January Newsletter: Support the "Say No to Tesco" campaign
Say No to Tesco
Transition Belsize strongly supports the campaign calling on Tesco not to open (another) Tesco Express in Belsize Park. The supermarket chain is currently looking to open a shop at the former HSBC site on the corner of Haverstock Hill and Belsize Grove. This would be a serious threat to the other independent food retailers along Haverstock Hill, including Budgens and its Post Office, as well as creating traffic chaos with deliveries similarly to what already occurs along England’s Lane.
If you would like to help the campaign, please make an objection to Camden Council before Monday 19th January. Guidelines on how to do this can be found here.
Please also sign the petition now! You can also read more about the objections and the campaign here. South End Green residents successfully managed to prevent a Sainsburys opening in their neighbourhood, hopefully we can copy their example!
Sign Up For an Organic Vegbox
Vegbox, Kentish Town's organic veg box scheme, is opening a new collection point in Belsize Park at The Gardens Guesthouse, 36 Primrose Gardens, NW3 4TP. Vegbox is a community-led social enterprise organic box scheme with a weekly selection of seasonal produce, sourced as locally as possible.
Read more and sign up on their website.
Darn It! Sunday 18th Janaury – 2-5pm
The Grafton, 20 Prince of Wales Road, NW5
Got anything to mend, sew, knit or patch up? Are your jeans frayed? Do you have holey socks, a ripped T-shirt or a phone cover? Come and join Transition Kentish Town in association with Transition Belsize for a darn good Sunday afternoon. According to Oxfam, over 9,000 garments are thrown into a landfill every 5 minutes. Sew come on, let’s patch up our clothes, the planet, and drink beer!
The High-Heeled Gardener
Monday 26th January – 7pm
Primrose Hill Community Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1N
To brighten the dull days of January, come and meet a hilarious couple of creative Transitioners, Debbie Bourne and Debo Jackson Brown, who have written, illustrated and published a book describing their year of inventive gardening. The evening will also encompass the fashion industry, the joys of self-publishing, and encounters with their local MP, so you’re in for a highly entertaining evening!
£2 at the door.
The Red Earl
Tuesday 13th January - 7.30pm
Belsize Community Library, Antrim Road
Selina Hastings will be giving a talk and signing copies of her new book The Red Earl: The Extraordinary Life of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon. Donation £3 including light refreshments.
Wednesday 14th January – 6.30-9.30pm
Sir Richard Steele pub, 97 Haverstock Hill
Restart helps you learn how to fix and take back control of your electricals: Slow or damaged laptops, smartphones, and many of your other favorite devices can often be put right so "don't despair, just repair".
More info here.
Bin the Bill: Mass Lobby of Parliament
Wednesday 14th January – 11am
House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, SW1A
The Government is currently trying to rush the Infrastructure Bill through the House of Commons. It's already been passed through the House of Lords, but recently tabled amendments could stop it in its tracks. If passed unchallenged, it could irrevocably pave the way for fracking in the UK, by removing our land rights to oppose it. More info on the mass lobby here. If you can't make it to London, please write to your MP anyway, and let them know that you are opposed to the Bill as it stands, and that you would like to support the amendments that are being tabled.
Get Into Volunteering
Thursday 15th January – 2-4pm
Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3
Join Project Dirt, Groundwork London and Bromley by Bow Centre for an interactive workshop as part of the new Make Grow Do programme. More info here.
Friday 16th January – 6-8.30pm
Sir Richard Steele, 97 Haverstock Hill
Camden LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) is a non-profit organisation for people who live, work or study in the London borough of Camden to exchange their skills and services with each other on a time exchange points system. Come along to a get-together to find out more.
Nature Reserve Visits
Tuesday 20th January – Fishers Green, Lee Valley
Tuesday 17th March – Wetlands Centre, Barnes
With Camden Nature Reserves Forum. Contact Dave Lawrence for more information.
Permaculture for Resilience in Transition
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th January
Learn the basics of Permaculture, and explore ways to apply the principles to Transition groups, projects and events to increase resilience and sustainability. To find out more, click here.
Emily’s Walking Book Club
Sunday 25th January – 11.30 am
Meet at Daunt Books, 51 South End Road
Join other readers for a walk on Hampstead Heath to discuss The Millstone by Margaret Drabble.
Wednesday 28th January – 4-8.30pm
8 Fitzroy Street, W1T
This free event will bring together businesses, schools and community groups who want to work collaboratively to develop low carbon energy projects and explore the latest low carbon energy opportunities in Camden. More info here.
Run on Sun: Campaign Training Day
Saturday 31st January – 11am-5pm
139 Clapham Road, SW9
Run on Sun is Friends of the Earth’s campaign to make it easy for schools to run on solar power – and save bags of cash to spend on pupils. Whether you’re new to the campaign, or have been working on it locally already – this training day is for you. More info here