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

The Ceilidh returns!

Ceilidh cover photo

It’s Back!

Please join us for food, fun and dancing at the second Peterborough in Transition Ceilidh. This will be a very special event with live folk music and a caller to guide you through all of the dance steps. Ceilidhs are brilliant fun and a great way to meet new people, and for that extra feelgood factor, all proceeds go to supporting The Green Backyard. Read on to find out how you can get your tickets.

Date: Saturday 15 November 2014, 7.00pm-11pm
Venue: St John’s Hall, Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough

Featuring:

The Jumping Beans Ceilidh Band
Local tasty food
And a Fairtrade wine and real ale bar

Ticket prices (includes food):

£15 Adult

Limited concession and child tickets available:
£10 Concession
£5 Child
To book your tickets please contact the Peterborough in Transition events team at:

E: transitionpeterboroughevents@gmail.com
T: Karen 07753160316 or Rich: 07946577630

All proceeds go to supporting The Green Backyard!

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

Exciting Times

Our April meeting was unusually packed: Karen and Rich presented their plans for our May Day Celebration at the Green Backyard (you can download our flyer from here); the group discussed the new Backyard food shop which is to open there that day, and which Matt and Rich have been hard at work converting from an old shipping container; Alun and Melanie talked about the recent “Joy in Enough” conference they recently attended, and also (with Rich) about the PinT/GBY/Forest for Peterborough visit to Hill Holt Wood, a very impressive woodland project in Lincolnshire.image

Three PinT regulars (Alun, Karen and Rich) are now trustees of the Green Backyard, which has recently become a registered charity. The GBY will be hosting a cleanup over the Easter weekend (April 19th and 20th), when volunteers will also deliver GBY leaflets and flyers for the May Day Celebration, just a few days before UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is due to visit and share lunch with volunteers on April 23rd. We also discussed our stall at this year’s Green Festival launch on May 24th, and we decided to buy a gazebo to use at future events. Dannii will be helping to organise the stall where we hope to encourage people to use and add to our wild food map.

Following our session with Stuart Mathers in our March meeting the group also decided to open an account with the Peterborough Rainbow Savers, part of the Rainbow Savers Anglia Credit Union.

We are now official!

This morning the PinT email account received an email from Mike Thomas, the new Transition Initiative Support Coordinator to let us know that Peterborough in Transition is now an “official” transition initiative! The email is quite long and has lots of helpful information in it. For example, if we ever want to become a more formal group, we may find it helpful to look at the resources directory on the Transition Website: we might be able to find the constitutions adopted by other initiatives.  Similarly if we want to start new projects (Energy or Transport for example) we may find it helpful to look in the projects database: we may be able to learn from what others have done, or maybe even get in touch to arrange a visit! Mike also suggests that we list our events on the Transition Network site.

I’ve also mentioned several times recently that it would be good to get more people blogging more frequently on our website. Did you know that articles from our site now also appear on our initiative profile on the Transition Network site? Mike has taken a look at our site, and especially liked our wild food map.