Pop-up shop and community space to open 10 February in Brentford

On Wednesday, 10 February, a new pop-up shop and community space will be opening at noon in Brentford, sponsored by the London Sustainability Exchange and Friends of Cathja. The venue, at 129-130 High Street, Brentford TW8 8EW (next to the Magpie and Crown pub), will act as a charity shop for local organisation Cathja, but will also be a space for the community to use to put on workshops or just have a cup of tea.

The organisers are looking for people who might like to use the space to put on activities, and also anyone who has a few hours they could volunteer to help running it.
Get in touch or come along on the day to find out more.

London Sustainability Exchange will also be there with an illustrator to find out about residents’ aspirations for the shop and for Brentford. It will then hold an Cathja action planning day in the space on 20 February at 2-4pm in order to activate those aspirations and ideas!


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.<! >The evening will include presentations, activities and cooking demonstrations to help you make the most of your food.

You will also be able to

  • test your food know-how
  • taste delicious food made from the most commonly thrown-away food items
  • exchange ideas on how to save money by reducing food waste
  • help community groups supporting vulnerable people to access food from FareShare.

To reserve your free place, you can register via this Eventbrite link to Ready, Steady…Love Food Evening , email info@westlondonwaste.gov.uk or call 020 8825 9468.


Date: Thursday, 25 February

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm)

Venue: Dominion Arts Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ

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/