Update of the week

This was the week that snow stopped play (if you see what I mean) and we didn’t hold our usual meeting.

But as more than one person has commented, our inability to zoom about in cars suddenly meant that the town was full of people out walking… They smiled, they chatted, they helped each other out and passed the time of day (talking about the weather of course!!).
A brief snapshot of what a Transitioned low-energy Farnham could be like :-)!

Snow also postponed the full launch of the Farnham Garden Share. But it now has a large display at the entrance to the library. Latest I heard yesterday was that in the first two days we already had three gardens volunteering to be part of the scheme. So if you know of any others please let us know. And if you know of any sites where you would be willing to put up a couple of posters or place a few leaflets, (clubs, doctors surgeries, waiting rooms…) please help to spread the word.

Also this week, the BBC posted up another film they’ve made about Transition, this time in the East Midlands. It’s not on i-player this time, so the video is a series of stills rather than a movie. But the message is clear and simple, and hopefully it will still be available on the web in more than a week’s time. You can click here for more details.

This week we also found out that Ben Law (of Grand Designs fame) is going to be giving a local talk on eco-building very soon. The talk is on 18 February and you can click here for more information.

And the Transition Culture website gave an update on the latest on the Transition Movie.
It also linked to a YouTube movie made in 1976 that shows M.King Hubbert predicting that the 1970s oil crisis would shift the peak of oil production from just before the year 2000 to just after. The sound quality isn’t very good, and the visual aids seem prehistoric. But it’s worth watching just for the interviewer’s moustache!

Finally, I’d like to finish where I left off last week, with a very strong recommmendation that you go and see Farnham resident (and Transition supporter) Abigail McKern, performing in ‘The Winslow Boy‘. I went to see the play in Salisbury last Saturday night, expecting a rather dull post-war reenactment of an early Edwardian courtroom drama. What I found instead was a thoroughly engaging emotional story of a family caught up in a struggle between the power of natural justice, and the intransigence of large organisations. Very relevant to the situation we face today, and a reminder that one person can make a difference. The play is on until 21 February and the box office number is 01722 320 333.

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One Response to Update of the week

  1. finnjackson says:

    This comment has been received by email from Michael Clements:

    Thanks for the news message.

    You might be interested to know that In Dieppe, France they are just starting a garden sharing scheme. (jardins partagés) In the latest edition of the town magazine ‘le Journal de Bord’ see http://www.mairie-dieppe.fr/JDB/JDB-02-09/Jdb02-09.pdf there is an article on page 9. It seems to be a group-based activity, using private areas of land and the council-owned land adjoining local authority housing area. The municipality prepares these sites initially using its own works department. (service des espaces verts)

    An owner and a garden-sharer describe in french how the arrangements worked when she let 6 members of the Oxygene group cultivate vegetables in her garden in this slideshow video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k1WhSd89uaLvjmVI1S

    Regards,
    Michael

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