Community Pantry wishlist

We’ve restarted our community cooking sessions where we make enough food to enjoy together after cooking and stock up the community fridge!

A lot of folks are experiencing not only food poverty, but also struggling with rising energy costs, so we aim once a month to create ready to heat chilled vegan meals for folks to take and reheat.

The first one went well, but we ran out of some equipment when there was a whole group of us cooking! After investigating other options, we’ve had to set up an Amazon wishlist (yes, we know Amazon isn’t the best option but it is the only workable online wishlist we could find) for some of the equipment we need.

You can see our pantry wishlist here

We have written a little description explaining why we’ve added certain things to the list.

Although it might make sense to bring similar items in from your own pantry or donate things that are similar, we ask that folks not do this except for bringing ingredients during community cooking sessions. This is to that we can track our supply chain, check dates and know that food is safe for the people taking it and that the equipment and supplies being donated are actually ones we can use.

You can also donate money here, or become a regular supporter through Patreon – it all helps us to keep this project going.


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Regular drop-ins and events at The Art House

Wednesday 2 – 4pm
Our pantry will be in the entryway, drop by and pick up groceries and make a donation if you can. Reduce food waste, save money and support The Art House!

Wednesday 6 – 9pm
Community cafe drop-in, groups & pantry
Drop in for a drink, a pay-as-you-feel soup or join in with one of our regular community events.

Thursday 11am – 3pm
Community cafe drop-in and pantry
Serving drinks, snacks, cakes and pay-as-you-feel soups

Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings
Performance events – see our programme for what’s on

Saturday 11am – 3pm
Community cafe drop-in, crafty cafe and pantry
Drop in for a drink, cake, snack or pay-as-you-feel soup, get groceries from our pantry and join in with informal group crafty sessions.

Find out more about our community and make a donation to support this project here

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Performance events for the rest of May 2022

Friday 13 May
Lexi Wolfe presents Baker Street Ladies

Saturday 14 May
Good Habits alt-folk duo with support from Pegasuses 

Friday 20 May 
Polly Gone Wrong folk/blues duo

Saturday 21 May 
The Provincials & Rick Foot
Alt-classical Jazz

Thursday 26 May
Quelle Chris & Wayne DJC
Hip Hop / Punk Rock from Balitmore

Friday 27 May
Moving Voices open mic poetry & song

Saturday 28 May 
Nick Harper – Folk Guitarist

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Sapphic Cafe Spring Gathering

Sapphic Cafe returns to The Art House on Wednesday 11 May from 7 – 9pm

It’s been a long winter, but the weather is changing and it’s time to get together for a chat and a nice cuppa.

Sapphic Cafe is a social group specifically for people who identify as sapphic – providing a dry (non alcoholic) space modelled loosely on lesbian cafe culture where people are safe to express themselves and share their love of all things sapphic*

The Art House will be serving cakes, snacks, coffees, teas and soft drinks – alcohol is available but this is not an alcohol focussed event.

The guest list for this event is private.

Join the Sapphic Café community on Facebook here

About the Sapphic Cafe

*The word ‘Sapphic’ comes from the Greek poet, Sappho, who wrote intensely beautiful and erotic poetry, much of it addressed to other women.

The word was chosen for this cafe style event to encompass any women or nonbinary folk who love other women or nonbinary folk and is trans, bi, pansexual, asexual, aromantic and nonbinary inclusive.

You do not have to bring anything but yourself to this event.

You can just drop in on the night, but it helps us to plan for numbers if you register here – registering is free. We invite everyone attending to make a donation towards the use of the space.

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Daisy Harvest for Herbalists Without Borders

We will be meeting up between 6 & 9pm on Wednesday 8 June 2022 for a daisy harvest!

Register here to let us know you’re coming

We need help harvesting daisies to make daisy oil for bruise ointment to be taken over to the refugee camps in Northern France.

Meet at The Art House at 6pm and we’ll set off to pick daisies nearby.

No equipment or expertise needed, anyone can help as long as you can reach the ground to pick – if you can’t, come anyway to encourage pickers.

We’ll have some time for a chat and a cup of herbal tea back at The Art House once we’re done picking.

Currently Herbalists without Borders use daisies in a bruise ointment which is distributed by trained herbalists in the refugee camps near Calais and to other vulnerable communities.

Daisies are a great plant for communal gathering – they love to be harvested and bring folk together for communal activity and DIY home remedy making. They’re inherently anti capitalist as mass production business models for using daisies don’t work – daisy picking is too fiddly and just doesn’t work to upscale, so this is a truly grassroots activity!

You do not have to bring anything but yourself to this event.

Here are some pics from our harvest last year:

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What’s on this week – 18 – 24 April 2022

We hope you’ve had a beautiful Easter bank holiday weekend, it’s been lovely seeing folks out and about in Southampton and the New Forest on our travels this weekend.

We’re excited for our programme this week, two of our favourite artists are here this weekend for gigs in our downstairs Bunker178 performance space.

Professor Elemental is a thoroughly lovely chap and funny to boot, he’ll be here on Friday 22 April in person, or you can join us online. We expect this to sell out very soon, so if you want to join us please book now.

Will McNicol is also a thoroughly lovely young man and very talented guitarist – his performances never fail to entrall and inpsire – again, we expect this to sell out so booking is advised. Book here now.

Quick guide to what’s on this week:

Wednesday 20th April
Kerbside Community Pantry 2pm-4pm

Community meal and cooking session 6pm-9.30pm

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11am – 3pm

Community Café & Pantry – 11am-3pm

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Community meal and cooking session – Weds 20 April

We’re excited to hold another communally cooked meal at The Art House. Using food from our pantry, diverted from waste, we’ll cook and eat together and make enough to stock the community fridge and take home some too, if you need it! This event is for everyone and done in the spirit of mutual aid and sharing resources, rather than charity. Come along, enjoy good company and a tasty meal and support our pantry at the same time.

We’ll be cooking from 6pm and aim to eat around 7.30-8pm and finish around 9.30pm

Join in for the cooking or eating bit, or both. Please feel free to bring ingredients to add to the pot or stock up the pantry: anything vegan, in date and unopened.

The kitchen is on the first floor up a flight of stairs, but some prep can be done on our ground floor, which has level access.

The meal will be shared downstairs. You do not have to stay for the meal if you’d prefer not to, but all are welcome.


6pm Chopping and prep
7pm Tubbing up meals for the chiller
7.30/8pm sharing a meal
9pm washing up, stocking the chiller
9.30-10pm finish and pack down

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What’s on April 2022

Saturday 16 April 2022, 12 – 9pm
Our friends at Roots Vegan Street food will be in serving yummy things – drinks available from the cafe

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Seed Swap this Sunday

We’re glad to be slowly getting back to having events in the space after going quiet over midwinter. This one is particularly lovely to have back as the last one was just before everything went lockdowny in early 2020.

Sunday 13 March from 11.30am – 3.30pm

Bring seeds to swap, or make a donation for seeds if you don’t have any to bring. There will also be plants on sale, advice and skill sharing and the cafe will be serving drinks, soups, cakes and snacks.

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February community pantry update

We seem to have arrived at the last week of February already, so it seems a good time to update you on pantry matters.

This month we have seen an increase in people using the pantry as the drop in Universal Credit, rising energy prices and other costs it hitting home for people.

Thanks so much to our Patreon supporters, a total of 57 of you so well on the way to our first goal of 75 regular supporters – in addition to our patrons on Paypal and by BACS.

We’ve been able to distribute a lot of toiletries, soups, hot drinks and clothing too – all thanks to our community paying forward these items and supporting this project.

Sadly, we foresee the pantry continuing to be necessary for some time to come, although we hope to be part of creating a world where everyone has access to nutritious food. If you are in a position to help, please do consider donating regularly or as a one-off, as we rely on your support to cover the cost of doing this.

Ways to support the community pantry:

Join our Patreon community – make a monthly regular donation and get access to behind the scenes posts, live broadcasts and a library of recorded events!

Pay forward a meal, hot drink, groceries or toiletries 

Make a one-off donation of any amount

Spread the word about our pantry so people know about it! 

Click here to Tweet about the pantry

Click here to share the link on Facebook

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