Friday, 27 May 2011

More street markets in Haringey?

I think this is great news and something that network should be supporting. Street markets are an important part of a sustainable local economy, even if they are not "farmers' markets". At the very least they don't involve a whole lot of chiller cabinets without doors!

It's funny how little study there is of the impact of street markets - try finding something about it online, and all you find is neo-liberal economics about the efficiency of "the markets", meaning financial markets. Time for some proper action-oriented research on real markets.

Urban bees in Hong Kong

Re-posted from Harringay Online - beautiful three minute film.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Transition Crouch End Steering Group Minutes 16th May 2011

Steering Group Meeting, 16th May 2011, 8.00pm at The Maynard Pub
Present:  Steering Gp: Rebecca, Andy, Gillian (chair), Tilly (minutes)
 Visitors: Amanda, Brad, Kristen, Pamela, Jacki, Fred, Kate
and  Anna O’Brian from Transition Network
Minutes from last meeting (14-03-11) agreed. Bike Power Workshop (Gillian)
This is going ahead:
Saturday 11th June 10.00-5.00pm at Green Lens Studio, 4a Atterbury Rd, N4 1SF
cost: £40.00. To book a place call 07931840771
There may be funding for one of our group to go, contact Gillian.
Agenda Items
1) Meadow Orchard Project- MOP (Kate Allerdyce)
Kate reminded us of all the different activities now happening at the Meadow Orchard. The regular day for anyone who wants to go along to volunteer is Saturdays, 11.00am onward.
Saturday 9th July is MOP Open Day with talks, workshops, activites
Tuesday 19th July is the MOP AGM, details to follow
2) CSA Community Supported Agriculture Project- Church Farm  (Gillian)
Current collection point for the Farm veg boxes is 6.00-7.00pm at Haberdashery cafe,Middle Lane.
Gillian is arranging for  another collection option, which will be starting soon at Hornsey Vale Community centre (HVCC). The plan is to have an outside area at the front  of the Centre, where the boxes can be stored securely for later collection. Further details from Gillian.
Camping sessions are also offered at the Farm- details form Rebecca.
3) Green on the Screen (Fred, Rebecca, Tilly)
The last screening on 4th May was another success,with over 40 people attending.
Gillian suggested we should do a write up after each film and post it on the TCE website.
GOTS Planning meeting: Weds 25th May evening; further details from Rebecca/Tilly/Fred.
4) Hornsey Vale Community Centre  HVCC (Tilly, Gillian)
Transition Garden:The new Spring Newsletter for HVCC is out now and features a picture of our Transition Kitchen garden at the Centre. We plan to start on stage two of our garden, ie building a first raised bed over the summer and autumn.
HVCC May Gala 2.00-5.00pm 30th May: Last year we helped run the cafe at this event. For the last two years we have had a Transition Crouch End stand at the gala- and also volunteered help with the event. We need to decide if we can have a stand this year, if there are enough of us able to participate. Contact Gillian if you can be involved.
September Reuse/ Recycle/ Tabletop Sale event  Date to be confirmed.We will run this event jointly with HVCC. From a Transition perspective we can plan on how to use the day to raise awareness about reusing, recycling materials etc. Tilly hopes to approach Hornsey Girls School to see if they would like to take part.
Contact Tilly if you would like to help.
Apple Day 15th October  This will be our third Apple day- our biggest public event. Agreed that the sooner we start planning for this day, the better we can make it. 
5) Haringey 40/20 Event (Kate Allerdyce)
Initiated by Friends of the Earth, Haringey Council will hold an event on
 Saturday 11th June, Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane
Many agencies are involved and the Council welcome input from all groups.
6) North London NLETS (Andy)
Andy gave a quick introduction to NLETS the local trading scheme, which covers Highbury, Islington, Enfield and Barnet. This scheme has been running for 10 years and promotes the Transition principle of keeping value within the local economy. The trading unit is called a Pledge. Pledges are used instead of money and can be used to buy goods and services. There are now a wide range of services on offer, including woodwork,opticians, gardening, solicitors and complementary therapies.
Trading days take place 4 times per year.
Details from Andy
7) Transition Crouch End Communications Update (Gillian)
Our website is currently directed at the TCE Blogspot, administered and updated by Gillian, who also puts information on our Facebook page and Twitter (@transitionce) .
We are working with Ed Crompton who is helping us develop the website.
Gillian mentioned the transition gmail as another way we communicate with each other, details from Gillian.
Gillian also thought  it would be a good idea if we had a TCE monthly newsletter.
However, it was aknowledged that maintaining the Blogspot, Facebook and Twitter is already an essential but demanding, time consuming job for Gillian. Jacki kindly agreed to get involved and offer help with this area.
For general information on the Transition Movement go to or
8) Crouch Hill Development (Amanda)
Amanda mentioned her residents group are being consulted about the proposed development due to take place at Crouch Hill, in the area where it intersects with the Parkland Walk. Ashmount school will move to this location. Community and foodgrowing projects are also being discussed for this site, so it may be appropriate for TCE to get involved.
Further details from Amanda.
9) Foodcycle (Rebecca)
Rebecca is doing some work with Foodcycle. They run a cafe every Friday lunchtime, 12.00-2.30pm at the Mind Centre at Ferme park rd, near junction with Lancaster Rd, Parkland Walk bridge.
Next Steering Group Meeting: 8.00pm, Monday 13th June, Maynard Pub, Park Rd, N8.

Monday, 16 May 2011



Weds 1st June, 7pm (film 8pm): Green on the Screen: 'No Impact Man' Film - follows a family's efforts to make no carbon impact and tread lightly on the Earth. Watch and see what happens... Feast on film, food and courageous conversations. @ Moors Bar, Park Rd, N8.

Wed 1st June, 6-8 pm: The Buzz About The Bees - Talk on the wonderful world of Bees! @ Marcus Garvey Library, Philip Lane, N15. Organised by Living Under One Sun, in partnership with Haringey Libraries.

Wed 1st June to Sun 19th June, 1-5pm (Wednesdays to Sundays only) Transforming London’s Green Lung – a ‘2020 Vision for the Lee Valley’ Exhibition tells the Lee Valley Regional Park regeneration story, taking visitors on a journey from post war regeneration to the latest London 2012 developments providing a unique perspective on London’s largest open space. @ Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London N17

Wed/Thurs/Sun each week, 11am-4pm: Living Under One Sun Community Allotment: Volunteers Wanted - Come and help grow fruits and veg, Share and gain skills and knowledge, Meet neighbours, share ideas and get some exercise, Find practical ways to do good by our planet, Celebrate harvest festivals and food from around the world. @ East Hale Allotment, Mill Mead Road, N17 Buses: 41, 123, 230, W4. Contact: Lyn 07722051414 Leyla 07414545640

Wed/Thurs each week, 10am-1pm: Visit the community tree & plant nursery - Green Routes, Finsbury Park, N4. To the right of the Manor House entrance as you enter the park. Come and help with whatever needs doing, find out about the project over a cuppa and meet others. More info:

Thurs 2nd/9th June, 7:30pm-10:30pm: Stroud Green Knitters & Crocheters. Group for the experienced and newbies. Come along to knit and meet other knitters. Learn from others. @ The Noble, 29 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, N4 4AP

Sat 4th June, 10am-12noon: Avenue Orchard Monthly Meetup and work Day. Come along to learn some new skills for looking after fruit trees and bushes. And meeting some like-minded people. @ Corner of Avenue Road and Newsham Avenue, N15, just behind the concrete wall.

Sat 4th June, 10am-2pm: Friends of Railway Fields Monthly Practical and Meeting. Join us for some light practical conservation activities, then lunch, butterflies and our monthly meeting to help plan our summer events. @ Railway Fields, Green Lanes, N4 - opposite Harringay Green Lanes station.

Sun 5th June: Big Lunch Day - everyone is encouraged to organise food sharing in local public spaces. Just do it - DIY!

Sun 5th June, 12-4pm: “The Big Lunch” in Chestnuts Park, N15. Come sing-a-long, Meet friends, Bring & Share food and enjoy fun activities for the kids. Bring a blanket or chair and the entire family for a fun filled day. Near the community centre, 280 St Ann’s Rd, Tottenham N15 5BN. Organised by Pyramid Health And Social Care Association & Chestnuts Community Centre.

Sun 5th June. Starts 10am: (All day event, join or leave at any time): Guided Walk along the historic New River path - Enfield Town to Angel Islington. 15mile guided walk led by John Polley. Free & open to all. Starts 10am outside the Crown & Horseshoes pub on the New River at Enfield Town, passing through Haringey early afternoon. Finish around 6pm at Sadlers Wells Theatre, Roseberry Avenue, Islington. Route, timings & more details at Phone: 07814 546772

Mon 6th June, from 9.30am: Work on Priory Common Orchard - volunteers welcome. Next to junction of Priory Road and Redston Road, N8. Info 020 8347 7684

Tues 7th June, 11:30am-1.30pm: Knowing Through Growing - Get with the Plot! @ Stroud Green Library, Quernmore Road, N4 4QR Come and support this plant growing project at the local library - just let know you're coming first. If you have gloves, please bring them along.

Wed 8th June, 7-8:30pm 3-week Alexander Technique Introductory Course. Practical course to help people learn how to look after themselves, physically and mentally and therefore be better able to help others in their needs. @ Enterprise Centre, 160 Page Green Tce, N15 4NU. Pay what you can, suggested donation £35. Money raised goes to Haringey Alliance for Public Services. Must book in advance, details:

Thurs 9th June, 7-8.30pm Lee Valley Regional Park - A London Classic Janet Green, Lee Valley Regional Park's Partnership Manager, gives an illustrated talk outlining the compelling development story of Lee Valley Regional Park, a popular green lung in the city enjoyed by over 4.5 million Londoners every year. @ Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London N17

Thurs 9th June, 6-8pm: The Buzz About The Bees - Lively talk on the wonderful world of Bees! @ Wood Green Central Library, High Rd, N22 Organised by Living Under One Sun, in partnership with Haringey Libraries.

Sat 11th June, 9.30-2.30pm: Haringey 40:20 launch (Community action for carbon reduction). @ Haringey 6th Form Centre. Organised by Haringey Council. Please register in advance if possible -

Sat 11th June, 10am-5pm: North London Bike Power Workshop. For those wanting an introduction to renewables and are mad about bikes, this course is a great way to learn about creating electricity from bicycles. It will also help to promote Bike Week, 18th - 26th June. Price: £40 per person (17 places). @ Green Lens Studio, 4a Atterbury Road, London, N4 1SF For more info and to book: Organised by Transition Crouch End, Green Lens Studio and Magnificent Revolution

Sat/Sun 11th/12th June: Eco-house weekend. An opportunity to see a range of existing homes which have been retrofitted with energy efficiency and microgeneration measures to cut their carbon footprint. 15 houses will open in Camden, Islington, Haringey and Hackney, offering a chance to talk to owners about their experience of installing energy efficiency measures.4 houses in Haringey will be open (see the weblink). Passes for the weekend at £10 to individuals, £20 for professionals available from, with full details of the houses, how to reach them, cycle tour etc.

Sat/Sun 11th/12th June: Open Garden Squares Weekend. 5 venues in Haringey - Bowes Park Community Garden (Sat 2-5pm); Edible Landscapes London - unusual edible perennials (Sun 12-5pm), FOOD from the SKY - Budgen's roof garden (Sun 11am-5pm); Jamboree Finsbury Park (Sat 12-3pm); Queen's Wood Lodge Organic Garden (see below) - info:

Sat/Sun 11th/12th June, 2-5pm: Queen's Wood Organic Garden Open Days and Plant sales. Prize winning garden open for visits. Bees, wild flowers, mini- beast habitats, and a pond as well as a range of fruits, herbs, vegetables and wild flowers. Cafe open too and plants for sale. Buses 134/43 stop at the entrance on Muswell Hill Rd, N10 3JP. Organised by the Friends of Queen's Wood.

Sun 12th June, 6pm: Reel News / Haringey Solidarity Film Show - the fight against climate change and other environmental issues. Films, discussion, drinks. Films are by the Reel News collective and will include "One Million Climate Jobs Now!" from their latest release. @ Giuseppe Conlon House, 49 Mattison Road, London N4 1BG. Free / donations. Organised by Haringey Solidarity Group. +

Tues 14th June, 6.30-9.30pm: Sustainable transport, bicycle use and maintenance, electric cars, car clubs and testing electric bikes on the hills in Alexandra Park. @ The little community building known as CUFOS at the top of The Avenue N10 2QE, behind Alexandra Palace: see Organised by Muswell Hill Sustainability Group

Wed 15th June, 6.30pm-8.30pm: Railway Fields Nature Walk and talk with David Bevan. Renowned London Botanist will be taking you around Railway Fields and pointing out all the interesting flora and fauna, followed by a talk about the history of the reserve. The event is free, however refreshments will be provided so a suggested donation of £3 to cover costs would be appreciated. @ Railway Fields, Green Lanes, N4 - opposite Harringay Green Lanes station.

Sat 18th to Sun 26th June: UK Bike Week - everyone encouraged to get on yer bike more throughout this week!

Sat 18th June, 1-3pm: Foraging at Meadows Orchard. Come along to this 'Urban Harvest' event for inspiration about edible flowers to include in our edible landscapes. Instead of our usual monthly foraging walk in June we'll be talking, admiring and tasting all kinds of edible flowers. @ Meadows Orchard Project, behind the Hornsey Central Health Centre, 151 Park Rd, N8 8JD Map: +

Sat 18th June, 11am-1pm: Tottenham Carnival Parade The Parade will begin at Eade Road N4 1DJ and end in Church Road N17 8DU. Come and join in this celebration of Tottenham's vibrant cultures and communities. Info:

Sat 18th June, 10am-12noon: The Buzz About The Bees - Lively talk on the wonderful world of Bees! @ Wood Green Central Library, High Rd, N22 Organised by Living Under One Sun, in partnership with Haringey Libraries.

Tue 21st June, 8pm: 'Avoiding Heffalump Traps' - presentation and discussion about world population growth. Part of Highgate School’s Environment Week - open to all. @ Dyne House, Highgate School, Southwood Lane, Highgate Village, N6

Sat 25th June, 12noon: Demonstration to defend Haringey's public services and oppose cuts. Assemble Wood Green Civic Centre. March to Tottenham Town Hall. Or join in as the march passes Turnpike Lane and Seven Sisters tube stations. Bring banners and things to make a big noise as it passes key community facilities and services under threat. Organised by Haringey Alliance for Public Services (supported by Sustainable Haringey)

Sat 25th June, 2-6pm: Solar power and home insulation - stand at the Methodist Church Garden Party The 39 solar panels which Muswell Hill Sustainability Group have installed will be on public display for the first time + information on solar energy and home insulation. On the lawns behind the building known as North Bank, 28 Pages Lane N10 1PP. Organised by Muswell Hill Sustainability Group

Sat 25th June: Launch of 'The Bus', a living memorial to Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa Ken Saro-Wiwa was murdered in Nigeria for calling for environmental protection for communities being exploited and destroyed by oil exploitation by multinational corporations. There were international protests in response: 'The Bus' is by artist Sokari Douglas Camp. @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, N15. Exact details to be announced. +

Sun 26th June, 1-5pm: Reducing Waste and Increasing Recycling - the Sustainable Haringey Summer Gathering All welcome to come and join in this discussion as part of building up Haringey's borough-wide green network.@ Railway Fields, Green Lanes, N4 - opposite Harringay Green Lanes station.

Wed 29th June, 7-9pm: Road to Redemption: talk on the history of ale-brewing in Haringey. @ Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17

** Information above is as supplied to Sustainable Haringey. Please check the links for any alterations/updates.