April’s Green Drinks

This month’s TTB’s Green Drinks saw some lively discussions and updates on Thursday (20th April). Headlines below:

– Celebration of the previous night’s sell-out showing of ‘Demain’. Much for us all do now to make the most of the inspirational messages of the film and hopefully encourage and support more showings to different groups in the coming months.  Anyone wanting to get involved in future showings then get in touch with us at TTB.
– TTB Waste Project update – local café survey underway researching take-away cups as part of our Compostable Cups Campaign. You can take part using the online survey here: http://transitionberkhamsted.org.uk/cup-survey/; planning underway to expand our community events recycling project following our successful pilot at Berkofest 2016 … watch this space for more updates!
– two local projects underway focusing on historic orchards – how can TTB get involved? Suggestions: making use of the Community Orchard; plotting historic orchards/trees through the town; linking up residents with ‘shared orchards’ in their gardens.
– David Gauke due to visit the TTB / Ashlyns School solar project at the school Friday 28th April.   A great chance to celebrate the new initiative and to raise questions about the government’s tax changes affecting solar power with our local MP.
– TTB is hosting a Regional Gathering being led by the Transition Network in May.  The event will bring together leaders from a wide range of TTs to discuss challenges and opportunities for the future.
– TTB has been invited to take part in the Climate Coalition ‘Week of Action’ in July. The focus is for communities to raise key environmental issues with their local MPs. Find out more here:  https://www.weekofaction.org.uk/

– TTB Steering Group will be meeting soon to discuss these and other issues, as well as to plan for the AGM scheduled for June.
– and finally … whatever your political leanings … do take the opportunity over the next few weeks of political campaigning to highlight the importance of keeping positive environmental action at the centre of decision making and planning for our local community. 

Come and find about more about these and more at our next Green Drinks at The Old Mill on Thursday 18th May.

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“Demain / Tomorrow” Film Success!

Demain, BerkhamstedOn the evening of Wednesday 19th April, the local community came out in force to view our screening of the documentary film ‘Tomorrow’ (‘Demain’ in French). A collaborative effort by local Transition Network groups ‘Transition in Kings’ and ‘Transition Town Berkhamsted’, the sell out event was held at the Civic Centre on Berkhamsted High Street and inspired us all.

‘Tomorrow’ is a film about the future that focuses less on the worst that could happen amidst reports of climate change and our continued reliance on fossil fuels, and more on the best ways we can start to turn things around.

The film was incredibly well-received by our audience, with people noticeably buzzing about it during the interval as they munched on the delicious food provided by Punjabi Gourmet and Transition in Kings members.  We have since heard reports of audience members having been personally inspired by the film, from making the decision to grow their own vegetables to becoming more involved with their local Transition group.

Many thanks go to the staff of Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Punjabi Gourmet, Berkhamsted Film Society, the members of Transition in Kings and Transition Town Berkhamsted, as well as the wonderful audience for making the night such a huge success.

For more info about the film, head to: https://www.demain-lefilm.com/en/film

If you’re interested in holding your own screening of ‘Tomorrow’, head to: https://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/tomorrow-demain-available-last-uk/

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TOMORROW 19th April Berkhamsted Civic Centre

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Transition in Kings and Transition Town Berkhamsted are showing the award-winning film “Tomorrow” (French “Demain”) at Berkhamsted Civic Centre on Wednesday 19th April. Doors will open at 19:00. Light refreshments will be provided, and vegetarian snacks available to purchase.

About “Tomorrow” Rob Hopkins says: “We are brilliant at imagining our own extinction. We make films about whether we’ll be wiped out by zombies or nuclear bombs… or all sorts of things… we love those! But where are the films about us actually turning something round and… solving the problem?”

This is a film about turning things around. Our poster/flyer is attached for you to distribute to friends and family, and you can watch the trailer here  It has English subtitles when other languages are spoken.

Tickets are £7.00/£4.00 – please book online here.

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 19th April.

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Demain, the film, showing Berkhamsted 19th April

Save the Date! We are planning to show the Demain film on April 19th in Berkhamsted.  More information to follow soon.
Demain is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.  It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects.  It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries, regularly receiving standing ovations, and leading to the formation of many new community projects.  It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency.” (from The Transition Network Website)


More info here: https://www.demain-lefilm.com/en

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Compostable Cups

With the recent publicity about disposable coffee cups not being recyclable, you’ll be pleased to know that the High Street Baptist Church, Tring* uses compostable coffee cups. They are offering these for reuse as plant pots. To collect, call the church (01442 824054) to check when the building is open and to arrange to pick some up. There is a recycling container in the back corridor, near the kitchen, with cups in and they would be delighted to know that local gardeners are using them before they are finally composted. We’ll certainly be using them for the Duckmore Lane Community Garden!
*We understand Beechwood and the Akeman, Tring also use compostable coffee cups #cups2compost

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How To Host Your Own Street Party – Information Session

Street Party

Come along to a street party information session about how to close your road for a party!

At the Akeman Tring, 8th March, 8pm.

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HERTS TRANSPORT VISION SURVEY

If you want to have your say about the future of transport and travel in Herts, the Hertfordshire Transport Vision 2050 survey is available now at:

 http://www.hertfordshire.gov. uk/your-council/consult/transp ortconsult/TV2050/

The consultation is open until 23:59 on Wednesday 14th December 2016.

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FREE ONLINE COURSES

A fellow-TT’er at Buntingford TT is doing this free online course and highly recommends it if anyone is interested in joining up:
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/climate-leadership/1

Courses are also available in Social Enterprise and Environmental Challenges, all offered by reputable universities and organisations.

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Life in the way of … life

It has been a little while since there were any big TTB projects, so we thought it would be a good time to let you know a little about what some of the individuals involved have been up to since the Roadshow in April.

For the most part, it has been getting on with “the day job”, i.e. looking after our families, and earning a crust.

For TTB secretary Seb Beloe, that means researching for a prominent ethical and sustainable investment company, WHEB.  He knows his stuff, and was recently on the US TV channel CNBC as an expert.

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Wendy Conian, on the other hand, has been heading up the Berkhamsted Schools joint Travel Forum, promoting safety for children getting to or from school and investigating alternative means of transport other than cars.  Again, Wendy appeared on telly, on CBBC no less, to describe the fantastic Road Monster film made by children and parents from many of the schools in town.

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And you can see the fantastic Road Monster video in full here:

I think it is worth saying that we have realised that the lofty aims of TTB and the Transition movement cannot be achieved with us only being able to devote our spare time to the cause.  We need to be able to earn a living during and following the Transition to a sustainable way of life.

That is our next project – Reconomy.  Join us at the Christmas shared meal on 17 December if you would like to find out more.

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