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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – + 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 www.crsharchitects.co.uk
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 https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=wyesham%20community%20woodland%20project or email email@example.com
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 http://www.monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk/?p=3027
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sustain-by-design.com
How to Make Aerobic Microbial Rich Compost with the Land Gardeners: Tuesday 27 June, 10.30 to 3pm at Dingestow Court NP25 4DY – see https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=old%20lands%20csa + http://old-lands.co.uk/grow/events/
Food Group Meeting: Wednesday 29 June @ 6pm. Contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.