December Newsletter

Dear Transition Belsize,

The leaves have fallen off the trees, the nights are getting longer and the wind is getting colder, but our newsletter is packed with plenty of great events to warm you up with seasonal cheer, not to mention workshops on draught busting and thermal curtain lining to help keep your house toasty and energy efficient. 

Don't miss the London Transition groups gathering on Thursday 1st December - more information below or click here - and the Transition Belsize Seasonal Celebration on Wednesday 14th December at Oliver's Café.


Transition Belsize

Seasonal Celebration
Wednesday 14th December - 7pm
Oliver's Village Cafe, 92 Belsize Lane
Come join us to celebrate all the great things we've achieved this year and look forward to imagining and creating a positive and very happy new year in Belsize. Delicious mulled wine, mince pies, tasty snacks and organic wines and beers will be available for sale. All welcome. 


Free Draught Busting Workshop for Camden Residents
Saturday 3rd December - 1-4pm
Beat the winter chill! Following the success of the ten Draught Busting workshops we ran in collaboration with Camden Council last winter we are happy to announce that we will be delivering further hands-on workshops this winter to help Camden residents to beat the winter chill, save money on fuel bills and cut tonnes of CO2. Attendees get £20 worth of free draught-proofing materials and workshop hosts receive £40 of free materials.
For more information and to register, click here.

Calling All Film-Lovers
Transition Belsize is looking for a Film Night coordinator.
Get involved in your local community, spread awareness through film and meet great people! We're looking for a volunteer to help re-invent Transition Belsize's monthly Film Nights.
You'll coordinate the monthly Film Night, helping choose the films and themes and finding inspiring guest speakers. The role will also involve other practicalities such as organising the venue and publicising the event and making sure the night runs smoothly. The Transition Belsize Coordinating Group will provide plenty of support with organization and logistics.
If interested, please email


More Transition

London Transition Groups Gathering with Rob Hopkins
Thursday 1st December – 6.30pm
GLA London SE1 2AA
Some inspiration, some celebration, and a bit of a shindig! Come and share what you're up to and what you're learning. Whether you’re already involved or just interested to know more, all welcome. With London Low Carbon Zones, Project Dirt and the London Low Carbon Communities Network. For more information click here.
Tickets in advance only via £8 and £4 (concs). Copies of The Transition Companion available on the night.

Transition Dartmouth Park Launch Event
Saturday 3rd December - 2pm-4pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre (Fresh Youth Academy hall), Bertram Street, NW5
Give and take, local food tastings, cake stall and recycled Christmas decoration making for kids, plus speakers from neighbouring Transition groups.

Man Can - Now at Kentish Town Library
262-266 Kentish Town Road, NW5
Man Can is the Transition Kids seven-foot farmer made from recycled packaging, designed to teach kids about the need for packaging reduction. Together with his pet dog Olive he'll be making a special appearance at Kentish Town Library for the next two weeks.

Other Local News and Events

A Time for New Dreams at The Winch
Thursday 1st December - 6.30-8.30pm
21 Winchester Road, NW3
A children and young people's charity between Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage, The Winch is holding an event to launch their new model and plans for the building. They'd love to have as many members of the community come along as possible. It'll be an inspiring evening with food, drink and examples of the activities they run with children and young people.
RSVP to or 020 7586 8731.

Christmas Fair
Saturday 3rd December and Saturday 17th December - 10am-5pm
Hampstead Town Hall Centre, 213 Haverstock Hill, NW3
Designers, jewellery, accessories, clothing, cosmetics and food will all be on sale at this year's Christmas Fair at the Hampstead Town Hall. Entry is free but a £1 donation is appreciated with all proceeds going towards helping disadvantaged young people and communities.
More information here.

Belsize Safer Neighbourhoods Team - Public Meeting
Monday 5th December - 6.30pm
Sarum Hall School, 15 Eton Avenue, NW3
Discussion of local policing issues in the area.

Hampstead Film Society - Biutiful
Tuesday 6th December - 7 pm
Hampstead Town Hall Centre, 213 Haverstock Hill, NW3
Set in Barcelona and starring Javier Bardem, Biutiful "punches your heart to smithereens, then gently caresses it with a small glimpse of hope."
Tickets £6.00, cash bar selling wines and beer.

Thermal Curtain Lining "Train the Trainer" Session
Friday 9th December - 10am-12pm
Camden, NW1
Adding a thermal lining to your curtains is an easy way to save money on energy bills and keep your home warm. At this workshop you'll acquire easy-to-learn skills to produce thermal curtain linings using the ‘no-sew’ method. The method is easy enough to enable you to skill up other members of your group.
Places are free and are limited to 10 people. Email Fran Evans at if you're interested.
More information on how the curtains are produced is available here.

Community Safety Public Meeting
Thursday 12th December - 6.30-7.30pm
Salvation Army, 10-16 Haverstock Hill, NW3
Find out more about Camden Council's Community Safety service, raise any specific concerns or issues, hear about service priorities and learm how you can play a part in making the borough safer.

England's Lane Books Seasonal Storytime and Competition
Sunday 18th December - 11am
41 England's Lane, NW3
England's Lane Books will have a special visitor on the Sunday before Christmas: a very special bear will be helping out at a seasonal storytime for kids and we have it on good authority he will have lots of little gifts to hand out (no booking required).
Our friends at England's Lane Books are also offering us an exclusive competition to win a gorgeous hand-drawn and coloured map of Hampstead. To enter just email your name and contact details to with "Transition Belsize competition" in the subject line.

Anyone for Time Banking Instead of Pounds and Euros?
One alternative to our crumbling financial system is Time Banking, where citizens swap services and skills between themselves. The most advanced time bank in Camden - Time Bank Exchange in Kings Cross - is keen to talk to groups around Camden who might like to join their time banking network. Please contact Gavin Atkins - - if you're interested.

Bike Racks in Belsize
Is there somewhere in Belsize Park you'd like to see a bike rack? If so then e-mail Camden's bike racks officer, Martin Blick, with your suggestion:

Creative Monday Afternoons
Mondays - 2pm
Oliver's Village Café, 92 Belsize Lane, NW3
Come and join Caroline Chan, who has a passion for all things handmade and homemade, for an afternoon of creativity, sharing and learning crafts such as knitting, crochet, handmade animals and birds and any other craft ideas you'd like to share. Tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes will be available.


Hope to see you all at our Seasonal Celebration on the 14th!

Carla Ranicki
Newsletter Editor
Transition Belsize