Autumn Training Sessions now available

BunningsTiCstallpicFor the second year runing we are able to offer free training sessions on using the Thermal Imaging Camera in both St Albans and in Harpenden.

We’ve been letting people know more about the camera today at our stall in Bunnings, St Albans.

Following the short training session, you are able to borrow the camera FREE – and use it to check where the energy and heat is leaking from your home. Many local residents have already benefited from using the camera.

Heat does not always escape from the most obvious places – but even seeing it pour out of your letterbox can be motivation enough to start doing something about it.

It’s not just heat, but money that is escaping too!

There are some inexpensive ways to stop the heat escape, and save on your energy bills, once you know where to focus. Insulation can be the first step, or even draughtproofing doors and windows where identified.

See dates below on the flyer, and go to the Thermal Imaging Camera on our website to find out more and to book your FREE training session click here to see

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Sustainable Saturday 7 Oct

Food for Thought? Enjoy a late Saturday afternoon 3-5pm with cake, conversation and inspiring speakers at the wonderful Courtyard Cafe.

Click here to book Food for Thought

  • Ruby Raut – Food Waste

  • Mary Barton – Vegan Health & Strength

  • Nicola Wyeth – Harpenden #RefusetheStraw

  • Andrew Allen: Working on the Land

More events and stalls on day at St Albans Saturday market. See St Albans Food and Drink Festival events website click here

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Sustainable Saturday 7th Oct – Food and Drink Festival

We are delighted to announce Sustainable Saturday at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival – full of events, stalls and things to do.  See below and  festival website 7th Oct for details

Market stalls on the day include EatWholefoods Cobbled Kitchen VegeTable;  Box LocalDizzy Bee..

Book events click links below

11am – 2pm: Come and Grow   See  *new* Incredible Edible Community Food Garden in the heart of the city centre. Grow something, pick something, learn about growing your own, or just drop by to see the garden and find out more. Civic Centre St Peter’s St, St Albans AL1 3JE

 

From 12pm:  Vegan Afternoon Tea savoury and sweet finger food, with locally grown ingredients where possible. The Green Kitchen,419 Hatfield Rd St Albans AL4

2-4pm: FoodSmiles St Albans Open Day.  Come along for a free tour of this organic community growing farm in Harpenden. Tea and vegetable cakes provided. Hammonds End Farm, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden AL5 2AY

3-5pm: Food for Thought: Transition St Albans present an informal afternoon of cake and conversation about the impact of food on the environment – with guest speakers (i) Ruby Raut: food waste   (ii) Mary Barton: Vegan eating:  (iii) tbc.  The Courtyard Cafe, 11 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR

N.B. Volunteers needed for Sustainable St Albans stall: if you are interested in helping our stall on the day Sat 7th October please let us know email us click here

Transition St Albans is very pleased to have helped make Sustainable Saturday happen, raising awareness of the impact of food on our environment.

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Transition St Albans AGM Wed 20th Sept

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, then…

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mpaigner 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.



Open Food Garden this Sunday 20 August

Sun 20th August: 23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 OUB – Drop in any time 3-5pm.

Come alongto be inspired to grow your own – bring a friend or neighbour! The Open Food Garden events are relaxed and informal and a great way to spend an hour at the weekend.

Food is grown in both the back and front gardens. In the south facing front garden there is a mixture of fruit, vegetables and herbs, growbags for tomatoes. The multi-purpose back garden, which also incorporates shaded seating areas, planting to attract wildlife and a small pond, is about 10 metres square. It includes three raised beds where vegetables, minarette fruit trees, soft fruit trained on fences and herbs are grown.

Discover growing your own!

There are several water butts and compost bin. The house has solar panels.

Gresford Close is a cul de sac, with limited street parking. Buses go along Hatfield Road, stopping at Colney Heath Lane.

Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds

For more information see https://transitionstalbans.org/open-food-gardens-2017/

Open Food Gardens

Be Inspired! Open Food Gardens – two in one this Saturday 29th July!

You are spoilt for choice, so why not drop in to both gardens – five minutes walk from each other.

Come and see how others do it; suitable for beginners and experienced gardeners alike – walk around…have a chat…maybe even a cuppa and cake..Bring a friend for an interesting lazy afternoon…

4 York Road   St Albans AL1 4PL – Drop in  2 – 4pm AND

27 Glenferrie Road  St Albans  AL1 4JT – Drop in 3 – 5pm


The garden at 4 York Road garden is managed following organic principles and techniques.

Mixed borders of shrubs, climbers, flowering bulbs and herbaceous perennials flank a central lawn. Fruit and vegetables are grown in the centre and rear of the garden. Wheelchair access would be possible to the patio and lawn at the rear of the house.  Read more


Bees are vital to a healthy environment and healthy economy. They’re also beautiful and fascinating little insects. But what makes them so special?

Many bees have different characteristics that make them suited to pollinate certain plants… Read more


The  garden at 27 Glenferrie Road, St Albans is then open from 3-5pm – with a few plants on sale. 


Entrance to both gardens is free: suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

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“It takes a community to make change”

 “..this playfully made exposé should be required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet”

This fast-paced, optimistic film TOMORROW  is showing as part of St Albans Film Festival. Click here to book tickets  for
  • Thurs 6th July 7.30pm  at Spencer Sports Hall, Sandridge – Bar available.
  • Sat 8th July at St Paul’s Church, Blandford Road, St Albans -refreshments available.

“In most cases, it’s a question of communities taking power back from governments and corporations — a form of horizontal activism which.. may be the best way to undo the top-down policies that have set us on the fast track to destruction.”tomorrowpic7

 

#TOMORROWfilm is a fast-paced doc packed with articulate expertise and stories from business and communities.

It shows ” how farmers, teachers, researchers and small-town participants have found their own methods for combating issues like global warming, food shortage and general economic meltdown”

The latter three chapters — Economy, Democracy, and Education — are really where “Tomorrow” takes flight. … Its curiosity ranges from the very minute and specific — to the extremely general and basic, as in, “Where does money come from?” (The Answer May Surprise You!) Continue reading