Growing Taunton – Saturday 3rd Sep

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Taunton Transition Town will be holding another Growing Taunton session in Somerset Square this Saturday.  We have got a lot growing this year…. tomatoes, sweetcorn, cabbage, kale,mint, rosemary, chives, thyme, lovage, tarragon, courgettes and oca.  Come along and help tend, nuture and water this glorious produce; right in the heart of the Taunton.

  • Date: Saturday 3rd September
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Where: Somerset Square, Near Brewhouse Theatre

We might possibly move on to our other plot in Vivary Park.  This plot features medicinal herbs as well as some very unusual edibles.

If you cannot make it then you can always lend a hand when it is dry. We keep some buckets in planters to act as water carriers. If you can spare five minutes whilst you walk past the planters please stop by and grab a bucket – you can gather water from the river and give those thirsty plants a good shower.

Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.

Ron Finley – Gangsta’ Gardener from Los Angeles

Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton

Boost to local food movement-meeting Ilminster 31 August

 

There is a great opportunity to boost the local food movement coming up soon in Ilminster, with a meeting at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 31st August.

James and Sukamela at Wild Geese Acres

Somerset Co-op Services are inviting everyone to come and find out about how the simple idea of Community Supported Agriculture can deliver all sorts of benefits to food security, sustainability and community resilience. There are a growing number of great examples, from Plotgate and the Ecological Land Co-op to Exeter’s Real Food Cafe and Manchester Veg People.

 

What’s more there is a great opportunity for a transformative project in the Ilminster area – but you’ll have to come along and find out more.

 

The event is at the Ilminster Parish Hall at 7pm on the 31st August and they’d love to see plenty of people there. Sign up at the Facebook page if you can – just search for ‘Somerset Co-operative Services’ (please click ‘Like’) and follow the link to events. But we’re very happy to have people drop in on the day. We’ll also try to help with lift sharing – contact alex@somerset.coop for more details.

 

Growing Taunton – Saturday 6th August

 

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Taunton Transition Town will be holding another Growing Taunton session in Somerset Square this Saturday.  We have got a lot growing this year…. tomatoes, sweetcorn, cabbage, kale, chard, mint, rosemary, chives, thyme, lovage, tarragon, courgettes and oca.  Come along and help tend, nuture and water this glorious produce; right in the heart of the Taunton.

  • Date: Saturday 6th August
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Where: Somerset Square, Near Brewhouse Theatre

Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.

Ron Finley – Gangsta’ Gardener from Los Angeles

Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton

‘Protecting our future’ talk 18 July

A talk by Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter. Tim Lenton is Professor of Earth System Science and Climate Change. His illustrated talk will cover targets agreed at the 2015 United Nations Summit; climate tipping points; what will happen if warming keeps increasing and how this will affect us all; as well as actions being taken and still needed.

ALL WELCOME – your chance to hear from a top expert speaker Monday, 18th July 2016 Kingsmead School, South St, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE 7.30pm start with doors open 7pm £2 on door (free for school pupils).

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Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter

http://www.wiveyaction.org.uk

Climate Talk Flyer [134065]

 

Growing Taunton – Somerset Square

Come and help grow vegetables in the middle of Taunton.  Pick up some tips on growing veggies.

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If you eat, you’re in

We are trying to inspire people all over the town to take food production back into their own hands. Any piece of land has the potential to grow food – be it a curbside, your back garden or a spare corner in a park. Our mission is to take down the barriers between you and your ability to grow there. And it starts here in Somerset Square, near the Brewhouse.

Where: Somerset Square, near Brewhouse, Taunton

When: Saturday 04/06/2016, 10.30-12.30.

Bring gardening gloves, trowels and if you have them any vegetable plants to spare.

Growing Taunton
Growing Taunton

Taunton Cyclists-have your say

A new simple survey has been launched to find out how cyclists and would be cyclists rate cycling in the town. Taunton has the basis of a cycling network now but there are gaps and some difficult sections of road and junctions. An aim is to establish what the priorities for cycling are, which would help in future funding bids by the local authorities.

Mike Ginger of Transition Taunton, who have prepared the survey said “Taunton is an ideal size for cycling and walking, and more cycling could help ease congestion and environmental problems. Many people already cycle with around 3000 trips to work each day. It is vital that the new proposed developments provide good walking and cycling access to the town centre and other services.” A further aim of the survey is to establish if there is interest in forming a cycling group in Taunton to promote day to day cycling.

Please take part in the survey

The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/tauntoncycling

Taunton’s Incredible Edible Planters

Our three planters overlook the River Tone close to the Brewhouse. They are looking good at the moment, with the promise of free food to come during the summer.

A small group of us maintain these. At our last Saturday session, passers by were taking interest(friendly visitors to Taunton pictured alongside one of the planters).

We are looking for a new people who can help us, spending a couple of days a month helping to look after the planters. If you are interested, email us at tauntontransition5@gmail.com.

Plnters 23 May 2016

 

 

TTT Needs You

The Transition Movement is changing and Taunton Transition needs to change with it.  The group is only as strong as the people in it and sometimes that needs a new broom. Come and celebrate our stories of transition in Taunton and take up the opportunity to create a new Taunton Transition Town.  During the evening we will hold a (short) AGM when you will be invited to elect a new committee for 2016 and put forward ideas for this year’s events.

Share your dreams and suggestions for sustainable future whilst enjoying a hot soup supper.

Where:  Friends Meeting House in Bath Place

When: Tuesday 26th January – 7 pm.

Confused?

What is Transition:

The aim of Transition is to help you be the catalyst in your community for an historic push to make where you live more resilient, healthier and bursting with strong local livelihoods, while also reducing its ecological footprint.

What is transition?

Find out more at: https://www.transitionnetwork.org/

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This Changes Everything – documentary showing – Sun 6th Dec

If you did not see the showing of ‘This Changes Everything’  in Wiveliscombe last week, Wedmore Green Group will be showing the documentary on Sunday.

Sunday Dec 6th in Wedmore Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Watch the trailer at http://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/?yt=true

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Naomi Klein and crew in New York: DP Mark Ó Fearghaíl, Director Avi Lewis, Sound Daniel Hewett © Ed Kashi

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Over the course of 90 minutes, viewers will meet…

Crystal, a young indigenous leader in Tar Sands country, as she fights for access to a restricted military base in search of answers about an environmental disaster in progress.

Mike and Alexis, a Montana goat ranching couple who see their dreams coated in oil from a broken pipeline. They respond by organizing against fossil fuel extraction in their beloved Powder River Basin, and forming a new alliance with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.

Melachrini, a housewife in Northern Greece where economic crisis is being used to justify mining and drilling projects that threaten the mountains, seas, and tourism economy. Against the backdrop of Greece in crisis, a powerful social movement rises.

Jyothi, a matriarch in Andhra Pradesh, India who sings sweetly and battles fiercely along with her fellow villagers, fighting a proposed coal-fired power plant that will destroy a life-giving wetland. In the course of this struggle, they help ignite a nationwide movement.

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everythingprovides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.

March against coal-fired power plant in Sompeta, India. Still from “This Changes Everything