Food for all….

Dear Transitioners

We got off to a cracking start after the summer break, cheered by the news that our RECS Flood Prevention project has been shortlisted for an award for ‘enterprise + action on climate change’.  This is under a Welsh Government programme, Renew Wales, that supports community groups tackling the problems of climate change.  The awards will be presented at the Senedd on 12 October.  Whatever the outcome, we will get good exposure at the accompanying conference.  In the meantime ….

Food Waste + Excess Produce – + how we could use it to good effect, especially to combat food poverty

As we said last month, Transition Monmouth has long considered what we could do to reduce food waste, utilise excess to good effect, + help those in need – the latter becoming an ever increasing problem as witnessed by the rise in the use of Food Banks + the growing concern about children being inadequately fed during school holidays..

Coincidentally, volunteers at Homestart + the Ty Price Community Hall have been thinking along the same lines so, we started talking + thinking.  We should consider the whole issue of Food Banks, business + domestic food waste, food produce usage + food sharing.  At present this is just the germ of an idea that has the potential of becoming a great project for the whole town.

We are therefore inviting Monmouth Town Council + all the community groups we can think of – Monmouth Food Bank, Homestart, Ty Price Community Hall, community groups in Wyesham, Overmonnow + Rockfield – to an initial meeting to discuss what could be done:-

Wednesday 18 October @ 7.30 in the Barn Room at The Robin Hood

Who do we need to contact?  What do we need to find out?  How do we set about doing something really useful?  What + where?  If you have ideas, or just want to find out more, please come to the meeting on 18 October – + tell your friends + other community groups. For further information/queries, contact anneggleton@waitrose.com.

You might like to know more about what other people are doing;  have a look at these links:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11956452/Bargain-Brand-Food-Outlet-Social-supermarket-for-25p-tackles-food-crisis.html

http://www.marksandspencer.com/s/food-to-order/adventures-in-food/rethink-food-waste?extid=sm_fb_wow_p_xbu_planafoodwaste&cvosrc=social+network+paid.internal+facebook.6073722481610&cvo_cid=6073719920010&cvo_pid=6073719921410&cvo_adid=6073722481610&mcptredirect&edcredirect

https://www..theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/30/wales-takes-bite-out-of-childrens-holiday-hunger

https://feedbackglobal.org/campaigns/gleaning-network/

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/free-food-charities-community-groups-13654565.amp

 

Monmouth Food Assembly

After a long wait the Monmouth Food Assembly is up + running so you can buy really fresh produce from your local producers.  Order from the catalogue + collect from Ty Price Community Hall, St Thomas Square on Thursdays, 4.30 to 6.30.  If you like what you see, share the link to spread the word – https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/8971.  More producers will be joining soon, so keep looking!

Flood Prevention in + around Monmouth

RECS (Renewable Energy Community Schemes with Flood Prevention + Other Benefits) held a very interesting workshop in early September.  If you weren’t able to come but have information to input on flood prone areas/roads, opportunities for holding back flood water, + opportunities for micro hydropower schemes, you can still tag locations on the Transition Monmouth mapping portal – https://arcg.is/0KXfCz;  you can also email information to vivienmitchell@yahoo.co..uk + Andy.Gill@atkinsglobal.com.  The area we are looking at includes Monmouth + Skenfrith, Dingestow, Newcastle + Trellech.

Here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning:  Saturday 7 October, 10 till 12 at Ty Price Community Hall.  Please note the new venue which is the old St Thomas’ Church Hall near the Monnow Bridge, beautifully refurbished.  We will be serving Fairtrade tea + coffee, homemade cakes + biscuits, + will have a Swap Shop for seeds, plants + produce.  Tools for Self Reliance Cymru will be there with a range of tools – start your Christmas shopping with them! + come to see this lovely new venue

Apple Juicing:  Saturday 7 October, 11 to 5 at the Abergavenny Community Centre, Merthyr Road, Abergavenny NP7 5BY:  Bring your apples + clean, empty bottles + take home freshly pressed juice.  Do you need help collecting apples? – phone 01873 856925 / 07751 666481 or email aber.hub@gmail.com

Preserving Fruit + Veg with Anne Harley:  Saturday 7 October, 10 till 4 at the Salvation Army, Broadwell.  Cost:  £10 to £30 – pay what you can afford + a limited number of free places.  Book by e-mail to info@therewildproject.com or phone 07811 517096 

Wales Fair Trade Fair:  Sunday 8 October, 10 to 5 in the Market Hall, Abergavenny:  A market of fairtrade + local crafts, delicious food + live music – much fun for all the family + a great place to start your Christmas shopping.  More information on the Wales Fair Trade Fair website – http://fairtradewales.com/wales-fair-trade-fair-2017 

CALM – Campaign Against the Levels MotorwayWednesday 11 October @ 7pm, Newport Civic Centre:  With the Public Inquiry reaching its closing stages, this is a new + vitally important phase of the Campaign;  all  most welcome to this meeting!

Woods:  A Celebration by Rob Penn:  Thursday 12 October, 7pm at the Shire Hall, Monmouth:  Talk by Rob Penn on this new book published by the National Trust with wonderful images from the NT archive + his essays on British woodlands

Grosmont Apple Market:  Saturday 14 October, 10 to 2 at St Nicholas Church, Grosmont:  The usual fine array of stalls – local produce + crafts, tea room, BBQ, face painting etc but also apple pressing – bring your apples + clean, empty bottles

The Trothy Project:  Monday 16 October, 7.30 at the Shire Hall:  Andy Karran of Gwent Wildlife Trust will describe the project which has many of the aims of RECS Flood Prevention by natural management of land + watercourses

Food Waste + Excess Produce – + how we could use it to good effect, especially to combat food povertyWednesday 18 October, 7.30 in the Barn Room at the Robin Hood, Monnow Street

Mushroom Foraging with Tim Lawrence + Kirsty Philbrick:  Saturday 21 October, 10 till 3.30 at Beechenhurst.  Cost:  £10 to £30 – pay what you can afford + a limited number of free places.  Book by e-mail to info@therewildproject.com or phone 07811 517096

Apple Juicing:  Sunday 22 October, 11 to 5 at the Abergavenny Community Centre, Merthyr Road, Abergavenny NP7 5BY:  Bring your apples + clean, empty bottles + take home freshly pressed juice.  Do you need help collecting apples? – phone 01873 856925 / 07751 666481 or email aber.hub@gmail.com

Wales Vegetable Summit:  Tuesday 24 October at Pierhead Building, Cardiff:  Event + ticket information through Eventbrite.co.uk – see the Incredible Edible Usk Facebook page 

Members’ Meeting:  Wednesday 25 October, 7.30 in the Barn Room at the Robin Hood, Monnow Street for updates on the food waste project, RECS, + all the other exciting things going on!  Please note change of venue – the Punch House has served us well but we have outgrown it!

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning:  Saturday 11 November, 10 till 12 at Monmouth Priory:  Fairtrade tea + coffee, homemade cakes + biscuits, + Swap Shop for seeds, plants + produce.  Tools for Self Reliance Cymru will be there with a range of tools – + donations of your old, broken, rusty, unwanted tools always welcome, especially sewing machines! 

Fermenting Foods with Scott Baine:  Saturday 18 November, 10 till 4 at the Yorkley Community Centre:  Learn how to preserve foods through the ancient art of fermentation.  Cost:  £10 to £30 – pay what you can afford + a limited number of free places.  Book by e-mail to info@therewildproject.com or phone 07811 517096

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

Usk – Saturday 7 October – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 14 October – 10 till 2 + apple pressing
Usk – Saturday 21 October – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 26 October – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 4 November – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 11 November – 10 till 2 + apple pressing

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Food Meeting on Wednesday 18 October + the Members’ Meeting on Wednesday 25 October.

Other Transition Treasures are on the website https://transitionmonmouth.org/ (currently being rebuilt) + on the Transition Monmouth Facebook page

Ann Eggleton
Chair

Advertisements

Many happenings ….

Dear Transitioners

We’ve had a few weeks off + it has suddenly come upon us that we need to get cracking – there’s much to do!

Workshop on Friday 8 September: Flood Prevention in + around Monmouth

RECS (Renewable Energy Community Schemes with Flood Prevention + Other Benefits) has come a long way since we started talking to the County Council in January 2016 following the numerous road closures due to surface water flooding. It was a tough decision (because the standard of the submitted bids was so high) but at the end of July we appointed Atkins as our consultants. We have worked with them during the summer + are now in a position to hold our first workshop to find out what you think should be done, + where.

The study covers Monmouth and the surrounding area to include Skenfrith, Dingestow, Newcastle + Trellech. If there are roads that you know within that area that are prone to flooding, please come + tell us. Atkins will provide an array of maps they have developed + would be grateful to receive your comments/observations. They are very keen to obtain local knowledge of areas at risk, areas that could be developed etc – so please come + tell. If nothing else, we guarantee that you will have a really interesting time finding out about the area in which we live!

This is a drop in session (+ tea/coffee/biscuits) with Atkins staff on hand to inform, help + discuss – at the Shire Hall from 1.30 to 4pm. We look forward to seeing you, but if you cannot attend we would still like you to contribute. One way to do this is to tag locations on the Transition Monmouth mapping portal – https://arcg.is/0KXfCz – relating to flooding, opportunities for holding back flood water, + opportunities for hydropower schemes. You can also email information to vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk + Andy.Gill@atkinsglobal.com.

10th Birthday Party on Saturday 23 September

Yes – we will be 10! On 26 September 2007 at a Monmouth Partnership Forum meeting, Simon Brown proposed a new ‘Green Light Group’ – + look where we are now! It’s been an exhilarating, difficult + rocky ride but we are flying high, + higher. Thanks to you all for your support over the years, + please come + party with us to celebrate – 6.30 at Monmouth Priory – tickets in advance (so we know how many to cater for!) from vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk. £5 will give you a great feed of local organic produce + Sam Bosanquet will tell us about the amazing stuff that is happening at Old Lands/Dingestow Court. Bar available.

Food Waste – + how we could use excess to good effect

We have long considered what we could do to reduce food waste, utilise excess to good effect, + help those in need – the latter becoming an ever increasing problem as witnessed by the rise in the use of Food Banks + the growing concern about children being inadequately fed during school holidays. Coincidentally, some Indy Monmouth members have been thinking along the same lines. We want to consider the whole issue of Food Banks, business + domestic food waste, food produce usage + food sharing. This is just the germ of an idea that we think has the potential of becoming a great project. Who do we need to contact? What do we need to find out? How do we set about doing something really useful? If you have ideas, or just want to be part of this, contact vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk + we will set up an initial meeting.

Members’ meeting on Wednesday 6 September

We’ve brought this forward so we can discuss the flood prevention workshop on the 8th and Birthday Party on the 23rd. Also it will be good to look at our various projects + plan for the year ahead – please come – Punch House at 7.30.

So, here’s the diary for the next few weeks:-

Members’ Meeting: Wednesday 6 September, 7.30 at the Punch House – to discuss our new food waste project, our birthday party, recycling light bulbs + anything else

RECS Workshop: Friday 8 September, 1.30 to 4pm at the Shire Hall. This is a drop in session when the project will be explained together with the preliminary findings, + you will be given an opportunity to add information on the mapping portal https://arcg.is/0KXfCz

Beans Stall: Saturday 9 September, 10 till 1 in the Blestium Street Car Park: The last for this year when, as ever, we will be handing out free samples of delicious bean meals + recipes. Please get involved – making a dish, manning the stall – contact anneggleton@waitrose.com if you can help, or just turn up on the day

Tools for Self Reliance Cymru: Saturday 9 September at the Allotments’ Association Coffee Morning, Monmouth Priory, from 10 till 12. Donations of unwanted tools, especially manual sewing machines are welcome

What Future for Fish?: Friday 15 September, 6.45 for 7.30 at St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny: Dr Rory Moore + Dr Alan Terry will discuss the urgent need for marine conservation, the creation of marine reserves, the action needed to allow fish stocks to recover. Find out what is being done to combat overfishing, the destruction of biodiversity, and how you can support the future of our global food security. Free entry. This is part of the Abergavenny Food Festival Fringe, + organised by Just Food – part of Abergavenny Transition Town

Summer Fun Day at Bridges Community Centre: Saturday 16 September, 10 till 3: A day packed with information stands, food, music, games + activities all centred on the theme of wellbeing

Design a Forest Garden/Orchard with Scott Baine: Saturday 16 September, 10 till 4 at the Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground, Coleford. Cost: £10 to £30 – pay what you can afford + a limited number of free places. Book by e-mail to info@therewildproject.com or phone 07811 517096

Transition Monmouth 10th Birthday Party: Saturday 23 September, 6.30 at Monmouth Priory. Please let us know if you are able to help with catering/help on the day. We will reminisce a little, + look to the future with Sam Bosanquet + all the wonderful things being done at Old Lands on the Dingestow Court Estate. Tickets @ £5 in advance from vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk

Making Herbal Medicine with Jess Lucas: Sunday 1 October at the Evergreen Hall, Broadwell – see http://herbalways.net/. Cost: £10 to £30 – pay what you can afford + a limited number of free places. Book by e-mail to info@therewildproject.com or phone 07811 517096

Transition Monmouth Coffee Morning: Saturday 7 October, 10 till 12 at Ty Price. Please note the new venue which is the old St Thomas’ Church Hall near the Monnow Bridge, beautifully refurbished. We will be serving Fairtrade tea + coffee, homemade cakes + biscuits, + will have a Swap Shop for seeds, plants + produce. Tools for Self Reliance Cymru will be there with a range of tools – start your Christmas shopping with them! + come to see this lovely new venue

Preserving Fruit + Veg with Anne Harley: Saturday 7 October, 10 till 4 at the Salvation Army, Broadwell. Cost: £10 to £30 – pay what you can afford + a limited number of free places. Book by e-mail to info@therewildproject.com or phone 07811 517096

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

Grosmont – Saturday 9 September – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 16 September – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 28 September – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 7 October – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 14 October – 10 till 2

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Members’ Meeting next Wednesday, 6 September, + of course at the Flood Prevention Workshop on Friday, 8 September, + our BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Other Transition Treasures are on the website https://transitionmonmouth.org/ (currently being rebuilt) + on the Transition Monmouth Facebook page

Ann Eggleton
Chairman

Haymaking time …..

Dear Transitioners 

There is still stuff to do this month but a well-earned summer break is nearly upon us – phew! – a chance to charge our collective batteries.

RECS – Renewable Energy Community Schemes with Flood Prevention and Other Benefits

Our brief for a feasibility study went out to tender in May with responses required by 30 June.  A total of 22 companies registered an interest, + six submitted quotes.  The standard was amazing + we are flattered that the best consultants in the field took our idea so seriously, + with such enthusiasm.  We will let you know when an appointment is made later this month.  This project just keeps getting better!

In the meantime we are looking for appropriate places to plant more trees over the winter period.  If you have any bright ideas please contact vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk / 01600 715065 / 07931 849486.  The plantings undertaken last winter appear to be surviving despite the very dry weather, + we have the start of an amazingly successful wildflower meadow at Lancaster Way, Osbaston – so good that it has been audited by Dr Stephanie Tyler as part of a nationwide project.  Talking of which …..

It’s Haymaking Time!

As you all know, the way to develop wildflower meadows is to cut twice a year but it is very important to rake off the cuttings as otherwise the soil will get too rich for the wildflowers to thrive – so help, please!  We are never quite sure when MCC will be able to mow at Two River Meadow, Monmouth Cemetery + Lancaster Way but if you are able to help please contact vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk or phone 01600 715065 / 07931 849486 + you will get called upon with your rakes in the next few weeks – oh, + again in the autumn.  Thank you!

Our Incredible Edible Bus Stop

You may have seen the fine display of hollyhocks in our herb garden at the bus station.  Well, we’ve left them there because you can eat the petals! – but there’s lots of other stuff – chives, marjoram, sage, fennel, rosemary.  Please help yourself + encourage others to do so.  We had a good write up in the Beacon a few weeks ago, + this was picked up by the editor of Garden News (see their article of 8 July, page 6 entitled ‘Eat While You Wait’).  Apparently there is an ‘Edible Bus Stop’ movement in London, so we are trend setting in the provinces!

What’s On ….

Community Canteen:  Saturday 15 July, 7pm at Holy Trinity Hall, Baker Street, Abergavenny:  This will feature roasted seasonal vegetables + rice, followed by soft fruit + yogurt + biscuits – proceeds for the Farming Community Network, booking essential.  Contact jeremygass@yahoo.co.uk or abercommunitycanteen@gmail.com – + also if you would like to help with preparation starting at 3pm

Members’ Meeting:  Wednesday 19 July, 7.30 at the Punch House – to discuss our website redesign (please bring a laptop or iPad if you have one), our contribution to the Monmouth Place Plan, progress at Claypatch Wood, RECS (we will know our chosen consultant by then), Chippenham Playground, bus timetables, our 10th birthday party, + anything else

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.  Help, please! – bake a cake, bring plants/produce, or help on the day – contact vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk with your offers

Beans Stall:  Saturday 12 August, 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 anneggleton@waitrose.com if you can help, or just turn up on the day

Allotment Association Coffee Morning:  Saturday 9 September, 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 16 September, 10 till 3:  A day packed with information stands, food, music, games + activities all centred on the theme of wellbeing

Transition Monmouth 10th Birthday Party:  Saturday 23 September, 6.30 at Monmouth Priory.  Please let us know if you are able to help with catering/help on the day.  We will reminisce a little with Simon Brown, + look to the future with Sam Bosanquet + all the wonderful things that he and Colum Pawson are doing at the Dingestow Court Estate

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

Usk – Saturday 15 July – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 27 July – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 5 August – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 12 August – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 19 August – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 24 August – 9.30 to 2.30

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Members’ Meeting next Wednesday, 19 July – with your laptop or iPad if you have one.  You might not hear from us again until  September!

Ann Eggleton
Chairman

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 jeremygass@yahoo.co.uk or abercommunitycanteen@gmail.com – + 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 communitywoodlandproject@gmail.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, mail@simon-brown.com or www.sustain-by-design.com

Grosmont Cycling Festival:  Saturday/Sunday 24/25 June – full details on www.abergavennyfestivalofcycling.co.uk or contact garysquire.catalyst@gmail.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 anneggleton@waitrose.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 marcus.perrin@gmail.com 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 anneggleton@waitrose.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.

Ann Eggleton
Chairman

Transition News – May 2017

Dear Transitioners

Our new website – We are very fortunate that Chris Were has offered to design a new website for us after our beloved old one fell apart in the name of progress.  Chris has made a start but we want your input on what should be included – so, please visit https://transitionmonmouth.org/ and give us your ideas + comments or, better still, come to our next Members’ Meeting next Wednesday, 17 May @ 7.30 pm in the Punch House to discuss.  We have produced a discussion paper – email vivienmitchell@yahoo.co.uk for a copy.

One suggestion is that we include a section devoted to ‘Occasional Essays’ whereby you can write about something about which you feel particularly passionate.  We will be starting with ‘Our Future Lives’ – written by John Payne + inspired by our discussions on the Monmouth Place Plan – yes, we have interesting, + occasionally inspirational, discussions at our Members’ Meetings!

Monmouth Food Assembly 

Calling all foodies – five more members needed + we will get our very own Monmouth Food Assembly – see https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/8971 to see what you could get for pickup on Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm from the Shire Hall.  You will, without a doubt sign up – at no charge! – to get meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, dairy, cakes, sauces, difficult to get items such as raw milk + raw butter, + more so you can eat the most delicious + freshest food available, all sourced locally, with no commitment to buy.

The producers are passionate about growing + making food, + when you pick up your order you get to connect with them, your community + your food.  Do join up + give it a try!

General Election on 8 June

Please make sure you vote.  If, by any chance, you aren’t registered, you have until 22 May – just over a week – click on https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  Friends of the Earth are providing an opportunity for you all to see, hear + question the candidates for the Monmouth Constituency on Friday, 2 June, 7.30 at Bridges Community Centre.  Questions in advance, please, to haydncj@hotmail.com

Some dates for your diaries:-

Members’ Meeting:  Wednesday 17 May, 7.30 at the Punch House – to discuss the Transition Monmouth website, the monthly Beans Stall + summer activities;  please bring an iPad or laptop if you have one so we can look at the website while we talk

Monmouthshire Bee Festival:  Saturday 20 May, 11 till 4 in the Nelson Garden, Monmouth:  Organised by Bees for Development + Bee Friendly Monmouthshire – bring along any seeds, cuttings, plants or other bee related goods for sale.  There will be bee related activities throughout the town + a competition for the best bee related jokes with prizes handed out by our very own Miles Jupp

Monmouthshire Food Festival:  Saturday/Sunday 20/21 May at Caldicot Castle + Country Park, 10 till 4.30 – demonstrations, producers market, children’s area – entry £5, under 12s free – see www.monmouthshirefoodfestival.co.uk for more details

Foraging from the Garden + the Wild:  Wednesday 24 May, 7.30 at Chepstow Leisure Centre – a talk by Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods.  This is a CADGAS – Chepstow + District Garden Appreciation Society – event;  £4 at the door

Community Canteen:  Saturday 27 May at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny, 7 for 7.30, to raise money for Abergavenny Transition Town’s public liability insurance which, inter alia, provides cover for the Community Canteen.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited – email community-canteen-group-1@googlegroups.com

Hanley Landshare Open Day:  Sunday 28 May, 10 till 4, next door to the Hanley Farm Shop on the A48.  Want to grow your own fruit + veg but don’t have the skills or space?  The community plot at Hanley Landshare can help you – free produce in return for your time!  And there’s lovely organic food in the Farm Shop + Café

Hedgerow Manifesto:  Tuesday 30 May at the Shire Hall, Monmouth:  Further details from Bees for Development

Food Group Meeting:  Wednesday 31 May @ 6pm.  Contact anneggleton@waitrose.com if you would like to join in

Green Hustings:  Friday 2 June, 7.30 at Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth – come + hear + question your General Election candidates – organised by Friends of the Earth.  Questions in advance, please, to haydncj@hotmail.com

General Election:  Thursday 8 June – please make sure you go out + VOTE!

Beans Stall:  Saturday 10 June, 10 till 1 in the Blestium Street Car Park:  We will be handing out free samples of delicious bean meals + recipes.  Please get involved – making a dish, manning the stall – contact anneggleton@waitrose.com if you can help, or just turn up on the day + sample

No Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding + Colum Pawson:  Saturday/Sunday 10/11 June at Dingestow Court NP25 4DY – see http://old-lands.co.uk/grow/events/no-dig-gardening/ +

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=old%20lands%20csa

Coed Cefn Open Day:  Sunday 11 June, 2 till 6:  Come + take a stroll around the walled garden, chess terrace, wildlife area, orchard, laburnum tunnel, lakes – all organically + sustainably managed with energy saving a high priority.  Refreshments (local, organic + Fairtrade as appropriate) by Transition Monmouth + Swap Shop for seeds/plants, + Tools for Self Reliance Cymru with Fairtrade + refurbished tools.  Signposting from the A40 at Raglan to Tregare NP25 4DT.  Proceeds for Gwent Wildlife Trust

Claypatch Woodland Open Day:  Sunday 18 June:  Come + see this treasure in the heart of Wyesham and meet some of the local community groups in the area.  We will be there with our Swap Shop for seeds + plants.  More details at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=wyesham%20community%20woodland%20project

How to Make Aerobic Microbial Rich Compost with the Land Gardeners:  Tuesday 27 June, 10.30 to 3pm at Dingestow Court NP25 4DY – see http://old-lands.co.uk/grow/events/ + https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=old%20lands%20csa

Old Lands CSA Open Evening:  Tuesday 4 July – further details next month

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

Grosmont – Saturday 13 May – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 20 May – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 25 May – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 3 June – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 10 June – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 17 June – 10 till 1

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Members’ Meeting next Wednesday, 17 May – with, if possible, your iPad or laptop.

Other Transition Treasures are on the website https://transitionmonmouth.org/ (currently being rebuilt) + on the Transition Monmouth Facebook page

Ann Eggleton
Chairman