional troupes with local groups and schools participating with troupes and floats, that added to the real community spirit of the Carnival.

They provided the parade with a dazzling array of colourful costumes, lively music and dancing, truly celebrating the energy of Carnival.

The weekends a showcase of new, local and established artists and bands with music, dance tents, fairground stalls, food and craft outlets. The carnival being one of the most colourful and energetic events in Nottingham's summer calendar."

I had a nice time, except getting wet a couple of times and your corespondent / photographer, falling of the back of the stage on saturday night!! I will try and be more careful in the future!!

The event is the continuation of the 'Rock 'n Reggae' event the was held on the forest for some years. But that was a different event.

Now, there's a curfew of 10.00pm. A licensing condition to be able to hold the event at all. I think it is soooo grudging of the authorities. I mean does Mardi Gras finish at such an early time? Of course not, nor any other similar event in the world.

Then there's the security fencing, high police presence including the C.C.T.V van parked in the middle of the field. It does appear that authorities begrudgingly allow Carnival to happen at all. In fact, last year it didn't. I think it would rather such events to disappear into the mists of time with tame 'council-run do's' being the only one on offer.


Please also check out Kinetika - Making of Mas

http://www.kinetika.co.uk/pages/making_of_mas2004.htm

see also, earlier Indymedia entries at:

Derby Carnival
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=499561
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=500780

Nottingham Asian Mela, Forest Fields
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=505809
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=505810

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band :: Riverside Festival
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=521393


Saturday, 13-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Afro-Caribbean Carnival: Day 1

 
 
 
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Nottingham Afro-Caribbean Carnival: Day 1

The Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is a celebration of African Caribbean culture which will took place this year on 13th & 14th August in the heart of Nottingham's African Caribbean community.

A two day event which included a parade on Sunday afternoon. The parade showcased professional troupes with local groups and schools participating with troupes and floats, that added to the real community spirit of the Carnival.

They provided the parade with a dazzling array of colourful costumes, lively music and dancing, truly celebrating the energy of Carnival.

The weekends a showcase of new, local and established artists and bands with music, dance tents, fairground stalls, food and craft outlets. The carnival being one of the most colourful and energetic events in Nottingham's summer calendar."

I had a nice time, except getting wet a couple of times and your corespondent / photographer, falling of the back of the stage on saturday night!! I will try and be more careful in the future!!

The event is the continuation of the 'Rock 'n Reggae' event the was held on the forest for some years. But that was a different event.

Now, there's a curfew of 10.00pm. A licensing condition to be able to hold the event at all. I think it is soooo grudging of the authorities. I mean does Mardi Gras finish at such an early time? Of course not, nor any other similar event in the world.

Then there's the security fencing, high police presence including the C.C.T.V van parked in the middle of the field. It does appear that authorities begrudgingly allow Carnival to happen at all. In fact, last year it didn't. I think it would rather such events to disappear into the mists of time with tame 'council-run do's' being the only one on offer.


Please also check out Kinetika - Making of Mas

http://www.kinetika.co.uk/pages/making_of_mas2004.htm

see also, earlier Indymedia entries at:

Derby Carnival
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=499561
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=500780

Nottingham Asian Mela, Forest Fields
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=505809
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=505810

Jaipur Kawa Brass Band :: Riverside Festival
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=521393


Friday, 12-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New Squatting Project in Nottingham

 
 
 
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New Squatting Project in Nottingham

It's been a while in the planning, but it's just this afternoon .... it's happened.

A building empty for many years has been occupied. The neighbours constantly fed up with the council inaction, a mess in the garden, drug abusers round the back of the property, windows smashed. Not something you would like to live next door to. Thus, the group has much community support, and now they're secure in their new home, there is much tidying up to do and this has already begun.

I imagine we'll keep you up to date with developments. The group have high hopes for the place, and hope it will inspire other to consider doing the same in the area. Networks to be grown.

I wish them well.


Earlier post on Nottingham Indymedia :: Squatting :: Some Current Advice

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/08/320446.html


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This is the case for squatting. Homes are empty, people need somewhere to live. Greenfield site are getting built on. The greenbelt is under threat. House prices mean that so frequently property changes hands in speculation and investments. The needs of millions of people are ignored. AND YET ..... there are all these homes empty. As the article below, recently published by the BBC shows:

"There are currently 58,192 derelict homes in the region, blighting their communities".

Does this strike anybody as unreasonable?
What should WE do about it?

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Hoarders blamed for home deficit
Catherine Cashmore BBC News, Nottingham

TV programmes and speculators are being blamed for a rise in the number of empty homes in the East Midlands.

Absent landlords are buying up derelict houses simply to wait for the next property boom.

Others, inspired by makeover programmes, are buying old properties to do them up but fail to realise how time consuming and difficult it is.

There are currently 58,192 derelict homes in the region, blighting their communities by being magnets for vandalism, squatters and rats.

Many councils are now employing people to get empty homes lived in.

One of those people is Andrew Vickers, the newly-appointed empty homes officer for Nottingham City Council.

"There are 483 empty homes on my list, one which has been empty for 17 years," he said.

"These people see these DIY programmes and they want to get on with it - they've no concern for the neighbours or the community, they're very selfish empty home owners.

"Many speculators buy up portfolios of properties waiting to cash in on price increases.

"I've had some of these people offer me backhanders for getting hold of a property, any property, they just want property."

The council uses compulsory purchase orders allowing local authorities to take possession of a property if an owner fails to get it occupied.

It has also removed a 10% Council Tax discount for unoccupied homes and charges full rates to absent landlords in an attempt to get empty houses occupied.

Since Mr Vickers started in his job a few months ago 220 empty homes out of an initial figure of 550 have been brought back into use in Nottingham.

"There is a demand for houses and people are squandering resources that could be used to put a roof over people's heads," Mr Vickers said.

As well as often being neglected, empty houses can affect a whole area.

Council housing experts believe a boarded up or rundown property on a street can take as much as £10,000 off the value of neighbouring house.

"People identify empty homes and they start dumping sofas and fridges," Mr Vickers said.

"When they see there is no possession it becomes fair game. If anything's not nailed down, it goes.

"I've no sympathy if they come bleating to me. If they'd had it occupied it wouldn't have happened."

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England wants more brownfield sites to be built on and more old houses refurbished to protect the countryside from being used to meet the demand for houses.

But financial assistance for such schemes varies from area to area.

Nottingham offers no incentives but a few miles away in Amber Valley, Derbyshire, the borough council offers up to £20,000 to help first-time buyers do up redundant buildings.

Steve Marshall and Clare Petterfore have spent three years renovating a former fruit and vegetable wholesaler, built in 1892 in Heanor, Derbyshire.

"I can remember it being a fruit and veg shop when I was a young lad, I used to come in here with my mum," Mr Marshall said.

"The floors were rotten, the roof needed doing, you could see the stars from the inside.

"We've saved our history, we've saved our heritage."

Ms Petterfore said the development has visibly improved the street.

"Everyone's supporting it, the neighbour's have said they're glad it's not a builder who would knock it down," she said.

Mr Vickers says improvement grants should be more readily available but also wants stronger powers to takeover empty houses and make it easier to bring them back into use.

BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/4599359.stm

Published: 2005/07/26 10:48:13 GMT


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ADVISORY SERVICE FOR SQUATTERS (ASS) 2 St Pauls Road, London N1 2QN tel: 0207 359 8814 fax: 0207 359 5185

I do suggest you send off for the current Squatters Handbook ( 12th edition )

http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=33

it is cheap and worth everyone getting up to speed.


Legal Warning [to print out] http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=31

download http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=1


Resources :: Downloads http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=19&Itemid=29


freeB.E.A.G.L.E.S. legal resource centre for UK political campaigners.

http://www.freebeagles.org


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It is worth a look, checking out our sister projects at:

Cambridge Social Centre!
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/08/320307.html


To get in touch you can email at cambridge@socialcentres.org, but the best thing to do is just come along and say hello. We seem to be an interesting bunch of dissidents, lots of computer people (well, this is Cambridge), environmentalists, a brain scientist, students, musicians, writers, artists and all round creative types.

Occupy, Resist, Create!

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For another example of 'alternative' buildings projects ... please take a peek at:

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=521573


Thursday, 11-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
EcoWorks: Straw Bale building in Nottingham

 
 
 
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EcoWorks: Straw Bale building in Nottingham

Help invited in transforming a young orchard into a sustainable forest garden.

We are building an "eco-building" at ECOWORKS, a community garden project on the Hungerhill allotments in St. Ann's. Volunteers have been working on this exciting project since October, and it's time to put the walls up now!

Straw bales are a low-impact, highly insulating and user-friendly building material. The construction process is highly inclusive, satisfying and fun.

The walls will go up this weekend! All are very welcome - everyone can help with a straw bale project, regardless of experience. All tools etc. will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn this fascinating building technique and help to create an innovative building for Ecoworks!

Ecoworks is in St.Ann's, accessed from either Ransom Road or Hungerhills Road. Transport can be arranged from the town centre.

For more details phone 07973 116291

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Background & Project Description
Ecoworks is a not for profit company that provides gardening and craft activities for members of the community. We have ten allotments on the Hungerhill site and grow a wide range of fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and unusual perennials. We use permaculture principles and grow organically. The site is also used by our craft worker who leads sessions in environmentally friendly woodcraft

Why we are on this site
Ecoworks chose the St Anns allotment site because at the time there were a large number of derelict plots near to a deprived inner city area of Nottingham. We felt that the rural nature of the site made it an ideal space for people to escape the stresses of the city, to enjoy the peace and quiet and have space to realise projects.

Aims
Ecoworks exists to promote the interests and personal development of people who are socially disadvantaged by providing activities connected to the conservation, restoration or enhancement of the environment. Our aim is to connect people care with environmental care. We provide places for people to get involved in the community to improve their environment and quality of life.

How we use the Allotment Gardens
We use the allotments as a horticultural and recreational space allowing disadvantaged people to engage in a wide variety of activities including art activities, small build, and alternative technology. We also host festivals and courses on the site. We also work with other organisations on the site such as the community orchard, STAA, Nottm Womens Training Scheme etc. The site allows people to meet in a relaxed, non judgemental atmosphere.

Volunteering
By ringing the office on the above number for more details and opening/pickup times

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on the Refugee Forum site, they say: http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk/artsaccess.htm

Ecoworks Hunger Hill, Allotments, St Anns Nottingham. Ecoworks is a community project, with a large garden in St Anns. Garden & Craft activities, such as willow weaving, fence/path building etc, take place at the gardens on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 10.30 a.m. & 3.p.m. Asylum seekers are welcome to come and join in, demonstrate their own craft skills and use the gardens as a place for picnics or playing music. For details, contact Adrian on 0796 8484796 .

Contacts:
EcoWorks Allotments
Hungerhill , St Annes , Nottingham
Ph: 0115 978 0180

Office: Adrian Horsley
International Community Centre
Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FN
email: Ecoworks@gn.apc.org
phone: 0115 911 2522

also check out: St Anns Allotments Network http://www.staan.co.uk


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