Welcome to 2019!

We’ve got plenty in store for 2019 – from sports and film shows, to play sessions for little ones and even a Hip Hopera. Take a look below for a quick round-up of what’s coming up over the next few weeks.

Mini Movers – new FREE drop-in play & activity sessions for 0-4 year olds
Join us for Mini Movers – our new FREE drop-in play & activity sessions for 0-4 year olds at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre – for a fun way to get them playing, moving and discovering new activities. Sessions are on Wednesdays and Fridays and you’re welcome to drop by anytime between 9.30am and 12pm – or stay for the whole session of course! Come along, have a play, meet new people and enjoy a cuppa – all for free… Find out more

Sportwise – free sessions for 12-16 year olds
Thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need and Boots, our free Sportwise sessions are now running TWICE a week from January – on Wednesdays from 5.30pm to 7pm and Fridays from 6.30pm to 8pm. And it’s not all about sport! There’s also dance, music, video games, free pizza and more… Find out more

50/10 – life, health and wellbeing in St Ann’s
At the moment, we’re working on an exciting new project called 50/10 – a community-led inquiry into life, health and wellbeing in St Ann’s. As part of the project, we’ve been holding free film screenings of Stephen Frears’ 1960s documentary about St Ann’s and there’s another one coming up at The Chase Neighbourhood Centre this Thursday 17 January from 11am to 1pm – all welcome. Why not come along, bring your family and friends, and have a chat about the film and life in St Ann’s today, over a cuppa, soup and a roll and a piece of cake…

We’ve submitted a bid for the next stage of the project, and if successful, young people from St Ann’s will be working with LA-based Venice Arts to make a new film about St Ann’s – watch this space! Find out more

Curiosity – free science for 0-18 year olds
After our very successful science project for 0-18 year olds across Nottingham – in partnership with Ignite Futures, we’re excited to announce we’re putting in a joint funding bid to BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust to expand the ‘Curiosity’ project to even more children and young people – including children with disabilities and LGBT youth groups. ‘Curiosity’ is a national science programme and the pilot project saw us taking science to children and young people of all ages, giving them the chance to benefit from free, inspiring science activities chosen and led by them. We’ll find out if we’ve been awarded funding for round 2 of the project in April so watch this space! Find out more

Hip Hopera with CRS – part of week-long, family friendly festival in Nottingham
We are delighted that Place, the home of our Creative Programme, has brokered a UK Young Artists’s Commission with Community Recording Studio (CRS). This brings more funding to the area, as well as an opportunity for around 15 young people aged 14-18 from St Ann’s to devise their own Hip Hopera, culminating in a public performance as part of this national festival taking place across Nottingham.

The UK Young Artists ‘UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19’ festival is free week-long family festival taking place from February 7-13 all over Nottingham city centre – with pop-up events, films, gigs, spoken word performances, art installations and exhibitions. Find out more

And lastly…
Did you know the winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2018, Laurence Henry, has an allotment plot at St Ann’s that he manages with his friend! The allotments were featured on the final programme of the series and it’s great to know that the site is home to one of the UK’s best young chefs – currently working as a sous chef at Sat Bains restaurant in Lenton. Find out more