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Norwich Community Bees
We're part of a world-wide community movement in response to peak oil and climate change. This site gives you details of our up and coming events and meetings, as well as reports and related matters that are going on in Norwich and East Anglia.
NEWS AND RELATED EVENTS... Common Room - Low Carbon Cookbook - Magdalen-Augustine Celebration - Norwich FarmShare - Transition Free Press 4 - Visions for Change -On the Blog Harvest: Looking in the Archive 2009-2013 - Flight of the Butterflies - Where We Are Now
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Also getting ready for lift off is the Resilience Plan's Millennium Babies project, which has received funding for The Oil Game - about to be played by all cool Year 6 schoolchildren in Norwich. Pupils in the Hewett school are also about to be surprised by the transformation of an old playing field into a vibrant school market garden. If you're searching for inspiration for your own burgeoning project, book now for the "Dragon Dreaming” weekend. Still a few places left.
On the personal carbon reduction front (that's Transition 2.0) two new groups are starting up this month - a Transition Circle at UEA and a Carbon Conversations course at County Hall. The reunited Transition Circle West also have two meetings in Feb and Transition Hethersett is looking to buy a community woodland. And everyone is invited to our Big Spring Session to meet up and discuss how TN can flourish in this (our third) year.
On the blog, This Low Carbon Life we've been sending Transition Postcards from the edges of the world - from Arizona to the Scottish Isles. And we've also run our second Transition Themes week and in between been reporting on the fate of local libraries, shifting cultural values, living without a car, the government selling off our forests (shame!), vegetable brushes and the Return of the Housecoat. Don't miss our bloggers in the TN news today - John Heaser reviews It's All About the Bike and Helenofnorwich (and NR3) is giving back life to redundant umbrellas. And if you're in the neighbourhood, check out UEA's Cafe Conversations at Aladdin's Cafe where all the great planning happened for the Magdalen Street Celebration. Time to lighten up!
Text: Charlotte Du Cann Photo: Snowdrops by Mark Watson
Pete’s high octane stand-up poetry will be backed up by lighting, visual projections, props, music and all manner of creative energies. Those expecting a heavy show, packed with graphs and tips on insulating the home will be disappointed.
Pete the Temp verses Climate Change! employs comedy, satire, performance poetry and audience participation in an effort to capture hearts and minds on this most crucial of issues. It has already had a very successful scratch night at the Oxford Playhouse.
Peter the Temp at the Arts Centre, St Benedict's St on Monday, 28 February. You need to book online for Arts Centre tickets on line. This event is for over 14’s only. Standard Ticket £5.00
We have come up with an exciting list of possible meeting topics ranging from bike maintenance and foraging to household warmth and natural remedies. At our first meeting of the new year we shared a lovely meal and discussed setting up a resource-sharing library amongst the group members, including items from garden chairs, to travel cots, and even knitting lessons!
February's Circle meetings will be held on 8th and 23rd February. On the 8th February we are having a textiles skills-sharing session, where we will bring along our current knitting or sewing projects, share new skills, and give each other tips and a hand with difficult projects. The 23rd February will be an ethical and green holidays discussion, where we will discuss the ethics of different kinds of holidays and share tips about how to make our tourism more sustainable.
If you are interested in coming to either of these meetings then please let Helen know (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Photo: Beth Sissons
Photos by Jeremy Bartlett
Tom, creative director of the project, says: "This is fantastic news for us. This prestigious award enables us to expand our innovative programme of work with children in Norwich schools. With our partners, we'll be exploring sustainability issues in a fun and creative way. The children will discover the extraordinary story of how dinosaur poo and ancient sunshine became the oil that we use today, and how, during their lifetimes, they will have to find creative new ways to live well without this ancient resource!".
For more information contact Tom Harper: email@example.com
Pic: Tom and Year 6 children exploring peak oil at the Millennium Library, Norwich
We've held a visioning session to get our values and dreams for our farms down on paper: you can see the results here. Some people's passions led them to very concrete outcomes: keeping bees or learning to coppice; while others considered the whole nature of our food system and the way we treat our land. It's very inspiring to look forward and envisage what we can grow on this site- it won't just be vegetables! Read the whole article here.
The School Market Garden Eileen reports: There was once a time when schools had gardens ('dig for victory'!), and there was a time (pre Jamie Olivier), when school meals were only something to laugh about. Between these two points lie opportunities for the School Project. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Governors, and the time and effort put in by Toni Hassett and Tully Wakeman, the NCA school site should begin surprising Hewett students by April.
The school garden will offer fresh produce to on-site caterers, provide curriculum linked opportunities to staff and students, and illustrate an alternative relationship with how food is grown, and the choices we make about that food. It is early days yet. Just as the earth is slowly showing signs of spring warming, and tender shoots begin to appear, these ideas begin to take shape. There is support and interest from local schools, and how this project evolves will in part be influenced by those who take part in it. A 'schools' group wing of NCA has been mooted and will meet after the 31st. Our ground is being tilled and is ready for planting, and growth!
Grapes Hill Community Garden: Jeremy reports: On Sunday 23rd January 2011 we planted fruit trees, soft fruit and grape vines in the garden. It was hard work (especially breaking up the subsoil) but very enjoyable and we managed to plant everything! Thanks to everyone who took part. A full list of the fruit trees and bushes planted is here. The trees and bushes came from Reads Nursery at Hales Hall, near Loddon.
Grapes Hill's next event is on Sunday 13 February - Garden Work Day. Meet at the garden, 11am. Some tools will be provided, but please bring a digging fork if you have one. NCA Growing and Environment Group meet on 10 February (see calendar for details)
Photo: CSA Hedge planting at Postwick; Grapes Hill Community Garden tree planting day, both by Jeremy Bartlett
It's been an energetic start to 2011 on This Low Carbon Life, despite the literal and metaphorical cold weather out there. Andrew Boswell began with a thorough analysis of the controversial Incinerator Plans for Kings Lynn, Elena Judd put on a Housecoat and looked into Ye Olde Past for sustainable ideas and Jon Curran warned against complacency in Big Society Anyone?, put out a call to arms to protect Our National Heritage and Turned the World Upside Down. John Heaser asked Why Are There No Vegetable Brushes?, and was pointed in several right directions for acquiring one (or a substitute).
In the second week, Charlotte Du Cann did not have such a Happy Monday, but cheered up when her attention turned to Strictly Roots, Elena got to grips with the struggles and successes of Norwich Community Supported Agriculture, Rachel 'Blue' got into the Urban Transition Lifestyle, and Kerry Lane got conversations going with Low Carbon Students and Shared a Bit More on different ways of bringing about Social Change.
Take look at Eco Treedweller's idea for Norwich Co-operative Communites, inspired by the ant world and Mark Watson on cultural values In Deep Shift. If the sheer diversity and quality of This Low Carbon Life becomes overwhelming at this point you may need to make yourself a Medicine Soup, before Reading Between The Lines about proposed cuts to public libraries.
In the last week of January, led by Jon, we wrote posts about places we had visited that had inspired us towards a simpler, more low-carbon way of living: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Arizona, Italy (a skeletal outline!), the Scottish Islands, and Ecuador.
Meanwhile back home in East Anglia, Charlotte talks about her Inconvenient Life - Without a Car. (Mark Watson)
Bloggers' Meeting is upstairs at the Bicycle Cafe, St Benedict's Street. 7-9.30pm. (Blogging tips session from 7pm-7.30pm). For furthur details contact Charlotte Du Cann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Mark in Arizona, 2001 (from Transition Postcards week)
January was a fierce month for campaigns. There were campaigns for every kind of creature under duress from the industrial food system: bees, fish, cows (Nocton superdairy), pigs (vast American-style factory farm). Even though the perils of growing and eating food under these conditions are well-documented, the system keeps pushing against nature for greater and greater profit and control.
But some of us are starting to push back and gain momentum. What we do in the Cookbook sessions is to pay attention to these big issues and align them with our own small-scale carbon-reduction eating habits. No point, as Kerry pointed out, in knowing this stuff if you're not acting on it. Who would listen to us?
This month we're meeting at Bee's to discuss the writing part of the project (and not get too distracted by campaigns and cooking). If you would like to join us contact Charlotte Du Cann at email@example.com
Photo: supper with sweet potato, Arizona 2001; Greenpeace poster.
We've got a lovely group together for this weekend workshop, and it promises to be a very enriching and sustaining time. There are still places left if you would like to join us at this late stage. If you're coming from out of town, we may be able to help with arranging accommodation.
John Croft, the facilitator for the weekend, describes Dragon Dreaming as "a way of making our dreams come true by running outrageously successful and transformative projects". The underlying purpose of this approach is about helping us maximise our creative potential on a scale never attempted before so that we can fully play our part in "the Great Turning".
The workshop will use movement, dance, painting, singing, experiential exercises and meditation practice. We will explore how to release the power of our ecological self and listen to the Dream of the Earth calling us forth to understand who we really are in the web of life.
John has trained with Joanna Macy and draws upon the experience of the Australian Gaia Foundation, indigenous Australian Aboriginal wisdom and twenty years experience of community building and teaching within the deep ecology paradigm.
Cost & booking
Cost: sliding scale between £95 and £190 (not including lunch) - please pay what you can.
Booking: Please email Tully below and send cheque payable to Transition Norwich with contact details to: Dragon Dreaming, c/o Contemplative Forum, United Reformed Church, Princes Street Norwich NR3 1AZ
7.30-9.30pm Fri 18th, 9 to 5 Sat 19th and 9 to 4pm Sun 20th February 2011
On a sun sun sunny day in Hethersett we had an afternoon in Erik’s garden. A good old wood-chopping, bed-mulching, perpetual-onion- transplanting, vegetable-lactofermenting (a way of preserving for those that weren't there!) session.
Ruth (like a lightning bolt) then organised a second workday at her house to maintain her shed sauna. A superinsulated double roof layer stuffed with straw was crafted then re-felted decreasing the amount of wood needing to be chopped to keep it toasty (and dry!). Activity rolled into the evening with various food experiments to create a meal with the ingredients contributed.
Thanks and welcome to new faces Lesley, Louisa, Matt, Luci, Ruth and Clare for their time and energy.
Sat 5March. Workday at Brenna’s, Kirkstead .Activities could include: preparing a no-dig veg area (which does initially involve some digging!),coppicing willows building a haybox cooker (and possibly modifications on our outside fridge) planting comfrey, planting out seedlings..lots of general garden stuff! Contact Brenna for more info/directions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 19th March 2011 Our first excursion! To two sites registered with the Permaculture Association as good demonstration sites of permaculture design in action. We will be visiting: The Apricot Centre, Manningtree and The Peoples Community Garden in Ipswich. Having tours and doing a little work as a thank you for hosting us. We will leave Norwich at 09.00 and return at 18.50. Contact Tierney if you are interested in coming along (Tierneywoods@yahoo.co.uk).
Bed mulching/perpetual onion transplanting, Erik’s wood pile (no we didn’t chop all that wood that day!),shed sauna pre-renovations
Andy Wightman: Put forests in the hands of the people.
I've just finished reading the book and enjoyed it a lot. The book is structured around the story of how a life long cyclist decided to assemble the best components from around the world to build a dream bike that would last him the rest of his life. Rob Penn visits people who are the best at their craft - one company has been making leather saddles in the same way for 100 years - another builds frames by hand to fit the rider exactly. On the way, he covers the invention of the bicycle and its evolution from wooden boneshaker to the first form of transport that was available to the common man and enabled people to travel further to work and for leisure - which in turn shaped housing and road development in the UK. There is plenty of humour and I was pleased to learn the origin of the Jock Strap and how it got its name.
I'm not sure that travelling to the USA to get some hand made wheels is justified but that aside, I'm confident that anyone with an interest in bicycles will enjoy a book that is as unique as the finished Dream Bike that adorns its cover. (I will however not be emulating RP and spending £3000 on a bike, I will be sticking with my trusty 20 year old cross bike) (John Heaser/Transition Circle Hethersett)
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