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22 Responses to Noticeboard

  1. Chris Baker says:

    Whole food co-operative in Farnham?
    Hello everyone,
    I’ve just moved back to Farnham (grew up here) and am interested in setting up a whole foods co-op. A friend runs one in Ipswich and I love the concept: a group of volunteers run a weekly stall and order food in bulk from places like Suma – those who volunteer their time get a discount (on the already bulk bought foods) and others in Farnham have an opportunity to come and buy products that aren’t available in the supermarkets.
    Would love to know if anyone is interested in getting involved at this stage. The Ipswich guys are very happy to help us get set up – and have all the systems in place themselves for us to copy.
    Once we have a core group of say 6-10 willing to chip in some time we can start thinking about how to make it happen! Look forward to hearing from anyone
    Chris
    chrisbaker82@gmail.com

    • David says:

      Welcome back to Farnham, Chris.
      Until very recently Farnham Local Food used to have a dry goods stall at the FLF Food Hub. We bulk-bought organic ingredients from Infinity Foods and retailed them at our Runfold site. Some members have, I think, continued to club together like this. Could your proposed scheme make that easier? If so, you may have a ready market. Come and see us on Saturday at FLF.
      David

  2. tlankester says:

    Thanks Kathy,

    The Wey Valley initiatives and expertise are very much part of the local ‘energy descent’ landscape working with you to identify community energy opportunities on our branch of the Wey Valley is likely to be a key component of our Energy Group’s work.

    All the best

    Tom

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  4. This is a call to anyone interested in the energy side of transition.
    It would seem an appropriate time for TTF to convene an Energy Group to:
    -define an energy descent plan as a reference for the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan;
    -to give a focus of support for individuals and businesses looking to improve their energy efficiency
    -to investigate the community energy potential of the town given recent national support and local co-op developments (see also
    https://www.gov.uk/urban-community-energy-fund,
    http://www.weyvalleysolar.co.uk/,
    http://www.careashore.org/node/54,
    http://www.communityenergysouth.org.uk/)

    Comments on this noticeboard or direct to me at la21.farnham at ntlworld.com welcome.

    • rob simpson says:

      Tom, are you getting other notifications from this website?

    • Kathy Smyth says:

      Dear Tom and others,

      I’m a member of Wey Valley Solar Schools referred to above and I’m also a director of Springbok Sustainable Wood Heat Co-operative which is the co-op created to provide sustainable heat at Care Ashore in Alfold (our main website is http://www.springbokwoodheat.co.uk/ where there is a blog running on the progress of the project and I’ll be adding an update over this weekend). Transition Farnham supporters may also find Schools Energy Co-operative interesting. This co-op is already up and running and has 8 schools in it or set to join and the co-op has capacity to add more but due to proposed changes to the structure of taxation this will only be the case for another 6-12 months.

      Kathy Smyth
      Milford, Surrey

  5. Gayle says:

    I just saw this opportunity to design our local neighbourhood and thought wow! What a great chance for TTF to enagage with the community. Sadly applications have now closed, but hopefully some of you will be inspired to look into urban design and visioning the town.

    http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/CABE/Communities/Design-Your-Neighbourhood/?WT.dcsvid=OTE4MzEwMjAwMwS2&WT.mc_id=

  6. Gayle says:

    Hugh’s at it again with Energy Share to boost (his/TT’s) landshare idea.

    As usual it is all explained in simple language , so get out there and save some and create some more energy!

    http://www.energyshare.com/make-energy/want-to-make-energy/

  7. mattgenton says:

    hi to all at transitionfarnham.wordpress.com i thought i had sent this newyears eve but it didnt send so i have sent it again all the best for new year to all of you
    – matt

  8. Gayle says:

    Hi,

    I came across this website with ideas from Austria in terms of how they’re moving towards a sustainable future, the economic opportunities and environmental benefits, lifestyle benefits.

    It makes good reading
    http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/innovation/sustainable.html .
    Gayle

  9. Sally Cox says:

    Re Places to buy chicken feed- POULTRY.
    I just found a relly reasonably priced supplier in Selborne, near Alton- on the Farnham to Selborne- go off the A31- Farm and Country Supplies- I bought 20kgs Layers Meal, non GM for £7.99. Its at The Old Dairy. Also the Oyster shells are a good buy too.
    Hope this helps as its better than the suggested Pets at home, where we were buying before.

  10. I came across this and thought it worth sharing. Although the call for action is based in the USA the message is universal. If we put toxic stuff in we’ll get toxic stuff out. For the health of the planet and all life herein we need to educate people so they know what’s safe, what’s a good idea, what’s just clever marketing.

    Please have a look at the 10 minute film. Think more widely than the cosmetics industry to gardening, horticulture, no-iron clothing, interior design products. Our lives are needlessly filled with toxic additives.

    http://storyofstuff.org/cosmetics/

  11. Karen Tasker says:

    Hi, I am an independent distributor for Wikaniko (pronounced ‘we can eco’). I provide eco-friendly products to local households and businesses. The range includes household and cleaning products, health and beauty products, garden items, energy saving and water saving items. Please take a look at my (solar powered) website http://www.wikanikoengland.co.uk for the full range available. Orders can be placed online through my website or by contacting me on 07799 300166. Local orders placed through me will be delivered FREE. There is also a FREE auction site at http://wikaniko.com/Wicycle-It/index.php?un=1003781. If you would like any more information or to place an order please call Karen Tasker on 07799 300166 or email karen@wikanikoengland.co.uk.

  12. Julia Pollard says:

    Join our community art event…

    Farnham Faces & Places Flags (part of Farnham Creates)

    On Saturday 9th May 2009 a giant string of bunting will grow out of Farnham Maltings and spread around the town. Flags will represent Farnham Faces and Places and you can be part of this community art event by contributing a flag and helping the bunting to grow.

    Flags can be made by any individuals, groups or businesses and it would be great to see as many aspects of life in Farnham represented as possible – families, friends, sports groups, cubs/brownies, schools, businesses, recreational activity groups and the like.

    As far as the flag decoration is concerned, it’s over to you….show everyone your favourite Farnham Faces & Places! You could decorate your flag with a picture of your house, your friends or family or your pet, a favourite park, building, garden or other special person or place.

    There are two ways to contribute:

    • Make your flag (following the specifications on our flyer – email us at info@fabacadia.com and we’ll email it) and drop it in to the Maltings front desk by 9th May.

    • Come and join us at the Maltings on 9th May where we will have art materials and fabrics available for you to use to create your flag.

    The beginnings of the bunting will be on show from February in the Maltings foyer so do drop in if you’re passing. And do come along on 9th May to see if you can spot your flag as the string of bunting grows out of the Maltings and stretches around the town…just how far will it go?

    Questions? email info@fabacadia.com

  13. alex scrivens says:

    Posted on the transition network website

    15 Jan 2009
    The Transition Declaration of Independence

    Here is something rather wonderful that emerged in late 2008 from New Zealand, thanks for Dr. Susan Krundieck (about whom more below). It is an update of the US Declaration of Independence, brought up to date for a generation facing peak oil, climate change and economic contraction, and is attributed to the Representatives of the Transition Committee of Oamaru (a town in New Zealand). I love the list of ‘the Growth Economy has for its own sake…’ accusations statements… there is a deep, forceful power to this, a clearly spoken and resonant declaration of intent. Prepare yourself for a goosebumps moment.
    Transition Declaration of Independence
    Adapted from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
    Thomas Jefferson, 1776
    Adaptation by Dr. Susan Krumdieck, 2008

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the economic bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, Justice, the pursuit of Happiness, a Healthy Natural Environment and Sustainability for ourselves, the Third Generation and the Seventh Generation.

    — That to secure these rights, Organisations are instituted among Communities, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Members,

    — That whenever any Form of Economy becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Relationship, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Economic Relationships long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them and their environment to ruin, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Economic Constraints, and to provide new Guards for their future security and sustainability.

    — Such has been the patient sufferance of this community; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former Systems of Business Growth for its own Sake and Environmental Exploitation. The history of the present Theory of Economics is a history of repeated disasters, injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over communities and the environment. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, felled our forests, polluted our water and fouled our air.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has exploited our talents, put us into debt, degraded our culture and eroded our relationships with the members of our community.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has exploited mineral resources which by right should belong to people in perpetuity in order to obscenely enrich a few in the short term.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has paved our farms, sprawled our towns, and destroyed the quality of live of our people and their children and grandchildren.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has convinced us, for more than a century, to ignore the voice of scientific knowledge and reason in order to continue the acidification of our air and oceans through Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrous Oxides and Carbon Dioxide emissions from combustion of fossil fuels.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has exploited the labour of people and environments that have no protection from ill use, and has persecuted people who worked for economic justice and equality.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has assaulted the morality of our youth and treated them as a target market rather than with the respect of future citizens and community members.

    The Growth Economy for its own Sake has corrupted the purpose of our governance and civic institutions, it has usurped the purpose of our curiosity and research efforts, and it has shifted the motivation for the education of our young from development of their intellect and character to exploitation of their labours for further growth of the economy.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the Transition Committee of Oamaru, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of this community, solemnly publish and declare, That this Community is, and of Right ought to be Free, that we are Absolved from all unsustainable and perverse requirements of the Growth Economy for its own Sake, and that all connection between this Community and the Growth Economy, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Free and Sustainable Community, we have full Power to reduce fuel and electricity consumption, restore our environment, protect our culture, nurture our agricultural assets, set aside our resources, refrain from extracting minerals, stone or fossil fuels, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Local Commerce based on our own principles and theories, and to do all other Acts and Things which Sustainable Communities may of right do.

    — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

  14. finnjackson says:

    IS THERE TIME TO BE FAIR?

    Is climate change more urgent than global poverty or civil liberties?

    Speakers from Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, and the Fairtrade Foundation will debate this at Christ Church, Woking, on Saturday 28 February, 7:30pm-9:30pm.

    For more details see: http://www.wokingfairtrade.org.uk/

  15. Hi All,

    I’ve offered my services to events organisers to ‘green’ their spaces.

    So many conference and seminar venues are devoid of living plants. With bio-effluents from massed people and toxic chemicals from screens, computers and projectors, plants are vital. I also use them to delineate walkways, as a navigational aid in vast spaces, like NEC Birmingham, and to provide a green focus for key interest areas.

    If you know of a conference or seminar space that needs greening, let me know!

    Thanks,
    Gayle

  16. Paula Burgess says:

    What we need is a ‘critical mass’ type event to gather momentum….
    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass for what Critical Mass is 🙂

    P

  17. Nicci says:

    Thrifty Tips.

    As a direct result of several conversations I had yesterday I thought it might be helpful to develop a ‘thrifty tips’ thread on the TFF site, (thanks to Alex for the name idea!!).

    So my first Thrifty Tip:-

    Wood, someone mentioned the cost of purchased wood used for building a hen home… I personally source all of the wood I burn and use to build (outdoors mainly) from industrial estates… it’s normally dumped in or beside a skip and is a bit of useful skavenging which benefits both the donator and donatee… I generally ask first and I’ve never encountered a problem… yet!

    So that’s got the ball rolling…

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