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Reskilling Day Saturday 19th October

We are delighted to invite you to Re-skilling 2013 on Saturday 19th October, 1:30pm to 6pm at The Polygon, St Mary’s Church, Ealing W5 5RH.

Reskilling is an important part of the Transition model, enabling us to become more self-reliant. This is the third such event we have run and they are always a lot of fun (read our report on last year’s event).

This year’s workshops include bike maintenance, making and saving electricity, managing food waste, eco jewellery, massage, pilates, natural cosmetics, bread making, jam making, beer can chicken, beekeeping, chicken and pig keeping, knitting, sewing, and food fermentation.

At 5pm a meal made from local produce will be served to the sounds of a local band.

Entry and workshops are free however we would be grateful for donations to help us cover the costs of staging the event.

Below is the schedule for the day: click on the image to make it larger. Some sessions are open to drop in on the day, however spaces are limited on others. Pre-booking is advised – e-mail or 020 8133 5259. Most workshops are suitable for adults with younger children; older children may attend unaccompanied, with parental permission.

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Sunday 15th September: 7.30pm: More Than Honey

MTH_Teaser-100912_gerIn ‘More than Honey’, Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof takes an in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia, from small family beekeepers to industrialized honey farms. The film is about the relationship between mankind and honeybees, about nature and about our future. Honeybees show us that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth, that crises and disasters are triggering evolution, and that salvation sometimes comes from a completely unexpected direction.

You can see the trailer here

After the film, Friends of the Earth will say a few words about their Bee Cause campaign, and beekeepers from Ealing BKA and Ealing Transition Community Bee Project will be on hand for discussion over tea, coffee and cakes.

The showing takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free, but we will ask for a donation after the film to help us to cover screening costs. Do try to join us for this beautiful and important film.

Do The Math

Thanks to all who came to last night’s showing of Do the Math. Those who were unable to come might be interested to watch this important (short) film online at

Update August 2013: 

The film is no longer available through YouTube, due to getting a distribution deal (this is good news: it will be broadcast!), but you can still arrange to have a private or public screening, and download the film yourself to do so, through the film’s site: