The PinT family group met at the Green Backyard on Dec 2nd for an informal get together and swap event. Items that found proud new owners included DVDs, books and toys (Have you finished the cat jigsaw yet Charlie?) , Wellington boots, clothing and a wallet made from Zippy from Rainbow (which one of the children got to before I could 🙁 ). There were quite a few children present, and I was pleased to see them enjoying playing with some vintage plastic meccano I took in. Later on the children enjoyed playing with a Peppa Pig game. There were scones (made with mincemeat instead of dried fruit), and some home made gingerbread too.
We met in the new GBY building, and it was the first time some of us had seen it. Meanwhile volunteers were continuing the job of taking down the old GBY buildings: the old kitchen was nearly gone, and the office/workshop building looks as though it will soon follow.
PinT members hunting for treasures at the Swap Event!
You can find more photos on the family group facebook page.
Instead of our regular monthly meeting at PECT on Nov 5th, we have (at the last minute) decided to join volunteers at the Green Backyard for their bonfire night celebrations from 5.30pm. Regular monthly meetings will resume on Dec 3rd.
I will make sure that any matters of note that arise in any informal discussions are minuted and distributed to our mailing list as usual.
So we had our first meeting yesterday at the Green Backyard and it was great to meet new people and to see some new faces getting involved in PinT! It was a very relaxed and child-friendly meeting … We had some general discussion about what Transition is and a few of our ideas for Peterborough. We also talked about making decisions based on consensus and this being a non-hierarchical group, in which anyone can start a project/event/workshop – so if you have any ideas just start a conversation about them on the forum and if it is something people are interested in you can just get going! Lauren would like to organise a pre-Christmas swapping event where people can bring their old books/toys/clothes etc. and swap them for new ones that other people have brought (we need a snappier title for this event… :)). If anyone would like to help Lauren organise this or volunteer on the day, please have a look at the ‘Swap event’ thread on the forum or email her at email@example.com. We didn’t get round to discussing how regularly we would like to meet but a Sunday seemed good for quite a few families and the Green Backyard is great for the kids to run around together and come in and out of the meeting room – so shall we provisionally agree to meet on the first Sunday of the month at 1pm at the GBY? That would mean the next meeting would be on Sunday 4th November? Also, the next main PinT meeting is at 6pm at PECT on Monday 5th November if anyone can make it…
If you were one of the many people who came to our launch event at the Green Backyard just over a month ago, you may be surprised to learn that Peterborough City Council, which wants to be the “environment capital” of the country is planning to sell the Green Backyard for residential development. Please help convince our council that this would be a bad mistake by liking the new Save the Green Backyard page, and signing our online petition.
Or you can download and print our postcard to Marco Cereste.