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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 email@example.com or 01202 573081.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Currently £4157.88 in the bank, £2960.86 of which is ringfenced for existing projects or groups, including Wimborne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Gary 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.
Transition Town Christchurch's successful bid to
Ping Initiative g
ot written up in the Daily Echo. You can see the article here.
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
Transition BH Steering Group 15 October 2012
Harriet, Cherry, Gwyn, Andy – Poole
Kim, Theresa, Mike, Sarah – Bournemouth
Elliot – Christchurch
Apologies from Jamie and Gary
Ping – E
Local nature partnership
Transition message – Market penetration
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
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)
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
professionally designed – Indra did them originally
Double sided printing
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
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
Harriet, Theresa, Andy current signatories
Harriet away December to March
Adding Gwyn as a signatory Agreed
Harriet to leave them with Gwyn
Events – keeping them on the list
Cherry, potentially Elliot, Gwyn, Mike, Sarah Andy to sort
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
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 Tidal Energy
Covenant of Mayors
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.
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.
For more information about this see Will's Bushcraft blog at http://www.downtoearthbushcraft.com/blog/