Mottingham to host first major event since getting £1 million funding to boost community

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An inspired group of Mottingham residents is putting its regeneration plans into action on Sunday with its first major project since attaining a £1 million grant.

Currently called ‘The Big Local Family’, the collective is set to host the area’s first ever food and drink festival in Nunnington Close on Sunday (Aug 24).

Organisers say the event will be a celebration of Mottingham’s diversity, celebrating foods from the likes of Jamaica, Angola, the the UK, and seeing music from local acts.

Residents are benefitting from the Big Local initiative, in which around 150 urban communities will see £1 million funding over 10 years to help with rejuvenation.

Lorraine Gibson, 35, from Court Farm Road, is one of 12 core members and is excited about the investment: “This is great for Mottingham.

“There are so many different things we’re trying to bring to the area and we thought a festival was a good way to kick-off.

“We want to make some big changes here, which we feel is often forgotten.”

The former banker added although £1 million sounds like a lot of money, realistically it will only act as a springboard to work from.

She added: “Hopefully it will help put things in place so we can move forward and help create more of a community here.”

Actor Peter Thomas, from Kersey Gardens, also feels the money will be paramount to changing peoples’ perceptions of Mottingham.

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The 44-year-old explained: “The festival is using a small part of the grant and we hope it’s the start of a lot more.

“It’s about proving our mettle and initiative.

“It’s great – and we want the money to be a foundation. I don’t think £1 million is going to change anything right now but through this investment we can begin to change things.”

Big Local says the money is about “bringing together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live”.

It is run by Local Trust, which is working with over £200m from the Big Lottery Fund and other partners.

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4:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

goldenbroomboy says...

I would have thought a good start would have been to ask that a civil parish council be established, it seems to be working in Queens Park.

It would also be nice if Estate Agents would refer to Mottingham by it's real name, rather than trying to kid their clients that it is "North Chislehurst".
I would have thought a good start would have been to ask that a civil parish council be established, it seems to be working in Queens Park. It would also be nice if Estate Agents would refer to Mottingham by it's real name, rather than trying to kid their clients that it is "North Chislehurst". goldenbroomboy
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5:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

£1 million on turd polishing.
£1 million on turd polishing. Gypo.Joe
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8:08pm Thu 21 Aug 14

cinzcity says...

shame they dont give it to the police that way they might get rid of the drug dealing in mottingham by the scooter boys.
shame they dont give it to the police that way they might get rid of the drug dealing in mottingham by the scooter boys. cinzcity
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7:50am Sun 24 Aug 14

Beausmum says...

A shame we never get the news shopper and have no knowledge of this event except through street life where news about stand other initiatives by this group are sparse
A shame we never get the news shopper and have no knowledge of this event except through street life where news about stand other initiatives by this group are sparse Beausmum
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1:37pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jan13she says...

Totally agree with cinzcity, something has got to be done about these poxy little no markers.
Totally agree with cinzcity, something has got to be done about these poxy little no markers. jan13she
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5:26pm Thu 11 Sep 14

PistolShrimp says...

Agreed. Those scooter gobshites who make their base at ginger's house on the corner of Steyning Grove/Mells Crescent need sorting out.

As for regenerating Mottingham; a microbrewery making locally themed beer always seems to generate instant credibility. Kimmeridge Pale Ale?
Agreed. Those scooter gobshites who make their base at ginger's house on the corner of Steyning Grove/Mells Crescent need sorting out. As for regenerating Mottingham; a microbrewery making locally themed beer always seems to generate instant credibility. Kimmeridge Pale Ale? PistolShrimp
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