The Great Get Together – June 2017

Dear Transitioners
The Great Get Together

Inspired by the maiden speech of Jo Cox MP in which she said ‘We have more in common + are far more united than that which divides us’, there is a weekend of community celebration to honour her memory.  Jo was just 41 when she was murdered by a far-right fanatic on 16 June last year.  The tribute is particularly poignant after the recent terror attacks in Manchester + London.

Brendan Cox, Jo’s widower, said ‘her killer failed in his aim to drive people apart + instead ensured that her voice was heard more than ever.  It was designed to divide communities + it’s failed in doing that.’

Community is of paramount importance to the Transition Movement, + we are proud of the wonderful community groups who are part of + work with us.  Starting on Friday 16 June, over 106,000 events are planned throughout the country.  Find a Great Get Together happening near you on #GreatGetTogether #MoreInCommon or google The Great Get Together + your location – plenty of events will come up.

In Abergavenny there will be a Community Canteen meal on Saturday, + in Monmouth we will have a Big Lunch Get Together at Claypatch – Wyesham Community Woods on Sunday – details below.  Please join in, or find another event near you.  Have a happy weekend with a community near you!

What’s On ….

Community Canteen:  Saturday 17 June, 7pm at Holy Trinity Hall, Baker Street, Abergavenny:  This will feature a Palestinian meal including olives + other items sourced directly from Palestinian farmers.  Booking essential – contact or – + also if you would like to help with preparation starting at 3pm

Living in a Zero Carbon Barn:  Saturday 17 June, 2pm:  Designed by the resident architects to include a productive garden + biomass coppice.  For the last six years the house has been fully heat + power monitored as part of an ongoing field trial.  Contact

Claypatch – Wyesham Community Woods:  The Big Lunch Get Together:  Sunday 18 June, 12 till 3, Wyesham Road, Monmouth NP25 3NE:  Come + see this treasure in the heart of Wyesham.  Friends, families, neighbours + local groups are all invited to come along, bring a picnic blanket, food + drinks, to the meadow for a family centred event.  More details at or email

Monmouthshire Meadows:  Sunday 18 June, 10 till 4:  Monmouthshire Meadows Group together with Gwent Wildlife Trust will have four meadows open to the public – Llanllowell Meadows, Springdale Farm, Kingcoed Meadows + the Trellech Wet Meadow – further details on

Members’ Meeting:  Wednesday 21 June, 7.30 at the Punch House – to discuss our contribution to the Monmouth Place Plan, progress at Claypatch Wood, RECS – our flood prevention scheme, Chippenham Playground, bus timetables, our 10th birthday party, + anything else

Gilwern Barnstorming:  Saturday 24 June:  Designed by resident architect Simon Brown to Passivhous EnerPHit standard.  Please arrive at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm for a tour.  Contact:  07841 870020, or

Grosmont Cycling Festival:  Saturday/Sunday 24/25 June – full details on or contact 

How to Make Aerobic Microbial Rich Compost with the Land Gardeners:  Tuesday 27 June, 10.30 to 3pm at Dingestow Court NP25 4DY – see +

Food Group Meeting:  Wednesday 29 June @ 6pm.  Contact if you would like to come

Old Lands CSA Open Evening:  Tuesday 4 July, 7.30 to 9pm:  This new Community Supported Agriculture project is amazing – a fantastic walled garden, old orchard + other areas full of the very best organic (of course!) veg.  Contact if you would like to be shown round by Colum Pawson + hear about his ‘no dig’ method of producing so much lovely stuff

Beans Stall:  Saturday 8 July, 10 till 1 in the Blestium Street Car Park:  As ever, we will be handing out free samples of delicious bean meals + recipes.  Please get involved – making a dish, manning the stall – contact if you can help, or just turn up on the day

Members’ Meeting:  Wednesday 19 July, 7.30pm at The Punch House – more details next month

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning:  Saturday 22 July, 10 till 12 at The Priory, Monmouth together with Swap Shop for seeds, plants + produce, tools from Tools for Self Reliance Cymru, + Fairtrade refreshments

Summer Fun Day at Bridges Community Centre:  Saturday 22 July, 10 till 3:  A day packed with information stands, food, music, games + activities all centred on the theme of wellbeing

And, as ever, there are your Local Produce Markets:-

Usk – Saturday 17 June – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 22 June – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 1 July – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 8 July – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 15 July – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 27 July – 9.30 to 2.30

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Members’ Meeting next Wednesday, 21 June.

Ann Eggleton