October Newsletter

Dear Transition Belsize,

We hope you all enjoyed the Green Fair on Saturday 24th September – we certainly did! Have a look at some photos here. You might have seen some of the furniture built out of discarded wooden pallets at the Green Fair - if you'd like to find out more, check out Pallet Furniture, started by one of Transition Belsize's members as a spin-off from TB activities. It's a boutique company offering distinctive solutions to reclaimed wood from pallets and any other wood wanting a second life. They are focused on being resourceful, creating beautiful functional design and inspiring others to see ‘waste’ in another light.

October is packed full of events. See below for more details. Don’t miss our eco film night in collaboration with Transition Hampstead on Tuesday 18th, with the brilliant Message in the Waves. We’ll be at a new venue, the Magdala pub.


Education Group Meeting
Thursday 13th October – 9.30 am, Chez Nous, 157 Haverstock Hill.
Come along and help plan this autumn's schedule of great fun kids and education events.
More info and RSVP.

Creative Monday Afternoons
every Monday from 17th October – 2 pm
Oliver’s Village Café, 92 Belsize Lane
Join the multi-craft-talented Caroline Chan 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. And of course tea/coffee and delicious homemade cakes available too!
More info and RSVP

Eco Film Night – Message in the Waves
Tuesday 18th October – 7.30 pm
The Magdala, 2a South Hill Park (opposite Hampstead Heath station)
Join Transition Belsize and Transition Hampstead for the screening of Message in the Waves. Nearly 90% of floating marine litter is plastic. This acclaimed film looks at some of the environmental challenges facing the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. Melanie Salmon from NGO Global Ocean will be joining us for a post-film discussion.
More info and RSVP

Cycling Confidence Workshop
Thursday 20th October – 2-3pm
Gloucester Slips Regents Park – Barclays bike bank
Get back on your bike and refresh your cycling skills. Learn a few basics that will help to keep you safe on the road. Bring a bike or get a Barclays bike.
Only 5 places! Sign up here.

Cob Oven Build
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October – 11 am–2 pm
Fitzjohns Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn’s Avenue
Cob is a natural building material made from dug up clay, straw and sand,  is a zero waste, carbon free building system. Our cob oven will teach the kids about building with local materials, energy conservation, (cutting down oil dependency) and food procurement. Come along any time to join in the fun.
More info and RSVP.

Transition Kids Half-Term Event
Monday 24th October – 11 am–2 pm
Chalk Farm Library, Sharpleshall Street
Can you make an octopus out of a carrier bag or a fish out of a plastic bottle? All creative kids are invited to join acclaimed artist Edwina Ashton in turning used plastic and packaging into an amazing colourful Camden Aquarium, while learning about the harm plastic waste causes to our oceans.
More info and RSVP.

Autumn Herb Walk & Remedy-Making Workshop
Saturday 29th October – 1-5pm
Hampstead Heath
Learn how to recognize medicinal herbs and how to treat minor winter ailments with herbs. Herb walk on Hampstead Heath followed by remedy-making workshop nearby. Led by two local practising medical herbalists. Cost is £25, with some concessions available at £12.50.
E-mail enquiries@theherbalhuman.co.uk for more information and booking.

Autumn Arts Evening
Monday 7th November – 7-9pm
Oliver’s Village Café, 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 autumn - nuts, leaves, berries, seeds etc. And Kathie will be showing us how to make wonderful woven boxes by reusing and painting cereal packs.
More info and RSVP.

An Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design with Transition Belsize
Starting in November
Permaculture is the philosophy underpinning the Transition movement. It's about using our brains to design energy and waste out of systems, and about working with nature rather than seeking to subjugate it. See here for Rob Hopkins on what permaculture is and how it's linked to Transition.
The Transition Belsize Food Group will be offering a course of four urban permaculture classes (three hours per session). This course will involve work on the Royal Free Hospital estate where Transition Belsize have been given a plot of land. As well as learning about the principles of permaculture in an urban setting, participants will design and create a forest garden food growing site.
The course will be led by Alexis Rowell and Sarah Nicholl, who have both completed permaculture design courses, and will start in November. We're hoping to get some sponsorship, but there will be a cost, probably around £100 for the full course (or £50 for concessions). If you think you might be interested, then please email food@transitionbelsize.org.uk with "permaculture" in the subject line.

Foraging For All Seasons
The Food Group is also staging a "Foraging for All Seasons" course. 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. There are only 15 places and priority will go to those who are active members of Transition Belsize. If you might be interested, then please email food@transitionbelsize.org.uk with "foraging for all seasons" in the subject line.


Carla Ranicki
Newsletter Editor
Transition Belsize