Notes from Monday’s meeting

On Monday a group of us met at the Plough, West Street, Farnham.

There was a lot of ground to cover, and a lot of notices!

Thanks to Paula Burgess for chairing.

Next week’s meeting will be held at The Barn (down the side of Woolworths)

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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:

Plan for 2010

Finn kicked the evening off with a reflection on 2009, and a look forward to 2010.

It seems like it would be a good idea to have a simple plan of what we want to achieve in 2010, and we reviewed a rough draft that Finn had prepared.

We discussed what we think the Purpose of Transition Farnham is, and the Vision we want to create. We also agreed that in order to achieve these we need to do three things

  1. Create plans for what we think needs to be done
  2. Do them (“build sandcastles”)
  3. By doing things, raise awareness

Finalising our shared purpose and vision, and adding in the specific things that each of us wants to achieve in 2010 will give us a simple plan that will help to keep us on track, and let everyone know what everyone else is doing.

Finn will now circulate the draft we have prepared, for feedback and input from all of the Core Team.

Ning Website

David then discussed the change over to the Ning website.

There have been a few teething problems, but it is hoped these will be resolved soon, and we will end up with a better, more user-friendly website!

We will also need to evolve the roles of the Ning and WordPress sites. Hopefully we will be able to combine both onto the single site.

Farmers Market

David also asked whether we should apply for a ‘charity’ stall at the Farnham Farmers Market. The earliest we could do this is Jan/Feb, but the key thing is to identify who will ‘man’ the stalls.

Anyone who feels they want to do this should get in touch.

Slow Food Farnham

Robert is keen to start a SLOW FOOD FARNHAM group, and already has a number of people interested in becoming local members. The Slow food movement is all about celebrating, enjoying and promoting food that tastes good, doesn’t harm the environment and is fair.

The Tragedy of the Commons vs Peer Pressure

Paul handed out a New Scientist Article entitled ‘How Reputation could save the Earth’  by David Rand and Martin Nowak. Certainly food for thought.

You can read the article at http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427347.100-how-reputation-could-save-the-earth.html

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

There were also a flood of announcements this week:

> The ‘Candles of Hope Concert’ is at St Andrew’s Church Farnham on Saturday 22nd November at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £7.00 from Robert Simpson. http://www.networkfarnham.org.uk/Articles/167930/Network_Farnham/Action_Initiatives/Local_Action_Groups/Amnesty_International/Candles_of_Hope.aspx

> There is a ‘Food For Thought’ event on 26th November at Loseley Park, 4-6pm. This will bring together local producers and distributors from across the area, as well as information on how to raise funding, etc.

Details can be found on our Ning website, at http://transitionfarnham.ning.com/events/surreys-first-ever-cross

> Paul will have his juicing stall at the ‘Arts, crafts and Eco Fair’ at the West End Centre in Aldershot on Saturday 28th November. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/westendcentre/special-events.htm

> Taiko Meantime (a Taiko drumming group) will be performing a special concert at The Barn, Bentley on November 28th. For more details see: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170902753846&ref=mf

This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

> ‘The Wave’ – Londons biggest climate change march is taking place on 5th December in Westminster. More details on http://www.the-wave.org.uk

> The Farnham Pottery Trust need more supporters, to save the building from developers.

Please show your support at http://www.farnham-pottery.co.uk/

> There will be a spring launch of the Bentley Greening Campaign. The group aired the film ‘The Age of Stupid’ at The Barn in Benley on Monday 9th November.
> Finn announced that the community play is coming along well, and the next meeting will be in January. Both Finn and Robert have had letters published in the Farnham Herald regarding the Meadows.
> Ruth suggested that TF should try to understand its stakeholders.

> David proposed that the meeting on the 7th December is dedicated to a discussion on ‘population’. http://www.optimumpopulation.org

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