Green Drinks with Transition Farnham, this Tuesday, 15th March, 7.30 pm, The Albion, 1 Hale Rd.
This is to remind you that our next Transition Green Drinks will kick off at 7.30pm on Tuesday in The Albion! The pub is a friendly one, family-run and has good food. Likelihood is that there will be quite afew people coming along, so hope we all fit comfortably into a back room!
Our last meeting was a vivacious and lively one with nine, or was it ten, people discussing ideas about how we’d like to “hook” Jeremy Hunt into supporting a creative sustainability project for Farnham. I think the front-runner was a “flood management landscape for Farnham’s western floodplain”. Although a great flow of thought ensued, the chance to engage Jeremy on Saturday has been lost due to events beyond our control. Nevertheless, some of us will be going to St George’s, Badshot Lea, to meet up with over 100 other residents of Farnham to share our concerns over climate change and its impacts. We hope to shape some specific questions and proposals to be put to Jeremy at a later date.
Follow-up meetings with local architects behind the Re-Crafting Farnham workshop, 30th Jan, have been attended by Chris on our behalf and we’re now poised to bring a Transition perspective to this initiative. The key date is 18th April when there will be a new presentation to Farnham folk; this time focusing on four aspects of the built environment: current problems, future demand/current schemes, defining Farnham’s ‘Spirit of Place’ and adapting to social trends. The idea is to create an interactive expo with each of the themes being presented on 4 walls of the Barley Room at The Maltings. We’re going to work with the architects creating the Social Trends Wall.
In much the way that we focussed last month on the issues and responses to tomorrow’s Climate Change meeting, could we use this Green Drinks to explore what importance people place on addressing different societal issues through the built environment? Perhaps we should start by asking whether this question makes any sense without a participatory design process and practice. Where are the democratic models for urban design? Unless you have this practice on-going how can people be expected to value the built environment as something that addresses their social issues?
One possibility might be to widen the demographic basis of engagement with the Re-Crafting Farnham initiative. This means moving the pitch out of The Maltings and on to the high street: our idea is for TTF to host a pop-up presentation of the 4 Walls expo in one of the empty shop premises along East St, perhaps in May for a couple of weeks. Inquiries are afoot!
Another new, exciting initiative has taken a first step this week. Some TTF members attended a discussion, hosted by the vicar of St Mark’s, Rev’d Lesley Crawley, into the possibility of creating an Incredible Edible Farnham Project. About 10 local people got together and decided to make a start with a pilot project in Hale. The FTC green spaces team are going to make available some large planters and the Bungalow Community Centre on Sandy Hill Estate will adopt this project. We were all inspired by a short video of Pam and Mary at Incredible Edible Todmorden. This is another great connection for TTF: our role was one of support and encouragement to local people going forward.
See you on Tuesday evening at The Albion.