February Newsletter

Hello Belsize,

There's a chill in the air but don't worry, we've got draught-busting workshops, tipples at the pub and lots of energizing outdoor activities to keep you warm, not to mention free snow shovels and cosy sheepswool slippers.

We'll be running a stall outside Budgens on Saturday 18th February from 10am to 2pm, promoting our groups, projects and upcoming events, and giving food-growing advice. If you'd like to come help set up the stall or introduce newcomers to Transition, please e-mail info@transitionbelsize.org.uk with your availability.

Our Winter Walk series is proving very popular and we have a February walk along Regent's Canal coming up on the 12th. Work on the Fruitery at St Peter's Church is progressing fast, and we have two Saturday afternoon events for anyone who'd like to come along and lend a hand. We're also looking for wildlife tanks, so please get in touch if you have one you don't need any more.

We also need help pruning a tree at our Premier Inn food-growing site. Is there anyone with expertise out there who could be of assistance? Please e-mail food@transitionbelsize.org.uk.

Most excitingly, we're back at our old venue, the Steele's pub on Haverstock Hill, with a special event at the end of the month featuring the "Economical Environmentalist", Kentish Town local Prashant Vaze. Scroll down for more info and all our other upcoming activities.

Transition Belsize Events

Free Draught Busting Workshops
Friday 3rd February - 1-4pm
Saturday 18th February - 1.30-4.30pm
Saturday 25th February - 1.30-4.30pm
Transition Belsize and Camden Council are running more hands-on workshops this winter to help Camden residents to beat the winter chill, save money on fuel bills and cut tonnes of CO2. During the workshop you'll be shown how to install high-quality draught proofing materials around sash windows and doors. Every attendee will receive £20 worth of free draught proofing to get started on their own homes.
Booking is essential - e-mail james.dunlop[at]camden.gov.uk.
Fruitery Fun
Saturday 4th and Saturday 18th February - 1-5pm
St Peter's Church, Belsize Square, NW3 4HJ
Come along to one of our fortnightly Saturday afternoon sessions at the Fruitery, our new food-growing site. February highlights include designing the kids' wildlife area, designing the decking, potato chitting and planting unusual fruit bushes like tayberries, loganberries and more!
Slippers and Sheepish Tales...
Sunday 5th February - 12-4pm
Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN
Calling all creative kids and jammy adults, don't get cold feet this winter, but come along to our snug slipper/felt making workshop and turn real sheepswool into take home slippers. It's goodbye to cheesy feet and hello to cosy ones! What else can we turn sheepswool into?

Winter Walk - Regent's Canal
Sunday 12th February - 11am-1pm
Meet outside The Engineer pub, 65 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JH
Meet new people within Transition Belsize and brainstorm about future projects and ideas during a gentle walk along Regent's Canal. We'll meet outside the Engineer pub on Gloucester Avenue, then wander along the canal path to Little Venice then back to Primrose Hill.
So that we know you're coming, please sign up via the website or e-mail info@transitionbelsize.org.uk.
Creating an Urban Forest Garden
Sunday 12th February
Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, NW3
The Royal Free Hospital have kindly given Transition Belsize a food-growing site on their land. On Sunday 12th February a group of urban permaculturalists will be starting work on transforming the land into a forest garden with fruit trees, medicinal herbs and raised beds for food growing by children in the hospital primary school. Do come along and help if you'd like to. For more details please email food@transitionbelsize.org.uk.
Transition Belsize Presents the Economical Environmentalist
Monday 27th February - 7.30-10pm
Upstairs at the Sir Richard Steele pub, 97 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4RL
Join us back at our old regular venue, the Sir Richard Steele, for a special event with Prashant Vaze, an environmental economist trying to live a low-carbon life in Kentish Town.
He'll be talking about his own experiences navigating the choices that confront us all (families, singletons, pensioners) when making decisions about how to keep warm, what to eat, what to buy and how to travel in the era of climate change and economic turmoil. He has worked out the sums and will let us know which choices will make the biggest difference, and which are false savings.
Find out more at economicalenvironmentalist.co.uk.


Other Local Transition Events

Transition Primrose Hill Film Night - The Crisis of Civilisation
Thursday 2nd February - 7.30pm
Upstairs at The Pembrook Castle, 150 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JA
This fascinating movie is based on the book A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save it, by author Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. Dean Puckett has turned this well-researched piece of work into an entertaining description of the world's problems using old footage and cartoon.
Screening followed by Q & A with Nafeez Ahmed and Dean Puckett.

Green Subsidies - Making Money While the Sun Shines
Tuesday 7th February - 7-8.30pm
Chalk Farm Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YL
Having a fuel efficient house and using renewable energies like solar can save a fortune and make a big dent in your carbon footprint. On top of this there are big government incentives to help us get our houses up to 21st century standards. Clever improvements can also be big earners for home-owners.
and Transition Primrose Hill are holding an event to familiarise people with some of the opportunities available to them, in particular, the chance to take advantage of the main solar subsidy before it changes in March. There will be informal talks and Q and A’s and you’ll have an opportunity to meet local people who have already started on the journey.

Introduction to Permaculture Design
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March - 10.30am-4.30pm
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, NW1 7AY
This lively introductory course is suitable for anyone with an active interest, requires no prior knowledge and for many participants is the first step on a new and positive route.
Weekend course fee £50, small amount of concessions available on request. E-mail info@transitionprimrosehill.org to book.


Other Local News

Belsize Area Action Group - HS2 Discussion
Thursday 2nd February - 7.30 pm
Belsize Library, Antrim Road, NW3 4XN
Talk to your local councillors and discuss big issues in the area by coming along to the Belsize Area Action Group. Topics for discussion include the future of Belsize Library, proposals for new housing in Belsize ward and the High Speed Two rail link, including the threat to the nature reserve and community garden.

Free Snow Shovels
We still have a few free snow shovels, provided by Camden Council to help local community groups in the borough clear snow from footpaths over the winter. The shovels are completely free of charge and are available to groups such as tenant and resident associations, volunteer groups and local business groups. If you'd like to get a shovel for use on your street, e-mail info@transitionbelsize.org.uk.

All the best,
Carla Ranicki
Newsletter Editor