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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

Friday, May 31, 2013

Norwich Greenpeace Fair - Saturday 1 June

Norwich Greenpeace are holding a fair to raise funds for Greenpeace's Save the Arctic campaign in the LCR (Union House) at the University of East Anglia from 11am to 5pm on Sat June 1st.  There will be stalls from local organisations as well as those selling green products, and music from a variety of local musicians.
The Arctic is one of the most vulnerable places on Earth, and Greenpeace need funds for an Arctic survival pod so that they can carry out direct action there, so please come along and show your support. (Chris Keene)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Visions for Change - 28 May

Visions for Change, the meeting place for progressive individuaals and groups in and around Norwich has monthly meetings at the Playhouse and has recently launched a website to publicize activities, events and contacts.

At our first meeting we had a round of talks about why we have come together at Visions for Change and agreed that subsequent meetings should include:
  • shout-outs: about upcoming events and activities by groups and individuals
  • action networking: connecting individuals to set up activities and support each other outside VFC
  • education on issues: have discussions on issues we feel need to be discussed in this space. We do not want to duplicate discussions and talks already taking place, but a number of us felt the need to educate ourselves in this informal round on progressive issues. Discussions will first take place in small groups of max. 7 people on the same issue. Then we have one person from each group sit in a fish-bowl format conversation and feedback and discuss the outcome of the groups.
The meetings follow the structure above and this month's item for discussion: Successes and Problems of Campaigning Groups, Engaging the Norwich Community.
The fourth aspect we agreed VfC should be about is 'socializing', thus after our two hour meeting there is time for a drink in the bar afterwards! Vanessa Buth

Playhouse meeting room. 42 - 58 St Georges St. Norwich NR3 1AD, 7.30-9.30pm. All welcome.
Contact: Alan Cottey Email: alancottey@phonecoop.coop

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Common Room: Make Day - Sat 18 May, 11am - 4pm

Following on from two prototype days, The Common Room at St Lawrence's Church is holding a Make Day and inviting people to be part of taking the project to the next stage.

The Common Room could transform St Laurence's Church into a new type of shared space, made and shaped collectively, and run on the principles of collaboration, connection and resourcefulness.

You could host meet ups, start new projects or develop your business ideas. It could be a workspace, workshop, communal dining room, or growing space.... What happens there can be up to you.

There are lots of exciting ideas, potential opportunities and a high level of interest from many different people:

"Norwich really needs a centre for all of its many creative people to come together & support each other and benefit from each other's experience."
"The Common Room should encourage activities and projects  within the local community, shaped by the local community.  I would love to both teach and be taught here."
 "A community workshop would allow people tolearn new skills and do things for themselves. 
It could have so much potential, for businesses too."

There are new parts we need to design, build and create together including: membership, activities equipment and economic models
So we would now like to invite you to come to the Make Day and join us in collectively creating the building blocks needed to take The Common Room forward.

RSVP: http://commonroommakeday.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to meeting and making together! For further details on membership and becoming involved see The Common Room project page,

Common Room Co-founding Group, The Churches Conservation Trust and Social Spaces 00:/

Image: Herbs for Resilience Trade School class by Mark Watson, Common Room, February 2012

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Patterns for a Sustainable Planet - Saturday 18 May

'Patterns for a Sustainable Planet' is the UN talk by Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and is Director of the UEA Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Professor Le Quéré was author of the 3rd , 4th and 5th (ongoing) Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She co-chairs the Global Carbon Project, a non-governmental organisation that fosters International research on the carbon cycle and publishes annual updates on global emissions and sinks of carbon dioxide. Further information on her current work on Future Earth can be found on this link:  http://www.icsu.org/future-earth

The new international research programme Future Earth, will coordinate international research on sustainability for the next 10 years 

Saturday 18th May at the Curve in the Forum, 11am. will last about 30 minutes followed by questions. Coffee is available from 10.30am Admission is free. A donation is invited to cover expenses. www.unanorwich.org.uk