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Sneinton Christmas Fair is Back, 4pm Thursday 16th Dec

posted 18 Nov 2021, 09:15 by Steve Smith

Following the distruption to socialising, caused by Covid 19 we are happy to announce that Sneinton Christmas Fair is Back.

Thats right, Sneinton Alchemy have teamed up with Santa, St Christophers Church, The SEND Project Nottingham Academy, the  Renewal Trust and the Dales Ward Councillors to host this eagerly anticipated Xmas special. On the day you can expect loads of stalls and craft activities, live performances from local artiste, Cristingle, Santas Grotto, a local choir and much more. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more contact Beth at Xmas Fair Info

Grant success for Alchemy

posted 22 Jun 2018, 17:17 by Tom Hughes

A new grant will help Alchemy support the reuse of an important local building
We are delighted to hear that we have been successful in attracting a small grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) in order to support Project Viability work on the Old School Hall in Sneinton.

This will fund the preparation of a report into the viability of 3 potential new uses for the Hall building, the scope of work and cost involved in making the transformation and the development of a preferred option in light of the 'Heritage Deficit'- in other words the amount of grant funding that might be needed to make the project viable.

Built in 1843, the building is one of the oldest institutional buildings left in the area. Part of a school until the 1970s, the building served as a community centre until 2016 when the Council closed it down and decided to sell it.

You can support the project by giving your feedback on the 3 options for reuse that are being considered.

Alchemy in the mix at dOSH: Saving a local landmark

posted 29 Apr 2018, 14:08 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 15:02 ]

Sneinton Alchemy is a partner in the dOSH community alliance: Developing the Old School Hall

dOSH logo
Above: The Old School Hall, with Green's Mill in the background
Above: Network diagram of dOSH  organisations (click to explore)
As a CIC (Community Interest Company) benefitting the Sneinton area, Alchemy has brought a unique angle to the Develop the Old School Hall team. 

The dOSH 'Community Alliance' itself is an un-constituted group made up of representatives from seven local organisations. The group formed to unite the community and find common ground amidst the swirl of opinions and upsets caused when the Hall was closed down as a Community Centre. 

This work is paying off and concrete plans are being drawn up for a sustainable use for this historic local landmark building. The Hall has been recognised as an Asset of Community Value, so whatever happens the new use has to prove significant community benefit.

Sneinton Alchemy brings a long track record of handling grant funding and commissioning project work within the area. It's legal structure also includes an 'asset lock', should it be needed. This ensures that any assets the CIC buys are held for community benefit only, and cannot be sold for individual private gain.

The other six organisations represented in the dOSH alliance are:

Old School Hall Community Association

Best Foot Forward for walks around Sneinton & St Anns

posted 26 Oct 2016, 07:48 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 26 Oct 2016, 07:51 ]

Free Wednesday weekly walks are part of the 'Living Well' initiative...

We've been contacted by Nicky Newberry of Age UK who organise the walks:

"The walks are free and for all ages. (walkers under 14years must be accompanied by an adult). They are suitable for all abilities whether they are a regular walkers or not.

"The walks offer a chance to meet people and maybe see a different areas.  The St Ann’s & Sneinton walk is a little more strenuous than some as the walk usually includes a visit to Greens Windmill site.

"Meet on Wednesdays at Victoria Leisure Centre to set off at 10:30 am. New walkers will need to complete a registration form on arrival so please come a little earlier.

"Anyone wishing to find out more can call me (Mon – Weds) on the number below or just turn up at the start of the walk. You can also find out more here: Best Foot Forward | Walking for Health"

FREE Public Exhibition at Central Library

posted 1 Sept 2016, 07:07 by Shabana Najib   [ updated 1 Sept 2016, 07:24 ]

Mapping Nottingham's Identity
Mapping Nottingham’s Identity is an initiative that aims at bringing together all those involved with public spaces in Nottingham. We have worked very closely with Nottingham Trent University and Sneinton community groups and organisations, some of which include:
  • Green's Windmill
  • Salvation Army
  • William Booth Memorial Complex
  • Sneinton Market
  • TRACs Neighbourhood Centre
  • Growin' Spaces
  • Sneinton Festival
  • Hermitage Community Centre
  • SEND project and more. 
Together we have had some great conversations about how we can make the most of our public spaces. During this process we were able to bring you some community furniture made from donated wooden pallets. You may have followed our progress on this through our previous blogs. 
However, if you missed the unveiling of our community furniture at the Sneinton Festival fear not! We will be showcasing the furniture (as well as the process) throughout September at Central Library.

Don't miss our launch this Saturday 3 September 11-1pm at Central Library, including a guided tour.

Although the exhibition marks the final stages of this project we hope that this will be the beginning of a great partnership between Nottingham Trent University, neighbourhoods like Sneinton and the general public, which will last for a few more years, giving us the chance to create a platform for dialogues between communities across Nottingham. 

For more details on our work so far, please visit us at: 

or contact Shabana at

Old School Hall - is demolition the only option?

posted 30 Aug 2016, 05:05 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 30 Aug 2016, 05:06 ]

The historic Sneinton Community Centre is closing in mid September. What's going on, and what does the future hold for the site?

Word's got out that the Old School Hall community centre near to Green's Mill is going to close in mid September. The Council has taken the decision to close the building on safety grounds following surveyor's reports that put the bill (for repairs alone) at £400,000. 

The medium term plan is to demolish the building in 2017, unless a viable new use can be put forward by the local community for a self-funding and presumably community-benefitting operation. Any ideas...?

Up-cycled Pallets Ready for Unveiling

posted 28 Jul 2016, 15:33 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 28 Jul 2016, 15:34 ]

Community Organiser Shabana Najib would like to invite you along...

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent consultation. There was a really productive meeting at the TRACs neighbourhood centre, with NTU staff and researchers, community organisers and Sneinton based community groups all coming together to look at the design options created by the NTU students.

The various options were creative and interesting, ranging from a curvy community table to a very simple box made of recycled wood. All the designs showed a lot of promise and only after much debate were we able to settle on a single option to take forward. At the end of the day, simplicity, flexibility and ease of manufacture and transport won out. The chosen design also took into consideration using locally sourced, discarded materials that could be up-cycled for local use. Great for the environment, great for the community and great on the pocket!
So, what now?

Well, thanks to Two J's Supermarket for their donation of 12 pallets, NTU's architectural expertise and Sneinton Alchemy's local know how we've combined our efforts to bring you some inspired pieces of furniture!

We will be unveiling the furniture this Saturday 30th July at Tricketts Park, behind the Greenway Centre on Trent Lane, NG2 4DF.

Hope to see you there!

'Community Furniture' to be unveiled at Sneinton Festival

posted 22 Jul 2016, 08:04 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 28 Jul 2016, 08:01 ]

The results of a community design session on Wednesday will be unveiled at Sneinton Festival on Saturday 30th July...

Nottingham Trent University held a session for people to help design a piece of "community furniture" for Sneinton, as part of the Mapping Nottingham's Identity project.

Students from NTU's School of Architecture and the Built environment had worked with staff to interview local groups and work out some ideas for a small piece of modular 'furniture'. The idea is that the pieces will be stored by the groups and brought to local events to join together and make stages, seating and tables. A design guide will also be prepared so that people can make their own at home from recycled palette wood.

12 pallets were donated by 2J's supermarket - these are being reclaimed and assembled at the NTU workshop. A number of prototypes will be on show for the public to test out at the Sneinton Festival - find us at the Sneinton Alchemy and Sneinton Identity stalls!

Above: Community design in progress at TRACs

Above: Pallet donation from 2J's 

Above: Pallet reclamation at NTU workshops

Left: Community Design session in progress, design options on the floor at TRACs!

Alchemy working with NTU in Sneinton

posted 29 Jun 2016, 03:02 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 29 Jun 2016, 03:07 ]

Alchemy is working with Nottingham Trent University on an exciting project to map identities across Nottingham. Our Community Organising skills are helping with local community engagement in Sneinton.

The project has kicked off with a walking tour of Sneinton led by Community Organiser Shabana - visiting Green's Mill, William Booth Birthplace Museum, Dale Allotments, St Christopher's Church Hall, The Greenway Centre and Hermitage Square. 

Involving research staff and students from NTU, the project will culminate with an exhibition at Nottingham's Central Library in September. 
Above: Students and staff from NTU visit Stevie from Growin' Spaces at Dale Allotments

World Food: The Event

posted 27 Apr 2016, 13:57 by Tom Hughes

Dales Ward Councillors come together with Growin' Spaces and Sneinton Alchemy to offer a free evening of world music and food to share.

On Thursday evenings the Growin' Spaces cafe at St Christopher's Hall will have an unusual twist - with free food from around the world being dished up courtesy of our local Councillors.

It will be a great chance to catch up with friends and neighbours, to celebrate our broad culinary and musical diversity, and also find out about some local events and plans:
  • The Joint Service Centre proposals will be explained, featuring the Sneinton and Bakersfield libraries moving to the current Sneinton Police Station on the Dale. You can have your say on what you want to see at the new centre.
  • Find about about the Our Sneinton Project
  • What is Sneinton Alchemy's new Health Initiative all about? 
Everyone is welcome, and it's free!

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