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Apple Day – Saturday 15th October King Johns House – 10.30 – 3.30pm.  We will be there with the Apple juicer making lovely juice from local apples – come along and have a taste.  Do bring you own apples if you have some spare – windfalls are fine.  There will also be a persona identifying apples, childrens activities, apple products and even a beekeeper!  Free entry.

 

 

Informal gathering 20th October 2016, 7.45pm – at the Cromwell Arms.

Come along and say hello, for a bit of general ‘green’ chat and gossip about whats going on locally. All welcome!

 

We need apples! They dont have to be perfect, we will be pressing then to make lovely fresh juice at the Apple Day on the 15th October, King Johns House. Let us know if you can donate any – we can come and collect them.  Email: info:transitiontownromsey.co.uk


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green bullet Trash to Treasure

Hundreds of people visited our successful ‘Trash to Treasure’ exhibition and workshops, which were held at Romsey Abbey between 23rd February and 19th March 2016.  Inside the Abbey, items made from recycled materials were kindly loaned for display by: members of TTR; Winchester’s ‘The Great Waste’; Oasis Christian Centre; ‘Not Just Trash’; Totton Scrapstore; and Romsey Organic Gardeners.  Outside, three sculptures representing different aspects of recycling, became a focal point of the event – in particular the one covered with butterflies made from 540 abandoned drink cans collected from the streets and hedgerows in and around Romsey. The public drop-in workshops were run on Saturdays, and used everyday household waste materials – most of which would otherwise have been put in the bin, as recycling facilities are currently unavailable in Test Valley.  Christmas wrapping paper was made into beads, baubles into pendants, plastic bags into flowers, ring pulls into bracelets, plastic pouches into bags, old books into hedgehogs, and old clothes were up-cycled.


If you missed the exhibition, the ‘recycling’ sculptures are currently on display at Minstead Study Centre and will become part of ‘Earth Fest’ being held there on May 22nd.  Anyone who was inspired by the event and would like to be involved in future Transition Town Romsey’s recycled art projects, please contact Pamela@shadow26.plus.com for more information about the Arts Group.


Thanks must go to all who contributed to the event, including: TTR members; Workshop Leaders from Not Just Trash, PCF, Southampton Free Books and Greenbuttercup; CURB Kitchen for running the Food Waste Café; TVBC and HCC for awarding grants to help finance the event; and finally to the Revd Canon Tim Sledge and other Abbey Officials for allowing us to use such a magnificent venue.

 

The first Saturday of Transition Town Romsey’s ‘Trash to Treasures’  included Curb Kitchen‘s Pop-Up Cafe, a s stall in Romsey Market and the Junk Jewelry Workshop in the Abbey.  More photos.

 

Curb Serving

 


Members of Transition Town Romsey – supporting the Climate Conference in Paris.


 

green bullet Tackling Food Waste

Transition Town Romsey had a very successful stall at the Romsey FoodFest.  The theme was ‘Food Waste’ – with the aim of getting people to think about the cost to the environment as well as the pocket.  Alongside information boards about the amount of water and energy used to produce food which is then put in the bin, visitors were encouraged to sample cakes made with foodstuffs that may otherwise be wasted e.g. stale bread, sour milk, soft bananas, surplus/over-grown garden produce.  Particular talking points were the ‘sticky orange potato cake’ and ‘left-over veg and orange cake’ made with swede.  Members also gave away surplus fruit and vegetables from their gardens and allotments, as well as homemade jams and chutneys.

 

A light-hearted quiz to guess how much water goes into producing everyday food items gave ‘food-for-thought’, with the highest example being a 150g piece of steak at 2,310 litres.  Entrants were put in a draw, and a box of home-grown fruit & veg and homemade preserves was won by Patricia Allvey.

TTR will be continuing the theme of “Waste” later in the year, when on November 26th they will be holding a Public Meeting at the URC Hall with talks, stalls and quite possibly ‘sticky orange potato cake’ !

 

 

green bullet Amplifying the Test’ – Original artwork
The artwork created by local environmental artist Trudie Lloyd Williams at the culmination of last year’s Art Festival Project. It was displayed in the Romsey Memorial Park, and at Hampshire Wildlife Centre’s Testwood Education Centre.



 

green bullet The Community Veg Patch at Romsey Station -  won a Test Valley In Bloom Award – for community gardens!
VegetablesAnyone interested can come and join us  – no experience necessary – we are currently considering what to plant in our tyre planters for next year – possibly some fruit bushes?  Free veg for all willing workers! Email: food @transitiontownromsey.co.uk

 

 


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green bullet Green Poem Competition – winner


GROWING VEGETABLES

I like to eat vegetables but they’re hard to grow.

I plant out the seeds in a nice, tidy row.

I water them well and the sun shines down.

Little green shoots come out of the ground.

Just when I think they are growing tall,

Down comes the pigeons and eats them all.

I didn’t plant them for those big birds tea.

I planted them all, I planted them for me.


by Christopher Blake, age 8,


With thanks to Riverford Organic who offered a prize for this competition -including a visit to their farm for the winner’s class. Read the other entries heredouble arrow

 

 

green bullet Lovely sunny day at the Community Orchard this morning for our pruning workshop! More pictures heredouble arrow





green bullet We have saved 2666 tons of carbon!

Transition Town Romsey have now given away 2400 rolls of insulation to Romsey residents which should save 2666 tons of carbon over the next 40 years. If you are interested in helping the Energy Group with its next project do contact us at info@transitiontownromey.co.uk


Rolls loaded in a car

 




green bullet Our Carnival Float - 1st prize again!

Group of children in carnival costume


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green bullet New hotel in Romsey! Come and see the new insect hotel at the Whitenap Community Orchard – all made of recycled local materials.

 

green bullet Garden Share Scheme

Do you yearn to grow your own vegetables and fruit but have no garden? Then read moredouble arrow


green bullet Join us on Facebook

If you do the Facebook thing, then there is now a facebook group for Transition Town Romsey