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Transition St Albans AGM 2017

AGM Wed 20 September
7pm for 7:30pm start.

Speaker Emma Tyers  #StAlbansRefusetheStraw

All welcome to join us

Venue: The Club room at The Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL

Agenda – to include

  • Refreshments available from 7pm

  • 7:30pm: Formal Business- Elections and Accounts.

  • 7:45pm Highlights of what TSA has achieved this year.  Update on TSA name change and charity status

  • 8:15pm Short (10mins) film on plastic pollution

  • #St Albans Refuse the Straw campaigner Emma Tyler will talk about her successful local campaign to get local businesses to stop using plastic straws – with opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

  • 8:45pm More refreshments, informal chat and networking.


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Open Meeting – 2017: The Year Ahead

Tuesday 31 Jan 7.30pm

at The Barn at The Horn, Victoria Street, AL1 3TE

An update on 2017 projects and opportunities to get involved in practical things to do. Newcomers welcome. Refreshments and time for informal chats with regular and new members. Details of meeting click here to see.


Open Food Gardens and Skills Sessions 2017 – Come along 14 Jan to help plan the year.

Transition St Albans has been running its successful Open Food Gardens for many years now and the 2016 series had a record attendance. During 2016 FoodSmiles St Albans organised several very popular skills sessions on topics including organic pest control and composting. For 2017 Transition St Albans and FoodSmiles will be preparing a joint programme so watch out for the dates.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved with the 2017 sessions for example, by opening your garden during 2017 or by being a volunteer helper at the events. We are planning to meet on 14th January to arrange the 2017 program; please contact us at foodgardens@transitionstalbans.org for more information if you would like to join us.

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Book for the Finale Events for Sustainable StAlbans Week on Friday 25th, and Sat 26th November. Come along and join in!

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PhilWilliams.pngHarpenden Finale Event Friday 25th November 7:30pm – 10pm

Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX

Come along for a captivating talk about sustainability by renowned speaker Phil Williams, from Plan-it-Eco. This is a rare chance to hear locally from a national expert, who has spoken to over 600,000 people.

“For a full hour, you could have heard a pin drop as he gave anecdotes of the time he has spent in the Amazon jungle alongside shocking information as to how decisions we make every day are affecting the future of our planet.  Phil left our audience feeling inspired and up lifted but also mindful about the choices we make.” Tara Clark, The Green Triangle, St Albans

Talk and questions followed by the “Business Need to Feed” awards and a drinks reception.  £5 (£3 under 16s). Free wine & soft drinks included in the price.

For more information and booking click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-st-albans-week-harpenden-finale-sustainability-the-way-forward-tickets-28704467836


makingconnectionsSpeed Networking Event

Sat 26th November 10:00 – 11:30am
Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE

Everyone who has helped with an event for Sustainable St.Albans week is invited.

Come prepared to be inspired, to share what you’ve achieved and to make conections with all sorts of useful and interesting people.

For more information and booking click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-connections-sustainable-st-albans-week-networking-event-tickets-28331541403


What is the Key to Sustainable Food?  Expert Panel and Debate recorded by Radio Verulam

Sat 26th November 2pm – 5.30pm
Council Chamber, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE

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Come and jon the recording! Click here to book: What is the Key to Sustainable Food
The way we feed ourselves could well hold the key to a sustainable future, as methods of food production have such a great effect on our planet.

Panel includes:

With our special focus this year on food waste, this event is a fitting finale; hear about the big environmental issues that surround the future of food, and what we can do in our district.

Click here for more information and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-food-what-is-the-the-key-to-sustainable-food-tickets-28706208041?aff=erelpanelorg

Just Eat It – a film about food waste -All Welcome!

8pm Tues 7th June

St Paul’s Church Complex, Blandford Road, St Albans AL1 4JP

St Albans Friends of the Earth, with the support of 2016 SuStAinable StAlbans Week is screening this thought-provoking, award-winning, entertaining film featuring interviews with UK campaigner Tristram Stuart. If you missed this film before, make sure you see it now!

Just Eat It Flyer“Hugely entertaining… will leave audiences gobsmacked.”
“Bright and vibrant.”
“A welcoming and highly accessible documentary. . .Fantastic“

The evening will include a talk on how you can take part in this year’s sustainable food themed SuStAinable StAlbans Week!

Rescued refreshments available – please bring a friend! Donations to cover costs – £5 suggested.


All are welcome at our AGM on Wed 18th May, featuring keynote speaker Ant Wilson, Sustainability Director at AECOM

Wed 18th May 7.30pm – 9.30pm.  Fleetville Community Centre, Royal Rd, AL1 4QL
Refreshments available – provided by The Green Kitchen  Suggested optional donation £2.

Agenda (you can download the detailed agenda here AGM 2016 Agenda): 

Keynote Speaker: Ant Wilson, Director, Sustainability, AECOM  

Ant Wilson will be talking about some of AECOM’s prestigious projects on sustainability, with a focus on St Albans District and what we can all do to make a difference. Ant leads AECOM’s Sustainable Development Group promoting low energy/carbon building designs.
He has worked on a wide range of construction and research projects

Wed 20th Jan 2016 7:30pm at Fleetville Community Centre AL1 4QL

Open Meeting – especially for new members

This meeting welcomes new members – What is Transition St Albans about? How can you get involved? Is it for you?

The meeting will also provide news about the future of,  and evaluation of Sustainable St Albans Week 2015.

Curren members are especially welcome to come along and share their knowledge and understanding of Transition. Refreshments available, with plenty of informal time for conversation, and to have a look at our displays and information.

Agenda

  • Green Hearts – #fortheLoveof the things that matter most, let’s act on Climate Change – green heart making
  • Welcome
  • Short film – The Power of Just Doing Stuff
  • Presentation: Current projects and opportunities for volunteers +
  • Small group discussions & Open discussion
  • 8: 30pm Break – tea, coffee available – Green Hearts making
  • Short film – Do you have to be a vegan to help fix climate change?
  • Sustainable St Albans Week film + Evaluation
  • Transition St Albans Future Plans

Close around 9: 30pm


Wed 21st Oct 7.30pm

all about SuStAinable StAlbans Week

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Wed 21st October
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Fleetville Community Centre
Royal Rd, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 4QL

  • Learn more about the Programme and the week’s events
  • Write your Postcards to Paris
  • Meet the groups taking part
  • Collect publicity materials for your event – you can pick up fliers, posters, and blank “Postcards to Paris”
  • Learn how individuals and families can get involved
  • Hear about individual volunteer opportunities during the week
  • Pick up a draft programme
  • This is an evening to network and meet others taking part in this amazing week.
  • t is open to anyone interested in the week, groups and individuals.

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We are looking for volunteers to help out on our stalls at the market on Sat 7th and Sun 15th November, as well as help during the week, on our Celebration Event on Sat 28th to help organise people and refreshments, and photographers to take photos during the week. All skills needed!


Thermal Imaging Camera sessions for Harpenden

Are you a Harpenden resident? You can borrow our Thermal Imaging Camera for free and tackle the heat leaking from your house!

Borrowing the Camera
Before borrowing the camera, residents need to attend a training session.
The next two training sessions are :
Tuesday 13th October
Monday 19th October
both sessions are from 8pm-9pm in central Harpenden.

What is a Thermal Imaging Camera?
A thermal imaging camera is a special camera that enables you see heat leaking from your house or cold air coming into your house by taking colour coded pictures highlighting temperature differences. Insufficient loft insulation, gaps in floorboards, draughty windows and badly fitted loft hatches can all allow precious warmth to escape from your house. The camera helps you to identify the most significant areas of heat loss in your house.

Booking
The sessions are free to attend, however, places are limited to 10 people at each session so please book email energyATtransitionstalbans.org

Further information about the Thermal Imaging Camera is available at https://transitionstalbans.org/thermal-imaging-camera

SuStAinable StAlbans Week Training Session
A further training session is on Thursday 26th November at Park Hall from 7.30-9.30pm, as part of Sustainable St Albans week.

This session, ‘Cutting your Carbon Footprint’, will look at ways of cutting your carbon footprint and will include a training session on the camera, there is no need to book for this event, just come along!

Open Meeting Wed 20 Jan 7:30pm at Fleetville Community Centre AL1 4QL

For new and recent members – what TSA is all about – current members especially welcome to share experiences and understanding of Transition. Also – Feedback on Sustainable St Albans Week and next steps.


10 Dec 2015


Grow It, Cook It, Eat It!

Grow It, Cook It, Eat It
The Yurt at the Blacksmiths Arms
Wednesday September 23rd, 8pm-11pm Entry: Free!

tomyurtWe’re delighted that FoodSmiles will be part of the St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival this year, with a joint event with the Transition St Albans Home Grown Food Group; Grow It, Cook It, Eat It! Unfortunately you won’t find us in the festival brochure, due to an error, but that’s not stopping us and we do hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, September 23rd, for a harvest-time celebration of all things homegrown. There will be displays of produce and pictures of what we’ve been up to this year, there will be tasters and produce to take home, there will be seeds and seedlings available in return for a small donation, and members of both groups will be on hand to answer questions and give advice about growing your own at home. The event will take place in the yurt at the Blacksmith Arms so drinks, including a range of real ales, will be available at the bar. The event is free and you’re welcome to drop in at any time between 8pm and closing time. See you there!

FoodSmiles St Albans and Transition St Albans’ Home Grown Food Group bring you a harvest-time celebration of all things home-grown; an informal social evening, with tasters of some produce and seeds and seedlings to take home. A range of real ales are available in the pub and members of the group will be on hand to share advice and answer questions about growing your own.


Just Eat It

When: Tuesday 29 Sept 7.30pm

Venue: The Abbey Theatre, Club Room, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL

Panel Discussion includes: Andrei Lussmann of Lussmanns restaurants -twice Winners of Sustainable Small Restaurant Group of the Year;  Emma Dalton, Operational Manager of St Albans District Food Bank and Becky Alexander, local food writer and book editor and Tom Carman, FoodSmiles St Albans.

‘We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, food magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of farming waste, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. Featuring interviews with UK based TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart Just Eat it! reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.’

Seats limited Please Book Now: http://v1.bookwhen.com/just-eat-it

Just Eat It – A food waste story (Official Trailer) from Grant Baldwin on Vimeo.


Sunday 13 September

2 The Almonds, off The Poplars, St Albans, AL1 1UZ – Sunday 13th September, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

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This informal garden is situated on the Whitecroft Estate to the south of London Road.

The owners decided that they did not need a lawn and instead built a curved raised bed in the centre of the back garden where they grow a variety of vegetables (including broad beans, peas and runner beans), fruit (strawberries and blueberries), a selection of herbs, salad leaves and tomatoes. These can all be picked as needed from just outside the back door.

The garden also has flowers to attract insects, a pond and a bog garden. Extensive use is made of recycled materials (wood chippings to form paths; compost bin made from recycled pallet wood); there are several water butts, compost bins and re-used containers for food growing.

Food growing skills sharing

Parking near the house is limited; bikes can be parked on the drive. Several buses run along London Road (5 minutes’ walk away). Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.


Tues 11th August

104 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4XE – Tuesday 11th August, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

Come and see what fruit, vegetables and herbs can be grown in St Albans gardens… 

Get free advice from the garden owners and other visitors to help you grow your own, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.


TSA AGM and Summer party!

Wed 15 July 7.30pm 2015

at  Fleetville Community Centre, St Albans, AL1 4QL

TSA AGM 2015The meeting welcomes regular members and new faces. There will be a short formal agenda to briefly discuss the year’s activities, present the accounts, and elect officers. We will then be inviting you to share your thoughts and ideas for the coming year. Finally we will have drinks and nibbles and time to chat, catch up with old faces, and say hello to new ones!

 Formal agenda

  1. Report  on Steering Group strategy and activities

  2. Presentation of the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 – see accounts here

  3. Re-election of existing officers: – Andrew Allen and Heather Teare

  4. Election of new officers –

  5. Thinking ahead – your thoughts and ideas for the coming year

  6. Sustainable St Albans Week- 21-28 November

  7. AoB

and finally….a celebration and social!  Drinks and nibbles provided…



TSA Open Food Gardens

Full Summer Programme click here

Open Food Garden Event Sunday 12 July

80, Beaumont Avenue, St Albans, AL1 4TP – Sunday 12th July drop in any time between 3-5 pm


Clean Bin Project – an (inspiring) film about waste

Thurs 18th June 7.30pm at Park Hall, Harpenden.

clean bin ap0001If you have wondered if you could reduce the waste you put in your bin, this is the film to see! Following a couple as they compete to see who can reduce waste more, the film is funny and sharply observant about the challenges we face when trying to reduce what goes into the bin! It takes an overview of the global waste problem and you can’t see this film without wanting to do something about your dustbin! TSA is screening The Clean Bin Project on Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm at Park Hall, Harpenden. Cost: £5 or £1 concession. All Welcome!


Plant Extravaganza Plus!- don’t miss out  on your inspiration for Home Grown Food this year

Wed 20 May at Fleetille Community Centre 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to this Open Meeting – a Food Growing Inspired evening where the fruits of our soil take first place!

  • There will be a host of food plants and seedlings for your food garden – all for you to take away

  • Special Guest Speaker amanda yorwerth on pollinators – bees and butterflies!

  • soil testing available

Plant Extravaganza

Plant Extravaganza

Food plants and seedlings

Our food growers will have a wide range of seedlings and plants for you to peruse and take away. There will be a selection of plants, e.g. beans, peas, chard, squash, courgettes, etc and a variety of garden herbs. Donations appreciated.

Guest Speaker – Amanda Yorwerth -local garden consultant and environmentalist

Presentation on the role of bees and other pollinators – and the importance of positive planting to improve pollination in your food garden.

  • Why do you need pollinators for growing food?
  • What plants and herbs should you grow to improve pollination in your garden?
  • How do you know which plants will attract pollinators?

This presentation will have practical application for anyone growing food in their gardens or allotment. There will be time for questions

Soil Testing available

Please bring a small sample of soil from your garden. Advice on hand from our food growers.

Inspiring home grown food growing!

The dedicated members of the HomeGrown Food group have tended lovingly to these plants and seedlings to bring them to you – but why?

Heather Teare, who has been a member of the group for many years says ‘We just want to encourage people to grow their own food! If we can help more people to do this, that’s great!’. Heather is one of the group who sometimes opens her garden to the public every year for the St Albans OpenFood Gardens summer programme.

Another member contributing food plants is June who has been a regular judge for the best sustainable garden in St Albans annual District in Bloom competition.

The TSA HomeGrown Food group say they hope to inspire more people to grow their own food – and widen the range of fruit, veg and herbs that people grow. At these events there are usually more plants than you will ever need to fill your food garden !  – donations welcome.

Everyone is welcome – there will members of Transition St Albans Home Grown Food group at the meeting with plenty of time for conversation- refreshments always available.

Plant Extravaganza Plus!

Open Meeting Wed 20 May 7.30pm

Fleetville Community Centre, Royal Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 4QLseedlings

  • food plants and seedlings for you to take away!

  • Speaker on pollinators – birds and butterflies

  • Soil Testing – bring a garden soil sample

  • Click here for more information

Hustings on sustainability and fairness – Thur 23rd April all welcome!BWH flier


See article click here ‘Elephant in the Room’ on another hustings organised by Transition Tooting


National Transition Roadshow Sunday 19 April all day event – booking essential click here

workshops on permaculture, re-economy, regional currencies, future of Transition, talk by rob hopkins and more!

 Click here to go to booking page. Organised by Beds, Bucks and Herts Transition groups – taking place in different venues across Berkhamsted – this is the perfect day out to explore more about Transition – meet other people active in the movement – choose your workshop or session or come all day and enjoy food and conversation as you explore permaculture, re-economy, deepening, or discuss the future of Transition.

Tickets – Booking Page click here:

Sign up for day, morning or afternoon tickets. Charges vary: £5 morning or afternoon ticket;

£8 both; £13 includes Rob Hopkins talk.  Concession rate: £1 morning or afternoon or £3 for full day including talk.  You can choose whether to pay the full amount or concession.’


 Forests for Fuel?

Open Meeting Wed 21st Jan 7.15pm Fleetville Community Centre

Our meeting in January explores Biomass and Bio-crops with two fascinating expert speakers, who will present different perspectives on the debate.

Wood burning (biomass) stoves are considered to be a cheap and low carbon energy source for households – see Energy Saving Trust click here.

Biomass is also a key pillar of the government’s renewable energy strategy which proposes to use biomass to provide up to 11% of the UK’s total primary energy demand by 2020 – see DECC click here

But there is an active debate about whether we should be encouraging the burning of wood or other crops to produce energy. Is it really a sustainable and carbon negative strategy?

Duncan Law from Biofuelwatch presents the case against the use of wood for energy:

‘As fossil energy becomes more expensive biomass burning is set to grow exponentially and it is simply not possible for global forests to supply this increasing demand. 80-90% of UK demand will have to be imported currently from the US and Canada but increasingly from S America and Africa.’

Dr Ian Shield from Rothamsted Research Institute will talk about the carbon cropping theme of their scientific strategy to optimise carbon capture by grasslands and perennial energy crops, such as Willow, to help underpin the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.

The aim of their research is to provide renewable and sustainable alternatives for fossil fuel-based products and to translate these into robust technologies and practices that can be used by policymakers, agribusinesses and energy companies to help energy security and mitigation of global climate change.   The research focuses on optimising the sustainable yield and biomass composition of perennial non-food crops (especially willows) for bioenergy, biofuels and other industrial products, within the constraints of low-input cropping systems and land-use scenarios that minimise conflicts with food production, ecological and environmental impacts.

Note:

At the start of the meeting on 21st January at 7.15pm there will be a short Emergency General Meeting to amend the TSA constitution regarding the timing of AGMs. This is so that we can hold the AGM a bit later than usual this year.


November Open Meeting: Make the Local Plan A Sustainable Plan – a collective conversation

Wed 19th November 7.30pm Fleetville Community Centre All Welcome

Did you know the council has a consultation out on the draft Strategic Local Plan. We want to make it easier for residents to contribute – this meeting will bring ideas to the fore around ‘healthy and sustainable environment’ and ‘transport’ themes of the plan. Can we help the council planning be more sensitive to a sustainable future in the city?

Facilitated by Melvyn Teare an ex-councillor with St Albans District Council with experience on planning committees as well as being a previous portfolio holder for the environment. He is also currently the secretary to the St Albans Green Belt Society and on the committee for the Civic Society.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Our September meeting on Wed 17 Sept at 7.30pm is on the theme of ‘Making Local Needs Count – getting involved with your community’ with speakers on Neighbourhood Planning, building local resilience with the Transition Streets programme, and the ‘Playing Out Hertfordshire’ initiative. Come along to Fleetville Community Centre – all welcome – free – refreshments available.

Previous Open meetings:

Making the Local Plan a Sustainable Plan – click here to find ideas from the meeting to help you respond to the consultation

Wed 19th November at 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre

This meeting will give you the tools to think about how the make the Draft Local Plan a sustainable plan – and how respond to the council consultation.

Melvyn Teare will be facilitating the session which will encourage you all to share ideas.  Come  and contribute to this collective thinking session. Make it easy for you to respond to the council consultation.

Making the local plan a sustainable plan – click here to see TSA submission to council consultation november 2014

October – Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!

On Wed 1st October, instead of our regular Open Meeting we held an evening in the Yurt at the Blackmsmiths Arms to celebrate the Harvest as part of St Albans Food and Drink Festival. Everyone enjoyed the local beers, saw a selection of home grown veg, chutneys and jam and an example of #FoodSmiles latest veg box. There were also seeds from various herbs, leeks and beetroots available, and some rainbow chard to keep in the greenhouse for spring-time!

September Open Meeting – Making Local Needs Count – Getting involved in your community.

Wed 17th Sept 7.30pm – All welcome – free
Fleetville Community Centre AL1 4QL

Have you ever heard yourself say:
“Why on earth didn’t they ask us what we wanted first?!”

With our speakers we look at how you can use your knowledge and passion about your local area to make real changes that will make a difference to you and your neighbours on your street!

Rob Shafer coordinator of “Playing Out Hertfordshire”
Speaking about an initiative which allows communities to close their streets, for example for one afternoon a month so children can play safely outside.

Catherine Ross on the Transition Streets programme –
Practical things you can do to build relationships with your neighbours, increase your awareness of the sustainability agenda around energy, waste issues, transport, water and food, increasing neighbourhood knowledge strengthening communities and building local resilience at the same time.

Jeff Lewis on Neighbourhood Planning
How to contribute to planning for your own local area ensuring local needs are reflected for the future. Jeff is passionate about the opportunities involved and will share his experience and learning with us – he is keen to help and encourage others to get involved and make local needs count!

JULY 2014

TRASHED – A FILM ABOUT GLOBAL WASTE

On Wed 16th July 7.30pm TSA are screening  TRASHED narrated by Jeremy Irons.  The film will be shown, together with speaker Louise Palmer from St Albans and District council Recycling Team, and discussion – July Open Meeting at Fleetville Community Centre. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend! Entry £3/£1 conc. For more information click here

Wed 18th June Open Meeting  on Sustainable Transport; presentation about car club schemes, including  Co-Wheels  as well as e-Cars. We also have a presentation on 20’s Plenty – the campaign to reduce speed limits in areas of housing. John Metcalf from St Albans Cycling Campaign is also talking about the ‘Green Ring’, public transport and cycling.

AGM -Wed 21 May, 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre

  • Highlights of the year’s work
  • Finance report and election of steering group
  • FoodSmiles St Albans presentation
  • Local Food Roots – a film celebrating the UK local food movement
  • Plant Extravaganza – swop seedlings and plants – donations welcome: all the fruit and veg plants you will need for the summer garden!

March – Community Energy: let’s talk! With presentations from GUCE and Hertford Energy Now, with short film and discusion.

Jan 2014: Do The Math’ film about climate change, and information about Transition St Albans for people new to Transition, and updates on projects for everyone.

2013:

Streets Celebration Party Celebrating one year with over one hundred households involved with the Transition Streets project in St Albans

‘All About Water’ with speakers from Groundwork Herts and Veoila

‘Do One More Thing‘ joint meeting with Friends of the Earth to discuss more ways of reducing waste, following up on the email tips.

‘The Clean Bin Projecta film from the US about what we can do to reduce household waste, and taking a look at the journey of waste.

Harvest Event ‘in the Yurt at the Blacksmiths Arms; celebrating the harvest at the end of another year for the Food Group.

AGM and Plant Swap – time to elect the steering group, agree the finances, report on the year’s activities . With an extravaganza of seedlings and plants to swop or take away (donations please) to set your food garden up for the year!

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AGM pigsMAY AGM

Highlights – celebrating a year of growth in the life of TSA

  • Business –  including election of steering group
  • Results of our first ever survey – what do TSA members say about sustainability
  • Food Smiles St Albans  – why digging is good for the soul – and how you can get involved
  • Film screening: ‘Local Food Roots’
  • Plant Extravaganza –

JAN 2014

TSA Open Meeting Wed 15 Jan 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre – to find out more and meet the people behind the city’s Transition initiatives: Food, Energy and Transition Streets.

Every wanted to find out more about Transition St Albans but never quite sure how to ask? This is your chance! Come along to January’s Open Meeting designed to ‘show you around’ all things Transition St Albans with the opportunity to discuss ideas and plans for 2014 and the chance to see the …

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Do The Math movie – this 42-minute documentary film is about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry – exploring the background issues of the Transition movement.

 November 2013

Streets Celebration Event – one year on! All Welcome

20 November 7.30pm Fleetville Community Centre

Transition Streets Celebration Event - one year on! Wed 20 November 7.30pm Fleetville Community Centre - All welcome!

Come along to this special Open Meeting in november, for anybody interested.  meet some of the one hundred residents who have taken part this year, and find out what changes have taken place in their households. you may even be inspired to start your own transition streets in your neighbourhood!  Free food and drink to celebrate – donations welcomed.

Transition St Albans are runners up for The Mayors Pride Award ‘Environmental Champion of the Year‘ 2013. We attended an inspirational award ceremony on 24th October, where a wide range of passionate and energetic individuals and groups were celebrated.
Award Ceremony at the Mayors Pride Awards 2013

Award Ceremony at the Mayors Pride Awards 2013

The winner was the inspirational teacher Tom Shortseen here  with the Mayor – A secondary school teacher who runs an urban farm at his school and teaches children about food sources. Tom also looks after the farm at weekends and engages and promotes recycling to the pupils.

A further runner up for Environmental Champion was the Waffle House, who promote local producers and green charities.

 Food Smiles St Albans – Sat 28 Sept 1.30-5.30pm 

Food Smiles

Food Smiles

speakers, films, local food and

discussion about creating a local community food project – bringing farmers closer to consumers

Part of St Albans Food and Drink Festival  and supported by St Albans District Council.

Speakers: Speakers include – local farmers Stuart Roberts and Jamie Burrows, John Gunner from ‘That Little Place’ independent restaurant, Ann de Bock from Church Farm, Arderley and Robert Simpson from Farnham Local Food.

Introduced by Tom Carman who has experience in developing community food projects, and Peter Bloomfield, sustainable education specialist, local resident and allotment holder for over 20 years.

Location: Lower Hall, Dagnall Street Baptist Church, AL3 5EE

  • Why local food is important

  • The challenges of being a local farmer

  • Why we should care about where our food comes from

  • The business of sourcing local food

  • Examples of other community food projects in the UK

Last  of the year’s Grow Your Own – Saturday 28th September 2.30pm 

Come along to the Skills Sharing session at 23 Gresford Close, AL4 OUB

Composting, Mulching, Green Manure. We run these informal, friendly sessions to help encourage people to grow their own fruit and vegetables at home, in small and large spaces, windowsills or gardens. We want to share how gardeners manage their growing in ordinary garden settings and have the chance to talk and share ideas and tips about gardening. This last session of the year is with June in her garden not far off the Hatfield Road near the Homebase/VW Garage area- why not come and join her this Saturday at 2.30pm?

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St Albans Zero Waste

Open Meeting Wed 18th September 8pm at St Paul’s Church, Blandford Road

Guest Speaker: Louise Palmer Recycling and Waste Officer with St Albans Council

Event jointly organised by Transition St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth

  •  Small groups discussing the summer initiative on reducing household waste

  • Louise Palmer  presentation with question and

    answer session

  • What actions next for household waste reduction for (i) Individuals (ii) Groups such as TSA or FoE (iii) the wider council

 Transition Streets + Food + Energy + Reducing Waste

 Transition Streetsten groups already set up in St Albans with over 60 households looking at energy, recycling, water, food and transport. Why not run a group on your street? Its a great way to get to know your neighbours, learn with each other, and save money on bills.

Food:  Find out what our new Food Smiles group is up to on their web pageEnergy: Energy Saving Homes 2013 is based on ‘Open Houses’ with  households open for the weekend to show how they’ve made their homes more energy efficient. 

Reducing Waste: Following the screening of the documentary film ‘The Clean Bin Project’ TSA have joined up with St Albans Friends of the Earth to invite residents to sign up to ‘Do One More Thing’. On Wed 18 Sept there is a follow-up meeting with guest speaker  Louise Palmer from St Albans Council talking about recycling arrangements – Venue: St Paul’s Church. Suggested donation £2.

Energy Saving Homes

Open Weekend September 14th/15th

Six homes are taking part in this year's St Albans Energy Saving Homes weekend. They are located across the city.  More details can be found on the energy saving homes website by clicking on the title above or see the houses you can visit by clicking on the links below:

St Albans Energy Saving Homes is organised by Transition St Albans. It was created sothat people can visit homes in their area that are striving to be more sustainable and enable them to talk to the owners, benefit from their experience, avoid expensive mistakes and start developing energy saving ideas in their homes.The homes taking part have reduced their energy bills, made their homes more comfortable to live in and in some cases benefitted from renewable and low carbon energy, in the form of solar PV, solar thermal and wood fuel.

  programme of events for the 2013 Open Food Gardens ***Becky Alexander, writing her column in the Herts Advertiser visited our OpenFoodGarden launch this April at The Courtyard Cafe and did a lovely write-up on the project: see link here to the article in the newspaper: Waking up to a summer of food treats

  • Learn how to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • See what fruit and vegetables can be grown in your garden.
  • New for 2013 Skill sharing in the garden

tomatoesSharing experience, knowledge and practical skills forms the new focus for the TSA 2013 programme of Open Food Gardens. The Home Grown Food Group is adding a new element to the existing Open Food Garden visits to encourage more people to grow some of their own food at home.  For details and more information go to: Skill sharing

Climate Week For Climate Week, our March event focused on our new Transition Streets project.  “Helping the climate … one street at a time”.  Many thanks to everyone who came along and to the Courtyard Cafe for hosting us!

*** February open meeting helped us plan the year ahead and think about our plans for the future.

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Our January open meeting was aimed at new members, and was an overview of the twin issues of peak oil and climate change, and Transition as a positive response   Click here for the notes.

clapperboard    Thank you to everyone who came along to our film screening of In Transition 2.0.  It was a great evening. For more up-coming events, look at the calendar on our “Events” page.  If you want to get more involved with TSA, come along to a meeting or look at our “Get Involved” page for ideas.

October – Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!

On Wed 1st October, instead of our regular Open Meeting we held an evening in the Yurt at the Blackmsmiths Arms to celebrate the Harvest as part of St Albans Food and Drink Festival. Everyone enjoyed the local beers, saw a selection of home grown veg, chutneys and jam and an example of #FoodSmiles latest veg box. There were also seeds from various herbs, leeks and beetroots available, and some rainbow chard to keep in the greenhouse for spring-time!

July Open Meeting – TRASHED – a film about global wastewith speaker – at Fleetville Community Centre on Wed 16th July, 7.30pm.

Wed 18th June Open Meeting  on Sustainable Transport; presentation about car club schemes, including  Co-Wheels  as well as e-Cars. We also have a presentation on 20’s Plenty – the campaign to reduce speed limits in areas of housing. John Metcalf from St Albans Cycling Campaign is also talking about the ‘Green Ring’, public transport and cycling.

AGM -Wed 21 May, 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre

  • Highlights of the year’s work
  • Finance report and election of steering group
  • FoodSmiles St Albans presentation
  • Local Food Roots – a film celebrating the UK local food movement
  • Plant Extravaganza – swop seedlings and plants – donations welcome: all the fruit and veg plants you will need for the summer garden!

March – Community Energy: let’s talk! With presentations from GUCE and Hertford Energy Now, with short film and discusion.

Jan 2014: Do The Math’ film about climate change, and information about Transition St Albans for people new to Transition, and updates on projects for everyone.

2013:

Streets Celebration Party Celebrating one year with over one hundred households involved with the Transition Streets project in St Albans

‘All About Water’ with speakers from Groundwork Herts and Veoila

‘Do One More Thing‘ joint meeting with Friends of the Earth to discuss more ways of reducing waste, following up on the email tips.

‘The Clean Bin Projecta film from the US about what we can do to reduce household waste, and taking a look at the journey of waste.

Harvest Event ‘in the Yurt at the Blacksmiths Arms; celebrating the harvest at the end of another year for the Food Group.

AGM and Plant Swap – time to elect the steering group, agree the finances, report on the year’s activities . With an extravaganza of seedlings and plants to swop or take away (donations please) to set your food garden up for the year!

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