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TTKingston Newsletter #48 Tuesday, 12th October 2010 Welcome to Newsletter #48 from Transition Town Kingston T In this newsletter... Events... A Celebration of the Thames: Doorstep Heritage and Landscape Design (Weds 13th October) Weaning Woking off Oil: Exploring Transition Locally (Thursday 14th October) TTK Open Meeting (Monday 18th October) Is your bicycle ready for autumn? (Saturdays 23 Oct and 20 Nov) REMINDER: Faith & the Environment Seminar (Thursday 28th October) Climate Forum (Saturday 30th October) "Plastic: where do you think it goes?" (Thursday 11th November)
In the news... Paid TTK work opportunity – Operations and Volunteer Support Co-ordinator What would a new power station look like? Going green: why it’s good for business Another contribution to the waste-to-energy debate
News from TTK’s Food Group – From the Ground Up Co-op The Food co-op has some exciting news! New collection point, and organic bread!
How you can get involved... and do you have some news to share? Volunteer? Action Groups –find out more, news from our Business Action group on how small businesses who submit the most compelling plans for a product or service which helps combat climate change could win prizes of up to £40,000!
Quick Link http://ttkingston.org/ Check out our website! Events this fortnight... and beyond A Celebration of the Thames: Doorstep Heritage and Landscape Design, Wednesday 13th October 2010 Organised by the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames and Kingston University. Speakers are Richard Flenley and Stuart Downward. Venue: Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, 6pm reception and exhibition and talks at 7pm. Tickets £15.00, Students £10.00, including refreshments. For more information about tickets call 020 8891 5455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Weaning Woking off Oil: Exploring Transition Locally, Thursday 14th October From 7.15pm, Christchurch, Woking. Inspired by the Transition Town model (www.transitionnetwork.org), this will be a free informal and participatory ‘open space’ event to discuss what we want to do to wean Woking off oil and create a better, fairer and more resilient place in which to live. All welcome- just turn up on the night. For more information contact Clare at email@example.com. (Map here: http://www.christchurchwoking.org/Group/Group.aspx?ID=98076) TTK open meeting, Monday 18th October From 6.45pm at C-SCAIPE, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE. This is the best introduction to TTK if you want to get involved in projects for the first time and the best place to meet people to work with on greening Kingston - so do come along! Do feel free to bring food to share and/or contribute a donation towards costs. Hope to see you there - and in the meantime check out our opportunities bulletin with two new exciting things - the diversity and outreach workshop on Saturday 6th November, and a
call out for a member with HR knowledge to help recruit a new staff member for TTK – see news below! A PDF version of the bulletin is available at http://www.ttkingston.org/cms-assets/documents/7579-527886.opportunities-from-ttkopen-meeting-23. Is your bicycle ready for autumn? Saturdays 23 October and 20 November If you want to keep cycling this autumn, now is the time to equip yourself with the skills to make sure your bicycle is in first-rate condition. Kingston Council’s cyclist training team is running two Saturday morning bike maintenance courses on the 23 October and 20 November. Find out more at www.kingston.gov.uk/news?id=107919 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8547 5865 REMINDER: Faith & the Environment Seminar, Thursday 28th October From 6pm-8.30pm, Council Chamber, 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: http://www.ttkingston.org/pdfs/faithandenvironment.pdf Climate Forum, Saturday 30th October At Friends House, Euston Road, London (opposite Euston Station) 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm More details at: http://www.campaigncc.org/ZeroCby2030 Zero Carbon by 2030? Join the Climate Forum for an afternoon of speakers, discussions, film etc. and we can all work together towards the goal of Zero Carbon by 2030. Speakers include Ben Brangwyn of Transition Towns and other inspiring speakers such as Caroline Lucas (Green MP), Alexis Rowell (Camden CAN), George Marshall (COIN) and John Stewart (Airport Watch, HACAN). Music follows from 7pm! For background reading see the report by the Centre for Alternative Technology. Diversity workshop, Saturday 6th November From 10am to 3.45pm, C_SCAIPE, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE Catrina Pickering of the Transition Network (the charity set up to support Transition initiatives) will be travelling up from Devon to run this important workshop. We will be exploring issues around power and diversity, and learning how to take effective action to reach the corners of our local community we haven't yet managed to engage. More details at: http://www.ttkingston.org/events/. "Plastic: where do you think it goes?", Thursday, 11th November, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Greener upon Thames presents an evening of short films, talks and Q&A with Zac Goldsmith MP and Roz Savage, British ocean rower, environmental campaigner and author, at Kingston University, Penrhyn Road campus, KT1 2EE - with thanks to Kingston University Sustainability Hub. Invitation here http://www.e-voice.org.uk/greenerkingston/content-centre/serveattribute?attribute=content&revision_id=4736917 – numbers are limited so please RSVP to email@example.com. More events of interest... On our website at http://ttkingston.org/events/ Kingston University’s website http://www.kingston.ac.uk/environment/happen_events.html. In the news... Paid TTK work opportunity! Good news! TTK has successfully applied for funding to contract a worker to support members' work, seek more funding and help put processes in place to make it as easy as possible for groups and projects to get up and running. You may be interested in the opportunity below and please do feel free to pass it on to others.
Transition Town Kingston Operations and Volunteer Support Coordinator (part-time contract) Transition Town Kingston is seeking to contract an Operations and Volunteer Support Coordinator. The total contract value is £4,137 (self-employed work equivalent to 34 weeks @ 16 hrs / week @ £7.60 / hr - London Living Wage). More details, including a person specification and application form, can be found at http://cms.pagelime.com/Data/Accounts/ad8589e4-b8bc-4098-94cd-1c28110346ae/Site9553/cms-assets/documents/8318-789727.ttk-coordinator-application-oct-10.doc or http://bit.ly/adxD3B . Applicants should apply by email to TTKingstonSteering@yahoogroups.com, enclosing a completed application form, your CV and a brief covering letter including details of what attracts you to the role, your relevant skills and experience and your earliest start date, by close of play on Monday 1st November 2010. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview. TTK is committed to equal opportunities. For any more information or to arrange an informal chat about the contract, please email TTKingstonSteering@yahoogroups.com and we can answer your questions or arrange to talk at a convenient time. What would a new power station look like? See http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/architecture/station-to-station-thenew-power-generation-2043646.html for some designs, including one for an eco-park in SW London. Going green: Why it's good for business Item in The Independent on Sunday, 1/8/10 at http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/going-green-why-its-good-forbusiness-2040854.html Another contribution to the waste-to-energy debate "UK may have to import rubbish for incinerators - improved recycling rates mean that we may not have enough garbage to feed planned new plants." See http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/uk-may-have-to-import-rubbishfor-incinerators-2040614.html 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. Kingston's only organic food co-op has increased its member list Hugely recently which means it can also introduce a stream of enhancements, and here is news of two new services they are very excited about... Organic breads available with orders from 11 October The From the Ground Up Food Co-op has partnered with Flour Power City Bakery (http://www.flourpowercity.co.uk/about_us.htm) in order to provide its members a selection of organic breads. Flour Power City Bakery is passionate about the quality of the breads they create...in their words ‘Our watchword at Flour Power City is ‘quality’. Naturally that means using only the finest ingredients, such as the lovingly milled flour from Shipton Mill, which is why many of our breads are certified by the Organic Food Federation (OFF).’ Both Flour Power City and From the Ground Up are aligned in their goals to provide quality sustainable food that is accessible and affordable. A new additional collection point - Canbury Arms Pub, Kingston For your convenience, The From the Ground Up has established a second collection point at the Canbury Arms Pub (http://www.thecanburyarms.com/). Michael Pearson, the owner of the 'Arms' is very supportive of the From the Ground Up Co-op initiative and has graciously offered his pub for food packing and order collection. You will be able to pick up your orders on Friday morning at 9am, fortnightly, starting 15 October. The Pub is located at 49 Canbury Park Road, Kingston KT2 6LQ. You can still collect from Kingston Environment Centre on Saturday mornings from 11 - 1. From now on order forms will ask you to choose the Canbury Arms or the Kingston Environment Centre as your collection venue. And also...
You’re Invited – Wednesday 10 November 2010 - Eat and Meet The From the Ground Up is a food Cooperative which means all opinions count. And because they are all volunteers they need your help and ideas. From the Ground Up is growing - if you want to have a voice in its development and what it can offer the Kingston Community please join the co-op. Discussions will cover policy, funding, marketing, products, volunteering, technology, community activities (e.g. schools), and anything else people want to discuss. And there is great food! These are quarterly meetings and the next one is planned for Wednesday 10 November. The venue and time (evening) will be communicated closer to the date. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. TTK has seven public action groups, working to spread the word and get people involved. Visit http://ttkingston.org/groups-and-projects/ to find out more about the activities of these groups. The Business Action Group has published its Useful Links for green-minded businesses see http://www.ttkingston.org/groups-and-projects/business-group/links/, and if you know of others please contact Marilyn Mason (email@example.com). And without in any way endorsing Shell, we notice an opportunity for "small businesses with big ideas on climate change" offered by Shell Springboard - prizes of up to £40,000 for small businesses who submit the most compelling plans for a product or service which helps combat climate change. Apply to Shell Springboard at http://www.shellspringboard.org/home/ by Friday, 5th November 2010. Paul Parker firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Please put TTK in the subject line.