November Newsletter

Hello Belsize,

Exciting news this month: our new website is now live! Go to to check it out. We encourage you to sign up and create your profile now. This new online home has pages on our groups and projects and events and news listings, and we want it to become a lively hub for all Transition Belsize activities and members.


Transition Belsize

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

Tonight - Autumn Arts Evening
Monday 7th November - 7-9 pm
Oliver's Village Cafe, 92 Belsize Lane
Come and join us for some autumn creativity! Continuing our themes of reuse and recycling we will be creating colourful garlands of autumn abundance using the fruits of the season - nuts, leaves, berries and seeds. Kathie will be showing us how to make wonderful woven boxes by reusing and painting cereal packs.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Free Draught Busting Workshops for Camden Residents
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.
November dates: Wednesday 16th November 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 30th November 6.30pm-8.30pm.
To register, look here.

Food Group Meeting
Thursday 17th November – 7 pm
The Transition Belsize Food Group are meeting on Thursday 17 November in Fellows Road for soup, drinks and discussion about current and future projects. Please email if you’d like to attend.

Foraging For All Seasons
This will comprise four all-day workshops, one per season of the year. It is designed to teach participants how to identify edible, poisonous, medicinal and useful plants, but also to provide Transition Belsize with a pool of volunteers who can lead foraging walks. The cost will be £100 for the four workshops, payable in advance. The first workshop is Saturday 26 November, 10am-4pm. The other workshops will be in spring, summer and autumn 2012. If you’re interested, then please email or have a look here.


More Transition

London Transition Groups Gathering with Rob Hopkins
Thursday 1st December – 6.30 pm
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
Before Fri 18th £7 and £3 (concs). After Nov 18th £8 and £4 (concs)
Copies of The Transition Companion available on the night

In Transition Screening
Wednesday 9th November – 7.30pm
Dartmouth Arms, York Rise
Brand-new Transition Dartmouth Park, started by a former Transition Belsize member, is organising its first film night this week, with a film about the Transition Movement, featuring footage and interviews from groups in towns, cities and villages across the country. The film will be followed by a talk by Jo Homan from Transition Finsbury Park, and a discussion on climate change, oil and what the new group hopes to do in Dartmouth Park.


Other Local News and Events

Support 20 mph Zones in Belsize!
Cyclist casualties are on the rise in Camden and excessive speeding is often recorded along Haverstock Hill and Finchley Road. Introducing 20 mph speed limits has been proven by several studies to significantly reduce road accidents and noise levels. They also encourage cycling and walking, reduce carbon emissions by helping the flow of traffic and improve air quality.
Help us put pressure on Camden Council to implement more 20 mph zones and other safety measures for pedestrians like zebra crossings and better cycle lanes. Please sign this petition to bring a 20 mph limit and a zebra crossing to Parkhill Road, a main thoroughfare between South End Green and Belsize Park.
The possibility of introducing a 20 mph limit along Haverstock Hill is also currently being considered by Camden Council.

Hampstead Film Society
Tuesday 8th November – 7 pm
The next screening at the Old Town Hall (corner of Haverstock Hill and Glenloch Road) will be Claude Miller’s 2007 film Un Secret.

Consultation Meetings on Developing Blashford House, Adelaide Road Medical Centre and Fellows Road Estate
Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November – 5.30pm to 8 pm
Friday 11th November 12.30pm – 4 pm
Blashford House Tenants and Residents Association
The proposal for a new medical centre and high rise block overshadowing the Adelaide Local Nature Reserve is back, with “much improved open and play spaces for residents”. To find out how this will affect you and to express your opinion on the planned developments, attend one of Camden Council’s open exhibition events.

Pop-up Vegan Restaurant Returns to Oliver’s Village Café
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November
Tolérance Restaurant, a pop-up restaurant serving delicious vegan and gluten-free food with many raw food options, first came to Oliver’s in September, and is now back by popular demand with a brand new menu. Book now to secure your place on or call 0796 766 0678.

Environment in Camden
A great resource listing environmental activities and events all round the Camden area, like the Hampstead Green Gym and a Fungal Foray on Sunday 13th November.


Please e-mail me at if you have any events for future newsletter issues.

Carla Ranicki
Newsletter Editor
Transition Belsize