30 May 2012

Fancy a bit of a forage?

Foraging Walk on 7th June 2012, 10am - 12noon

Starting at Wivenhoe Station Car Park

Johnny and Chris, from Transition Town Wivenhoe, are providing a fantastic opportunity for you to discover more about edible plants that grow wild in our countryside through a two hour foraging walk.
The session will involve:
a guided walk to forage for ingredients to make tea and salads
sampling some wild food – some cooked on an open fire
recipe suggestions
The session is free but if you wanted to make a donation to TTW we won't stop you! It’s open to anyone who wants to learn more about edible wild food.  Families are very welcome, but it is only really targeted at children over the age of 8.
Participants should bring a plastic container and wear suitable outdoor clothing.

Booking is essential and places are strictly limited. For more information, or to book a place, please email: Ruth or call Chris on: 07799 494 797

Farmers Market welcomes Transition Cafe

volunteers and customers enjoy good food and a chat 

After meeting the lovely folk from the Transition Wivenhoe Food Group at the Greyhound last Monday I agreed to help out with the brand new Transition Cafe at Wivenhoe Farmers Market on Saturday. The market opens at 9am and I arrived at 11am to help with the last shift, finding the Congregational Hall full of people and a some fantastic stalls selling enticing food and local produce. The Cafe was, I believe, very popular with traders and attracted a fair number of punters who seemed to enjoy being able to sit down for a cuppa and enjoy sweet treats such as the traders' delicious cakes and scones in the buzzing hall.

We are planning to run the cafe at every farmers market from now. Next one is Sat 16th June, 9am-12

Fancy coming along? Let us know your thoughts on the cafe. Email us ideas, comments and offers of help!


20 May 2012

Interest in the Station Garden this year was high and our wonderful volunteers shared their knowledge with enthusiasm.

Visitors began to arrive just before 10am on Saturday and Sunday. The garden was beautifully decorated with bunting.
Most of the visitors I spoke to were surprised to see so much growing in one space,  we explained some of the basic principles of forest gardening clink back on this link to find out more.

Outstanding Volunteers...

The Wivenhoe Open Gardens ran from Friday evening to 5pm Sunday, in addition to organising the Station Garden the Transition Town Wivenhoe volunteers also supported the farmers market on Saturday morning by running the first coffee shop and on Sunday more wild flowers were planted in the new nature garden. Wow! what a team.

Next week, hold your breath for the May Fair...

16 May 2012

Ooops we forgot to organise the May Fair!

Once upon a time this week it was noticed that the lovely Wivenhoe May Fair needed some more elves and fairies to help make it sparkle and shine.

So, why not shake of your hesitation and offer up just an hour or so of your time on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to help make the magic happen again. 

It's Saturday May 26th, noon to 6pm on the King George V playing field.
Transition Wivenhoe are organising Recycling Teams during the event and for the morning after.
If you can help, please contact Bob hello@transitionwivenhoe.org.uk

Stewards [urgent!] - the vital eyes and ears of the May Fair who get to play with the radios and say stuff like 'Roger, Copy That. Over and Out.'
Please contact info@wivenhoemayfair.com

Sunset Cinema 
Help put the big tent up for the pedal powered cinema on Friday 25th from 11am.
On Saturday 26th we need Cinema Ushers to help stop pedalers falling off the bicycles - drop in for a short stint and watch films at the same time anytime between  12 and 6pm.
Please contact Jay 07540 195312

14 May 2012

T H E S E C R E T 

 If you walked past this corner plot a few months ago it may not have caught your attention.
When I waked by on Sunday I heared laughter and friends talking. For me the aim of this project is not to work doggedly to its end but to enjoy the journey of creating something worthwhile and meeting new friends.
Working with nature in this way can have this effect and this group celebrate both nature and community everytime they meet.


Wild Strawberries gooseberries forget-me-nots wild spinach Peas and beans, the wild with the wonderful !
This years new members brought with them creativity and enthusiasm. The community station garden has evolved from year to year and this year like other will bear food and fruit.

Perma-culture in action...

One of the more organic developments of the garden is the material used to create the pea and bean wigwam. These twigs came from the trees and shrubs which were cleared from the site of the nature garden. And a blast from the past, Osh kosh is back!

Fantastic job everyone...


4 May 2012

Queen of the Sun - What are the Bees Telling Us?

A date for your diary: the Essex Premier of this superb film at the lovely  Headgate Theatre in Colchester on Friday 22nd June 2012. Here's the trailer:

The film starts at 7.45pm, £5 per ticket, bookings: 01206 366000

For more information visit http://www.queenofthesun.com/

2 May 2012

Get walking this weekend

Walk Colchester working with a range of local organisations has organised 10 walks, led by local people, on a range of themes to link to Janes Walks weekend.

Back for its second year, Jane’s Walk Colchester promises a full Bank Holiday weekend of local walks, in and around the town, taking place simultaneously with walks in towns and cities around the world, celebrating the legacy of urbanist, activist and writer Jane Jacobs (1916-2006).

Jane Jacobs championed a new community-based approach to urban development, decades before such ideas became commonplace. She believed local residents understand best the neighbourhoods within which they live and she championed citizen involvement in the planning of local urban landscapes. Jacobs called on people to engage directly with the environment around them, to observe and to ask questions of it, and importantly to do so on foot, in conversation with others (“...you’ve got to get out and walk”).

All you need to know about Jane's Walk 2012, including downloadable versions of the timetable: http://www.walkcolchester.org.uk/projects/janes-walk-2012