Green Drinks tomorrow, Tuesday, 19th May, 7.30 pm, The Albion, 1 Hale Rd
This is to remind you that our next Transition Farnham Green Drinks will kick off 7.30pm tomorrow at The Albion! Mike is still waiting for a chef, but seems he’s happy for anyone who needs to eat bringing in a pizza. As usual he’s reserving us a large table.
TTF Energy Group: Tom has been working up the census, travel survey and energy stats to start on the group’s Energy Descent Plan (EDP). Green Drinks on the 7th May with Transition Haslemere provided an opportunity to discuss the next step – “visioning” (where Farnham should be) for the EDP. Tom had an interesting visit to the Westmill combined solar and wind farm in Oxfordshire. Hope he will tell us more about that.
TTF Real World Projects: this was the key presentation at UCA’s Sustainability Week, 5 – 8 May, which gave an overview of the current TTF projects, included FLF as example of local food initiative. See http://cfsd.org.uk/events/ttf/ Other activities included a Pop-Up Repair Café and a Swishing Event to test student engagement with sustainability issues, see https://transitionfarnham.wordpress.com/
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Transition Fleet launched their Harts Community Farm initiative on 22nd April at a well attended talk by Paul Collins of Furney Copse Farm. Ed Brooks at Liphook proposes to set up a CSA on his new holding, see https://edsveg.wordpress.com Continue reading
Transition Farnham now has a range of grassroots innovations, called “Real World Projects”, which we are using to promote as ways for UCA students to engage with our local sustainability activisim.
See our new PPT Transition Movement Real World Projects, text by Rob Simpson, TTF, and visuals by Scott Keiller, CfSD @ UCA Transition Movement Real Proj (2)
As part of the push to get access to land for Farnham Local Food CSA , I attended the recent RTPI seminar on “Food and Planning”, see Programme Food and Planning 2
Last year Transition Farnham drafted a Local Food Policy paper for the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan consultation. It was decided to submit this to Waverley Borough Council Planning Department as a Supplementary Planning Document for the Local Plan also under consultation, see Local Food SPD
This SPD and the reply from the Waverley Planning Policy team were presented at the RTPI seminar. Here is Waverley’s reply: Waverley Planning Policy Management Team response to Local Food Policy SPD
Unfortunately Hugh Ellis, head of the Climate Change unit at the TCPA and keen advocate of the Garden Cities vision of sustainable settlements, was not able to attend. For more on TCPA visit http://www.tcpa.org.uk/ However the seminar was most interesting and the talks by Colin Tudge and Dr Richard Nunes I hope to share more fully.
Your invitation to Green Drinks with Transition Farnham
Tuesday, 21st April, 7.30 pm, The Albion, Hale Rd
This is to remind you that the next Transition Farnham Green Drinks will be at The Albion, 2 Hale Road, from 7.30pm, next Tuesday. Mike is still waiting for a chef, but seems he’s happy for anyone who needs to eat bringing in a pizza. As usual he’s reserving us a large table.
TTF Energy Group: this is a new initiative led by Tom. The aim of the group is to model an energy descent plan as a reference for the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. The initial exploratory scoping meeting of the Energy Group was held last Tuesday. We look forward to hearing from Tom what this meeting achieved. There is a post at https://transitionfarnham.wordpress.com/noticeboard/ where you can access supporting web links.
New initiative: Farnham Eco-cinema. This looks feasible, so far, and I will give an update on the stakeholders interested in the project, a proposed venue, funding resources and technical support. Our inspiration is the Transition Chichester Eco-cinema, see http://www.transitionchichester.org/?q=node/347 Developing the theme of community-university collaboration, our next step will be exploring a concept definition of eco-cinema appropriate for this context. If you are interested in this initiative, please comment on the website where you will find this email posted. Continue reading
Would you like to play a part in guiding Farnham towards a low-carbon future?
Transition Farnham is setting up an Energy Group to look at how we can encourage best-practice in heating, lighting, transport and other technologies that affect Farnham. We may start with an Energy Descent Plan but the scope of our project is as yet undecided.
If you have knowledge or experience of insulation standards, heating, lighting, power generation, green tech, the local government planning system, or anything else that’s relevant, come and join us.
Initial meeting: 19:30 on Tuesday, 14 April at 12 Three Stiles Road, Farnham, GU9 7DE
Is there scope for an eco-cinema in Farnham?
On a recent visit to Chichester I visited the pop-up Transition Cafe, which operates on Mondays at the Whipped and Baked Cafe when the owners are having their day-off. The Transition Cafe is staffed by volunteers in shifts during the day and the trade takings are given to the owners in exchange for the social space provided. Cool!
Chichester also have a successful eco-cinema project. See http://www.transitionchichester.org/?q=node/391
Would such a project to show films of a similar kind find an audience in Farnham? Would it work best from a fixed centre or, would a mobile pop-up cinema reach more people? Chichester have a good stock of films which they are prepared to let us access. If an eco-cinema is feasible in Farnham because there are the assets and resources to make it work and the business model is to hand in Transition Chichester’s experience, then why not give it a go!
Comments, please. In general, would there be support for this initiative? Would there be volunteers interested in being involved?