Category Archives: Community

Growing Taunton – Sat 1st July

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 20th May – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

What is ready now?

  • Peas
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lovage – great herb with a strong celery taste – use sparingly
  • Oca Leaves – the leaves have a citrusy taste and great addition to salad
  • Some lettuce leaves left

Our courgettes are progressing and some are in flower…. so will be ready very soon.

Come along and hear all about the community garden and what is ready now.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.

Growing Taunton @ Somerfest – Sat 17th June

Join us on Saturday in Somerset Square to get your chance to plant and take away your very own veggie seeds.

Taunton Longswords are going to be attempting to break records by slashing plastic milk bottles in two – see 1000 cuts challenge.. https://www.facebook.com/TauntonLongswords

So Taunton Transition will receive the halved milk bottles and getting everyone to plant a seed/s of their choice. We have got compost… we have seed… so get planting on Saturday from 12 to 6.

Where: Somerset Square below the planters (between the Cricket ground and the Brewhouse).

When: Sat 17th June 12 to 6.

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Putting in the terracing…

Plus hear all about Taunton Area Cycling Campaign and the latest happenings for the promotion of cycling in the local area.

 

 

Growing Taunton

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 20th May – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.  But we need to get that infrastructure in.  The idea is to have 3 tiers of terraces held up by recycled plastic veg box gabions.  If you are feeling handy come along and help…..

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That’s right we are going to use these filled with stones.

 

Bike Mike Night – An Evening of Conversation – Wed 16th Nov

On Your Bike events present “An Evening of Conversation” (Bike Mike Night) Wed 16th Nov 7pm at CICCIC – Memorial Hall, Paul St, Taunton, TA1 3PF

Come and hear some tales of sporting achievement, featuring…

Jez Scarratt:

A man who has powered his way on two wheels through endurance events and cycling adventures. On one leg.

Dereck Cutler:

Lands End to John O’Groats in less than 5 days unsupported.

Beth French:

Pushing the boundaries of human achievement to swim the Seven Oceans, in one year.

This event is brought to you by On Your Bike charity, an organisation dedicated to recycling bicycles and improving the life opportunities for disadvantaged people.

On Your Bike operates from Trinity Business Centre, South Street and from behind the Taxi Rank at the Railway Station.

Tickets available on Eventbrite (link below) or at the door £5
http://tinyurl.com/hlg735m

Photos from Flickr Creative Commons: Chris JL, Les Chatfield, Coventry City Council, Tejvan Pettinger, Matt Gibson, Justin Rickwood.

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

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.

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Growing Taunton

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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Food Sovereignty – Each One, Teach One

3 Day Course exploring the principles & practices of Food Sovereignty in a UK context

2nd – 4th October 2015

At Brook End LAND Centre near Street/Glastonbury, Somerset

This two day course will introduce you to, or deepen your knowledge of, what Food Sovereignty means in a specifically UK context. It will also demonstrate the different ways in which you can enthuse others in your community of the importance of engaging with local food systems for social change.

What will happen over the weekend?

  • Together explore the fundamentals of food sovereignty in the UK, nationally and regionally
  • Look at the political and social issues around how marginalised groups are affected by the food systems of the UK
  • Examine the historical context of how food systems have developed in the UK and how they create injustice and inequality as well as obesity and poor food access currently
  • Look at a range of popular educational tools for communicating with your community
  • Become familiar with the different food movements in the UK as well as globally
  • Share best practice for designing and running a food conversation workshop in your locality

By the end of the weekend…

You will be a confident food system activist, ready and willing to support others to participate more in discovering and recovering their power to say what they want to eat, when, how and where.

What this means for you…

You are a leader in your life, your household and your community because you care about the future of food in the UK and beyond. This weekend will help you gain the skills and confidence to take your passion further. You will be linked to a centre for excellence in popular education on issues you care about and you will be able to network with like-minded others.

We will support you financially to participate and you will be encouraged to participate in the UK Food Sovereignty Movement, which will be having a national gathering in October 23-26 near Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, which is organising around bringing a change to the UK food system.

How to Book
Places limited. Please book ASAP.

To find out more email:

Mama D: communitycentredknowledge@gmail.com
Nicole: nicole@feedavalon.org.uk

For more info about Food Sovereignty & the Gathering:

www.foodsovereigntynow.org.uk

Pillars of Food Sovereignty:

  • Focuses on Food for People: rejects food as commodities & places people at the centre of food systems
  • Values food providers: asserts food providers’ right to live and work in dignity
  • Localises food systems: local and regional provision takes precedence over supplying distant markets
  • Puts control locally: places control in the hands of local food providers
  • Builds knowledge and skills: builds on farmer generated knowledge & rejects technologies like GM
  • Works with Nature: works with nature to develop diverse, low-input agroecological production

Reminder: Somerset Energy and Environment Network Meeting

Monday 5th Oct
7.45pm
Tangier Scout and Guide Centre
Behind the bus station, Castle Street
TA1 4AS

Free parking.

Are you concerned about our future energy requirements and environment? Come to a public meeting to see how we can work TOGETHER for solutions in Somerset.

We already have put together a website to keep all the useful links, groups and information in one place.

http://www.thesomersetnetwork.wix.com/SEEN

Whether you are an existing group or an individual wanting to know more – please come and share your thoughts so we can widen our networking and work more effectively as a county. If you know of any events or news around Somerset energy and environment then please come along and share.

Plus we need a logo! Think SEEN as in eyes, network and the fact that this is a Somerset wide group. …..  any ideas please bring along to the meeting or send to me Vicky Briggs (shuunyanet@gmail.com).

Remember to bring your diary!

Notes on the second Somerset Energy Meeting

Notes on the second Somerset Energy Meeting…

The main aim of the group was to set up a forum where interested groups from around Somerset could pool their
experience and contacts. This would ensure that there would be no overlap of projects or clash of event dates. The
forum will be named Somerset Energy and Environmental Network.

Objectives
The group would look into three areas:
1 Energy efficiency
2 Fuel Poverty
3 Switch to renewable energy.

To achieve these aims essential information needs to be readily available along with education to ensure that
people are aware of the opportunities that are available to them.

Typical targets would be
1 Where to get help
2 What is available
3 What is being developed
Information Forum/ Network
Apart from the three core objectives the group would commit to lowering of carbon footprint and emissions. The need
for communicating with other groups involved in similar projects and define the geographical boundaries. This would
enable us to map requirements and needs within those areas.
First steps are to develop a what’s on guide with other local groups to ensure that there would be no overlap of
events and projects. This could be funded by crowd funding.

Look out for future events and hopefully a website very soon. If you can provide any expertise to put a website
together, provide information or you are running an event we would like to hear from you.

Contact Ronni Spurr: iamronni@hotmail.com

Find the meeting minutes below.

ENERGY GROUP MEETING 26th May 2015

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