January Newsletter

Happy New Year to all!

We hope you all enjoyed the festive season. January is a good month for fresh starts, so if you haven't gotten actively involved in Transition Belsize yet, why not come along to one of our upcoming events? The Transition Tipple on Wednesday is a great place to start - come along for a drink and a chat. Or how about helping out with groundwork at our new Fruitery on Saturday 7th or getting active with a Winter Walk on Sunday 15th?

Work on the Fruitery, our new site at St Peter's Church, is progressing quickly, and we're going to be ordering fruit trees in the next few weeks. Please get in touch if you'd like to help out, especially if you have a wildlife tank or some decking that you could donate.

Our old Meetup page is now officially closed, so please sign up to our brand-new website, www.transitionbelsize.org.uk, if you haven't yet, to get involved with specific groups or projects and receive timely notifications of upcoming events.


Transition Belsize Events

Transition Tipple
Wednesday 4th January - from 8pm
The Washington pub, 50 Englands Lane, NW3 4UE
Starting in January, every first Wednesday of the month will be a chance to come along for an informal Transition Tipple, catching up with old friends over a drink, meeting new people and sharing ideas about how we can make our lives and Belsize more sustainable.
We will have a space at The Washington, look out for our sign.

Groundwork at the Fruitery: Champagne and Compost
Saturday 7th January - 1-4pm
St Peter's Church, Belsize Square, NW3 4HJ
Help prepare and improve the soil at our new food-growing site, the Fruitery. We are planning to transform some land at the back of St Peter's Church in Belsize Square into a productive, communal space that can be shared and enjoyed by the community. During the next few months we want to turn it into a showcase forest garden.
First the site needs some preparation work so we need your help!
More info and RSVP: www.transitionbelsize.org.uk/events/champagne-n-compost

Winter Walk - The Belsize Walk
Sunday 15th January - 11 am
Meet outside the Washington pub, 50 Englands Lane, NW3 4UE
Get active and meet new people with a gentle walk through the Belsize conservation area, learning about the area's architecture and history.
We'll meet outside the Washington pub on Englands Lane at 11 am, then wander up through Belsize and finish on Parliament Hill.
For more information and to RSVP:

From Sheepish Tales... to Sticky Marmalade!
Sunday 29th January and Sunday 5th February (come to either or both!) - drop in between 12 and 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. While the kids are getting crafty, grown-ups can have a go at making sticky, yummy marmalade...certain to sweeten up those winter evenings and breakfasts. The fun doesn't stop there, if you are feeling even more fruity, we will have on hand an expert from our Abundance group to chat to you over a cuppa about fruit tree pruning, and planting new trees.


Other Local News

Help Monitor Local Air Pollution
At November's Air Quality Summit at Camden Town Hall, we heard that streets like the Euston Road are breaking European and World Health Organisation limits many times over and that more than 4,000 people are dying in the capital each year because of poor air quality. And children are the worst affected by our terrible air quality.
Read more from Transition Belsize member Alexis Rowell here, and contact him by e-mailing info@transitionbelsize.org.uk if you'd like to get involved in measuring the air quality outside your children's school or along your road.

Snow Shovels
Be prepared for the next big snowfall! Camden Council is offering 1,000 new shovels 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 and we'll get a batch for distribution around NW3.

New Camden Shares Website - Sign up and get sharing!
The new Camden Shares website is now online. The new site lays out much more clearly what Camden Shares is about - making stuff happen. Stuff that's on offer, stuff that people want and stuff that's happened.
Remember, Camden Shares is about people - in communities, groups and organisations - with ideas they want to make happen. What do you need - support, expertise, training, space, equipment, activity? And what can you offer?

Car Clubs
Car clubs are a pay-as-you-drive alternative to owning a car. Membership of a car club will give you all the benefits of clean modern and reliable cars without the hassle and hidden costs of car ownership. Typically, one car club car replaces about 24 private cars, reducing parking stress, and helping to relieve congestion and pollution, whilst also encouraging healthier more active travel such as walking and cycling.   
Currently Camden has 266 car club bays at 159 different locations, with the aim to introduce more bays this year. www.carclubs.org provides a map of all the bays and clubs in London so you can select the best operator for you.


All the best for a happy 2012!

Carla Ranicki
Newsletter Editor
Transition Belsize