- Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7.30pm to 11pm.
The Social Club is 'members only', but membership is easy and guests are welcome.
- Sumac Cafe
Saturdays: People's Kitchen
Top Nosh at a fair price from a different volunteer cook each week. Help welcome with serving & washing-up too.
- Many other activities are held at Sumac, including library & book stall, internet access, kids activities, skill shares, gardening, campaigning and social justice group meetings, live music, films, talks, discussion groups, & DJ nights.
- Veggies are often at Sumac from 12noon to 7pm
Wednesday 19th : Study Space at the Sumac Centre : 14:00 to 18:00
Every Wednesday at Sumac
A warm quiet space, with hot drinks available, computer access and wifi. Every Wednesday from 14:00 to 18:00.
An opportunity to read and learn together, share ideas, have discussions, use the web, help each other with paperwork, to do letter writing, produce pamphlets and zines, etc.
Free and open to all.
Small donations are welcome to help with running costs.
For more info just drop by or call 0115 960 8254 during the session time.
Wednesday 19th : Nottingham Hackspace : 18:30 to 21:00
Every Wednesday (not at Sumac)
Community Circle intro visit to Nottingham Hackspace
The hackspace - a workshop and coworking space for the East Midlands, located close to the centre of Nottingham. It’s a place for makers and creatives to meet, learn, swap skills, and work on projects. It is run on a non-profit basis to serve your creative interests as a member.
Whether those are craft, electronics, woodwork, metalwork, knitting, programming, bike maintenance, prototyping, gadget modification, or even robotics, we have the kind of tools you don’t generally have room for at home, and the hackspace is constantly growing.
We hold open nights every Wednesday from 18:30
Wednesday 19th : Sumac Social Club / Ents Collective : 19:00
Every Wednesday at Sumac
Wanna put on an event at Sumac?.
We are starting up an events collective/meeting after the bar meeting at 8.15pm on a Wednesday - starting 20th March.
There is an Social Club (Sumac Bar) group meeting at 7pm, usually on Wednesdays at Sumac.
We are all Volunteers who help to organise the running of our social centre. All members of Forest Fields Social Club are very welcome to come along and get involved, or to raise any issues, make suggestions etc.
Potential new volunteers are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 21st : SchNEWS :
Every Friday (not at Sumac)
Publication day of the weekly newsletter from Justice - the Direct Action Collective.
"Definitely one of the best party and protest sites to come out of the UK. Updated weekly, brilliantly written, bleakly humourous, and essential reading for anyone who gives a shit. And we all should." Radiohead
Friday 21st : New Leaves deadline :
quarterly (not at Sumac)
The Movement for Compassionate Living (M.C.L) aims to spread the vegan message and promote simple living and self-reliance as a remedy against the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth. Each issue of the quarterly journal, New Leaves, contains informative, inspirational or practical articles, news snippets, reports from sustainable growing projects, recipes & book reviews.
Veggies displays MCL literature at as many events as possible, but needs help to do so. MCL recipe booklets and other publications are also available from Veggies at events or at Nottingham's Sumac Centre.
Friday 21st : NG7 Food Bank : 12:00 to 14:30
The NG7 Food Bank distributes food parcels by referral ONLY on Fridays 12pm—2.30pm.
Clients need to be referred by one of the referral agencies: Nottingham Law Centre, St Ann’s Advice, Nottingham CAB, Age UK and the Meadows Advice Centre.
Note that this is not a Sumac event so volunteers are asked to contact the co-ordinator first to find out the best way to help.
Details of other Food Banks around Nottingham may be found at the Hope Nottingham website
Friday 21st : Nottingham Greyhound Demo : 17:30
Approx fortnightly (not at Sumac)
Sadly, deaths and serious injuries to dogs running on the tracks are relatively common, and the existence of a major track like Nottingham is responsible for the putting to death of about 500 greyhounds every year. According to a Guardian article: "Greyhound tracks are closing and the industry isn't doing enough to care for the thousands of dogs who face an uncertain fate"
Demos continue fortnightly on Fridays, meeting at 5.30pm at the Market Square tram stop, with occasional bigger events at Nottingham Greyhound Stadium. Call 07703 031667 to confirm.
Friday 21st : Open Mic @ The Sumac Centre : 20:00 to 23:00
Every Friday at Sumac
Every Friday from 8 - 11pm there's an acoustic open mic night at the Sumac.
Contact 07791 841189 for more info.
Saturday 22nd : Animal Rescue Workday :
Approx fortnightly (not at Sumac)
Kirkby Pet Welfare is a small animal shelter attempting to tackle the desperate task of rescuing and re-homing unwanted rabbits, hamsters and other small rodents, often bred indiscriminately by the pet trade.
Nottingham Animal Rights seeks volunteers for regular workdays. It is really rewarding work, because we can all do a little to make a big difference. The dogs at Pet Welfare are only walked once or twice a week so this is an easy and fun job that can make a positive impact on their lives. Transport may be available from Beeston or Nottingham - call Lee on 07599 282851.
Saturday 22nd : Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs :
(not at Sumac)
Nottingham Hunt Sabs are out in the fields most weekends, still hunting the hunters, and still saving the lives of hunted animals.
Saturday 22nd : Private booking : 16:30 to 19:00
Alternate Saturdays at Sumac
Saturday 22nd : People's Kitchen : 19:00
Every Saturday at Sumac
A delightful dish is cooked and served at the Sumac Cafe by a different volunteer team each Saturday. Dinner is served from 7pm, until it is all gone, for a suggested donation of £3.50.
On the Menu on 8th May: Black Bean and Beetroot Chilli with Cornchips and Salsa. Plus a bake sale - a Nottingham Calais Migrant Solidarity fundraiser.
People's Kitchen is completely run by volunteers. Please get involved - email us with your name, email address & phone number to join the volunteer list.
Sunday 23rd : Sunday Sumac Club / Cafe : 10:00
Every Sunday at Sumac
Every Sunday from 10am until 4pm Sumac becomes a space to join in with various small jobs and projects around the Centre and within the local community, including the occasional Skillshare. Cafe open from 11am until 1pm ever popular Sunday Brunch.
Instead of staying at home on Sundays come to the Sumac where we can switch the heating on, eat sausages, chat, and do whatever it is we do on a Sunday but in a room with lots of other people.
Use it as an opportunity to regularly do general campaign work (including banners etc) and cross-pollinate with others using the space in a similar way. It's also a good time to get small working parties together to do odd jobs and maintenance around Sumac.
Sunday 23rd : Leicester Friendly Footy Kickabout : 10:30
Every Sunday (not at Sumac)
Anyone passing through Leicester welcome to join in!
Sunday 23rd : Letter writing to prisoners : 13:00
Every Sunday at Sumac
Nottingham Anarchist Black Cross are a prisoner support group who aim to show support and solidarity with prisoners through letter writing and awareness raising.
We meet every Sunday at 1pm to write letters. Anyone is welcome to join us, we will have a full list of international political prisoners with addresses, as well as guidance and advice for writing to prisoners.
Read more about this event at Nottingham Indymedia
Monday 24th : Sumac Community Food Garden :
Local food production is an important part of a low carbon society. We want to encourage, support and learn about food growing in Forest Fields. Sumac's garden is organic and laid out to show the best use of a small space. It is full of ideas you could use in your own garden.
The garden is planted with winter veg at the moment so beds are pretty sorted, but a general tidy up would be good. Any time you can spare to help with this community resource is greatly appreciated. Just pitch in on your own initiative or contact us to check session times.
Monday 24th : ESOL classes for women : 10:00 to 12:00
Every Monday at Sumac
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for women are held at the Sumac on Mondays. There is a great need for English classes that are free and specifically intended for women only.
The classes will run for two hours a week, on Monday mornings, from 10 to 12. It is important that we have full on concentration and peace for those two hours. This means we would really appreciate not being disturbed.
One special and really nice thing (that is how we feel about it, at least) with our classes is the fact that we offer child-care for their children, so we really make it a lot easier for them to be able to come.
We would be very happy if anyone would like to volunteer, either as a teacher or as a child minder. Email Maja or contact via the Sumac Centre
Monday 24th : The Sparrows' Nest - Centre for Anarchist Culture and Education : 11:15 to 14:30
Every Monday (not at Sumac)
The Sparrows' Nest was established by the Anarchist Federation’s Nottingham group with the involvement of other class struggle anarchists. It is a ‘Centre for Anarchist Culture and Education’, in a house, in St. Ann’s. The Library and Archive is our major project. We set it up to inform people about the ideology and history of Anarchism in its many forms, and about working class struggles in our region.
Every Monday 11.15am to 2.30pm. Other days/times are possible by arrangement.
Phone 07913 720136 for directions.
Tuesday 25th : Sumac Book Stall & Library : 14:00
Most Tuesdays at Sumac
The Sumac Library and Book Stall is available whenever the Sumac Centre is open and at Veggies events elsewhere.
Some publications are available to buy online - more so with your help.
Regular sessions are held to keep it tidy, generally on Tuesdays.
If you're interested in the content and usage of the library come along, or get in touch.
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th Jun : Glastonbury Festival 2013 :
(not at Sumac)
Veggies has been catering and campaigning at Glastonbury Festival since 1987.
Veggies will be at Glastonbury again in 2013, in the Green Futures Field from 9am Wednesday to 6pm Monday. If YOU are at Glastonbury you are welcome to hang out with us and support our campaigns outreach in the Badger Cafe!
In 2011 Green Futures Field Campaigns included ... "Sustrans, Sea Shepherd, Womens Environmental Network, Mooncup (safer, greener tampons). Not to mention the World's finest Vegan Burgers from the Veggies Catering Campaign".
Are YOU going to Glastonbury? Could you help Nottingham community cooperatives, Veggies and Screaming Carrot by bringing down fresh, locally made supplies for Glastonbury Festival? Contact us!
We are in the Green Futures Field, at the opposite end of the site from the Pyramid Stage, towards the 'Stone Circle'. Cross the 'Old Railway Track'; the Green Futures field is on the right - take the sidetrack through the entrance arch and see us as short way along on the right.
"It's 167 miles to Glastonbury, we've got a tank of veg oil, 20 sacks of Veggies burger mix, it's dark and we're wearing sun glasses, Hit it"
Wednesday 26th : Derby Animal Rights : 20:00
Every 2 weeks (not at Sumac)
Derby Animal Rights addresses the issues of animal rights, protection and welfare. If you feel passionately about the rights of animals or would like to find out more about the group then come along to one of our meeting or contact us. We are also on Facebook and are part of the Midlands Animal Rights Coalition
We meet to network activities, as a social gathering and to discuss current campaigns at 8pm the Brewery Tap, 1 Derwent Street, Derby DE1 2ED, in the Royal Room (upstairs).
Thursday 27th : Recycling at Sumac :
Alternate Thursdays at Sumac
By minimising the waste generated we aim to process our recycling on alternate Thursdays, ready for fortnightly collection on Fridays - can you help?
Collection days April 20th; May 4th + 18th; June 1st, 15th, 29th.
Friday 10-11am(ish) Gladstone St or 12-1pm(ish) from Beech Avenue.
Small household electrical items can be recycled at Hyson Green Market, Nottingham NG7 6BE: May 5, 12, 19 and 26th, in partnership with Familiy First.
TAKE AWAY CORNER
Take away for your own use,
or take from here to recycling facilities elsewhereA bin for recyclables is kept inside the Gladstone Street entrance.
Glass, plastic bottles, cans, paper & cardboard can go out for council collection on alternate Thursday evenings, but everyone can help by thinning out the box here to the bins to the right of the gate.
Jam jars may be taken from here to be refilled with locally grown fruit, jams and chutney and clean takeaway containers, margerine tubs are needed for surplus Peoples Kitchen meals.
Tetrapaks are opened out, flattened and filed in blue trays on the outside steps down to Veggies. Check out our tetrapak craft and recycling info.
Note that Lost Property is regularly recycled, either through the Free Shop at Sumac, at in-house jumble sales, at free shops elsewhere, or to charity shops. If you leave something at Sumac, return ASAP to hope to find it where you left it, before it gets moved on.
Sumac runs a free shop, as do many squatted venues, for the free exchange of clothing. If anyone is going through Ripley, they could thin out surplus from the free shop to the Expectations Charity Shop, Butterley Hill, Ripley, DE5 3LT, who raise funds for Brinsley Animal Rescue.
For everything else see our A - Z Recycling Guide.
To save useful items from going to landfill sites or incineration, join Freecycle Nottingham. Visit recycle-more find your nearest recycling site. Thanks for the link back from reducereuserecycle.co.uk who have more info recycling facilities in Nottingham.
Thursday 27th : Nottm Vegan Campaigns Meeting : 19:00
Every 4 weeks at Sumac
On 27th June many of VeggiesCrew will be meeting at Glastonbury Festival, so if you are there, come and join us in the Green Futures Field!. Find details of this and other events on Veggies diary.
If you would like to support our work join us at a forthcoming event or find more info at the how-to-help section of our website.
Existing crew? Sign Up Here:
If you cannot make it to the meeting please send your comments and suggestions.
Thursday 27th : Nottingham Animal Rights : 20:00
Every 4 weeks at Sumac
Nottingham Animal Rights Networking meetings every 4 weeks at the Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, (New Basford / Forest Fields), NG7 6HX, to plan forthcoming campaign activities, usually starting at 8pm.
All welcome - hunt sabs, vegan campaigners, AR activists, people who want to get involved, and people who just want to know more about what we do, including supporters of Animal Aid, Greyhound Action, Hunt Sabs, SHAC, VIVA!, Vegan Society, Vegetarian Society, and the many other groups that we aim to support locally.
Saturday 29th : Brinsley Animal Rescue Workday :
Approx fortnightly (not at Sumac)
Brinsley Animal Rescue are short of volunteers during the Winter - fence building, staining, aviary building, mucking out, rabbit run building and more. Call Brinsley first to check arrangements. You can go by Rainbow 1 bus from Nottingham Victoria Bus station or Upper Parliament St (towards Eastwood/Alfreton). Ask for the Moor Road stop in Brinsley, by the fish&chip shop.
On alternate Saturdays transport may be available from Beeston or Nottingham - call Lee 07599 282851, but any other time is good too.
Saturday 29th : Sumac Open Space : 11:00 to 18:00
Last Saturday Monthly at Sumac
You are invited to an Open Space discussion at the Sumac Centre.
Open Space is a way to meet each other and start conversations without facilitation, expectations or rigid schedules. Ideally, discussions, friendships, exchanges, connections and inspiration happen organically in an Open Space.
We’re interested in sharing our personal political viewpoints, stories, and beliefs with each other. We recognise that the world’s in a pretty big mess, and we want to talk with people about different ways we might engage with it and work towards a freer society. Click to view, print and display poster
Monday 1st : Iran Peace talk (Derby) : 19:00
(not at Sumac)
On Febuary 8th, Emily Johns and Milan Rai co-editors of the anti-war newspaper Peace News attended a 10 day peace delegation in Iran organised by the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA.
During their visit they met people from all walks of life and are now touring the UK to feedback information about their journey.
The talk aims to challenge the mainstream media coverage of the tensions between Iran and the West and examine ways in which we can avoid future conflict in the region.
Iranian food will be available for a small donation. Entry recommended donation £3 at Friends Meeting House, St Helens Street, Derby, DE1 3GY. 7pm for 7.30pm start.
See also Peace News Summer Camp 2013 - 25th 29th July
Saturday 6th : Birmingham Vegan Fair : 10:30 to 16:00
(not at Sumac)
Promoting healthy, compassionate, eco-friendly diets and lifestyles at
Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX.
FREE ADMISSION - All Welcome!
- sample lots of free vegan food, delicious alternatives to meat, cheese, chocolate, cakes & more...!
- many stalls selling delicious & ethical cakes, chocolate, sweets, raw superfood etc & also cosmetics, soaps, pet food and more...!
- Free recipes, healthy living info, nutritional guidance etc
- Vegan cafe serving hot food & refreshments all day
- Cookery demos & talks on nutrition, going vegan etc
- support local animal sanctuaries, campaigning groups etc
Sunday 7th : AR Gathering Planning : 13:00
Would you like to be involved in planning the Animal Rights Summer Gathering (2nd-4th August).
You are welcome to come to the next planning meeting at Nottingham's Sumac Centre. Food will be available from Sumac's Brunch Club from 12noon, for the meeting to start at 1pm sharp!.
Email for further details.
Monday 8th : Shut Down Heckler & Koch : 16:00
Second Monday Monthly (not at Sumac)
Heckler & Koch, the multinational arms dealer based in Nottingham, is the world’s second-largest manufacturer* of assault rifles, machine guns, etc, and their international sales department is right here in Lenton NG7!
Join the campaign to keep up the pressure against gun crime. All are welcome. Join us from 4pm on the 2nd Monday monthly, and let’s shut down the arms dealers at Easter Park, Lenton Lane, NG7 2PX.
Wednesday 10th : Community Circle : 18:45 to 21:15
Also Wed Aug 21st & Sep 4th at Sumac
It's so simple... We meet once a month at the Sumac Centre, share some food and talk to each other. Then we form a circle and introduce ourselves with an emphasis on being positive together.
People are invited to think about what they need and what they might have to offer.
All kinds of things have been asked for: requests for assistance with proof reading, help with getting the decorating done and advice on stress management. Bring and share items gifted have included an assortment of clothes, hair products, a set of fruit tree posters and an empty coffee jar!
We are trying to allow a space for everyone to be comfortable, so if you wish to come for the first part, socialising with a bit of food and a cuppa, that runs from around 6.45. Or if you feel more comfortable coming later for the go-round of needs, wants, and offers, then that starts around 7.30.
Thursday 11th : Nottingham Animal Rights Networking : 20:00
Every 4 weeks (not at Sumac)
Nottingham Animal Rights meets in the City Centre every 4 weeks to catch up on campaigns, giving a special opportunity for new supporters to meet up in a social environment. In between the City Centre meetings there are also meetings at the Sumac Centre in Forest Fields.
City centre meeting now at Bake O'Clock, up a courtyard at 14a Long Row, opposite the Council Information Centre on north side of the Council House. The cafe will stay open through the meeting for good value, tasty vegan food. Come hungry for cake action.
All welcome - hunt sabs, AR activists, people who want to get involved, and people who just want to know more about what we do, including supporters of Animal Aid, Greyhound Action, Hunt Sabs, SHAC, VIVA!, Vegan Society, Vegetarian Society, and the many other groups that we aim to support locally.
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