Events coming up – summary

Welcome to Transition BH – linking Transition groups in the BH postcode area. There are active local groups in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Why not come along and check out what’s happening?
For websites:
Poole group: transitionpoole.org.uk
Bournemouth group: transitionbournemouth.wordpress.com/
Christchurch group: www.transitiontownchristchurch.org/

Tues 17 Dec 2013, 7.30pm. At “No. 34 Community Cafe”, Poole High Street (34 Hill St, BH15 1NR Poole) Please join us for informal discussions with our guest, Mark Chivers, about ‘Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future’ which is a positive scenario based on making changes to our buildings, transport systems and behaviour.
The ZCB report, available on line, is based on research carried out by the Centre for Alternative Technology. Please feel free to bring along festive nibbles to share. Drinks can be purchased from the cafe. To give us some idea of how many are coming can you reserve your place here. (http://ttp01.eventbrite.co.uk/) Thanks. After the meeting, which concludes at about 9pm, we’ll head over to the Lord Wimborne pub!

For further info contact hello@transitionbh.org or look at the Events calendar

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Community Apple Pressing, Poole High Street

Good fun was had by all at Transition Town Poole’s first Community Apple Pressing Event in Poole High Street outside No 34 cafe. The juice was delicious – as promised – and over 200 pounds of local apples were chopped, crushed and juiced by young and old. Lots of passing shoppers stopped to look, and join in, and taste the juice – even though it was a bit browner and cloudier than they were used to! Well done to Fizz and Cherry for organising and thanks to No 34 Cafe for use of their facilities.

This was an Abundance project event. Abundance aims to make links between people with surplus fruit and people who need fruit so there’s less wastage at harvest time. If you know someone with fruit going spare or someone who can use it and/or you have time to help out with picking or transporting please get in touch with Cherry via hello@transitionbh.org or 01202 573081.

AppleDayWashingFirst the apples were washed, then quartered and bad bits removed.

AppleDayScrattingThe young skateboarders enjoyed scratting the apples – crushing into a pulp.

AppleDayJuiceThe juice flows from the press.

AppleDayGeneralLots of passers-by stopped to see what was happening and sample the juice.

AppleDayFizzFizz chopping early in the day, before it all got messy!

AppleDayChoppingGreat to see children joining in with it all.

AppleDay3James turns the press while Andy catches the juice.

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Andrew feeds the pulp into the press. The leftovers (pomace) went to feed the pigs at Kate’s dad’s farm.AppleDay4No 34 cafe were welcoming and provided tea and snacks.

AppleDayAll in all – a successful event.

 

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Slades Farm Community Garden Open Day 29 Sept 2013

Slades Farm Community Garden – a project of Transition Bournemouth (part of the Transition BH Hub) – held their Edible Garden Open Day on Saturday 29th Sept. Theresa says: “We had an amazing day. Lots of people visited and lots of youngsters helped Jay to build a fantastic bug hotel over near the compost heap. There was also lots of veggie swapping and lots of lots of tasting, especially of the yummy cakes!”
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Transition BH Hub AGM May 2013

Transition BH Hub – AGM Minutes. Held Thursday 16 May 2013, 7.30pm

Present: Harriet, Andy, Cherry, Michael, Gwyn, Theresa, Elliot, Jamie
Apologies: Gary, Kim
Guest: Sam (representing Green Unity Fairs)

Minutes from previous AGM are available on the archive on the TBH website.

Group Updates

Christchurch
TTC successfully applied for funding to buy table tennis equipment from the Ping! project supported by Lottery funds. Money (£480) was awarded in November. Since the table was installed in Druitt Hall over 130 people have attended the Monday sessions. The project has been a great success. Excellent for building community – young and old, all abilities. Sociable, good fun and inclusive. More funding has now been awarded for more tables. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up sessions and organising other events. It was suggested that a request for help could be circulated via Bournemouth CVS. Monthly meetings with speakers and/or films have continued.

Bournemouth
Flagship project for TTB is the Slades Farm Community Garden. It’s doing well with working parties 4–5 times a month. Wildlife surveys have been conducted with Bournemouth Naturally. Funding for tools received. It is hoped to get hold of an arson-proof metal storage container. Monthly meetings continue. Currently held at Monty’s Lounge in Pokesdown. A programme of outreach is planned, with a series of film nights. Links with Will’s foraging walks have been successful. The schools education programme has been completed. Stalls were held at Moors Valley Green Festival and Castlepoint.

Poole
Monthly meetings held alternately at no. 34 café and Friends Meeting House. Stalls were held at Lush Fest and Poole Park Green Community Arts Fair. The Apple Press has been purchased (stored at Gary’s) – available to lend out to schools and community groups. Relations with BoP council are good. Main projects are Turner’s Nursery Community Orchard and Poole Tidal Energy Project (PTEP). The first trees have been planted at Turner’s. A separate constituted body is to be set up to be responsible for the licence for Turner’s. Andy reported that PTEP is set up as a community interest company. DECC funding was received and PTEP are helping the Council by advising on potential for renewables at Upton.

Treasurer’s Report
Currently £4157.88 in the bank, £2960.86 of which is ringfenced for existing projects or groups, including Wimborne.

Summer Picnic
Last year’s picnic at Ashley Cross was a success. Numbers have doubled every year! It was decided to hold this year’s picnic at Slades Farm on the first dry day of 20th/21st, 27th July.

Green Community Fairs
Sam from Green Community Fairs spoke about her plans for this year’s events. Three dates proposed:
• 12th-14th July – Green areas at the Music, Sport And Community Event on Slades Farm
• 25th July – Green area at Bournemouth Family Festival, Meyrick Park
• 30th–31st August – Green Fair at Shelley Park (during the AirShow),
Sam’s main challenges are volunteers and fundraising. She has £1500 from Green Goals and Coop grants but is finding it difficult to raise from commercial sponsors. She made a request for financial help from TBH for the solar stage at Shelley Park but no agreement was reached on this. A formal proposal to the group would be needed. The group is keen to support Sam, perhaps by lending funds to help with returnable deposits. But nothing agreed as yet.

General summer events
Theresa offered to send round a Doodle with event dates, asking for volunteers to help set up and run stalls.

Transition BH Survey
Harriet and Gwyn have been looking at compiling a survey to generate interest and engage people from the wider network. We discussed the use of incentives to encourage survey returns.

Communication
Gwyn reminded the group that the newsletter can be used to send news to the membership. Cherry suggested that we could include links to relevant articles as well. There are about 430 subscribers. Items for inclusions should be sent to Gwyn.

Insurance
TBH pays for Public Liability Insurance (about £212 p.a.) which is used to provide cover for all the groups. One of the elderly ping pong participants at Christchurch sustained a broken wrist. It was thought it would be wise for the TTC group to make sure the insurance cover and notices are adequate by asking other table tennis clubs what they do.

Library
Jamie and Cherry have been looking at the idea of TBH holding a stock of core books for display at events and to lend out. It was thought that perhaps a recommended reading list, especially if attractively produced with cover illustrations might be more practical and adaptable.

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Turner's Nursery Planting Day

After weeks of bitter cold, Saturday 9th April was a bright, sunny, relatively warm spring day.

So Friends of Turner’s Nursery in Upper Parkstone got to work on the community orchard, planting fruit trees and native hedgerow plants and tidying the area we planted in the autumn. Good connections were made. Looking forward to picnics in the summer!

April6PlantingPlanting the “Jubilee Oak”.

JonWateringJon watering the pear.

ChestnutThe almond mulched with newspaper and cardboard to keep the roots moist and weedfree. This was covered with woodchip.

JamievstakeJamie staking.

BroadforkGary using the boardfork made by John. It works really well, loosening and aerating the soil, allowing water to penetrate, without destroying soil structure. But unfortunately it broke so we now need a stronger version.

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Christchurch goes Ping!

Transition Town Christchurch's successful bid to

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ot written up in the Daily Echo. You can see the article here.

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John's Apple Press – Holton Lee

John's handmade apple press got its first outing at Holton Lee “Make a Difference” day in October. Fiona was weaving, a group were planting willow and we all got together to make apple juice. Sadly the apple harvest was very poor this year

so the yield was not great, but the press worked spendidly with the meagre supplies of apples we ha

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The apple press in action


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Transition BH Hub Steering Group meeting October 2012

Transition BH Steering Group 15 October 2012
Gwyn's House

Harriet, Cherry, Gwyn, Andy – Poole
Kim, Theresa, Mike, Sarah – Bournemouth
Elliot – Christchurch
Apologies from Jamie and Gary

Agenda
Ping – E

lliot
Local nature partnership
TBH Website
Account
Transition message – Market penetration

Ping
One of small no 70 of thousands that got through £350 grant. Constitution doesn't mention sporting activity.
All agreed that it is an imposition to add mention, our aims shouldn't include a catchall, but that we wouldn't want to jeopardise the work, or the opportunity to support the Ping initiative. Accepted unanimously by those present.
Harriet to redraft, and send to Elliot and Andy
Andy to put revised version on Website

Funding
Total balance £2,515
Including £1,268 from Lushfest
Prospects for next year – fiancially, time, publicity
Local Green team – not currently meeting
Lush Fest Expenses – John Gillingham £250 (2 days in the rain) & Will c £100 (1 day)
Agreed

Apple Press £590 (£150 of which was BoP funding).
Generally no apples about at the moment.
Apple Expert – Downton – Gary knows
Grapes – Arts University college of Bournemouth
Wait for Green Goals decision, otherwise fund from our monies otherwise. Agreed

Display boards – problem of storage when not in use. Using DEAC boards, projector and screen.

Leaflets – colour, generic
 themed
 professionally designed – Indra did them originally
Double sided printing
200 £103
500 £125
Harriet to approach Indra
Andy to circulate themed leaflet
Printed seed packets ?
Agreed in principle
Leaflet holders – better made ? – Card, clear perspex
Good to get someone to make some, otherwise buy.
Gwyn to advertise in group

Ecohomes – Dorchester 7 homes

(250 visitors)
 5 weeks effort to organise
 aim for match funding 2013
 link to Architectural heritage event – beginning of Sep
 ? conurbation wide
 link to Covenant of Mayors declaration
 New Forest event 20/21 October
Action : Theresa to investigate

Cross conurbation events
Green Drinks Festive meal : Thurs 13th Zuccinis
Green House Hotel – would be happy to host us again

did do Picnic in Poole
Music evening

Signatories
Harriet, Theresa, Andy current signatories
Harriet away December to March
Adding Gwyn as a signatory Agreed
Harriet to leave them with Gwyn

Website
Events – keeping them on the list
Cherry, potentially Elliot, Gwyn, Mike, Sarah Andy to sort

Newsletter
6 a year – every 2 months
beginning December, Feb,

Green Drinks – fairly successful. Green Teas – difficult to get traction.

Elliot – Christchurch report
Over last year. With Ann and Rich (does website) – promotion, monthly

newsletter, events, issues etc. Doing an event every month, very conservative place, down to 3 people to do.
Response to core strategy – 10 pages
Aiming to raise awareness. Goes to 150 people.
Wiltshire and Navitas windfarms.

March report TT Christchurch
 BH Hub website. Take Druit Hall sentence off. Andy to sort

Bournemouth
Slades Farm
Part of fair buy viagra no prescription trade bournemouth
Working with Schools – Georgie Lamb, waste, Trisha Zimmerman – Ecoschools
workshops. Green Goals paying for workshops
AGM on Thursday
Poole
Turners Nursery
Poole Tidal Energy
Food Co-op
Covenant of Mayors

Navitas Windfarm
FoE conference Bournemouth University 30th October
David Weight article DECC response – Theresa to forward
Wiltshire – general motion not to have windfarms, can respond from outside the county.

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Wild Food Walk in the Purbecks

Theresa McManus says:
What a fantastic walk we had in Studland ! Many thanks to Will !

Not only did he provide lots of fascinating information about plants that provide a

yield we can use, but also had samples of fruit syrups and fruit leathers f

or us to try ! Whoopee !

We were very lucky with the weather and it was a gloriously sunny autumnal day. Amongst the many plants discussed were elder, hawthorn, dogrose, st. John’s wort, blackthorn, nettle, ground elder, and a variety

of seaweeds. After the walk we relaxed in the sunny beer garden of the Bankes Arms, which sells a great range of Purbeck Brewery products, with bunnies frolicking in nearby fields and the gorgeous panorama of Poole Bay in the background.

As the day what a complete success, we hope to arrange a number of similar events for next year.

For more information about this see Will's Bushcraft blog at http://www.downtoearthbushcraft.com/blog/

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Wild Food Walk this Saturday

Here’s an update from Will on the Wild Food Walk this Saturday.
Looking at the BBC weather forecast this morning, it seems we will be blessed with a decent gap in the weather for Saturday so let’s go for it.
Just a little reminder, without wanti

ng to sound like your mum, make sure you have got lots of warm clothes (although it’s a walk we’ll be g

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oing pretty slow and stopping lots), waterproofs (just in case), lunch for yourself and maybe something to sit on as the ground will be damp, money for ferry and a drink if you want to hang around afterwards. You might also want to bring a camera and notepad.
If anybody is planning to cycle out with me it would be helpful if you could reply to this email and let me know which point you will be waiting at just so I have an idea (Gwyn, I know you will be at the ferry). I’ve included the meet up times at the bottom of this email, please be on time as I don’t want to keep others waiting. Also please bring lock, high vis and lights if you have.
If anyone is wanting to lift share or can offer a seat please give Theresa a call: 07958 138053 .
Otherwise, after some initial confusion, it seems there is a bus service, although a less regular timetable: http://www.morebus.co.uk/service.shtml?serviceid=1563
For any buy cialis other queries or for any issues on the actual day please call/text me (Will) on:

07896 901185 .
Think that’s about it, really looking forward to our foraging adventure together, any questions just get in touch, Will.
The bike convoy:
9.15 outside the Oceanarium at Bournemouth Pier.
9.30 outside Branksome Chine beach station.
10.00 at the the chain ferry in anticipation of catching the 10.20 crossing

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Transition Town goes Wild in Purbeck!

Oct 6th 2012, 11am to approx 3pm.
Transition Town BH is joining with Down to Earth Bushcraft to present a Wild food walk near Studland, Isle of Purbeck this October.
We’ll start off from the Bankes Arms pub in Studland at 11am and meander along th

e cliff tops and through some woodland to Old Harry’s Rocks, stopping to sample some of Mother Nature’s autumnal bounties. We’ll keep it fairly fluid but will stop for lunch (bring your own) and aim to return to the pub by about 3 o’clock where those who want to can relax and have a drink.
It’s not compulsory, but feel free to join the bike convoy (details below). Alternatively, if you can offer a lift, or would like one, contact Will and he will pay someone write my paper endeavour to match you up – contact details on www.downtoearthbushcraft.com . Unfortunately the Bournemouth-Swanage bus will not be running at this time of year.
Price: £7 waged, £4 unwaged (half the money will go in the TTBH pot and the other half to Will at Down to Earth for leading the event). Places can be booked online at http://wildwalk.eventbrite.com and are limited to 18.
We’ll endeavour to go whatever the British weather but if it is really looks bleak we have a backup date of Oct 13th. Please check our website a co

uple of days before the event to get the go ahead: http://transitionbh.org
The Bike convoy:
We’ll be taking things at a leisurely pace so no one will get left behind- it’s about 7 miles return from the other side of the chain ferry with a couple of fairly gentle hills. Please also bring a lock and hi-vis clothing if you have.
Meeting up points will be:
9.15 outside the Oceanarium at Bournemouth Pier.
9.30 outside Branksome Chine beach station.
10 at the the chain ferry in anticipation of catching the 10.20 crossing. Please be on time as we cannot wait around too long.
For general info please email or speak to Will, contact details on his website: www.downtoearthbushcraft.com

We will meet outside the Bankes Arms Pub, Studland: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=bankes+arms+pub+studland+bay&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=bankes+arms+pub+studland+bay&cid=0,0,3790311298837221675&ei=LK0qUO6jOYeo0QX_g4DYCQ&ved=0CKgBEPwSMAE

Kit list.
Essential:
Packed lunch for yourself.
Water/hot flask.
Waterproofs.
Money for chain ferry.

Optional:
Bag or basket to collect some goodies.
Camera.
Notebook.

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