Ready, Steady…Love Food evening

Want to know more about how to avoid food waste?

Then come along on Thursday, 25 February, to Ready, Steady…Love Food, a community event in Southall sponsored by West London Waste and FareShare London, an organisation that saves good food destined for waste and sends it to charities and community groups, who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.
The aim of the event is to introduce people to the West London-wide campaign to help families and communities reduce the amount of food they throw away, and to link community groups to FareShare so they can access surplus supermarket food. Continue reading

Well Brentford and Syon: Learn more at Brentford Market on Sunday

Are you interested in learning new skills and knowledge that you can share with your community and contribute to a healthier lifestyle? Then come along to Brentford market this Sunday (10 January) to learn about Well Brentford and Syon.

Well Brentford and Syon (WBS) is an initiative of London Sustainability Exchange, which is working in partnership with LB Hounslow to unlock and develop the borough’s social capital. The programme works with local groups to find out what skills and knowledge would help them move forward and make sure they get access to them.

WBS is aiming to get together a group of at least eight people, who will take part in a training/action planning session in January, and in two or more (depending on what training is requested) skills training sessions in February/March. These skills will be shared with the wider community through a number of events during the summer.

Activities WBS is promoting include vegetable growing, bee keeping, cooking, cycle maintenance, healthy eating, meditation and yoga.

Meetings/training/events will be in Brentford or Hounslow.

If you can’t make it to Brentford market this Sunday, we hope to see you at a London Sustainability Exchange event. The next one is the Warmer Homes Workshop on 20 January at 12-2pm, which will offer information on energy efficiency, and advice on available services and grants. The venue is Age UK, Montague Hall, Hounslow TW3 1LD. Contact Mahfuz Chowdhury on m.chowdhury@lsx.org.uk. More information at http://www.lsx.org.uk/news/events.aspx?id=3698.

Sustainable Sunday workshop, 18 October, in Ealing

Ealing Transition is holding a Sustainable Sunday workshop this coming Sunday, 18 October, at St Mary’s Church Polygon Centre (just next to the church), St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. The workshop will run from 7.30-10pm.

Workshops are offered in bread making, gluten-free baking, simple vegan food, bee keeping and chutney making. Participants will be able to try one workshop lasting approximately 1.5 hours. To avoid disappointment, please book your place by email in advance by emailing edible.ealing@gmail.com and bring £5 cash on the door.

Food waste takes centre stage at Bhangra Disco Soup in Southall on 24 October

Southall Transition, working with The Rubbish Diet, will hold a Bhangra Disco Soup event on 24 October in Southall to raise awareness of food waste.  Disco Soup is international grassroots movement that started in Germany and where people prepare vegetables that would otherwise be wasted in a party-like atmosphere. But because the event will take place in Southall, it will have a bhangra spin.

The aim of Bhangra Disco Soup is to raise awareness of the problem of food waste and the need to think about what food we throw away. It also aims to bring together the community so that good food being thrown away by local retailers might be direct to local charitable groups that could use it. At the same time, it aims to be a fun event that brings the community together on an important issue.

This event will take place from 4pm to 8pm at

St John’s Community Hall,
Havelock Rd
Southall, UB2 4DH
Entry is free.
More information at http://southalltransition.org/2015/10/08/bhangra-disco-soup/

Join us on Tuesday at the BRAG AGM

Please join us at the 16th Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) Annual General Meeting. It will be held this Tuesday, 10 November 2015, at 7.00pm at the Brickfield Community Centre, Brickfield Close, Brentford, TW8 8JN, which is the base for Hounslow Community FoodBox, Brentford (just behind Majestic Wine, 2-10 London Road).

The AGM will consist of a review of BRAG’s activities in the past year, including our work at community events, followed by a number of presentations and a question-and-answer session. We will round off the evening with refreshments, where you’ll have a chance to chat with members and guests in an informal setting. Continue reading

Celebrate the 5th annual Abundance Fruit Day with Abundance London

Join Abundance London on 4 October at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Chiswick for Abundance Fruit Day, the group’s annual celebration (its 5th) of apples, pears, quince and other fruit collected from the streets and gardens of West London. Abundance says the 2015 harvest is apparently the best in 30 years.

Come along and buy some fruit and enjoy fresh apple juice – made on the group’s huge apple press – as well as artisan jams and preserves, and kids’ fruity crafts, courtesy of St Michael’s and All Angels.

You can stock up on fruit bushes and vines, and buy local honey from Mel the Bee. Also on offer will be top-quality Cultivate London herbs and plants, traditional games with a twist, like apple bobbing, longest apple peel competition, smoothie pedal bike and William Tell slack-lining (tightrope with apple on head).

This year Abundance is introducing Sipsmiths tipples (it has been supplying its local distillery with delicious natural infusions such as mulberries), and Chiswick’s Cabin restaurant is preparing a special local lunch. Hot drinks will also be available.

Students at the Hogarth School have been picking fruit for a month and they will showcase their cakes, crumbles and toffee apples.

See you there!

Details:
5th Abundance Fruit Day
Date: Sunday, 4 October
Time: 12.30-4pm
Place: St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Bath Road, Chiswick W4 1TT
(Around the corner from the Turnham Green Underground Station)

Restart party in Uxbridge on 19 September

The Rubbish Diet Team will be in Uxbridge tomorrow, Saturday, 19 September, to host Hillingdon’s first-ever restart party.

Come join the team in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Chequers Square, Uxbridge, UB8 1LN from 11am-2pm and learn to fix your broken electronics, bikes or clothes. Mend your broken ceramics, toys and much more at the Sugru table.

Got skills and knowledge? Could you come help others learn to repair?

Or just come and celebrate repair and meet others who like making do and mending.

The event is part of the Festival of Repair taking place in West London this month.

And don’t miss this week’s makedoandmedhour conversation on twitter, where Jen Gale from Make Do and Mend will be asking people to share their favourite place to repair.

2 Degrees Festival brings together art, environment and action

This year’s 2 Degrees Festival will be held 1-7 June in East London. The festival is Arstadmin’s biennial celebration of art, environment and activism, in which international artists aim “to inspire, connect, and empower people to create solutions for a sustainable future”. It comprises a series of performances, debates and public installations in and around Toynbee Studios (address below), near Aldgate East Underground station.

For more information, visit the http://2degreesfestival.tumblr.com/ site, follow #2DegreesFestival on Twitter or sign-up to the festival mailing list – https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/mailing-list –  to receive updates.

Address for Toynbee Studios:
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB
Box office: 020 7650 2350

Seeds of Permaculture

Ham United Group (HUG) will show the film Seeds of Permaculture this Thursday, 21 May, at the Ham Library Community Space, Ham Street, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7HR.

The film is an interactive documentary about permaculture in the tropics. It focuses on two permaculture education centres in Thailand, where visitors from all over the world come to learn how to be self sufficient, produce zero waste, build homes and gardens, and build communities.

Doors open at 7pm, and the film starts at 7.15pm. Running time is 88 minutes. Entrance is free, but donations are welcome. A discussion will follow the screening, and light refreshments are available.

More information at http://www.hamunitedgroup.org.uk/green-screen/.