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Sumac Centre – a future vision

In 1985 Veggies helped establish Nottingham’s Rainbow Centre, later taking on the co-ordination of the running of the space. In 2001 the support generated over the previous decades enabled the purchase of the Sumac Centre, a collectively owned space supporting a wide range of interconnected initiatives, including being the home of Veggies Catering Campaign.

Sumac ImageOn Satuday 8th December 2012 there is to be a discussion on the future of the Sumac Centre noting, amongst other things, its role as “a meeting place for politically motivated activists, a resource centre and library. Meeting place for vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners and a tool for their propaganda.”

This role hasn’t just happened in isolation.
It is due to Veggies and others being centrally involved in the running of Sumac from 15 years before it even existed. We may feel this role to be carved in stone, and this may well be the case.

However Sumac is simply the sum of its parts so we, as ‘vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners’ must continue to play our part.

If you are free on Saturday 8/12/12 (11am-6pm) please consider supporting the vegan status of the Sumac Centre and its role as a national resource for the animal rights movement.

This Saturday is a Sumac visioning day, a chance for all of you who come to the Sumac Center to bring your excitement, enthusiasm and inspiration in order to help shape the future of the Sumac Centre.

1) Intro

2) Use

– How is the Sumac used?

Meeting place, tat storage, music venue, peoples kitchen, food bank, a base for lots of varied campaigns/alternative cultures, bike project, fundraiser events, information and awareness raising events, film screenings, autonomous DIY infrastructure, ABC letter writing, gardening club.

– Is this the kind of useage we want to continue?

3) Purpose

– What is the current purpose of the Sumac?

A meeting place for politically motivated activists, a resource centre and library. Meeting place for vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners and a tool for their propaganda.

This will include a conversation about whether the sumac is there to engage with the local geographical community or the activist community. It’s a stable part of infrastructure for ‘our movement’.

– Is this the purpose we want to go forward with?

There will be lunch in the middle and we’ll all have a big ole delicous peoples kitchen at the end.

Hope to see you all there.

Sumac Visioning Poster
The Sumac Centre
0845 458 9595
245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX

The Sumac Centre is an independent community and activist resource centre. It is made up of a community cafe, social club, library, exhibition space, veggie catering campaign, filmnights, talks, meeting spaces and the residents. The centre is used by various campaign groups and collectives working towards social change and justice for all. Come and visit us!


Full details of Sumac Events (and more from like-minded groups):

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Nottingham Indymedia

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Nottingham Indymedia, a news site for the East Midlands that anyone can post on.

We hope that you will find our site a useful place to find out about what’s going on in the region and to publish your own news.

What is Nottingham Indymedia?

Nottingham Indymedia is a widely read hub for community and activist news from across the East Midlands. We aim to “give a voice to individuals and communities throughout the region who are marginalised and have no say in the mainstream media.”

The site is open for anyone to publish their news and promote events simply by clicking the Publish button in the top right hand corner of the site.

All posts also go out to our 2,000 followers on Twitter

How can I use it?

* You can publish news stories

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* You can publish a link to an existing article on your own website

* You can propose and help to write feature articles by joining our mailing list

* Your site’s news feed can be included in the @NottsAltNews feed on

The more people who post, the better the website becomes and the more
people will read your news.

If you want more information, please reply to this email, check out our help pages or come to our next monthly meeting on Mon 15th Oct, 7.30pm at the Sumac Centre, Gladstone Street, Nottingham.

We look forward to reading your news!

RIP Malcolm Tandy

We are sad to hear that Malcolm Tandy, owner of Cafe Nomad, died peacefully last Tuesday, 27th March 2012.

Malcolm was an expert master chef producing the best vegan & vegetarian food in Nottingham.

Malcolm Tandy by Jon PatonMalcolm owned or worked at all the best vege restaurants in Nottingham from The Beehive in Hockley in the 80’s, his 5-star vege restaurant ’10’ in the Lace Market in the early 90’s and Cafe Nomad in Carrington that sadly closed at the end of last year.

He was always at the helm in forwarding vegetarianism, endeavoring to make vegetarian food accepted and available to all.

His hard work has helped to erase main stream stigmas about vegetarian food by creatively replacing meat with vegetarian and vegan ingredients inspired by is his travels to India and Morocco. He was able to transform traditional and popular non veg dishes in to an ‘a la carte’ menu that was loved by carnivores and vegans alike.

He was always a great host bringing fun and personality into his restaurants and his food was at the cutting edge of vegetarian cuisine.

His flavours and friendly atmospheres will be missed by the many who have tasted his talent for cooking.

A great empty feeling now exists in our hearts and in our bellies!

Malcolm Tandy

These words, written by Walt, were read at at Malcolm’s funeral on 13th April at Wilford Hill Cemetery. Walt worked at Malcolm ‘Ten’ restaurant in the 1980’s.


Malcolm Tandy Portrait by Jon Paton 2012

Eulogy by Piggy (Andrew Bacon)

Back in August of last year an article appeared in the Nottingham Post concerning Cafe Nomad. Having known Malcolm for some 40 years, however, it was evident that the article not only extolled the qualities and virtues of Malc’s little restaurant but of Malc himself.

The article painted a picture of a man who was always friendly and open to all. A man who had, in the words of his uncle Ron and auntie Beryl, “a loving nature kind and true”. The writer tells of how having rung the restaurant three times she felt like she already knew Malc prior to her visit. She also mentions the “friendly and relaxed atmosphere” of the restaurant itself.

Malcolm was also a man who was highly enthusiastic about what he did. The article talks of how he describes his dishes in “mouth watering detail”; of how the writer is captivated by Malc’s descriptions of the food; and by the way Malc’s eyes lit up as he detailed the “hint of mustard and splash of brandy” in the cauliflower thermidor sauce. As Malcolm heads back to the kitchen he exclaims “just give me a shout if you need more crackers”, leaving the reporter feeling she could probably just help herself. I also ate at Cafe Nomad and was left with a similar feeling. Malc wasn’t so much the chef, although chef he certainly was, he was more a mate who just happened to be doing the cooking.

Viewed in retrospect, however, the article does end on a sad note. It describes Malc as a “self declared hippie from the 60s” and mentions the time he spent in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco, going on to state that at the age of 65 he was ready to put his backpack on again. As many knew, Malc hoped to revisit Morocco in the future, something he sadly didn’t get to do. I understand from his brother Ian, however, that he and Malc’s long time girlfriend Sandy have discussed the possibility of travelling to Marrakesh later in the year to scatter his ashes, so Malc may yet return!

Malc also described himself as an old hippie to the doctor who informed him that his days were numbered, stating “I’m an old hippie, I’m not scared of dying!” It was a comment that showed how much he had imbibed the spirit and outlook of the hippie culture of the sixties, and the philosophies of the east from which it borrowed. Infact, with his little beard and sparkling eyes Malc did have something of the look of an indian sadhu about him, to my mind at least.

In conclusion I would like to quote a few famous lines from the poet John Donne, words that encapsulate and express not only the inevitability of our own passing but also how much the poorer our lives will be for Malc’s absence: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Due to the evolving nature of the internet, we have captured this archive of reviews of Cafe Nomad, before they are lost. We acknowledge the various originators for these writings, which are linked to the source where appropriate. [pat]

Nottingham Post

This article from the Nottingham Post, August 19, 2011, was the basis of the above eulogy by Piggy at Malcolm’s funeral.

Cafe NomadWALKING into Cafe Nomad feels a little bit like you are walking into someone’s dining room. Seven or so tables fill a rectangular room that is adorned with Moroccan fabrics and softened by dim orange lighting.

And there at the back is Malcolm’s kitchen – there’s a small counter separating it from the restaurant but really it’s all the same room. And it seems to suit everyone perfectly, allowing Malcolm to chat to his customers while we could spy on the master at work.

Having rung three times earlier that day – once to make the booking, once to check if we could bring our own wine (we could) and once to change the booking time (running late again) – I felt like I already knew Malcolm. He greeted us warmly from the kitchen as we walked in and we were overwhelmed by the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the little restaurant, which is tucked away next to an off-licence and takeaway place in Hucknall Road.

Dressed in his chef whites, he appeared at our table with the menus and cheerfully explained that he was working as both waiter and chef that night due to it being a fairly quiet evening. And as we gazed over the options on the menu, which included the Nomad stew with walnut dumplings, Moroccan tagine with flat bread and a mousaka, Malcolm talked us through the specials – describing them in mouth-watering detail.

I should mention at this point that Cafe Nomad is a vegetarian restaurant, which also caters for vegans. As a meat eater, and keen steak consumer, I was somewhat sceptical and must confess that my usual reaction to most vegetarian food is: “Wouldn’t this be nice with a bit of meat?”

But nevertheless I was captivated by Malcolm’s descriptions of the food – and by the way his eyes lit up as he detailed the “hint of mustard and splash of brandy” in the cauliflower thermidor sauce. That was promptly ordered, along with Moroccan koftas with cous cous and salad. To start we opted for a mushroom paté and spring onion ricotta fritters.

As Malcolm headed into the kitchen to get to work, we cracked open the bottle of Chianti we’d picked up on the way. With no corkage costs it was lovely to drink a good bottle of wine without the restaurant price tag. Good wine in a cosy setting is half the battle sometimes.

Some good conversation later, Malcolm returned with the starters.

The mushroom pate was a wonderfully thick slab, bursting with robust flavours and served with delicious crumbly crackers.

“Just give me a shout if you want more crackers,” said Malcolm as he headed back to the kitchen. The generous portion provided was more than enough but it was nice to know I could probably just wander over and help myself to more.

The fritters were equally delicious – the ricotta gave them a melt-in-the-mouth texture and the spring onion tasted crunchy and fresh. Instead of sitting around in their juices on the chef’s pass for minutes – the fritters had been thrown from pan-to plate-to table, piping hot.

As the mains were served I cursed myself for not having more room. The cauliflower thermidor was everything we had hoped for, dressed in a light and flavoursome creamy sauce that was not too overpowering.

However, it was the koftas that stole the show for me. The baked balls of vegetables, nuts and breadcrumbs were bursting with ginger, paprika and spices, served in a tangy tomato sauce with a cous cous mountain. We were given side dishes of red cabbage, beans and roasted vegetables. I thought to myself, “This is delicious, but would it be nice with a bit of meat?” And yes, I’m sure it would have been lovely with a bit of meat, but I would not have swapped my koftas for even the finest of meatballs.

A self-declared hippy from the 60s, Malcolm has travelled the world and spent three years cooking in India, as well as being inspired by his trips to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco.

As we finished the last of our Chianti he confessed that now, at the age of 65, he’s ready to throw down his tea towel and put his backpack on again.

I felt a surge of panic that my newly-discovered food haven could soon disappear but he assured us it’s not something that’s happening tomorrow, so it gives me plenty of time to go back for dessert.

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Left Lion

Cafe Nomad in Left Lion by Ali Emm 01/12/2010

Café Nomad is situated on the Carrington end of Hucknall Road and offers a range of culinary fayre to Nottingham’s vegan and vegetarian residents. Stepping inside from the cold we were greeted by a warm, softly lit room with an open kitchen releasing some tantalising smells into the air.

The Mediterranean and African paraphernalia adorning the walls, along with the welcoming smile from the proprietor, immediately set us at ease in this intimate eatery. They serve from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5-10pm and although the menu isn’t particularly extensive, there was enough on offer for us to spend ten minutes making our minds up.

We chose mushroom pâté with rosemary crackers (£3) and soup of the day (£3). The large serving of soup was piping hot so we got stuck into the pâté whilst waiting for it to cool. This was no hardship though as it was creamy and went perfectly with the crunchy crackers and well dressed side salad. The short wait for the soup was worthwhile as it turned out to be smooth, thick and hearty – the perfect antidote to the autumnal night.

Judging by their menu, being a vegan is more interesting than just plain vegetables and rice. My guest got dibs on one of the specials, squash and spinach terrine with a couscous salad (£12) whilst I went for the Moroccan tagine with flat bread (£12.50). Tucking in, it became apparent where the alluring aromas on arrival had emanated from.

The tagine had a wonderful balance between sweet and savoury with the light handed addition of apricots as well as being full of texture thanks to the cashew nuts and firm chunks of potato. My companion’s dish looked unassuming but went down quickly due to the layered flavours that ran throughout. The cold side salad was the ideal accompaniment and my ‘just a taste’ turned into about four before he started glaring at me for enjoying it too much.

Almost too full for dessert, we went halves on the chocolate pancake (£3). A creamy, rich layered cake with hidden pear slices adding a welcome freshness. Now I’m not vegetarian or vegan and see lambs as cute and tasty. However, at the end of this veritable feast, I didn’t feel I’d missed out. Except on maybe a glass of wine – Café Nomad is unlicensed but, if you’re inclined, bringing your own is encouraged.

This was an affordable meal that lacked nothing in the cuisine or service department. Cast aside any prejudices and treat yourself to a diverse and delicious dining experience that lacks pretention.

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by Jesse keene 10/06/2008

High quality vegetarian and vegan food, with a Mediterranean and North African influence.

The Venue
Quite a distance from the city centre, Cafe Nomad has quite an understated facade in comparison to the intriguing and inspired food that it serves up from its open plan kitchen.

The Atmosphere
Cafe Nomad promotes an intimate dinning experience; the building used to be a greasy spoon and is not particularly large. On a busy night it fills up quickly, so it is advised to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. The relaxed ambience of the restaurant is further reinforced by the Mediterranean and African paraphernalia, which adorns the walls throughout, helping to give the diner a sense of authenticity even before the food is served.

The Food
Nomad MealThe menu just like the premises is compact and full of promise. A starter of spring onion and ricotta fritters with avocado salsa costs a mere £3 and is a great way to get things going, especially because the food is prepared in front of you, making you even more eager for the main course.

A serving of Nomad stew with walnut dumplings (second helping free) at £7.50 is a real treat to the senses and is piping hot when brought promptly to the table. The selection of spices and attention to detail by the chef makes this and all of the dishes on offer stand out from the pricier and larger chain restaurants in Nottingham.

The Drink
Nomad is not licensed for the selling of alcohol but you may bring your own bottle of wine and there is a selection of soft drinks available.

Last Word
A truly inspiring restaurant that helps bring vegetarian and vegan cuisine to life. If only other so called top restaurants took as much pride in service and quality as this establishment does. Highly recommended.

User reviewer ruby slippers 12/07/2009

I had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Nomad for the first time yesterday evening. My first thoughts were that the place was compact and bijoux.

However, after a while you realise this adds to the charm and ambiance and you instantly feel welcome.

World music played in the background and the decor, although simple is very effective (check out the glittery rug on the wall).

The menu is extensive with ‘chefs specials’ also on offer. Being a vegetarian for 30years it was very refreshing to have such an extensive variety of dishes to chose from and…….. here’s the best bit, the prices were extremely reasonable.

The starters were delicious and I was slightly worried that I had overdone it and would not be able to appreciate my main meal.

Oh how wrong I was. Everything was cooked to perfection, I would tell you what it was but i do not want to spoil the surprise!

The chef was very sociable and the waiting staff were polite and helpful.

If you are partial to intimate surroundings with excellent food then I thoroughly recommend cafe Nomad, it’s a wonderful experience that I’m sure you’ll wish to repeat.

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Hollie and Mark on 26th Mar 2008 22:07

“This is a place I would really recommend , me and my partner have been here quite a few times and I have to say the food is brilliant , you always leave feeling satisfied and ready for more Yum Yum. As I am not a vegetarian I thought I would miss the meat in the food but there was so much flavour I didn’t notice. The service is brilliant and this would be a place I would recommend to people. Try the garlic mushrooms there the best. Enjoy! ”

Rochelle Wilson on 9th Oct 2006 11:23

“Small cafe run by owner who is the chef. He’s spent a lot of time in Morocco so the food has that influence. But he also does the burgers and nut cutlet thing. All food is home made and I found it delicious. The prices are very reasonable. Very interesting sauces. Both veggie and vegan. ”

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Becci Moore (Derby) wrote on 25 February 2009

It has had a small refurb and looks very nice, but still relaxed style. It it small but friendly. The food is proper “old school veggie” which is such a nice treat and everything is cooked fresh. I go there from Derby as I enjoy the food so much. Its really well priced too, and you take your own booze- bargain!

Joanna (Kent) wrote on 1 September 2008

What a lovely place, with inspired dishes. My vegetarian children always love having a broader choice than is usual at most restaurants, and had trouble choosing. So did we! In the end we had 4 different dishes. My mushroom stroganoff was superb, and my son enjoyed his mixed vegetable pancake. My daughter had a tagine, as she was feeling adventurous, and my husband had the nut roast.

The flavours were so subtle and delicious, as other people have said you do not miss meat at all! (not that I usually do). The service was friendly and well informed, and we enjoyed watching the food being expertly prepared. And the cost represented excellent value!

We had a bit of a problem finding the restaurant, but I think this is because the city fathers in Nottingham are very stingy with their road signs, not because it is in a difficult to reach place! We bought our booze at the Aldi down the road (or do I mean Lidl?)

So if you are in the area, and have a good map, go!

Hollie and Mark (Nottingham) wrote on 26 March 2008

The food here is amazing by far the best I have ever tasted. With me not being a vegetarian I thought I would miss the meat but there was so much flavour I didn’t even notice.

The atmosphere is great you really get into the Moroccan theme they also have a belly dancing night once a month I have never been but I have heard great reviews.

The staff are very friendly and the food comes out quickly.

It’s perfect for me and my partner as it’s right on our doorstep so we have been quite a few times.

You get value for money and you always leave feeling full.

I would recommend Cafe Nomad to everyone and you must try the Garlic Mushrooms they are the best.


Steve Thorpe (Nottingham) wrote on 28 September 2007

Holds about 20 people and the kitchen area is open to the dining area so it can get hot. Unpretentious, eg. the tables and chairs don’t match. Share a starter or a pudding? – no problem. Take your own wine. Friendly service but only one waitress so relax. The food is superb and it’s excellent value. We fed 6 adults to an ‘absolutely stuffed’ level for £64.

Peter Cheshire (Northampton) wrote on 18 March 2007

Cafe Nomad is compact, but the vegan food choice is mega, the menu is a sensibly priced, a warm welcome is assured. The food is delicious, the portions are generous, the dishes are prepared to order, what a gem. There are evenings with a belly dancer to add to the atmosphere. If you enjoy food then do not miss the Cafe Nomad – it may have a no frills appearance, go inside and try the excellent cuisine, I did and wow, that is why I have written this review. Try and enjoy.

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Veggie Places

Stephen F (Nottinghamshire): March 2008

I’ve been here a few times now. The food is excellent, Morrocan inspired as others have mentioned but there’s not just Tagines, there are cutlets, stew, roast reg and a nut roast. Of the starters, I’d recommend the garlic mushrooms, they’re astonishingly good. I’m working my way through the main courses, so far I’ve had the tagine, cutlets and Goulash and they’ve all been excellent. They even have a vegan dessert, almost unheard of even in veggie restaurants, and if you tell them you’re vegan they can veganise some of the main courses and starters.

In summary, the food is excellent (and great value for money also) and varied and vegan. I recommend it without reservation (not literally – as it’s quite small, you’d be best off ringing beforehand rather than just turning up.)

Angie W: May 2007

Excellent food and good value . Most of the choices are vegan (so vegans actually get a choice!!!).I have been about 4 times and have enjoyed the different meals each time. I don’t think there was much choice if any for the sweet course but I was too full to care. One of the reasons why I am sorry to be leaving Nottingham. Lovely friendly staff too.

Ronny W: November 2006

A friendly place with approachable staff who’ll strive to veganise non-vegan options. Gets very busy on Sundays, so booking advised.

Sharon E (Nottinghamshire): November 2006

Lovely little restaurant serving proper veggie food. Really friendly ambience. Decor is Moroccan-inspired, as is the delicious tagine with couscous on the menu. The strawberry syllabub with brandy is absolutely gorgeous. Very reasonably priced (we had a 3 course meal for 5 for £55)and you can bring your own wine, no corkage. Only small though, so best to book. The only downside is the outside loos.

Date of visit: November 2006

Cafe Nomad is more restaurant than cafe as evidenced by the delicious sounding food – ricotta fritters with avocado salsa, mushroom strogonof with smoked tofu and wild rice and asparagus roulade. The chef/proprietor Malcolm organises special evenings once every six weeks or so when a “belladi” comes to entertain diners. The next such event is 16 December. Booking only. Cafe Nomad will also be open at Christmas – set menu – again booking essential. The website is under construction – please do phone (outside peak dining times please) for more information.

Reviewer Veggie Places

Cafe Nomad, and other Nottingham eateries are listed in Vegetarian Britain North, from Vegetarian Guides.

Also at Happy Cow and Vegetarian Visitor

Cafe Nomad on Veggies Directory

Guerilla gardening arrives in Nottingham

Veggies Chris features in Nottm Evening Post, Saturday, January 08, 2011

Guerilla gardening arrives in Nottingham

AN undercover gardening movement has arrived in Nottingham.

Armed with “ammunition” of seeds, the group Guerillas of Love aims to transform derelict public spaces into beautiful and productive gardens.

Known as guerilla gardening, the national movement started in New York in 1973 and has spread across the world, with the practice of secret cultivation first being recognised in the UK in London in 2004.

It has now appeared in Nottingham for the first time and the Guerillas of Love group is planning to turn rundown spaces in the city into fruit and vegetable gardens.
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The group’s actions are technically illegal because it is transforming land it does not own. But Guerillas of Love founder Chris Tomlinson, 40, of Forest Fields, said he would challenge anyone who tried to arrest him.

“I have been stopped by police two or three times before because they said that I was trespassing,” said Mr Tomlinson, who, before moving to Nottingham, concentrated on creating gardens in Hastings.

“It is trespassing but I’ll challenge anyone who says they are going to arrest me because how do you make it stand up?

“What I’m doing is in my heart and that is creating a really nice area to live in.”

He has already planted seeds in some of the barren areas of Forest Fields but said the results would probably not be seen until spring.

His first big plant will take place within the next few weeks, with the arrival of fruit trees bought with donations of £300 from cosmetics firm Lush and £200 from green electricity company Ecotricity.

“We can live on a planet of colour and life if we choose and it only takes a pocket of seeds to do it,” said Mr Tomlinson, who has been gardening since the age of 12, when his grandfather taught him.

“I’m not on a political movement or anything. People do see it as that but I try to live my life through following my heart and I do it because I love doing it. It’s as simple and mundane as that.

“There are also a lot of other benefits.

“A lot of areas which I choose to plant are deprived, so I’m enhancing the wildlife, feeding the community and, while I’m doing it, I’ve got people coming up to me and asking what I’m doing, so through it I’m also building communities.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Guerillas Of Love should contact Chris Tomlinson on 0845 458 95 95

Directory logo…or contact Guerrillas Of Love via Veggies Networking Directory, together with many other groups involved with growing and food issues.

Look out for Guerrillas of Love soon on Radio Nottingham on Tuesday 18th January.

One Day – One City – Ten Vegan Free Food Give-Aways!

From 2005 – 2009 the East Midlands’ Vegan Festival welcomed 2000 or more members of the public to the Council House on Nottingham’s Old Market Square on the 2nd Saturday in December.

However the Council House have refused to host further EMVFs so, to maintain public engagement on the urgency of dietary change for the health of people, other animals and the environment worldwide, Nottingham’s vegan campaigners held 9 Vegan Free Food Give-Away and campaign stalls on December 11th, each aiming to reach some 200 members of the public.

Food GiveAwayThe success of the day depended on the support of autonomous self-contained teams of volunteers, each with 3 people including one adult confident to explain the ‘political campaign’ status of their stall to anyone official that might ask.

On the Friday cakes, pizza and other food samples were prepared at the Sumac Centre, and each stall kit was sorted out with tables, literature and utensils.

Vegan mini-festWe then gathered at Sumac from 10am on Saturday to tour around the City, dropping off each stall in turn and collecting each one back as and when time, crew or supplies run out. Base camp was at the Old Angel, Stoney Street off Hockley, opposite the end of Broad (Broadway) Street, with a sampling stall nearby.

The People’s Kitchen meal afterwards at Sumac from 6.30pm was run as a fundraiser for Avalon Guinea Pig Rescue with a disco/party afterwards..

Please contact nottsfreefood[at] if you are interested in supporting future giveaways, providing some food samples, or helping out in any other way. Or call 07870 861837.

Read the full East Midlands Vegan Festival posting for more info and the announcement at Nottm Indymedia.

Full report and pictures at

Lush Greyhound Campaign


Greyhound ActionWe are delighted to announce that Lush Cosmetics is launching an in-store campaign “to highlight the cruelty that is going on in greyhound racing”.

The campaign, which will run in more than 90 Lush stores throughout the UK and Ireland from October 11th – 17th, is aimed at helping Greyhound Action in their mission to educate the public about the problems with betting on greyhound racing and going to the tracks.

Lush’s most important date and time for the greyhounds is Wednesday, October 13th at 12 noon, when the media will be invited to stores that are running the campaign. Lush shop assistants will be wearing running numbers and carrying placards saying “Don’t bet on it! Help end greyhound racing!” and customers will be invited to join in and try to win a small prize by participating in a human race. Where possible, Lush would also like rescued greyhounds to be present.

It would be great to get as many rescued greyhounds as possible along to the Nottingham Lush Store on Clumber Street at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 13th in support of Lush’s nationwide greyhound protection campaign

** If you intend taking greyhounds along on October 13th, please tell Greyhound Action as soon as possible, to give Lush some idea of how many dogs will be at each store.

Call 01562 700 043 or e-mail **

If you can’t make it along to a Lush store on the 13th, but can do so on other days during the week (with or without greyhounds), your support will still be appreciated, as each store will have hundreds of leaflets for distribution to customers and passers-by.

Greyhound Action in Nottingham (GAIN) hold fortnightly demos on Fridays from 6.30pm at the Nottingham track. Details can be found on Veggies Diary.

Shark Friendly Nottingham


Shark Friendly Nottingham plans to campaign at restaurants currently selling sharks fin soup and talk to managers/owners etc in the hope that they will adopt a policy not to sell sharks fin soup again in the future, we will also hold demonstrations at restaurants selling the soup to bring awareness to the public about this cruel so called delicacy.

Every second, 3 sharks die at human hands. The vast majority are “finned” so that their fins can be used for shark fin soup. Sharks are becoming extinct and it is affecting all ocean life.

Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup.

Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Due to the clandestine nature of finning, records are rarely kept of the numbers of sharks and species caught. Estimates are based on declared imports to shark fin markets such as Hong Kong and China.

Sharks have been around for 400 million years. Are we going to let them die out because of ignorance about the origins of what we eat and because of human arrogance? Would this still be going on if the soup was made with tiger paws instead of shark fins? Act now and find out what you can do to help save sharks.

More at Shark Friendly Nottingham website.

The Black Fish

Meanwhile Sumac veteran and Veggies associate, Wietze, announces launch of The Black Fish, a new European ocean conservation project, at recent Nottingham Animal Rights meeting.

The Black Fish is an organisation set on a mission to change attitudes towards our precious oceans and work to protect the unique life within them.

More at Ocean defence activist in Nottingham on Notts Indymedia.

Vegan Camp 2011 seeks Derbyshire Site

Vegan Camp LogoVegan Camp is a well-deserved break for vegans, or anyone willing to be vegan during their stay, including many active campaigners, for 2 weeks, or for a day or two.

The 31st consecutive camp in 2011 is proposed to be held either Chichester in Sussex, South Derbyshire or Kent

All ages are welcome, many children attend, about 35% are under 18. Campers will be welcome for any period of stay within the fortnight.

Seeking Camp Site in Derbyshire

Heather writes:

Hope you’re all well and have had a fab Summer? Been talking to Daniel from Newcastle about vegan camp next year and the venue is hopefully Derbyshire!

They have a potental one at Moira bordering North West Leicestershire, yet has to be checked out, but options are open; so just to let you know if you notice anything on your travels, to let me or Daniel know pleeeeeez!

If the word is spread, someone else who is familiar with beautiful Derbyshire may also know of somewhere. Thought I’d let you know anyway.


Heather xx

Criteria are as below : –


Criteria, in no particular order, by which sites for the annual (established 1981) vegan camp are chosen:

Please do not mention any issues below to a campsite that may mean they refuse us – better to let John (Dan) mess it up, as he has had plenty of practice! Remember 1983 and 1999!

a. At least Dan (John), the general organiser since 1982 and maybe other committee members are to have visited and assessed the site, not limited to the committee, all welcome to do this, either alone or together with us or others. No site is used without one or more visits.

b. Site is to be vegan friendly, Dan mentions our veganism when booking, but it is not the first thing we say!

c. Site is to have trees/shelter from the winds if possible and to be fairly flat and well drained.

d. Facilities are to include at least laundry and showers and toilets.

e. The site must be able to accommodate up to 65 units over the fortnight, about 100 to 150 people. (NB a unit is either a single, a couple or a family).

f. The camp is to be relatively easy to access by public transport.

g. We request but are seldom given the opportunity, to have an organised camp fire.

h. An on-site swimming pool is to be considered a bonus and is favoured when choosing.

i. Sites to be selected are not to be near main roads or motorways, cities or airports etc., if at all possible.

j. Our standardised dates are the first two full weeks in August, Saturday to Saturday, annually.

k. The site is to allow us to bring our own two small marquees for wet weather.

l. The site is to allow us to organise and sell our own sourced vegan produce and camping accessories.

m. The site must be happy that we shall likely charge our campers different rates to what they charge. (NB this is mainly because we consider children to be aged up to and including 17, most sites don’t agree, and we do not charge for ages under six although the sites charge us for both. Also, adults are often charged at the same rate as couples or families, as they are being charged for the space taken up, not per person. So adult and other prices need to be re-calculated to create a fair balance for our singles, couples and families).

n. Site may need to be encouraged to accept a mixed group of adults, children, singles and couples and families, especially one like us who can provide references from at least last year.

o. We prefer sites which will allow us to organise our bookings centrally throughout the year, meaning that we give them no work to do on our behalf all year till camp.

p. We don’t usually consider fields owned by farmers or other owners with whom we may not see eye to eye, but take care not to offend anyone in the b=name of veganism.

q. We check out and avoid any animal connected activities on site or nearby, like farming etc.
(NB this would include sites with zoos, animal corners, birds of prey centres, factory farming.)

r. We try to avoid sewerage plants and cement factories being located nearby.

s. We avoid all areas where there may be the proximity of a nuclear site.

t. If at all possible we are to have a field or part of a field to ourselves, being aware of any internal roads which may cause a problem especially where children are concerned, so we usually look for a site with no or few internal roads for the safety of all.

u. We like our sites to have a play area or adventure playground.

v. We try to ensure that sites are either by rivers or near running water or are near the coast.

w. We try to use sites that also have alternative accommodation to camping for those who require such.

x. Added 2009 – we check with sites as to whether they have any plans for future developments on site, especially those which may involve animals.

y. Added 2009 – we check out the existence/proximity of a pond or lake and any fishing activity and consider it in our decision.

z. Added 2010 – we need to ensure that there is alternative accommodation either on site or very close nearby for those who do not want to camp.

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East Midlands Vegan Festival stalled

Sadly we have hit a hitch with the potential 7th East Midlands Vegan Festival (EMVF).

East Midlands Vegan FestivalDue to its success in bringing in some 2000 people each year, the Council will no longer allow the use of the Council House, due to the ‘wear and tear’ that the event is causing to the building.

We have been searching for other options, but are stuggling to find another venue immediately where the public pass by. We have always targetted the EMVF at the non-vegan general public by holding the event right where they are, rather than at a less prominent venue that would likely attract only those already committed to dietary change.

It may be possible to take it out onto Nottingham’s central Old Market Square (in front of the Council House), but this would take the budget over £2000 rather than the previously affordable £1000 – the event is self-funded, with the support of the Vegan Society and many small independent vegan traders, and organised by volunteers from Nottingham’s vegan community.

Taking the event outside would also necessitate a move from its prime pre-christmas Saturday date, and none of our shortlisted dates have found favour with the Council.

Other options include taking the event on the road, for example to Derby, Leicester or Lincoln, or taking it out of the city centre, for example to the Arboretum, the successful venue for Nottingham’s Green Festival.

So it is unlikely that there will be an EMVF in 2010.

However, never to be deterred, campaigning continues with the vegan outreach offered by the EMVF being replaced by monthly Vegan Free Food Give-Aways at various city centre locations, including on the doorstep of the Council House! Each of these events gives the opportunity to engage directly with a hundred members of the public, reaching a thousand during the year.

The EMVF team also hosted the world’s first Vegan Beer Festival at the Sumac Centre, Nottingham’s vegan social centre.

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