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‘Best Before’ – film & food event

best-beforeOn Sunday 26th January at 7.30pm we will be showing the film ‘Best Before’, which is a short documentary about the food revolution taking off across London, why it is happening and how it provides a way forward to a more healthy, sustainable and socially just food system in the UK. In London a handful of supermarkets dominate the food system, an incredible amount of food is wasted every day, and fresh, healthy food has become the privilege of the wealthy, while those worse off have only access to low quality, fatty and sugar-rich food, and obesity rates are skyrocketing.  With global energy costs expected to rise dramatically, many people argue that the UK will face a food crisis in coming years.

‘Best Before’ looks at why this is happening, who is profiting from the way we eat, and at the same time, what people are doing to take back control of how we produce, distribute and crucially, how we eat, food in the UK. London is the city in which community organizations are shaping alternatives, from city farms to roof gardens, farmers’ markets to food cooperatives. The film explores how communities in the city are reducing their dependency on the corporate food system, and producing, distributing and consuming food in a sustainable, ecological, and socially just way.

Interspersed with interviews with key academics, journalists and policy advisors, Best Before follows those at the heart of the London food revolution. It may just change the way you eat!

We are delighted to welcome back Professor Martin Caraher, City University Professor of Food, who will introduce the film and contextualise some of its messages. The film will also be followed by a number of short talks from some of the groups working towards a sustainable food system in Ealing, and there will of course be time for hot drinks, cakes and discussion afterwards. As ever the event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of staging the event.

Active Hope

Sunday 1st December, 7.30pm: ‘Active Hope’ with Chris Johnstone

We live at a time of uncertainty when the future might seem scary and the challenges we face overwhelming. How then should we rise to the challenge and play our part in the story of creating the future we hope for? This evening’s session introduces the practice of Active Hope, exploring how we can be nourished, energised, empowered and inspired in the transition to a sustainable, life-affirming society.


Chris Johnstone is an author and coach specialising in the psychology of resilience and positive change. He has been involved in the Transition Movement since its early days, contributing to the chapter on the Psychology of Change in The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins. His books include Find Your Power – a toolkit for resilience and positive change, and, co-written with Joanna Macy, Active Hope – how to face the mess we’re in without going crazy.  He runs a distance-learning centre in Scotland and edits the free email newsletter The Great Turning Times. His website is

This promises to be an inspiring evening. As ever the event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of staging the event. Please join us for warm beverages, cake and discussion after the event.

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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