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Help Needed for Family Re-Skilling Day 2013

We are running our third annual Family Re-skilling Day on Saturday 19th October, from 1.30-6pm.

EntranceAs usual the event will be held in the Polygon, St. Mary’s Church. Previous events have proved very popular, with a focus on learning – or re-learning – skills, getting to know other people and families in the local community, with food, drink and music at the end of the afternoon. Our blog gives you a flavour of Family Re-skilling Day 2012. Last year over a hundred people came through the door, so it really is an exciting and fun day.

ADDITIONAL PLANNING GROUP MEMBERS NEEDED NOW!

Right now we are looking for some help in organizing the day. If you have organizational and practical skills – or merely boundless enthusiasm – and would like to join some of us to help get the day off the ground, then please contact the Steering Group steering@ealingtransition.org.uk The next meeting of the planning group is on Thursday 13 June at 7.45pm.

DO YOU HAVE A SKILL YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

We would also be interested in hearing from anyone who can offer a workshop for an hour or more through the afternoon. Some workshop facilitators from last year have already agreed to run another one this year.

BikesIn the past we have had sessions on learning to knit, sewing, make do and mend, bee-keeping, cider-making, creating and using a pizza oven and rocket stove, animal husbandry including keeping pigs and chickens, bicycle maintenance, foraging and making bread, pizza, cakes, jams and chutneys (and a whole lot more).

We have had interest in workshops on the following new topics:

  • Basket weaving
  • Winter gardening
  • Cheese-making
  • Natural cleaning products
  • Holistic health treatments (eg massage, natural cosmetic products)
  • Tai chi, yoga, pilates

Reskilling 2011 BakingAll topics will be considered, as long as they help people achieve a more self-reliant, less resource intensive lifestyle, or help to build community.

If you have taken part in the past and would like to again, or if you have a new skill or interest to offer, or can sing or play music for entertainment, please get in touch via steering@ealingtransition.org.uk

Sunday 24th March: 7.30pm: Film Showing: Chasing Ice

chasingiceArctic sea ice is the climate’s version of the canary in the coalmine. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, James Balog finds himself battling untested technology in subzero conditions and coming face-to-face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labour, but the results speak for themselves.

Harrowing yet incredibly beautiful, this documentary dramatically presses the case for action on climate change. The film has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, including the Sundance film Festival

You can watch the trailer at http://www.chasingice.com/see-the-film/trailer

As usual, the film will be shown at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free however we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of screening. A selection of warm beverages and cakes / biscuits will be served after the film so we can discuss what we have seen and its implications for our efforts in Ealing.

Nature Walks with John Wells

John Wells is a local naturalist and friend of Ealing Transition. He leads regular walks around the borough to help people gain a deeper appreciation of nature. There are three walks remaining on his current programme. We will post his next schedule as soon as we have it.

Saturday, 2nd, February, 2013 1.15/1.30pm, Perivale Wood

Subject: An introduction to the structure, biology, identification of mosses, liverworts and lichens.
Meet: Outside Perivale Station 1.15pm or 1.30pm in the hut at Perivale Wood.
Public Transport: Underground – Perivale Station (Central Line) or bus 297.
Notes: Bring a x10 lens (if available).
Fee: this walk is given on behalf of The Selborne Society. You can join for £4 or make a small donation to the Society on the day.  

Date: Saturday 9th February 2013, 11am, Hounslow Heath  

Subject: Winter buds & epiphytes on the heath.
Meet: 11am at Hounslow Heath car park.
Public Transport: Buses 116, 117, 235 and 237.
Fee: This walk is given on behalf of L.B. of Hounslow. PLEASE NOTE HOUNSLOW COUNCIL WILL CHARGE £4 (ADULT) AND £2 (CHILD) FOR THIS EVENT.

Date: Sunday 10th February 2013, 2pm, Gunnersbury

Subject: An introduction to the structure, biology and identification of mosses, liverworts & lichens
Meet: 2pm at the hut in Gunnersbury Triangle local nature reserve.
Public Transport: Underground – Chiswick Park Station (District Line), bus 440 or buses 27, 237, 267, 272, 391, E3, H91 to Turnham Green Church then 5 minutes walk.
Note: This walk is given on behalf of the London Wildlife Trust.

Please note you are responsible for your own health and safety during these walks