Your invitation to Green Drinks with Transition Farnham, this Tuesday, 21st June, 7.30 pm The Albion,  1 Hale Rd.

 Hi all,

This is to remind you that our next Transition Green Drinks starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday – tomorrow – in The Albion! The pub is a friendly one, family-run and has good food. Our numbers at GDs seems to vary quite a lot: last month we were only four, of whom one, Peppy, was a newcomer. Come along, it you can, as a meeting of 8 -10 people is more dynamic and we can fit snugly into one of the back rooms.

There is quite a lot going on: much preparation has gone into the Community Hive project, most of it shouldered by Chris Homes, and the project is by no means yet secure. I hope we will hear an update from Chris tomorrow. Angela has done sterling work generating interest among UCA graduate alumni in using the Makerspace.

Plans are afoot to develop some outreach “pop-ups” for the Repair Café; it appears that the real challenge is to demonstrate that alternatives to a “throw away” culture exist, are easily accessible and provided on a voluntary basis by skilled “fixers” in Farnham on a regular basis every second Saturday of the month. Just need to rewire the dominant default response: “if it’s broke, bin it” to “if it’s broke, fix it”.

Good news from FLF: they have permission for car-parking adjacent to the new social hub at their Dippenhall site. The new production site at West Farm, Runfold, is ploughed and harrowed ready for a green manure crop. Their Fete on 6th June was a success, raising extra funds and, importantly, a dozen new members to the CSA co-op.

Some Farnham Hoppers have just returned from a weekend away visiting the world’s finest hop museum at Poperinge, in the Westhoek hoplands, near Ypres, Belgium. Fantastic museum; we are mightily inspired! Farnham must have one! However, sad news is that there appears to be a near universal failure of our 2016 hop rhizomes. Urgent commiseration calls to all novice Hoppers required!  Interestingly, our nurseryman puts it down to a mild winter without an adequate “cold shock”; if this is a trend driven by climate change we are going to have to make some creative adaptations. Mike has offered to replace any failed hops next year: we do have a good relationship with our grower!

The spring season of Eco-cinema screenings finishes next month on Tuesday, 12th July, with Project Wild Thing, David Bond’s whacky attempt to reconnect children with nature.

Visit the websites/fb:

Repair Café; Farnham Local Food; Farnham Eco-cinema are all on Facebook too.

See you, tomorrow,  Rob.


About rob simpson

Social entrepreneur developing Community Supported Agriculture Co-operative in west Surrey, UK.
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