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We're part of a world-wide community movement in response to peak oil and climate change. This site gives you details of our up and coming events and meetings, as well as reports and related matters that are going on in Norwich and East Anglia.
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Saturday, July 31, 2010
A time of being together in the sacred beauty of Mangreen, sharing communion with the land, each other and with Gaia. Bring food to share starting from 6.30pm. William Duffield will lead us through a tree prayer dance, a meditation and contemplative time in the Light Centre. The theme will be exploring how our ability to perceive outer beauty is intimately connected with our inner wellbeing.
Contact: William 01508 570444.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Part One of Local Money puts the case for local money and localised economies. Alternative money models are explained in Part Two. LETS (Local Exchange Trading Schemes), time banking, barter networks, regional and local currencies are assessed for their relative merits on a ‘scorecard’.
Part Three documents the experiences of introducing Transition currencies to date: Totnes, Lewes, Stroud and Brixton, which must be the most challenging of all in establishing local money in a global city. But it works! Lambeth, Brixton’s local council, accepts council tax and stallholders’ rents in Brixton Pounds – a national first. There’s also a useful step-by-step guide to starting and building a local currency.
Part Four: Towards Resilient Local Economies is a small section that’s big on inspiring ideas. Topics include local banks, with an example of Essex County Council teaming up with Santander to help small Essex businesses to prosper, and microfinance, including Norwich-based WEETU, which provides business support and loans to women setting up in business. The book concludes with some practical insights on how to make local money work locally. (Jane Chittenden/Core Group)
Monday, July 12, 2010
A first meeting was arranged and a really good turnout formed the committee of several motivated and enthusiastic individuals. The event has now been given the name “Magdalen Street Celebration” and the date is set for 2 October 2010. We have recently become part of the “Festival of Five” which is a Rethink initiative that runs from 25 September to 9 October. The “Festival of Five” is a celebration of the five ways to wellbeing: Connect – Be active – Keep Learning – Give – Take notice. These five ways complemented beautifully the general ethos we were hoping to generate through the event.
We want as much as possible to uncover local talent and skills and generally celebrate and promote the diversity of the area. If you would like to be involved, there are a wide range of opportunities to assist on the day, we are also looking for local artists/traders/craft people/ performers/musicians to come forward and take part (Karen Steadman).
For more information or to get involved either contact Karen on firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our next meeting: 7–9pm Wednesday 21 July, at 27 St. Augustin's Street. Follow http://www.magdalenstreet.blogspot.com/ for latest updates!
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Four people have already put themselves forward and are being invited to join the Core Group in August. Others are invited to join whenever they like, from September onwards. In all cases we suggest a “courtship” period of 3 (monthly) meetings: at the third meeting the new person would review whether s/he wants to stay, and if so, an existing member will agree to step down. We also want to stick to the principle that nobody should be on the Core Group for more than two years at a stretch.
We also agreed that Core Group minutes should always be public. From now on you can find these in the “files” section of the tn-announcements google group page.
"If you want to find a way into Transition choose food," Rob Hopkins once said. And judging by the number of blogs on this subject most TN authors agree. Writing, cooking and working as a cooperative crew are three essential Transition skills and this new working party aims to give us experience and enjoyment in all three. We’ll be working to create a Low Carbon Cookbook that will be a selection of bring-food-to-share recipes (with its ecological footprint), as well as a guide to downshift cuisine and local food activism - from TN's CSA and reskilling workshops. to hinterland appleshare and community bee projects and all the strands that make up the Low Carbon Food Pattern of Norwich.
On the way, we’ll be inviting Transitioners from the region to share their knowledge of community food projects and co-operative working structures and I'll be offering practial hands-on guidance on Writing and Cooking as a food writer and ex-magazine editor.
The Low Carbon Cookbook originated at TN's First Birthday party in October 2009 and has since been discussed in the Strangers’ Circle as we have looked at food as one of the main drivers of carbon reduction and resilience. A short precis of the book and links to the subjects we are covering can be found at This Low Carbon Life (see under working projects on the right hand column). (Charlotte Du Cann/Communications)
Kitchen work began in October 2010 and the Low Carbon cooking crew plan to cook and track the seasons during one growing year. If you are interested in taking part in the project do get in touch All welcome. Our sessions are monthly and we meet in Central Norwich.
Photo: fruit brought to the Strangers' meeting on Resilience and Community by Mark Watson
Saturday, July 10, 2010
It’s important to emphasise again that the intention is NOT to turn Transition Norwich itself into a not-for-profit company. We greatly value TN’s creative informality and lack of hierarchy. The purpose of the company is to be able to bid for funding to deliver specific projects on TN’s behalf, as a more structured organisation is necessary to do this. If you have any thoughts, concerns or suggestions do discuss them with any member of the core group.
We all recognise that an import aspect of Transition is that it is a positive message – not all ‘Doom and Gloom’ as Eileen said. Eileen also compared the current economic system to the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes and how we need to expose the truth. However, several people made a point that I have heard before at TN meetings - that Transition is a difficult concept to pin down and to communicate to others.
Our next step will be to have a Carbon Conversations Corner at an environmental awareness day that HEAT is organizing. HEAT has access to good publicity in the village and it seems sensible to work together. Today was an Open Gardens day in Hethersett which I went to (and which is why this post is so late) – people are given a map and walk from one garden to another. We talked about doing a similar event based on energy saving devices and methods as people are much more likely to engage with something that they can see already working in their own village. An example could be Rhoda’s battery assisted bicycle which makes it much easier for her to commute to work without having to completely change clothes on arrival. She still provides the energy but the battery evens out the effort – it levels the hills in effect! Erik hopes to soon be generating electricity from a Photo Voltaic roof.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
At the moment we're running our first set of topical meetings on Direct energy, Transport, Food , and Embodied energy/waste. We welcome people from Hethersett and the area to join us. For the latest information see "Transition Circles: Hethersett" under "This month's news..." above.
If you would like to join the circle please contact Erik at http://lgmacweb.env.uea.ac.uk/green_ocean/positions/Buitenhuis/feedback.html or Eileen on 01603 811997.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
If you would like to join the circle please contact Erik at http://lgmacweb.env.uea.ac.uk/green_ocean/positions/Buitenhuis/feedback.html
Keep your eyes peeled for more reskilling sessions in the autumn on the subject of food as well as a 'help' social session for all your textile related queries! (Kerry Lane/Core Group)
Helen and Kerry of the Reskilling Group getting down to some serious sewing
The next meeting is going to be at Jo's house on the subject of low carbon holidays (not confirmed). (Kerry Lane/Core Group)