Invitation to Forum 21 Pasture Feed Conference

You are invited to attend:

Pasture Power – Exmoor’s Golden Future

A Forum 21 one-day conference to demonstrate the benefits of pasture fed food production. Feeding ruminant animals on species rich grassland produces good quality food, protects the soil, is good for animal welfare and stores carbon in the soil helping to alleviate climate change.  In addition pasture farming keeps more money in the local economy. Our speakers are practising farmers, land managers and conservationists. The speakers: Graham Harvey is a well-known author and agricultural journalist Rebecca Hoskyn runs Village Farm and has hugely increased biodiversity in the past few years while also increasing profit Rob Havard is a well-known regenerative agriculturalist and runs a business advising other farmers Nigel Hester from the National Trust will talk us through how to manage the whole of a river catchment to prevent flooding and improve water quality Other speakers include Bea Davis from Exmoor national Park, Philip Limbery from Compassion in Work Farming, Robin Milton, chair of NFU’s Hill Farming Forum and Liz Bowles from the Organic Soil Association.

At The Beach Hotel, The Avenue, Minehead, SomersetTA24 5AP

Register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pasture-power-exmoors-golden-future-tickets-31446617680?aff=mcivte

 

‘Before the Flood’ film showing on 30th January

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Before the Flood – a Leo Di Caprio film about the climate crisis.  

At The Friends Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton: Monday 30th January (7.30pm)

This is highly recommended viewing for all who are concerned about the climate crisis and the perennial issue of how to widen public engagement.  Di Caprio talks with Barack Obama, climate scientists and others in the field.  He is confronted with the view that it all hinges on whether the rich world can curb its consumption. 

There is much we can learn from the film – all the more so, knowing now that it did not have the intended effect on the USA election and that climate denialism is part of the new administration’s policy. 

There will be time after the screening to discuss what we all think and feel about this production and about climate communication in a world of anti-science, post truth politics.  This is an opportunity for us to do some thinking about our options, following a year in which reason, responsibility and care for the future lost a lot of ground.  

This event has been arranged by Taunton Transition Town, Transition Athelney, Wivy Climate Action, Transition Wellington

Admission is free, but we will ask for a small donation to allow us to cover our costs.

 

Taunton Area Cycling Campaign – Sat 26th Nov – 9.15

Please come to the Market House next Saturday (26 Nov) 9.15am-10am to our media photo event to launch TACC – Taunton Area Cycling Campaign.

TACC aims to highlight issues for cyclists in and around the Taunton Area after great feedback from the latest cycling survey.  On Saturday we are highlighting the top 15 cycling hotspots that the survey identified including the cobbled road around the market house.  Others include Station Road, East Reach, all major routes into Taunton ie A38 Wellington to Taunton.

TACC want to make Taunton and indeed the surrounding areas cycle friendly; we want to improve safety, and promote better road design, to make a better Taunton.

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Taunton has nearly 10% of people riding to work -imagine the impact on traffic and congestion if these people drove to work instead. And now imagine the impact if this level of cycling could be doubled. Makes you think!
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So whether you are a cyclist commuter, a leisure cyclist or someone who would like to cycle but is put off by the roads please come along and join us.
Place: Market House – Centre of Taunton
Date: 26th November
Time: 9.15-10.00
Bring your bike (if you have one) and show Taunton what it like to have happy, joyful cyclists (and soon-to-be cyclists).

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

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

A Car Club for Taunton

 

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Co-cars is about to extend into Taunton – part of a project with GWR to add car club cars at some of the main train stations in the SW. As Co-cars is a coop, they are very keen to actively engage with interested people in Taunton and give them the opportunity for greater involvement. Co-cars is an existing co-op (centred on Exeter, but offering cars from Salisbury to Barnstaple)( http://www.co-cars.co.uk/) . Car clubs allow easy access to the use of a car without the hassle and cost of owning one. If you own a car and do less than 5000 miles a year, it is worth considering,

Find out more on Friday 1st July 1 til 3pm –  Co-Cars and Go-op  Somerset Co-operative Hub, 10 East Reach, Taunton TA1 3EW or email  services@somerset.coop.

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‘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

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