Economy

Sharing Space, Spending Money Together

Mon 21 February 2022
12.30-2.30pm

Company Drinks
Outdoor Bowls Pavilion
Barking Park
Longbridge Road
IG11 8TA

Every 6 weeks we're meeting up with the Pavilion Keyholders; a group of artists, gardeners, volunteers, creatives, makers and organisers who run their own community activities at the Outdoor Bowls Pavilion and Company Drinks Grow Club garden; to talk about what people are up to, and to find ways of working together; including how to spend £5,000, which has been given to the group by BD Giving, with support from Lankelly Chase. This participatory funding project is now closed to new groups, please contact us if you're interested in becoming a keyholder in future.

The Keyholders are a group of independent artists, organisers, community minded residents, gardeners, makers, historians, crafters or foodies; each is involved in a separate community or volunteer group activity at the Company Drinks Pavilion in Barking Park.

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Every 6 week we sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake to talk about what we’re doing, what we need, what we’d like to learn, what we’d like to share with each other.

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In the coming months we’ll be making decisions together to spend a Participatory Funding grant, with support from BD Giving and Lankelly Chase. We’re testing out ‘Spending £5K together’ so that we can trial new ways of collaboration, sharing resources and growing our community impact,

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The Keyholders group activities include:

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Sarina Mantle

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Children’s art classes with Sarina Mantle: the Barking-based visual artist from London,  author of a colouring book called Women + Patterns + Plants, mother, singer-songwriter and founder of Wildsuga in 2008.

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Art From the Start

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Art from the Start advances education in the fine arts to the community in Barking and Dagenham. It’s purpose is to inspire, develop, and build social cohesion through art.
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Find out more at their website, and on Facebook and Instagram.
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Barking Grow Club

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The Barking Grow Club is a weekly volunteer group that meets at the Company Drinks Pavilion: “We tend to our garden and our wellbeing”
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The Company Drinks Thursday Group

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The Thursday Group are local residents with an interest in Hopping, Picking, Crafting and visiting areas of historic or environmental interest.
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Emdad Rahman

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Founder of #BookBikeLondon, volunteer, community organiser (among many other things), Emdad Rahman has been using Company Drinks HQ for weekly Community Service Team sessions, packing books and hampers for local residents in need of extra support.  Follow Emdad’s great work in Barking and Dagenham (and beyond), on Instagram and his blog.
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Toni Lötter – The Dye Path

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Friend of Company Drinks, Toni Lötter, is an artist, grower and beekeeper from Ilford! Toni will be working with Company Drinks (and our plants) to explore ideas including natural dyes and other ‘outsider’ plants….   instagram
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