A local currency for Peterborough?


The Peterborough Pound currency symbol

Plans to create a local currency for the city, the Peterborough Pound, are well advanced. The Peterborough Pound is designed to be used by individuals and local businesses. Similar schemes have already been successfully introduced in places like Totnes, Bristol, and Brixton and many other towns and cities are following suit, though the Peterborough pound is likely to be the first local currency in this region. The project has already secured funding for a pilot scheme, which will begin as soon as enough individuals and local businesses have signed up to get involved. Both individuals and businesses can register/pledge to be part of the scheme on the Peterborough Pound website. For further information please visit the Peterborough Pound website or facebook page or read the Peterborough Pound Leaflet.

Carbon Conversations Group

Carbon Conversations offers a supportive group experience that helps people reduce their personal carbon footprint. Their sessions engage with the difficulties of change by connecting to values, emotions and identity. The groups are based on a psychological understanding of how people change.

The group will meet every second Friday evening, from 6.30 – 8.30pm, in Peterborough Environment City Trust (4-6 Cowgate, Peterborough, PE1 1NA) on the following dates:
Friday 17 April
Friday 1 May
Friday 15 May
Friday 29 May
Friday 12 June
Friday 26 June

The six meetings create a non-judgmental atmosphere where people are encouraged to make serious lifestyle changes. The groups offer:

  • space for people to explore what climate change means for themselves, their families and their aspirations
  • permission to share their hopes, doubts and anxieties
  • time to work through the conflicts between intention, social pressure and identity
  • reliable, well-researched information and practical guidance on what will make a difference
  • support in creating a personal plan for change

The meetings use professionally designed, reliable materials to cover climate change basics, ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food and other consumption. Discussions of practicalities are woven together with discussions of how people feel and what these changes mean personally. Carbon reductions of 1 tonne CO2 are typically made by each member during the course, with plans developed to halve individual footprints over a 4-5 year period.

The cost of joining the group is £15 to cover the handbook and materials. There are two facilitators, who are not paid, and there is no cost for the venue.

There is only space for 10 people in the group. So to confirm a place, please get in touch early.

If you are interested please contact Rich Hill (rich_hill44@yahoo.com) and cc Ben Cuddon (bencuddon@gmail.com)

Save The Green Backyard!

Our ceilidh on 15th November raised over £500 for The Green Backyard, but we’re delighted that the official fundraising campaign to buy the site has now launched. Donors are being asked to #SaveTheGBY #OneSquareFootAtATime by buying one or more square feet at http://www.thegreenbackyard.com/save-the-gby/. A video featuring Eden Project founder Tim Smit was released on launch day.  You can watch the video by reading this embedded facebook post:

Carbon Conversations

A trained “Carbon Conversations” facilitator is moving to Peterborough in January and will be joining Peterborough in Transition. He would love to be able to run a Carbon Conversations course in the city, but each course needs to have two facilitators. So, is there a Peterborough in Transition member who would like to be trained as a facilitator. There is a training course running in Oxford early next year. For details please visit http://carbonconversations.org/training/2014/facilitator-training-south-east

Backyard Food is here!

Backyard Food logo

Backyard Food logo

Our new food shop “Backyard Food” opened, as scheduled, at our May Day Celebration on May 3rd at the Green Backyard, when around £250 of sales were made. The range includes canned and dried foods from Suma, locally made preserves, fresh produce from Woodlands Organic Farm (and some from the GBY itself), and some every day non food items such as toothpaste, Ecover cleaning products, and toilet paper. Although the shop will be run as part of the Green Backyard, it will mostly be staffed by volunteers from Peterborough in Transition. For the time being the shop is only fully open on Saturday, but it is hoped that it can be opened on request on other days when the Green Backyard is open to visitors.

View of shop interior The shop has developed from the Peterborough in Transition food buying co-op, and will also act as the location where co-op members pick up their orders. Prices in the shop are competitive: I noticed several products that were cheaper than my usual supermarket’s organic range, including some very nice fresh asparagus. Buying from Backyard food will also save on packaging: for several of the products, herbs and spices for example, customers are expected to bring their own jar, although the shop can also sell you a suitable jar if required. It is early days for the shop yet, so if you can’t find something you would like, then do mention it to whoever is running the shop that day, and maybe it can be stocked in future. You can keep up to date with shop news by liking its facebook page.
Thanks to hard work from GBY volunteers, the shop interior is unrecognisable from its days as a container, and looks very attractive, and outside the shop is a patio area where you can relax and watch the world go by (or at least the trains to and from London 🙂 ).

Shop Interior

Michelle Cooper behind the counter

Shop  Exterior

Shop exterior including patio area