Plastic free + chat + …

Dear Transitioners

We got 2018 off to a stonking start!  At the meeting on 16 January we decided on a new Facebook page – Transition Monmouth Chat – go see, + chat!  We are thrilled with the response + the results.

At the same meeting it became clear that making Monmouth a Plastic Free Town was of huge interest, starting with getting rid of plastic straws + unrecyclable single use coffee cups.  This is confirmed by Transition Monmouth Chat – so – while we are at it let’s make a big difference.  Members are invited to post or write in or come to the next meeting on Tuesday, 20 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood to tell us:-

  • Who you know that has already changed the way they do things.  We started with a Facebook post by No 7 Church Street saying they had changed to paper straws + fully compostable coffee cups;  Madeleine’s in Beaufort Court of course already does this, + we are keeping a list of others
  • Who you have influenced to amend their ways – be it a shop, eatery, place of work, or school.  We’ve been told of three schools that have already changed over to paper straws, + two of them have banned that other scourge – glitter!
  • Who you have tried to influence, what the problems are, + let’s talk about how we can succeed.  In Monmouth a particular problem is Waitrose;  we started writing to them in October 2015 – nothing has happened + they have recently posted a very complacent statement on what good chaps they are encouraging customers to take free coffee in free unrecyclable cups – http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/about_waitrose/the_waitrose_way/packaging.html.  Does this call for a national Change.org campaign?  For a start we could all write to the Managing Director – rob_collins@waitrose.co.uk;  please let us know how you get on!
  • How you have changed the way you personally do things – for example, in the last two weeks, we have a new Suma Food Group which buys in bulk to avoid plastic packaging
  • What ideas should we pursue – for example, Natural Weigh, the zero waste shop, is opening in Crickhowell in March – do we want one in Monmouth? – should we organise a trip to Crickhowell to see how it’s done? – see naturalweigh.co.uk

Can we make Monmouth a Plastic Free Town?  Please help!

Members’ Meetings

Our first discussion meeting – Tuesday 13 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – will be led by John Payne.  The topic:  Electric Vehicles.  John has run a Nissan Leaf for a couple of years + has been involved in the installation of charging points.  Come + listen + tell + learn.

The next Members’ Meeting is on Tuesday 20 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood.  Topics will include making Monmouth a Plastic Free Town, Food Sense – our new food poverty/food waste project, RECS – our flood prevention project, Chippenham children’s playground, Claypatch Woods, up-coming + other stuff + anything else you want to talk about.

Food Sense next meeting on Wednesday 28 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood;  the main topics will be feeding children (especially those entitled to Free School Meals) during the school holidays, + getting/filling/operating a community fridge – but plenty else beside.  If you would like the full agenda please let us know.  Here’s some more stuff about what’s going on elsewhere:-

https://www.casseroleclub.com/

http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/bisto

https://www.hubbub.org.uk/Event/community-fridge-network

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2018/01/08/12-ways-stop-wasting-food-drink/

www.edventurefrome.org/fridge

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/homeless-vending-machine-uk/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

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

Discussion:  Electric Vehicles:  Tuesday 13 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood

Fairtrade Pancakes:  Tuesday 13 February, 12.30 onwards at the Methodist Hall, Castle Street, Abergavenny – as a pre-celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight – sweet + savoury fillings, also tea + coffee

Local Wildlife Site Landowner Morning:  Sunday 18 February, 9.30 to 1pm at Llanishen Village Hall to hear about otters, orchard conservation, adders, the National Tree Seed Project + updates on the LWS scheme.  Free of charge but please book with Andy Karran – akarran@gwentwildlife.org or 01600 740600 so he knows how much cake to buy!

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 20 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – Plastic Free Monmouth, the Monmouthshire Well-Being Plan, food poverty (an uphill struggle), flood prevention, woodland management (both going brilliantly), Chippy Playground (showing signs of moving!) + anything else you want to talk about!

Fairtrade Coffee Morning:  24 February, 10 to 12 at Monmouth Priory – Fairtrade + homemade refreshments, Fairtrade goodies to buy, Swap Shop for seeds/plants, tools from Tools for Self Reliance Cymru who are always most grateful for donations of your old tools for refurbishment, especially sewing machines, please!

Real Bread Week:  24 February to 4 March:  We will post any events up on Facebook but please look in at Madeleine’s, Beaufort Arms Court – open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10 till 3, + treat yourself to an extra bit of real bread!

Food Sense:  Wednesday 28 February, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – see above for details

Fairtrade Breakfast:  Friday 9 March, 10am at the Abergavenny Community Centre –  http://www.abergavennycc.org/find-us/4588669597 for directions;  if coming by car use the Centre’s car park off Merthyr Road

100 years of votes for women – and we’re not done!:  International Women’s Day Celebration:  Friday 9 March, 6.30 at the Shire Hall, Monmouth – inspiring speakers + dance + music + drinks / nibbles – suggested donation:  £3

Seedy Sunday:  Sunday 11 March at the Abergavenny Community Centre – email richard@middleninfa.co.uk for further information

La Leche League:  Saturday 17 March, 10 till 12 – coffee morning at Ty Price – fundraiser for this breastfeeding support group.  The Paint On Me pottery company will be there to amuse the little ones

Earth Hour:  Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm – what will you do to show solidarity? – ideas + pledges, please – further information: https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour

Spring Greens Environment Fair:  Saturday/Sunday, 5/6 May at Court of Noke near Pembridge HR6 9HW – showcasing inspiring, enjoyable + healthy solutions to the difficult social, environmental + economic issues which confront us – a family friendly event exploring innovative skills + ideas.  Get involved – bring a stall, exhibit, activity or performance – contact info@springgreens.org.uk or call 07777 661252 – more information  at https://springgreens.org.uk/

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

Grosmont – Saturday 10 February – 10 till 2 – Market of Love – keep up to date on the Grosmont Market Facebook page
Usk – Saturday 17 February – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 22 February – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 3 March – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 10 March – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 17 March – 10 till 1

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Electric Vehicles meeting on 13 February, the Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 20 February, + Food Sense on Wednesday 28 February!

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair

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2018 – here we come…….

Happy New Year! This month Transition Network News wrote:-

“Phew! We are coming to the end of what has been for us a very busy 2017.  Around the world, we have seen devastating earthquakes, fires + floods, interesting, challenging + frustrating political situations, + continuing human rights crises.  But we’ve also heard inspiring stories of people (often Transitioners) coming together to respond with compassion, strength + creativity to those challenges. We continue to believe that working locally to develop resilient + caring communities is one of the best ways to thrive in our world.”   

Yes, thank you indeed for being part of our thriving local resilient + caring community, + a special thank you to those taking forward our various projects.  We hope you enjoy all the hard work you do, but remember – your hard work is infectious – it is what inspires others to join in with us.  Unfortunately we don’t keep a record of numbers, but are thrilled with the number of members who have joined Transition Monmouth this year + the new groups that have developed + the existing groups that have joined in with our projects.  The mutual support + encouragement is wonderful!  So, thank you, thank you, thank you!  It’s been a great Transition year in Monmouth + 2018 looks like it will be even more vibrant!

Members’ Meetings

The next Members’ Meeting is on Tuesday, 16 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood.  There is much to discuss on our new food poverty/food waste project, RECS, + other projects – but – there is generally insufficient time to explore the wider context – the rapid changes that are occurring in the natural world, technological developments, our responses to County, Assembly + Government actions.  So – John Payne has offered to run regular meetings to discuss these wider matters, question what we do, can we do it better, + how – topics such as:-

  • How do we know if climate change is the result of natural events or the result of our interference? – + maybe invite our MP?
  • How to drive an electric car, where to get it charged etc
  • Are wood stoves environmentally safe?
  • Is nuclear power a sensible transitional energy option?

BUT – it’s up to you.  What would you like to discuss?  Please contact john@lambsquay.com or phone him on 01600 712170 / 07880 672672.  It would be good to get a discussion/debating forum established – maybe even do some film shows?

Food Sense – the current title for our new group looking at food waste + excess produce – + how we could use it to good effect, especially to combat food poverty

The next meeting is on Wednesday 10 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood.  We had another excellent meeting in November.  David Blair is our new Chair.  There is more fact finding to be done but new initiatives are already underway – community meals, meals for FSM children in school holidays, deliveries from supermarkets etc.  Please join us if you are interested!  Further information from blair@waitrose.com.

In the meantime, here’s a bit more reading on + around the subject:-

https://www.ft.com/content/57cd9dae-c53f-11e7-b30e-a7c1c7c13aabb

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/04/568299294/to-cut-waste-u-k-grocery-chain-will-sell-products-past-best-before-dates

https://m.thegrocer.co.uk/559639.article?mobilesite=enabled#.WgAj1ctGVwg.twitter

https://www.hungrycityhippy.co.uk/2017/11/15/cardiff-businesses-tackling-food-waste-problem/?platform=hootsuite

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/homeless-vending-machine-uk/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-12-28/the-salford-supermarket-where-you-can-do-a-weekly-shop-for-2-50/

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/community-pride-salford-supermarket-you-14082466

Climate Change Champions + Active Travel

Climate Change Champions is a group facilitated by Hazel Clatworthy (MCC Sustainability Officer).  It has met quarterly for over 10 years to exchange information on climate change matters with groups such as Transition Monmouth throughout the county.  Depending on the topic, there is high level MCC representation.  Please let us know if you would like to come to the next meeting – Wednesday 24 January, 7pm, in Chepstow – when Active Travel will be the main topic.

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

Food Sense:  Wednesday 10 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – see above for details

Amnesty International Monmouth Group:  Wednesday 10 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood (no, this isn’t a mistake – same time, different room to Food Sense):  Inaugural meeting of the new, revived Monmouth Group to start the New Year by making a difference to victims of human rights abuse

Community Canteen:  Saturday 13 January at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny, 7 for 7.30:  A winter stew to raise money for the Monmouth-based charity Hands Around the World – see https://www.facebook.com/HandsAroundTheWorld/.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited – email community-canteen-group-1@googlegroups.com.  Also, please consider offering to help with the preparation of the meal;  this is sociable + enjoyable, + starts at 3pm

Members’ Meeting:  Tuesday 16 January, 7.30 at the Robin Hood – food poverty, flood prevention, ban plastic straws, woodland management + anything else you want to talk about!

Woodland Management Demonstration Day:  Thursday 18 January:  An outdoor demonstration at GWT’s Croes Robert Nature Reserve showcasing coppice + ride management, horse extraction, low impact mini-forwarder for timber extraction, winching + an introduction to creating added value to woodland products including charcoal making + firewood.  Booking is essential – contact Andy Karran – akarran@gwentwildlife.org or Neville Hart – nhart@gwentwildlife.org or phone 01600 740600

Wassail + Mari Llywd:  Saturday 20 January, 2pm at Lower Bridge Street, Chepstow

Climate Change Champions:  Active Travel meeting: Wednesday 24 January, 7pm in Chepstow.  Please let us know if you would like to attend (+ car share) + we will send you further details when these are available

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

Grosmont – Saturday 13 January – 10 till 2 – Wellbeing Market
Usk – Saturday 20 January – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 25 January – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 3 February – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 10 February – 10 till 2
Usk – Saturday 177 February – 10 till 1

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the Food Sense meeting on Wednesday 10 January + Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 16 January.

Ann Eggleton, Chair
Bryan Miller, Deputy Chair

All change ……?

Dear Transitioners

AGM + Next Members’ Meeting – Wednesday 22 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood

The AGM is your annual chance to oust all the current officers so come, be bold, start a revolution!  Off with their heads!  But seriously, we are delighted at the number of new members over the past year + it would be good to have some new faces leading the pack – new energy, new ideas, new direction.  Please give it some thought!

At the meeting we will also have Sharran Lloyd who heads up the MCC Whole Place Team to discuss with us how community groups such as ours can support Monmouth Town Council to develop a meaningful (+ sustainable) wellbeing plan, ultimately leading to the creation of such plans + policies by the County Council.  All good stuff for us to increase our influence + impact.  Come!

And we will have a collection for the Monmouth Food Bank – details below for current requirements

Food Waste + Excess Produce – + how we could use it to good effect, especially to combat food poverty – Wednesday 29 November, 7.30 at the Robin Hood

We had an excellent meeting last month – a great turnout + loads of ideas + energy.  And yes, we all want to get on + do something but on the other hand we want to add to what is already being done, not replicate.  We need to find out more about what is being done, by whom, for whom + why – so at the next meeting we will be doing just that.   Please join us with your knowledge, views, suggestions – or just come + listen!  Further information from anneggleton@waitrose.com.

In the meantime, here’s a bit more reading on + around the subject:-

Monmouth Food Bank – What they need right now …..

It won’t come as any surprise to you that there has been a huge increase in demand at the Food Bank in the last six months.  So, what do they need right now?

  • The main requirement up to 10 December is for Christmas ‘treats’ – mince pies, fancy biscuits, sweets + small ‘gifts’ such as soap, bubble bath + the like, socks, gloves, small toys.  These are for the Christmas boxes that will be prepared on 11 December
  • There is, of course, an on-going need for staples so all contributions are welcome, + also baby items (formula, nappies, wipes), toiletries + pet foods
  • Because of the increase in demand in the last six months there is a shortage of volunteers.  To become a volunteer you should collect a Volunteering Form from the Baptist Church between 10 + 12 on a Friday – there are various jobs apart from manning the Food Bank on Fridays

The collection points are currently Bridges, Waitrose, Monmouth Library + the Baptist Church.  There will also be special collections at our meeting at the Robin Hood on Wednesday 29 November, at the Christmas Lantern Parade on Friday 8 December (starting at 6pm from the Old Bridge), + at the pub quiz on 13 December at the Queen’s Head.  You can keep up to date on the varying requirements by looking at the Monmouth + District Food Bank Facebook page.

County Council Planning Alerts

You can get these online by registering with the MCC Planning GIS (Geographic Information System).  This emails links to planning applications as soon as they are made.  It is (allegedly) simple to register.  Google ‘MyMaps Monmouthshire’ + follow the links from the MCC Planning Home Page (it’s at the bottom of that page) to the MyMaps page.  If you have any problems contact charles.boase@gmail.com.

Wyeswood Beef

The beef is from the Gwent Wildlife Trust’s herd of Hereford cattle which graze the natural pastures of Pentwyn Farm, Penallt.  Each box contains 10 kg of steaks, joints + mince, vacuum packed + labelled.  Packs of beef burgers are also available – eight for £5.  The meat is organic certified + pasture fed, + is now ready for collection from Pentwyn Farm or Gwent Wildlife Trust in Dingestow.  For orders or enquiries phone 01600 740600 or email info@gwentwildlife.org.

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

Fairtrade Coffee Morning:  Saturday 18 November, 10 till 12 at Monmouth Priory for Fairtrade refreshments, home made biscuits + cakes, + a range of Fairtrade / Fairly Traded goodies to buy as the start to your Christmas shopping.  Come + enjoy with your friends!

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

Ty Price Networking Meeting:  Wednesday 22 November, 3.30 – 4.45 (refreshments from 3.15) at Ty Price to find out about the numerous activities at the newly refurbished hall but also to share information on how we, the local community, can engage in the development of emergency accommodation, action on food waste/poverty, + the development of a wellbeing plan for the town

Transition Monmouth AGM + Members’ Meeting:   Wednesday 22 November, 7.30:  details above + collection for Food Bank

Community Canteen:  Saturday 2 December at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Abergavenny, 7 for 7.30, to raise money for a defibrillator for the Community Centre.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited – email community-canteen-group-1@googlegroups.com

As ever, you have your Local Produce Markets:-

Usk – Saturday 18 November – 10 till 1
Abergavenny – Thursday 23 November – 9.30 to 2.30
Usk – Saturday 2 December – 10 till 1
Usk – Saturday 16 December – 10 till 1
Grosmont – Saturday 16 December – 10 till 2 – Christmas Market

But you also have the Monmouth Food Assembly – see what’s on offer + be tempted at https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/8971

We hope to see you soon, hopefully at the Robin Hood for the AGM + Members’ Meeting on Wednesday 22 November + the Food Poverty/Food Waste Meeting on Wednesday 29 November.

Ann Eggleton
Chair

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

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