March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Spring is in the air, and Belsize Park is buzzing with energy. We’re planting berries and apples at the Fruitery and finishing our cob oven at Fitzjohn’s School. Learn about food growing with Transition Primrose Hill, swap seeds in Dartmouth Park or find out more about Brixton Energy’s pioneering community-owned solar power scheme.

We’ve also got bird-watching at the Adelaide Nature Reserve, classic films at the Hampstead Film Society, free energy awareness training from the council. If you want to find out how to make an old home energy efficient, don’t miss the SuperHomes open weekend on March 17th and 18th. 

As part of exciting community developments, the Winchester Project is hiring for a Development Officer for Belsize Library, in what will be a pioneering venture for the library and the local area. Scroll down for more information!

Transition Belsize Events

A Fruitful Time!
Sunday 4th March – 11am-4pm
St Peter’s Church, Belsize Square, NW3 4HJ
The time has come to get planting! After great progress on removing a tree and preparing some beds, this session will be all about new trees and bushes. We have 2 apple varieties, tayberry, whitecurrant, redcurrant, gooseberry, rhubarb and Japanese wineberry!

Transition Tipple
Wednesday 7th March – 8-11pm
The Washington, 50 England’s Lane, NW3 4UE
Come for an informal Transition Tipple, a chance to catch up over a drink with old friends and meet new people. We will have a space at The Washington, look out for our sign.

Cob Oven Building
Sunday 11th March – 11am-2pm
Fitzjohn’s Primary School, 86A Fitzjohn's Avenue, NW3 6NP
Come help finish building our cob oven and a frame for the oven. All welcome!


Other Local Transition News and Events

Well-Being Survey
Have you been involved in our Well-Being group, or any other Inner Transition group? If so, please take a few moments to fill out an online survey for the Transition Network’s research.

Transition Primrose Hill Food Growing Courses
7-8.30 pm
Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, NW1 8TN
6th March - Essentials of Seed Sowing
27th March - Quick Crops and How to Grow Them
3rd April - Potting on
24th April - Basic Plant Care
8th May - Beginners Guide to Organic Gardening and Companion Planting
These are both theoretical and practical sessions. Cost £7 per session or £30 for whole course.
E-mail to book on to whole course or individual sessions.  More info here:

Transition THRIVE Training
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March – 9.30am-7.30pm
Islington Ecology Centre, Gillespie Park Nature, 191 Drayton Park, N5 1PH
Transition THRIVE is a two-day training specifically designed to help Transition Initiatives take stock and develop strategies on how to take their Initiative to the next level. The training is ideally for people who have already completed the original two-day Transition training and are part of an established Transition group.

Seedy Saturday in Dartmouth Park
Saturday 24th March - 12pm-3pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre, Bertram Stet, NW5
Swap seeds and seedlings, meet local food growers and get gardening advice, plus practical workshops, pasta-making for kids and the chance to get planting.
Please come along, bring seeds, seedlings and plants to swap.

Brixton Energy Share Offer
This pioneering project is laying the ground for future similar schemes around London, and is well worth keeping an eye on.
Brixton Energy is launching the first inner city solar power project on the roof of the Loughborough Estate in Brixton, to generate clean, green energy for one of the most economically deprived areas in the UK. The ‘Solar 1’ project, which will see several hundred square metres of solar panels installed on the roofs of residential buildings within the Loughborough Estate, will be 100% community owned, give investors a share of the profits the scheme generates and reduce the carbon footprint of Brixton over its 25 year life span.
The share offer will help raise the capital cost of £75,000 needed for the solar PV installation on the roof of Elmore House on the Loughborough Estate.


Other Local News and Events

Women+Health Taster Sessions
Thursday 8th March – 12-4pm
4 Carol Street, NW1 0HU
Free taster sessions of some of the treatments and services provided at the Women and Health Centre.

Hampstead Film Society
Tuesday 13th and 27th March – 7pm
Hampstead Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4QP
The Great McGinty, (1940, Preston Sturges,USA) 13th March @ 7pm
Poetry (2010, Lee Chang-Dong, Korea) 27th March @ 7pm

Job Posting: Development Officer for Belsize Library
Deadline: Friday 16th March
Belsize Library is a community library which Camden Council decided last year was one of three libraries to be cut from the local authority’s service. At the end of 2011,The Winch was named the preferred bidder for running Belsize Library with a view to using social enterprise to power its content and activities.
They are seeking an initiative rich, highly self-motivated individual with excellent community engagement skills to take on the development of the Belsize Library project in what will be a pioneering venture.

Free Energy Awareness Training
Friday 16th March – 9.15am-4.30pm
Camden Town Hall Extension, King’s Cross, WC1H 9JE
With rising fuel bills and draughty, energy inefficient homes, many people in Camden are finding it hard to stay warm at home. The council have devised a one day course to enable those who live in Camden or work with communities in Camden to gain valuable knowledge to help others around them. The training is totally free however they do ask that all those attending a workshop to run a small event in their community.
Sign up:

SuperHomes Open Days
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March
Around Belsize Park and Camden 
There really isn’t a better way to find out how to make an old home energy efficient than to spend some time with eco-retrofit pioneers who have been there, done it and are already enjoying the benefits. Come tour, explore and be inspired at the five SuperHome openings in Camden, including one in Belsize Park. For further details and to sign up for tours please visit

Bird-Watching at Adelaide Nature Reserve
Sunday 25th March – 11am
Adelaide Local Nature Reserve - entrance gate next to Modern Motors at 95 Adelaide Road, NW3 3QN
A free talk and walk to explore the birds in this lovely nature reserve that includes a south sloping sunny meadow and some woodland.

Introduction to Permaculture
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March
Green Peppers Orchard and Forest Garden, Maiden Lane Community Centre 156 St Paul's Crescent NW1 9XZ
An interactive workshop looking at the foundations of permaculture.

Film Screening: The Belsize Story
Tuesday 27th March – 7.45pm
St Stephen’s Church, Pond Street, NW3 2PP
Free screening of a film narrated by Fiona Bruce, The Belsize Story volume one, an in-depth study of the history, architecture and people of Belsize Park. For anyone living in Belsize, the beautifully photographed landscapes, houses and villas plus interviews with local residents and other contributors will make for compelling viewing.

Community Energy Masterclass
Saturday 31st March – 9.30am-4pm
St Ethelburga’s, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG
If you’re considering setting up a renewable energy project in your community, or helping others to set one up, come and meet other people in the same boat at a workshop run by Friends of the Earth. Meet experts who will take you through the process – from the big ideas to the nitty gritty of making it happen.
A flyer with all the information about the day can be seen at