Happy New Year & January Film Showing

Ealing Transition wish you a very happy New Year.

2013 begins on a sobering note as bush fires rage during record temperatures in Australia, and the US National Climate Assessment reveals the profound effect that climate change is already having on the lives of American citizens. The authors of the report have not flinched from naming the culprit: “Global warming is due primarily to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels,” they state. The need for practical, local action continues to exercise our minds.

Sunday 27th January 7.30pm: Film Showing: A Farm for the Future

With the above in mind, we have decided to re-show this inspiring film about film maker Rebecca Hosking’s exploration of the challenges faced by modern farming.

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With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon to become the next generation to farm the land. However she is alarmed by how energy-intensive farming is, and realizes that a new way of working may be necessary

With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, she explores ways of farming without high inputs of fossil fuel. In the process, she learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy, low carbon future.

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. As usual 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.

Happy Christmas & Edible Ealing Festive Hampers

Thanks to all who attended our festive get-together on Wednesday. All that remains for us in 2012 is to wish you a fantastic Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We would also like to bring to your attention a seasonal offer from the organizers of our box scheme, Edible Ealing.

Edible Ealing have put together a fantastic Christmas hamper including goodies made and grown locally by Ealing Abundance, W7 Emporium, Celestial Cakes, Bonasera Creations, Antonius of Apulia and Cultivate London.edible ealing

You will also receive all your seasonal organic fruit and veg requirements including sprouts, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, red cabbage, beetroot, lemons, oranges, and some other more unusual offerings.

The hamper will be available to buy at the next box scheme gathering on Friday 21st December (please note we do not deliver, but there are now four different pick-up sites around Ealing).

Details will be emailed to all box scheme subscribers early next week. If you would like to receive an order form on Monday 17 December for orders to be picked up on Friday 21 December please send an email to edible.ealing@gmail.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. It is also now possible to pay in advance by BAC.

For more information see http://edibleealing.wordpress.com/ or the Edible Ealing Facebook page.

Happy Christmas, see you in 2013!

Ealing Transition Steering Group

End of Year Celebration and 2 Short Films

Wednesday 12th December 7.30pm:

Please join us for our end-of-year celebration. We will be showing two short films (approx 10 minutes each) however the emphasis will mostly be on socialising, celebrating the successes of 2012 and discussing ideas for activities and projects in 2013.

Mince pies, mulled wine and other refreshments will be served, and there will be an opportunity to talk to members of the various project groups (community garden, orchard group, beekeepers, book club etc).

The first short film is a preview of a documentary we have been making about Ealing Transition’s efforts to create a more sustainable, more resilient future in the borough. The second is a short feature making a case for Local Food. Both should inspire our discussions.

The planned TED talks will be shown early in 2013

The venue is St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. As ever, entry is free but we will ask for a voluntary contribution to help us cover costs. We hope you can join us

Streetbank

On Sunday 21st October we were delighted to welcome Sam Stephens, founder of Streetbank, who came to St Mary’s to speak about his project.

Streetbank is a website that gives neighbours the opportunity to lend, give away or offer items and/or skills to anyone living within one mile of their home. People simply sign up with their postcode, add at least one item or skill they would like to share, and they can see everything offered by their Streetbank neighbours. All for free!

Streetbank works like a giant garden shed, tool-kit, fancy dress chest, skills bank, DVD collection and library all rolled into one. With 5,000 plus members in London and over 17,500 across the UK, the organisation is living proof that community spirit is alive and well.

What’s more, people can make use of it however they wish. Some want to save money; for others it’s about living more sustainably and for others still it’s about getting to know their neighbours. In a world where the annual average usage for a household drill is 14 minutes, it makes sense to share!

It is a brilliant complement to the work of the Transition movement. You can find out more about Streetbank – and sign up if you wish – at http://www.streetbank.com

Fruitloader

Fruitloader is a fiendishly clever project which aims to map public fruit trees for foragers. Developer Gavin’s goal is to map all public free trees globally and to share this information with anyone who can use it. The map so far can be found at http://www.fruitloader.com. A mobile app for Android can be found here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fruitloader.map. An iPhone and iPad version is planned for release at the beginning of next year.

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