14 December 2010
19 November 2010
Broomgrove Infant school is digging a brilliant wildlife pond to inspire the children to learn about the natural world, it's a big job and they've asked Transition Wivenhoe for help.
Willing hands are needed throughout the day on Tuesday, 30th November - Contact the school 01206 822141 for further instructions.
6 November 2010
On Thursday 4th November 2010 Channel 4 in the UK broadcast 'What the Green Movement Got Wrong' and specifically charged environmentalists with responsibility for prolonging Malaria for decades as a result of bans following apparently wrong-headed environmental campaigns against DDT.
DDT is harmful to wildlife when introduced into the environment, but also is a useful tool for combating Malaria.
Apparently the programme was even re-edited just before broadcast to scale back the accusations, which originally expressly laid the blame for 10s of millions of deaths directly at the door of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson and green campaign groups – parroting claims made by libertarian ideology groups in the US. It's stunning rhetoric and a powerful warning as to the perils of communities, scientists and interest groups getting involved in decisions best left to big business and profit-makers. It's also fabricated nonsense from start to finish.
There was no such worldwide ban on DDT, the chemical has seen continued and widespread use in agriculture and disease control in developing countries throughout. Instead there were partial agricultural restrictions in the US. Sometimes us foreigners like to jest that yanks have trouble differentiating between America and the entire rest of the world; well, tee-hee-hee. The UK and a handful of developed European nations also joined with limited agricultural restrictions of their own. That was the sum of global statutory restrictions until 168 international governments ratified the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants, which came into force not decades ago, but in 2004; Annex B of which green-lights the continued use of DDT for disease control.
In reality, through decades of hard campaigning, what the green movemnet achieved was to highlight devastating environmental damage that spurred policy makers and scientists from a broad representation of fields to deliver sensible legislation that protects our environment and promotes best practice for disease control. Instead of what the bent propaganda from the poisonous, divisive and largely US politicking would have you believe, a generation of environmental campaigners have plenty to be proud of. Channel 4 should set the record straight.
- www.channel4.com/programmes/what-the-green-movement-got-wrong 6/11/10
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT 6/11/10
- www.google.com/search?q=ddt+millions+death 6/11/10
- chm.pops.int/default.aspx 6/11/10
30 October 2010
Don't miss the Revolutionary Pedal Powered Cinema experience.
Outdoors on the Quay Sunday 31st October 6pm GHOSTBUSTERS!!!
Bring a chair/wear spooky gear if you wish.
FREE event, though donations for Moving Image and Transition Town Wivenhoe will be welcome.
Pedallers will be needed!
Children should be accompanied by a grown up.
27 October 2010
26 October 2010
24 October 2010
Transition Town Wivenhoe, Moving Image and the Revolutionary Pedal Powered Cinema invite you to watch GHOSTBUSTERS Sunday 31st October, 6pm on the Quay outside the Nottage.
Bring a chair and wear something spooky if you wish! Children should be accompanied by a grown up.
Donations welcome, proceeds to Transition Town Wivenhoe and Moving Image.
Don't miss a chance to see great films in Wivenhoe at the Nottage Film Club, and in Wivenhoe and at the University of Essex with Moving Image
14 October 2010
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3 October 2010
24 September 2010
Green Woodworking workshop in Essex 24th October 2010
We are planning a course to take place in our 8 acre ancient woodland here in Tendring (Essex) working with green wood with pole lathe, cleaving, bodging etc. The tutor is experienced woodwright Robin Fawcett (his website - http://www.treewright.co.uk/index.html)
with assistants and the course would be limited to 5 trainees. Cost would be about £80 including lunch and drinks. Let me know if you are interested; firstname.lastname@example.org
12 September 2010
Wivenhoe's volunteer run youth club, The Hub, needs more volunteers, click on image to enlarge information and contact them today if you want to find out more about helping out!
26 August 2010
|Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 10.00am to 5.00pm, free entry.|
People are welcome to come and look round our ongoing project to convert our 1930s bungalow into a low carbon/low cost eco house.
We can talk to people about growing our own food in our organic deep bed vegetable garden and our experience with solar hot water and solar electricity generating panels. Visitors can see our systems for using wood for cooking and heating the house. We can also show visitors our reed bed for water recycling, outdoor pizza oven, hens, bees and much more besides.
EcoDIY is at 193 Burrs Rd Clacton CO15 4LN Phone 01255 254548
See www.ecodiy.org for more details
Do contact Chris or Rosie for more information
All the best
My contact details
193 Burrs Rd
Clacton-on-sea CO15 4LN
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posted by Jo
31 July 2010
The overwhelming verdict of the station house garden marrow curry, cooked up by Kaushali yesterday. This has been a much watched and commented on vegetable over the weeks as walkers, cyclists, commuters, garden helpers and station staff have witnessed the little courgette turn into a fine marrow.
Even Wendy the station cat seemed to have an opinion, though perhaps a slightly dim one as she has had to shift her sun bathing spot as the monster plants have slowly taken over her space. Watch out as the winter squash are next to surprise and delight...along with the fantastic sunflowers of course.
Over 40 bowls of veggie curry and handmade rolls were dished up to surprised passers by, a few commuters who made the time to stop and some Station Pub regulars, along with food group activists who set up the stall outside the entrance to platform 1.
Get in touch with Petra if you want to get involved with food group activities, email@example.com
posted by Jo
19 July 2010
|Mwikali made some jam with Wivenhoe's wild cherries and plums and tastings at the Farmers' Market stall last Saturday gave it the 'very yummy' rating...|
The Food Group will be running food re-skilling activities starting in the autumn, where you can learn about keeping chickens, making preserves or wild fruit foraging and lots more! If you are not already on the TTW circulation list, sign up now so you don't miss out on news, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
posted by Jo
15 July 2010
Some of the things we are going to do include:
- a food mapping exercise, headed up by Kaushali.
- investigate whether we can use council land to grow more vegetables.
- setting up our stall at the Farmers' Market this Saturday.
- creating a calendar of events from a chicken keeping talk to a cook-off at the Station Master's garden.
As there was so much to talk about we've agreed to meet up again in two weeks time on the Monday 26th July. All are welcome, as usual.
11 June 2010
Kind donations of pumpkin and courgette have been planted up and more runner beans to replace the ones killed by the cold weather...
2 June 2010
28 May 2010
|Come and see us at this year's MAY FAIR, Monday 31st May 12 - 6pm on the KGV playing fields. Entry by donation... great bands, stalls, beer tent, food etc.|
Please come on foot, by bike or public transport, info on the website below.
We are running a bike powered cinema tent in partnership with the Reel Appeal, showing loads of fantastic short films. Hope to see you there!
posted by Jo
23 May 2010
From the Brightlingsea Chronicle:
Council opposes loss of public open space
Wivenhoe Town Council has expressed great concern about plans by Elmstead Parish Council to sell the large grassy area opposite Millfields School for development.
The ownership of this public open space dates back to the time when the Dene Park Estate, which includes this land, fell within the Elmstead Parish. In 1996 following parish boundary changes the Dene Park Estate became the responsibility of Wivenhoe Town Council and Colchester Borough Council, but Elmstead Parish Council retained ownership of this piece of land.
However, say Wivenhoe Town Council, Elmstead Parish Council is legally bound to retain this site as public open space, having signed a legally binding document to that effect with the developers of the Dene Park estate in 1984.
Wivenhoe Town Councillor Cyril Liddy, chairman of the council's planning committee, told the Brightlingsea Chronicle, "Open space in Wivenhoe is quite limited. There is not a great deal of open space where children can play, people can walk their dogs and local residents can enjoy recreational pursuits The town council, therefore, is very concerned about this possible development."
Councillor Neil Lodge, Mayor of Wivenhoe, said "selling off this site would mean the loss of open space, and building houses there would put further strain on Wivenhoe's already inadequate infrastructure. "Wivenhoe Town Council strongly opposes this move, and we will attempt to stop it via any legal means, so as to protect the best interests of the people of Wivenhoe. We are encouraging local residents who feel strongly about this issue to make their views known, politely but clearly, to Elmstead Parish Council at: email@example.com
posted by Jo NB suggest CC your email to WTC firstname.lastname@example.org
25 April 2010
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18 April 2010
The grown-ups did a lot of chatting. The weather was beautiful and, without vapour trails, the sky seemed an infinite blue.
31 March 2010
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12 March 2010
The NGO Clinic at Essex Business School and the interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society, both based at the University of Essex, would like to invite you to the following free event:
"Local Food in and around Colchester: Community-supported Agriculture and buying groups"
Tuesday, 23 March, 7.30pm at Lion Walk United Reform Church, Colchester
19 February 2010
I switched my electricity supplier over to ‘Good Energy’ recently – they’re 100% renewable. I’ll be paying a bit more but it feels good to do it, so I’ll find a way to work it into my budget.