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 While the MoD at Bordon Whitehill Eco-town are offering “meanwhile leases” for community benefit use of land and Rushmoor Community Development team are keen to set up a CSA/housing association model. There’s similar interest from the Waverley Locality team responsible for adult social care in the borough in “share gardening”.
Food and Planning: FLF’s land search enquires provided the opportunity to submit our Local Food Policy Supplementary Planning document (SPD) to the Policy Management Team at Waverley Borough. Their reply is a rebuttal of the need for such a policy on the grounds of insufficiently robust evidence of need. The SPD and the Waverley Planning Dept reply will be posted to Transition Farnham website. Chairing the RTPI seminar on “Food and Planning”, Reading, 30th April, provided me with the chance to share this treatment of grassroots innovation (GI) by the planning profession. The seminar attracted delegates from across the SE region, see https://transitionfarnham.wordpress.com/ for seminar programme.
Community-University interaction: this is an exciting development with two Transition Farnham initiatives, the Repair Café and Eco-cinema, leading the way working with staff at CfSD and at the Film School. Similarly the UCA Food Garden, conceived by Ben Smart, is vibrant and putting a new dynamic into the UCA that helps connect students to FLF, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCAGrowers
Transition Farnham Constitution: Sarah Horton, chair of Fleet Transition, has kindly given us a copy of their constitution which I suggest we might use a model for our own. I’ll bring copies along to Green Drinks.
Hope to see you tomorrow! Robert.