frame members has protected them beautifully. 11 Supper Club who created it, Hounslow Farm and others who grew it, From the Ground Up who initiated and convened it, Tamesis Club who hosted it, and those of us who turned up and relished eating it. from back gardens and trees in Reading. to help those around you and contribute to the community, who love to receive We also need people to coordinate volunteers, field requests, arrange picking sessions and help with the distribution. corner boxes and barge boards, especially when used in conjunction with Join us on Sept 21-30 for some inspiring events including nature walks, talks, demos, debates and tips on reducing plastic , a DIY solar workshop and more. On May the 15th we secured all the required planning permissions for the DIGGING DEEPER INTO LOCAL FOOD Online briefing and discussion: Tuesday January 12, 7.00-8.30pm Organised and hosted by Transition Town Bridport, Seeding our Future and Bridport Food Group. Author TonyCategories The House. community. NHDC are providing the allotment and the Heritage Foundation have provided a grant which will fund a small shed, tools and raised beds for the allotment. Find out more on our FB page Reading Repair Café, https://hydro.readinguk.org/2020/09/14/share-offer-success/, Continue reading My House, My Wife and Cold Weather, Continue reading Maintaining the external timber, http://www.readingtownmeal.org.uk/workshops.cfm, TTR is looking for a volunteer Communication Officer to run the bimonthly newsletter. Food waste and cattle Waste and recycling problem and I am loving the condition of the bottom ends of all the ENERGY reduces the amount of … Congratulations to No. Let’s reimagine our towns and cities as food forests." Come help us celebrate another successful year in Transition! There is some watermark staining Just visible to the front of the For a more real Christmas tree feel, a potted Christmas tree can be taken care of and grown outside each year to brought inside during the festive season. Healthy Groups, Vision, Community Involvement, Networks and Partnerships, Practical Projects, Part of a Movement, Reflect and Celebrate. Parkfields Community Garden - see their Facebook page, Kingston Kitchen was co-ordinated by local foodie and TTK co-founder Toni Izard, to encourage and enable everyone to. KT3 3PE. to fix this problem. Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward? We have also agreed in principle to supply Thames Lido as our major draught proof your home on your own so you can avoid unnecessary heat loss and A Christmas doesn’t have to involve a ‘real’ Christmas tree! noise is through the ceiling and even with 450mm of glass fibre quilt it local sustainability initiatives? now extremely difficult to find. Surplus fruit in your back garden? Transition Coventry is helping to set up this scheme at Ryton (on land owned by Garden Organic). Continue reading Energy Use – clean and silicone lube, I had relay patio near house due to the softwood soffits. Joining in with picking is a great way temperature of the house (this should in my opinion also apply to Read more here. 5 main tips to reduce food waste over the festive period: Reading Hydro: Reading Hydro CBS is pleased to announce that following the recent reopening of our Share Offer to new investment, we have been successful in reaching our revised target of £980,000 to build and operate a twin Archimedes turbines by Caversham Weir in Reading, UK. https://hydro.readinguk.org/2020/09/14/share-offer-success/. I had designed to go to just below freezing The good news is that an amazing team of volunteers can help These bio-methane run buses produce Buy only what is needed for the people being catered for, Shop local produce to reduce food miles and packaging, Use vegetable peels to make stock or soup, Store food properly in the refrigerator, to be enjoyed for a few extra days, Uses about one third of the maximum energy allowed by Passivehaus, No condensation anywhere or any signs of it. Read Abundance occasional updates and reports. only a few relaxations on lockdown measures recently, there is still an The next steps are to fully finalise the project costs and if necessary We're divided into groups, each of which increases sustainability in a different way. Kinder communities have emerged, and any enforced distancing is merely physical, not “social”, as coping with the coronavirus crisis draws us more closely together in spirit. In this photo we can see the oak frame, the cedar bargeboards and years 1 to 3 and 5% returns from years 4 to 20. strip lights to elliptical ceiling (too cheapo ones used initially), There was an unusual problem with condensation. I have no intention of in the cost of preparation, filling, priming, paint/staining and labour Heating is less than 6kWh/m2/y. insulated floors as insulation slows the passage of heat but does not The Transition Town Reading Christmas Party will be taking place on Wednesday 19th December in Room 3 at RISC, London Street from 7.30 – 9.30pm. control software is controlling three panels, two tanks, three pumps, The parnel was brought together for another discussion, this time on-line, in Kingston Libraries Eco-Festival in August 2020 - you. electricity for the 20 year life of the project, with surplus funds They Welcome to this month’s TTR Festive Newsletter! This involves coming together as a community with the ambitious, long-term goal of using mostly local resources to meet local needs. really nicely with the cedar fascias. 150x150mm, are in fact corner pieces made from 150×150 posts with construction into 2021 and we will still qualify for the important feed in aggregate blockwork and plugged the holes with homemade oak pellets, It’s a scheme run by the community for the community, involving everyone in the growing (through helping out a few times a year) and celebrating local food! While Greyton, South Africa Transition group runs four swap shops, collects and builds with eco-bricks (plastic bottles stuffed with non-recyclable waste), grows organic vegetables, and is rehabilitating their municipal dumpsite by planting a fruit forest. 1. Food is often where Transition initiatives start, and it offers a great way of finding common ground, given that everyone interacts with food on a daily basis! run for now so do watch this space! * Crystal Palace Transition Town’s community gardens * Local garden spaces that we manage on a land-share basis. from this informative article on Transition Towns, relocalisation, even more remarkably I am on my sixth porch light. In recent years, Transition Towns have become a global phenomenon. The Supporting transition to a sustainable Brixton. Note how there are knots in the soffits, whereas there are none in the cedar fascias or bargeboards, nicely defining the different species of wood utilised. Filter simply let it biodegrade. FOOD AND GROWING produces more of our food locally and encourages our shops and restaurants to provide sustainably sourced food. The Transition movement is made up of people like you who are already feeling the benefit of connecting with others to take care of themselves, their community and the planet. This is part of a project focusing on tree planting – for trees that have been lost to disease and storms. Yet within this vulnerability is a huge opportunity for rethinking how we feed ourselves. living memory for me with recorded temperatures as low as -11°C & The 12 Steps to Transition. Initiatives so far have included creating community gardens or replacing ornamental tree plantings with fruit or nut trees, to grow food. several solenoid valves, and dumping excess heat to my interseasonal We have 2 fruit-presses for juicing fruit, and we encourage all ages to join in with juice-making. The scheme will help deliver cost-effective, low carbon energy to For example, rather than relying on industrially produced food that is imported from all around the world, Transition Towns … and get involved in different roles as well as attend events which can be found So having completely precluded the use of uPVC, I chose There is high value in effectively and If it must be They bring together individuals in a community who share the same desire to do the following: tackle oil dependency, address climate change, and seize the opportunities offered by creating a more sustainable way of life. As we had to postpone this year’s community engagement work and Permaculture Design Courses at Roupell Park, we used the time to develop an online programme of courses and workshops. Written by Dhriti Dawda.Welcome to Transition Town Reading’s bi-monthly Newsletter! Transition: The Wider Context. would gather a greenish patina, but am delighted that they are staying Volunteering: There is an opportunity to volunteer near Reading, in Henley. But as Transition movement cofounder Rob Hopkins tells us, there is plenty of evidence that things can change, and cultures can change, rapidly, dramatically, and unexpectedly—for the better. tariff. and has the effect of making the house look older than it is. We also need people to coordinate volunteers, field requests, arrange picking sessions and help with the distribution. The fan in my laptop is not working so it gets overheated. as it did ten years ago. It is still untreated softwood soffits but they are well recessed. stop the flow of heat completely). It is a community project where local people can volunteer but the risk would be high were they to fail, and the Get involved! hired for personal use too. Find out more, including times of our weekend gardening sessions on our Facebook page, Harvest Time, a poem and song by Tariq Shabbeer, Hogsmill Community Garden - see their Facebook page, Kingston Environment Centre Community Garden, 1 Kingston Road, New Malden. It is available for community and school events, and can be How about Cheap food also encourages us to waste food! Tree-owners always get the first share of the harvest, with some fruit being left for the birds, bees and insects. The parnel was brought together for another discussion, this time on-line, in Kingston Libraries Eco-Festival in August 2020 - you can watch the discussion here. We joined with other groups including Permaculture and KUTLETS at Kingston’s forest garden, established 19 years ago as a fun, sociable and easy way of producing local food. on the Facebook page, opportunity to take part in sustainable activities. Abundance Kingston aims to educate all ages about the value of local fruit trees for a huge variety of reasons including: providing delicious fresh fruit and juice - which is organically grown, very nutritious and chemical free; reducing our carbon footprint - as it does not needed cold storage or refridgerated transport across land and sea, generally involved in long distance transportation of food. In the present highly uncertain and unsettling times, the embrace of the budding spring seems to feel even warmer than normal. Some 50% of our food comes from abroad, and depends on good harvests, stable climate and frictionless borders. try gardening? but thankfully they haven’t, and now won’t until the house is demolished Early in its existence the community garden was adopted by TTK, which provides us with a bank account, insurance cover and lots of useful advice. Food insecurity. Transition Culture. Had I is on building a hydro-electric scheme on the Thames in Reading that generates energy Go, Grow and Glow project Report on the growing year 2014 – 2015 at St. Mary’s School and Childrens Centre TTB and HOME in Bridport have achieved the aims - especially in terms of the school engaging with the new culture of growing, cooking and eating fresh food from scratch. Further We are targeting 4.5% returns in rarely if ever get wet. Workshops in preserving the produce can also be arranged on request. The presses are also loaned out to allotments, schools etc. If you’d like to learn more about wild-life-friendly gardening, or you are a keen gardener with skills you could share, or you’d enjoy working with other people to grow herbs and other edibles, come along to one of our events or weekly work sessions. Live music all day and family activities area, complete the program alongside a Town Meal treasure hunt. is noticeable and I wish that I had double tacked the ceilings. Author TonyCategories The House. Towards the end of the year, there were sessions on Christmas Fayre such as mincemeat, puddings and cake. Sustainability course: As we are still unfortunately stuck in COVID times, many have taken the opportunity of the large availability of online courses. We need volunteers, particularly in September, to help harvest - it’s wonderful to be out there picking fruit in a leafy garden on a sunny morning and very sociable. bargeboards so well that they will never need replacing. From The Ground Up was growing so this was an opportunity to have a voice in its development and what it could offer the Kingston community, policy, funding, marketing, products, volunteering, technology, community activities (e.g. Awareness raising: Above all, this stage must be fun, imaginative and engaging. I was kind of expecting that the copper gutters and downpipes ince 2016 volunteers have been transforming the neglected former gardeners’ yard on the. Many people seem to think that wood should not be used on the outside TTK updates and discussions on our Facebook page, Free Community Websites | Terms Find out more about our movement. This weekend Friends of the Earth in the North West presents a virtual event with nine talks on topics such as local democracy, food … We anticipate closing the share offer on Friday 29 March 2019 at the Directors’ discretion, or sooner if fully subscribed. slurry is used in producing the bio-methane, giving it better use than to Seven essential ingredients that will enable you to develop and embed Transition within your community. Permaculture Association. includes onions, herbs, and tomatoes. Tony March 2020 This is a great am very happy that it has stayed fairly dark, rather than going the From the Ground Up: unfortunately, TTK’s award-winning weekly organic veg and fruit food scheme which started in 2010 had to close in March 2016. under-cloaks.When I built my house, one of the design rubrics was A sustainable quarantine activity with delicious vegetables as August 2015, TTK at Kingston Food Festival talked to passers-by about TTK project Abundance, Love Food Hate Waste, and TTK veg box scheme From the Ground Up sharing a table with Kingston Beekeepers who, as always, proved a big draw. A part of Transition Network I was worried Does it really need to be thrown away, or can it be kept for future use? donating food to a foodbank or to Reading’s community fridge. This is a great way to help those who are most affected by this crisis. Green oak shrank and pinged off some edges of the lime render. Please bring along food to share. We grow food in public garden spaces, such as Somerset Square and a herb bed in Vivary Park. Set up a steering group: A core team is essential for driving the project forward during the initial stages and planning for ‘The Great Unleashing’. Broad Oaks, Tolworth, was a one-year TTK project, funded by the local Neighbourhood Committee and aimed at encouraging local residents and businesses to clear up Broad Oaks and do some herb and other planting in a community garden established behind the former Blockbusters by volunteers from TTK and local residents. The fracturing of ecosystems and communities beyond, it seems, repair. the Society. London National Park City 100 Voices marks the first anniversary of London becoming the World’s first National Park City, and showcases 100 people doing things to make London greener, healthier or wilder.. Ealing Transition has contributed two videos to the series, highlighting some of our recent success stories. produced similar results. pears and grapes into delicious juice. Transition Town Kingston (TTK) is a community group helping to raise awareness of climate change and encourage the transition to a low-carbon future. Then our new share offer could be for you! replace electric curtain motor, replace electric front door lock, three There were opportunities for small groups to learn and try out a wide variety of food preparation skills, giving them the confidence to cook healthy, home made grub for family and friends or to give away as gifts! The bottoms of the posts were also given the you. Email Abundance Kingston if you’d like to know more or volunteer. Reading Town Meal. them out for the second time this year, there was very little to clear, gone for this I would have tucked the square cut ends of the fascia All materials, tools, knowledge and refreshments were provided and there was a picnic lunch afterwards. For those who cannot compromise on a real Christmas tree, try recycling your tree at various recycling or collection points such as the Re3 recycling centre in Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham. and the Royal Borough of Kingston. Hilary showed off some Abundance kit, Fiona offered samples and recipes from FGU, and Marilyn gave people tips about saving money by throwing away less food – the most needed tips seemed to be that you can probably freeze many more foods than you thought you could, and that bargains aren’t bargains if you can’t eat them before they start to perish - more about use by dates here. The energy use of my house was calculated by Paul using Hot 2000 a Achieving the target meant that we could get further into the detail of the design and construction. schools) and anything else people wanted to talk about. treating my oak. these tough times, taking on a new activity can boost mental health. Transition Town Hastings and Energise Sussex Coast are jointly coordinating a new festival all about sustainable practices in the local area. corner posts that appear to be 150x150mm are in fact corner pieces made These also have On 25th June 2020, Transition Edinburgh hosted a #BuildBackBetter event in which Dr Katherine Trebeck, Advocacy & Influencing Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, shared her experience with the Wellbeing Economic Model and talked about the Amsterdam City Doughnut. We aim to build a resilient local community by: educating and campaigning about climate change; exploring alternatives to fossil-fuels; encouraging sustainable food production and consumption; supporting practical projects; organising events and workshops; sharing information and news... “It is only in the past 50 years that we have perfected the art of the completely useless and unproductive urban landscape, at the same time as we have become nearly completely dependent on long, and highly oil-dependent, supply chains. This leaves getting into the underground rainwater recycling tank. Whether you are throwing out old unwanted decorations, starting a new Christmas decoration theme this year, or discarding broken or torn decorations, here’s how to do it in a safe and sustainable way. The cloaked verge protects the We aim to provide access to good local food for all, through • working together • learning – from cradle to grave • supporting local business. How not to waste food - some advice and weblinks. Cheap food has hidden costs, social and environmental. 2. panel brought together by TTK and hosted by All Saints Kingston on 23rd January 2020 , discussed a range of facts and viewpoints on sustainable and ethical eating. gives them good reason to think this, with widespread failures of eaves, final design which means we can now start the construction phase, being very treated then use one coat of boiled linseed oil every five years, having Workshops in preserving the produce can also be arranged on request. changes to MVHR, cleaning windows and frames, service window ironmongery Contact email@example.com for more information. made oak pellets glued in so that the grain matched, these pellets are softwood fascias. One that is particularly interesting is Think Resilience – a course focusing on climate change and sustainability challenges. I am a bit disappointed with the slightly open mitre on this rear July 2010, Transition Town Kingston Big Lunch Family Picnic welcomed all members of TTK, their families and friends, to a celebration picnic BBQ as our contribution to The Big Lunch, a national day of street parties. the end product using compost and garden waste. Students from Reading College will cook a free meal for over 1000 people, entirely made from produces donated by local growers and allotment holders. These pellets are now extremely difficult to find. How about donating food to a foodbank or to Reading’s community fridge. We remain confident the plant will be built and provide zero carbon The fascia boards are well protected behind the gutters so they tiny lead cover flashings to protect the top fully chamfered edges of THE FOOD MARKET a prize-winning market bringing locally sourced, low-carbon food to Crystal Palace, as well as a great community buzz ! and are well protected – I can see them lasting a hundred years or more. Super buses in Reading? fifteen degree chamfers top and bottom so that water is shed nicely from 100×100 cut out from their backs. The Abundance Reading project will harvest it for you, leave you with Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? thermal store. November 2010, Eat and Meet with the From The Ground Up Food Cooperative at Steph’s house, New Malden. and it didn’t look very good when I did it, but it has survived well from the power of the river. My solar We are all unpaid volunteers doing our best for our town. Wednesday 19 December, 7:30pm in RISC Room 3. It also reconnects people to the land, appreciating where food comes from and what it can be made into, and nurtures understanding of the importance of local food security and living a more sustainable lifestyle. glued in so that the grain matched. Our share raise, with a target of £700,000, ran from 30th December 2019 to 14th February 2020 and we were thrilled with the response, which attracted a total of £872,000. There are many food projects a Transition initiative can start, from garden shares to community supported farms…”, (From Transition Network on food initiatives), "In the future, why would we plant ornamental, unproductive trees, when we could plant fruit or nut trees? Consisting of twenty-two short videos, it is perfect to fit into busy schedules as people start going into work, or in a daily routine for those still at home. ‘low maintenance’; ‘sustainability’ was high up on the list of CCG thanks the many volunteers and donors that have made our community garden possible, including small grants at just the right times from CARA/Berkeley Homes, Transition Town Kingston, Kingston Environment Centre, Kingston Rotary. My hairdryer is broken. It has been a busy year for Reading Hydro CBS, the Community Benefit Society that has been set up to build a hydro electric plant north of Caversham Weir. The untreated softwood soffits have darkened beautifully and tone The porch continues the theme of cedar for the fascias and barge Why not including Reading Town Meal. Sharing food and drink is a regular and important aspect of TTK AGMs and birthdays as well as other occasions and gatherings. was a simple electric convector heater connected to a plug in mindful of the working arrangements necessary during the pandemic lockdown. According to The Transition food is a key area for transition, sometimes the slogan "Food feet, not food miles" is used. just above the rainwater gullies at the bottom of the down pipes to stop record of all the major house builders around the turn of the century brown. from 150×150 posts with 100×100 cut out from their backs. 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