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Growing Taunton – 5th August

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 5th August – 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?

  • 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
  • Courgettes

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 – 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 – Sat 3rd June

Location: Somerset Square, between the Cricket Ground and the Brewhouse Theatre.

Time: 10.30-12.30

Growing Taunton will be out working on the planters and slope in Somerset Square on Saturday.

The focus will be on completing one of the terraces on the slope.

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Bring spades, trowels and gloves and prepare to get stuck in.

The aim is to have level terraces on this small slope to make planting easier and help retain water rather than let it run off.

General Election Hustings for Taunton Deane – 30th May

General Election Hustings for Taunton Deane
7:30-9pm, 30 May 2017
(doors open from 7pm)
Kingsmead School,
South Street,
Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE

Parliamentary candidates for Taunton Deane will attend to answer questions on climate change, Europe and other important issues.

Green Party – Clive Martin

Labour Party – Martin Jevon

Liberal Democrats – Gideon Amos

UK Independence Party – Alan Dimmick

Conservative Party – Rebecca Pow invited but has “decided not to take part”.

Chair for the hustings will be Julian Mellor. The format will be similar to BBC’s Question Time. Please send questions you would like to ask to hustings@wiveyaction.org.uk or by post to Hustings, Wivey Action on Climate, The Greenhouse, Old Brewery, Golden Hill, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NY (question deadline: 12 noon, 25 May)

This has been organised by Wivey Action on Climate.

 

A Talk: Why a rapid transition to renewable energy is essential

Chris Goodall will cover the subject of his latest book The Switch. He will explain why a rapid transition to renewable energy is essential, affordable and technically feasible.

Followed by questions and discussion.

Chris is a good speaker and renowned expert on new energy technologies with a website at: http://www.carboncommentary.com

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Monday 26 June 2017

Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP

Doors open at 6 pm with light refreshments available.

£3 entry on door to help cover costs.

The cost of PV is coming down rapidly as a result of improving technology, longer lives for equipment and lower financing costs. This will continue. It will mean that solar power will be the most economical way of generating electricity almost everywhere around the world within a decade. It already is in many countries in the tropics.

Cheaper PV is not enough. We need huge amounts of short-term storage, probably by installing batteries in homes and more widely across the grid. The good news is that, like PV, batteries are sharply coming down in price. Every succeeding forecast gets more optimistic.

From www.carboncommentary.com

the-switch

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.

 

Growing Taunton – Sat 1st April

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It is that time of year again when we will be getting that public veg growing started.

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

When: Sat 1st April – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town are inspiring 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.

If you eat, you’re in

We 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.

Fact 1:Wonder why we grow so many pot marigolds (Calendula) – well not only can you eat the petals it is also good as an insect nectar and pollen plant that attracts beneficial insects, especially bees, butterflies and hoverflies.  

The plan this month is to clear some of the beds and sow some suitable seeds like beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, salad leaves and peas; along with some wild flower seeds.  If you have any seeds or indeed vegetable plants that you can spare please bring them along on Saturday so we can share for this wonderful public edible garden.

Fact 2: Planted in Somerset Square Planters are the wonderful plant Oca; one of the ‘Lost Crops’ of the Incas, which is still widely grown in Bolivia & Peru. Oca is planted and cooked just like potatoes (although they are smaller, the size of new potatoes) and it has a lemony taste like potatoes with lemon butter. It’s is easy as long as you have a moderately long season, and being completely unrelated to potatoes , it’s not affected by blight.

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Taunton showing of acclaimed film Domain

7.30pm  FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017

TAUNTON QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP

“Tomorrow” (known as “Demain” in France) tells the story of its co-producers, Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurant and their search for solutions to the crisis humanity faces.  It has been watched by over 1.5 million people, won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars), been shown to communities, schools, at the United Nations, the European Parliament, in board rooms and local governments.

It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.  It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects.  It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries, leading to the formation of many new community projects.  It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency.

Tea will be available before the film, and there will be a short debate after the film, which lasts about 2 hours.

There will be an entry fee of £3 to cover costs.

Event arranged by Taunton Transition Town

 

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.

Film: Disobedience on 22nd September

Transition Athelney presents:
D I S O B E D I E N C E

disobedience-frontThe role of people power in the struggle to build a sustainable future

A 40 minute film, followed by refreshments and discussion.

The film has relevance to anyone who is engaged with the climate issue. It chronicles several successful efforts to disrupt fossil fuel operations and to raise the profile of the climate movement in the public mind. It also contains some penetrating insights (eg from Ricken Patel of Avaaz) about the opposing forces in this issue and why determined grass roots action is imperative in pursuit of change at a government level. This of course reflects the fact that few major reforms in history have been accomplished without a degree of civil disobedience.

The film throws up a host of issues and questions, including public perception of the Green movement. We are at a fascinating as well as dangerous juncture. One of the huge positives is that, with the solar revolution gathering pace, it is getting harder to dismiss Greens as wanting to drag society back to the stone age. This has been a source of fear in people’s minds as well as a cynical political tactic.

You can watch the trailer at:

http://watchdisobedience.com/trailer/

The Williams Hall Stoke St Gregory

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Doors open 7.30pm
Free entry; donations welcome

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Enquiries: adrian@azhobdens.co.uk