Strengthening community relations over a cuppa


30 Mar 2011 17:06:09.770

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Students and residents living in Dunkirk and Lenton are to continue to build a strong sense of community at a tea party, taking place from 3.30 to 5.30pm on Wednesday March 30 at Dunkirk Community Centre.

The party will be the second organized by DOLCA (Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Association) and The University of Nottingham’s Off Campus Student Affairs team, following a successful event in October 2010.

Attendees will be encouraged to get to know their neighbours over a cup of tea and cake, help to plant spring flowers and enjoy music from The University of Nottingham Brass Band.

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Teabags, with the ‘Make time for tea’ tagline will also be given out to encourage students to create a positive rapport with neighbours by sharing a cup of tea.

As well as the tea bags, organisers hope that students will take away some important lessons to ensure they remain valued members of their community. Students will be encouraged to: 

  • take an interest in where you live and introduce yourself to neighbours 
  • be considerate when coming home late at night, and keep noise levels down 
  • let your neighbours know in advance if you are planning to have a party, and agree a finish time 
  • bring your bin back in off the street after bin day — bins left out make the neighbourhood look untidy and could lead to a £100 fine

Ahead of the event Melanie Futer, Manager off-Campus Student Affairs, said: “If neighbours get to know one another, then if problems do arise they are easily sorted out. The best way to have a chat with your neighbour is to make time for a cup of tea.”

Over 50 students attended the event last year, seizing the opportunity to find out how they can get more involved in their community.

DOLCA are hoping Wednesday’s event is just as successful. Chairperson Lesley Fyffe said: “We all had a lovely time getting to know our neighbours, and meeting our local MP Lillian Greenwood, the band were superb keeping us entertained all afternoon.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

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The event will take place at: Dunkirk Community Centre, Montpelier Road, Dunkirk, NG7 2JW.

More information about DOLCA can be found at:  

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For more information contact Melanie Futer, Manager off-Campus Student Affairs, at
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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