More happenings

Dear Transitioners

With the easing of restrictions we have more happenings!

Woolly Monmouth Community Hub – at the lower end of Monnow Street on the sunny side with great visibility for traffic and pedestrians:  The idea is to make this a natural meeting place in the web of the community to support, encourage and develop ideas and actions for enrichment of our local area.  On the ground floor we envisage a café space and pop-up shop/event space.  Upstairs seems suited to rentable rooms for meetings, activities/studios workshops, and co-worker spaces, and out in the yard – well, it could be part covered with a tent to give dynamic indoor/outdoor space to act as a café overflow, and used for outdoor meetings (Covid safe), workshops, table sales, repair workshops etc.  It’s time we had a look at this marvellous building to take forward our ideas so we are having a meeting on Tuesday 22 June at 7.30 to do just this.  Interested?  What should we do with the building?  How should it be run (CIC, Charity)?  Please come with your ideas to help develop an opportunity not to be missed.  Hey – Transition Monmouth highly visible in the High Street! – well, at 103-105 Monnow Street.

Beictown:  Sunday 27 June, 10 till 2 in the Monnow Street Market area:  Bike-Friendly Monmouth invite you to join a cycling celebration – bring your bike for a FREE basic check up and bicycle repair service, join the Vintage Bike Ride to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust – register with Honeysuckle Wood (1 Whitecross Street or phone 01600 715264), bike stalls for bikes and all your accessories – ACE Bicycles and Launch Bikes, Monmouth Cycling Club, and lovely street food.

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 13 July at 7.30 outside the front of Monmouth Comprehensive School NP25 3DP:  The last meeting was lovely – sitting on the grass under the stars talking to like minds.  In July we will discuss how we go forward with the Community Hub, and also our Community Fridge and Library of Things, and no doubt, lots of other things too.

Monmouth Bee Festival:  Saturday 31 July/Sunday 1 August:  It will be Open Gardens on the Saturday and we will be showing off our Kitchen Garden and wildflower meadow at Monmouth Comprehensive School.  Then on the Sunday the Festival with loads of stalls and information will be held in the Nelson Garden and on Chippy.

Well, there’s some dates for your diaries and we look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.  One last thing:  Fundraising:  We haven’t been able to hold our usual fundraising activities so have decided to join in the Rotary Club Raffle – tickets £1 each.  We keep all of the proceeds while Rotary pay for the prizes of £250, £150 and £75.  We have a couple of months to sell our allocation of 500 tickets.  Please let me know if you would like to buy!

Vivien Mitchell

Plants and more

Dear Transitioners

TWO REAL, LIVE EVENTS

A bit last minute – but we are holding a Plant Swap/Sale on Saturday 29 May – 11 am to 3pm at Bridges Centre.  Bring your spare plants to swap, or you can buy what we have on offer.  This coincides with the Covid Creations sale of arts and crafts fundraiser for the Centre with many tempting things to enhance your home or give as presents.  Unfortunately we are not allowed to provide refreshments but hey – the sun might well be shining for you to have a picnic out on the lawns at Drybridge House, Drybridge Park, Monmouth NP25 5AS.

And then there’s the Members’ Meeting – 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 June at the front entrance of Monmouth Comprehensive School, The Burgage NP25 3DP to talk about plans for a new Community Hub in Monnow Street, the Library of Things, a Reuse Shop, the ever-developing programme for the Climate Future Festival, and inevitably, much else.  Bring a chair, bring a drink, and bring yourself!

So yes, at last, we can start doing things together again albeit under the continuing Covid rules, and the weather is due to return to ‘normal’.  We so look forward to seeing you!

Vivien Mitchell

Voting, meeting, greeting

Dear Transitioners

CLIMATE FUTURE HUSTINGS for the SENEDD ELECTION on May 6

Did you miss the Hustings event with your candidates:  Ian Chandler – Green Party, Peter Fox – Conservative, Hugh Kocan – Plaid Cymru, Catrin Maby – Labour, Nicholas Ramsay – Independent, and Jo Watkins – Lib Dem?  Relax!  Here is another opportunity.  A recording of this interesting discussion is available now at:-

Enjoy – and remember to vote next Thursday!

A REAL, LIVE MEETING

Yes, we are allowed, once again, to meet outdoors – up to 30 of us in an organised manner – yay!  So, we look forward to seeing you at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11 May at the front of Monmouth Comprehensive School to get updates on the Library of Things, the exciting Climate Future Festival, other goings on and a catch up on your news.  Bring something to sit on, something to drink and wrap up warm – the evenings tend to get chilly;  we will provide the hand gel.

Vivien Mitchell

Your opportunity to meet your candidates for the Senedd election on 6 May

This is likely to be the only opportunity you have to meet your candidates, ask them questions, and hear what they have to say. The candidates are (in alphabetical order):

Ian ChandlerGreen Party
Peter FoxConservative
Hugh KocanPlaid Cymru
Catrin MabyLabour
Nicholas RamsayIndependent
Jo WatkinsLib Dem

The Hustings will be facilitated by Haydn Cullen-Jones, and he wants the questions that you want answers to.  Please email them to haydncj@hotmail.com by noon on Tuesday 27 April. 

Each candidate will make a brief opening statement.  Haydn will then work through the questions, rotating the opening speaker, finishing each question by returning to the questioner if present and then opening discussion to the floor.

We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be a lively and interesting discussion.  Here are the details for this Zoom event:-

Climate Future Hustings

WhenTuesday 27 Apr, 2021
7:30pm – 9pm
WhereJoin Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82288273735?pwd=TitoRkdmZE04SEZoZmloUVFUL3BKZz09

Meeting ID: 822 8827 3735
Passcode: 380407

Getting there

Dear Transitioners

We’re getting there!  After a long cold winter of lockdown, it looks like we will be able to meet again next month but in the meantime we have a couple of Zoom events.

Join us at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13 April for a Members’ Meeting.  The idea is to have a bit of a catch up and get the latest on the Library of Things, Green Grow and Green Spaces, our participation in the Climate Future Festival, Plastic Free Monmouth and anything else you want to talk about.  If you are new to Zoom, about 15 minutes before the start of the meeting, try clicking on the link below and if you have a problem ring me on 01600 715065.  Details are:-

WhenTue Apr 13, 2021 7:30pm – 9pm United Kingdom Time
Wherehttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89073164595?pwd=cTB1RFA3QlVmeEU3Q0hNSCtYYjJ3Zz09 (map)
Joining infoJoin with Google Meet
meet.google.com/snf-cdbc-xfj

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89073164595?pwd=cTB1RFA3QlVmeEU3Q0hNSCtYYjJ3Zz09

Meeting ID: 890 7316 4595
Passcode: 949107

Then on Tuesday 27 April we will hold our Climate Future Hustings for the Senedd election on 6 May.  At present the candidates are (in alphabetical order) Ian Chandler (Green Party), Peter Fox (Conservative), Hugh Kocan (Plaid Cymru), Nicholas Ramsay (Independent) and Jo Watkins (Lib Dem).  All have been invited and we hope they will all be able to attend.  Start thinking about the questions you would like to ask and send them to haydncj@hotmail.com in advance of the Hustings.  We will send out further details nearer the time.

And your views, please, on a couple of things:-

Viridor is preparing a bid to Monmouthshire County Council for a contract to operate the recycling centres across the county.  They would like to focus their attention on how they can support the local community and obtain a better understanding of the voluntary sector organisations and how they can be supported.  For example DIY Clubs that could repurpose wood, craft clubs that could use unwanted textiles etc.  We have asked for a Recycle Shop at Mitchel Troy, or preferably at a centre town location.  Please email Grant Cummings with your requests/needs – GCummings@viridor.co.uk

You might also like to express your views to the Welsh Government on their Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging consultation.  We all do our best to re-use, recycle, buy ethically, reduce waste etc but could the producers please help us on our way?  There is so much unnecessary packaging, much of it un-recyclable – so much waste, so much pollution, so much damage to wildlife.  Please respond to the Welsh Government at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/extended-producer-responsibility/extended-producer-responsibility-for-packaging/ – and you might like to also respond to their associated consultation on a Deposit Return Schemehttps://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/consultation-on-introducing-a-drs/

More soon.  The sunshine and garden beckon before winter strikes again next week!

Vivien Mitchell