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TTKingston Newsletter #46 Tuesday, 14th September 2010 Welcome to Newsletter #46 from Transition Town Kingston In this newsletter... T Events...  Kingston Permaculture Network Monthly Meeting (Monday 13 th September)  TTK Open Meeting (Wednesday 22nd September)  Green Business Day at the Kingston Environment Centre, Thurs 23rd September  Free ‘Training for Transition’ course (Sat 25 th – Sun 26th September)  Stitch in Time (Wednesday 6th October)  Faith & the Environment Seminar (Thursday 28th October)      

In the news... Kingston Road Allotment asks for petition support Several thousand fewer plastic bags in the environment? Wishing you a green Christmas! Transition Town Hampton? Health and social care in Kingston – your ideas! UK rail stations cycle hire survey (for ATOC)

News from TTK’s Food Group – From the Ground Up Co-op The Food co-op is open for business, see the latest price comparisons

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How you can get involved... and do you have some news to share? Volunteer? Action Groups –find out more...

Quick Link Check out our website! Events this fortnight... and beyond TONIGHT! Kingston Permaculture Network Monthly Meeting, Monday 13th September The meeting is from 8-10pm at the Environment Centre, Fairfield East. FREE ENTRY bring drinks and snacks to share. Join us in watching inspiring and thought provoking films, discussing personal and community projects and offering and receiving support with permaculture designs. The group has been running for over two years and has organised Action Based Workshops, Permaculture Training Courses and acted as a spring board for new projects. This month's meeting will focus on catching up with peoples’ progress in developing sites, producing food and seeds (for next year’s Seed Swap in February) and we'll consider the design in progress at Parkfields Community Garden off Tudor Drive. Contact for more info. TTK Open Meeting, Wednesday 22nd September If you're working on a project, have a new green idea for Kingston or want to find out more about TTK, the monthly open meeting is the place to start to meet like-minded people, join up all Kingston's great green activities and get support from each other for projects, events and initiatives. From 6:30pm at Kingston Environment Centre, Fairfield East, KT1 2PT Green Business Day at the Kingston Environment Centre, Thurs 23rd September Explore what is a green business and specifically how to develop your own environmental policy and action plan. The workshops are FREE and will be run from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. You can find all the details at: If this is of interest to you or colleagues, please book your place ASAP by contacting Tariq Shabbeer at / 07725 499 176 or call the Prevista office to book on 020 7619 8300.

Free ‘Training for Transition’, Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th September Free bursary places are available on the next "Training for Transition" course in London, on Sept 25th/26th. For more info or to register contact Sasha Nathanson, Transition Network's Training Coordinator, at Stitch in Time, Wednesday 6th October, 7.00pm TTK’s October sociable sewing session runs from 7.00 - 9.00pm at Kingston Environment Centre, Fairfield East, KT1 2PT. Come along to get help with your own making or mending or altering project, or to teach or learn a new skill or to join in the next few months' creative activities. These will include making reusable mini-bags for Christmas presents, especially awkward shaped ones, and decorating these or anything else you'd like to bring along with appliqué and embroidery (which can be anything from simple chain stitch, handy for initialling children's clothes, to really beautiful artworks). Faith & the Environment Seminar, Thursday 28th October From 6pm-8.30pm, Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Kingston KT1 1EU As well as guest speakers from different faith stances, there will be displays on sustainable living, films, free refreshments and chance for group discussions using inspirational ideas from round the world for how we should live in harmony with our environment. Everyone, of any faith/belief or none, is welcome to this free event but there will be a limited capacity, so please book your place as soon as possible. Read more at: More events of interest... On our website at Kingston University’s website In the news... Kingston Road Allotment Association asks for petition support The Kingston Road Allotment Association is seeking public support for a petition to the Council to negotiate a new, workable tenancy agreement for all Kingston allotments managed by the Council's contractor. The petition can be found at and you do not have to be an allotment holder or live in the Borough to sign - just interested in making sure that growing local food is as easy as possible! Several thousand fewer plastic bags in the environment? Thanks to John Legate and Inaam who helped on Plastic-Bag-Free Day, Save the World Club, TTK Stitch in Time bag-makers, All Saints Church and Kingston Market traders, around 320 long-life bags and fliers were given away to shoppers on Saturday 11th. That means 320 shoppers who now have less reason to take the 300 throwaway plastic bags that the average shopper collects every year, and who are better informed about the damage plastic bags do in the environment. Volunteers also gave away stickers, badges and fridge magnets, and persuaded almost 100 passers-by to sign the Greener Upon Thames petition asking the Government to impose a levy or ban on plastic bags. Greener Kingston organiser Marilyn apologises if any TTK helpers turned up after 2.00pm, but all the bags had gone by then! Wishing you a green Christmas It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, it seems - and local environment campaigner and artist Des Kay has begun work to persuade KingstonFirst and Kingston stores to promote thoughtful, sustainable Christmas shopping - have a look at his "tabloid" press release here at EoXFwXq3hybpoSiPVGHeJXVKa42NneTb1p3eA/Tabloid_front_00079.doc. "I'll be better off if I can tell them there are 100 local shoppers supporting this idea," says Des, so please send a supportive email to And please send in your ideas for a sustainable Christmas to share with TTK. Transition Town Hampton? Hampton resident Mike Wiggins is interested in starting up Transition Town Hampton, and wonders whether any Hampton residents are involved with TTK and would like to discuss the possibility. He can be contacted by email at

Health and social care in Kingston - your ideas! Do you have a great idea to improve local health or social care? Kingston's new Social Entrepreneur in Residence may be able to help you get the support and funding to make it happen. For more information contact Phil Tulba at and visit UK rail stations cycle hire survey (for ATOC) Over the summer ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) have been doing some research into the potential for cycle hire at UK rail stations, which has involved gathering case study evidence and interviewing stakeholders. They are keen to get the views of as many cyclists and rail passengers as possible, so have produced a short web survey. The link to the survey is: <> If you would like to help them please complete the survey! For more information contact Alex Veitch, Integrated Transport Manager for ATOC on 020 7841 8052. NEW SECTION! TTK’s Food Group – From the Ground Up Co-operative The From the Ground Up Food Co-op is open for business! The From the Ground Up Food Co-op offers the Kingston Community affordable certified organic fruit and vegetables at exceptional prices. The Co-op is a not for profit organisation run by a community of volunteers who are passionate about eating healthier, better tasting food farmed by earth friendly practices. This is a fortnightly collection service with no minimum requirements. For more information, please contact us at or visit us during our Open House at Ham House on Saturday, 18 September at the Home Grown 2010 Event. Price Check - a sampling of the Food Co-op's prices offered in its last order cycle (4 Sept) Food Co-op (blue) Supermarket Box scheme Carrots £1.11/kg £1.98/kg £1.75/kg Portobello Mushrooms £4.73/kg £8.76/kg £1.59/100gm French beans £4.17/kg £7.00/kg £2.45/300gm Broccoli £2.00/kg £4.26/kg UK Blueberries £2.07/125gms £2.45/125gm Melon (Galia) £1.46/each £2.99each £2.49each UK Apples £2.09/ kg £2.45/kg UK Plums £2.92/kg £1.99/400gm £2.45/500 gm Upcoming dates for ordering food: Order by Wed, 15 Sept for Saturday, 18 September collection Order by Wed, 29 Sept for Saturday, 2 October collection How you can get involved... and do you have some news to share? TTK always needs volunteers, contact the TTK Steering Group if you can offer your help: TTK has seven public action groups, working to spread the word and get people involved. Visit to find out more about the activities of these groups. Paul Parker reports on completed TTK events and ensures that these are posted online and referenced in the newsletter. Sarah Bowness edits this newsletter so if you have a local event or news item relating to TTK in particular, or of relevance to Kingston more generally, please send them to her via Please put TTK in the subject line.

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