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#16 Curzon

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:02 AM

I don't care what people want to do as a community group as long as it doesn't forceably impact on the way i want to live my life - that includes using my money through my taxes.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:25 PM

For my money, I'd rather have the place look a little "3rd World" in places than be a sterile, controlled More London or Westfield style development. To me the jumble of flyers gives the impression of a community that's bursting with self-starter, enterprising DIY spirit. Realistically the council are never going to take such projects on, that doesn't mean they're not worth doing - big ideas start small. Keep up the good work, Charlie!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:03 PM

I'm with wulfhoumd on this. I think fliers for community events and initiatives give a sense of participation, can-do, local engagement. I read them all, even if its for stuff I'm not interested in as it gives a sense of what's going on.

However, when the events are over, they should be taken down so there is room for new ones.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:23 PM

The prolific fly posting irritates me - especially the ones attached to lamp posts etc. re DJ events and new housing developments. Man with Van ones drive me mad too.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:13 PM

Whatever the rule it has to be one rule for all, whether they're DJs, white van men, cupcake bakers, community choirs (guilty!) or eco warriors.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:50 PM

Once the event is over, down should come the flyers and posters - post event - Ads look tatty and scruffy as though the area is uncared for - no-one wants a clinically sterile urban environ but one left-over poster begets another and so on its just urban litter, next there will be an old trolley, tyre, mattress plus other detritus dumped. I don't suppose many people would want to visit the countryside and see littered fields following a sunny picnic weekend- you take your litter with you. Once it used to be a missing cat or dog , then Van and man for hire and now we have all and sundry posted up outside Sainsburys, on lamposts, at pedestrian crossings and on void shops and pubs - wouldnt it be better if Sainsburys could invest in a community board outside their premises.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:52 AM

Well said kibitzer and the Nana!

Email is a great way for TT to relay info. I received the following a little earlier:

Hello!

Don’t miss our big day of events this Saturday, March 3rd

Crystal Palace takes a step for Fairtrade – CPTT brings you lots of exciting FREE events to promote Fairtrade Fortnight with a difference. Our theme is Local and Fair – promoting the local economy as well as Fairtrade.
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11 am onwards - Lots of Fairtrade goodies to eat outside Sainsbury’s – hopefully including a bicycle-powered smoothie maker and possibly even a chocolate fountain

2.30pm – Stories and yummy food made with Fairtrade ingredients for kids and families

4pm – Fashion show showcasing our wonderful vintage and second-hand shops as well as clothing made with Fairtrade cotton. The show begins with a short film and a visiting Ghanaian cocoa farmer

6pm – Fairtrade wine –tasting (and some beers) with Fairtrade nuts and chocolate, entertainment by local DJ and a poem by local poet

Best wishes from
Crystal Palace Transition Town


Please forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in any of our projects or events and encourage them to subscribe to the newsletter, to join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter, catch us on Project Dirt or come along to Green Drinks on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8pm at the Grape and Grain on Anerley Hill.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:39 PM

For my money, I'd rather have the place look a little "3rd World" in places than be a sterile, controlled More London or Westfield style development. To me the jumble of flyers gives the impression of a community that's bursting with self-starter, enterprising DIY spirit. Realistically the council are never going to take such projects on, that doesn't mean they're not worth doing - big ideas start small. Keep up the good work, Charlie!


Thanks for your kind words wulfhund. :)

The TT Food and Growing Group has been running "Plant and Rant" sessions which you might be interested in. There are a couple of master gardeners in the group who can give advice on what you are thinking of planting and you get a bit of physical help too whilst having a good old natter. Great fun by all accounts.

And some nice coverage of the community garden and TT in Dulwich on View last week.

Something’s Taking Root in Crystal Palace

***Apologies for mispelling of Wulfhound :unsure:

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

Here's round up of 2012 news from TT team:


Welcome to our last newsletter of 2012 - it’s been an amazing year as you can see from some of the highlights below! We’d like to thank all those who’ve taken part in projects, especially those businesses that have supported us in different ways, such as Mediterranea, The Grape and Grain, The Secret Garden, Twenty Five (then Gautama) and many more, especially those that have bought jams and produce from the community garden. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope to see you in the New Year,if not before!
CHRISTMAS DRINKS
We'd like to invite you to join us for our Christmas Drinks on Friday 14th December from 8pm in The Grape and Grain - a chance to socialise and celebrate our achievements of the year. We will be there until at least 10.30, when we may wander off to forage for beer in the Triangle. We will also have regular (slightly more civilised) Green Drinks on Wednesday 12th December at the same location

www.palacepower.org and https://twitter.com/PalacePower

BOOGIEING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
We had lots of fun at our MEET 'N GREET STALL on Saturday, boogieing to bicycle-powered music and talking to the good people of Crystal Palace. Watch Kalina here as she bicycle-powers the Christmas tree lights and talks about the Energy Group. It’s heartening to know that so many of you want to join us in developing a more energy-efficient and sustainable lifestyle.
Come and join us at the monthly ENERGY GROUP MEETING. All welcome!
Wednesday, 5 December, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Upstairs in Mediterranea Restaurant, 21 Westow Street, SE19 3RY
Any queries, email us at
energy@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk, or phone 07540 069384

LOCAL DIRECTORY BY CHRISTMAS
Our Guide to Sustainable Shopping and Eating is in its final stages and we hope to have it online in time for Christmas. Look out for it under LOCAL AND FAIR on our website at www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk. You’ll also be able to see it on the Crystal Palace and Norwood Chamber of Commerce website, and in print early in the New Year.

Edited by citizen M, 04 December 2012 - 07:47 AM.


#25 charlie

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Thank you to everyone who supported and donated to the various events that took place last week to promote awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight and to raise money for Norwood and Brixton Foodbank. Over £700 was raised at Foodstock, Westow House on Saturday evening and the money for the raffle and 'sell out' Hungry Gap at Domali on Sunday evening is still being counted.

 

Crystal Palace Transition Town is growing in every sense of the word. To find out more check out www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk

 

Loads going on.  Watch this space for news of upcoming events or sign up for the newsletter.        



#26 Norwood lad

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:18 PM

Is the CP Transition Town actually doing anything about the felling of hundreds of trees in the CP area as I would have thought that would be something right up the CPTT’s alley? After all what is more eco than doing something about the abundance trees and effect on wildlife that is being lost and the wider effects on the local environment.



#27 charlie

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

Norwood Lad - are you refering  to the felling of trees trackside?

 

I can ask CPTT to put it on their agenda for the next Steering Group meeting. Not sure where it would fit within the various project groups - 'Food and Growing', 'Local and Fair', 'Palace Power' - plans in progress to set up an energy co-op to produce our own green/clean energy in Crystal Palace, 'Palace Ale/Palace Pint' - hop growing and beer brewing and 'Waste and Recycling'.

 

I think there is going to be an event called 'Palace Pick Up - a friendly clean up' coming soon - April,  where various areas in around the Triangle are going to be given a good clean up and litter picking - a community clean up where people can bring along their existing collection of unwanted plastic bags to make them into beautiful baskets for the event!

 

That should help the environment and be a bit of fun at the same time.

 

Will keep you posted.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:22 PM

Just received the latest general news and events from Crystal Palace Transition Town - loads going on if people want to get involved. See below:

 

"So much coming up this month, but first of all a massive word of THANKS to everyone to came along and supported  Fairtrade Fortnight ! A special shout out to Lynn Aitken who put the programme together, and to all the people who gave up their time! If we start thanking everyone we're sure to leave someone out but we've had a go anyway - click here for more !  Very pleased to announce our events raised £796.70 for Norwood Foodbank ! If you would like to get involved in promoting Fairtrade and local businesses in Crystal Palace contact lynn@ XXXXXXXXXXXX 

 

Read on for events this weekend and into March: Beer Tasting tomorrow night (Fri) in the Grape and Grain; On Saturday Palace Pick Up, our new community clean-up project, kicks off and we also have Seed Sowing in a local greenhouse; On Sunday at "Removals" Antenna Cafe gets rid of money! Later this month The Tipsy Garden is unveiled, Central Hill Garden start planting, Palace Power are looking for some sparky individuals, and our Local Food Market gains momentum towards its Taster event on May 11th !

Beer Tasting at The Grape and Grain      
Tomorrow Friday 8th March 
6:30 to 8:30pm.
Grape and Grain Pub, Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace 

Karolina and Kate (Palace Pint) with Helen Steer (Brixton Beer) invite you to a Beer-Tasting session.Head Brewer Peter from The Florence Micro Brewery ,who is a licenced somilier, will be leading. http://www.florencehernehill.com You can also find out about Palace Pint, our exciting new local hop growing project.Advice about growing hops will also be given. To be a part of Palace Pint’s hop growing project (where you can buy/grow hops to go into a local brew) get your order in by tomorrow. Email thepalacepint@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

 

Edible Garden:Seed Sowing Day this Saturday, 9 March
Meet in Edible Garden in Westow Park at 11am to collect compost and pots before heading to local greenhouse for planting and tea drinking. Ring Rachel on 07963 534 326 if you’d like to join but can’t find us. We’ll be working until 1pm, and then some of us will pop along to the next event below .....


Palace Pick-up Meeting and Re-making Session, Saturday 9 March, 1-3pm
Cafe Thing, Antenna Studios, Haynes Lane, SE19 3AN

Would you like to see a waste-free Crystal Palace? Enjoy being creative? Interested in learning how to turn waste materials into useful things? We're organising a Community Clean Up day on April 13, to clear up local spaces that have become unofficial dumping grounds and to learn new uses for the things people throw away. Join us to discuss this and other creative solutions to waste reduction. Bring along your unwanted plastic bags and you'll learn how to make them into beautiful baskets!
For more info contact Anna: annakostyrina@gmail.com or 07534969822

Removals: Minus Money + Bartering =?
Antena Cafe Thing  Sunday 12-3pm

As part of REMOVALS, a series of events in which THINGS at the Café will be subtracted;, MONEY will be taken away, with alternative forms of value negotiated. In simple terms, this means that if you would like tea, coffee, or cake, you will need to barter - come prepared with things with which to swap them for!! Items gained by the cafe at the end of the day will be photographed and / or exhibited at the cafe throughout the following week. REMOVALS is a research project by Goldsmith's Design & Environment PG student & Café manager, Georgina Cook which aims to test and expand on ideas related to adaption and transition and "elimination, by design," as proposed by the Australian theorist and farmer Tony Fry. 

 

Bugs Club
Every Wednesday in the Edible Garden in Westow Park from 4-5pm
Our popular weekly nature-based workshops for children are back. . All ages from 6 months to 13 years welcome. This month we’ll be exploring habitats , making bee hotels, hedgehog homes and minibeast log piles. Cost: £2 per family. This year we’ll be doing lots more cooking and planting in the garden, so don’t miss out on the fun.

Palace Power
Our Community Energy Project is gaining momentum, drawing up its business plan, and is looking for a few new volunteers to add to its skill base. Anyone enthusiastic is welcome, but they would particularly like to hear from people with experience in  business, accounting, marketing, logo design, and renewable energy in general.Come along and say hello at Green Drinks on Wed 13th from 8pm in The Grape and Grain or email Eshter : estherstoakes@gmail.com

Planting Day at Central Hill
Permaculture garden Planting day: Central Hill: Saturday 16th March: 2pm-4pm

Help us plant fruit trees and bushes and lay paths.We've hops, grapes, raspberries and much more ready to be planted.
If you'd like to come along contact Clare Goff at clare_goff@yahoo.co.uk. We'd also like to hear from people who want to help manage this project.
 

Tipsy Garden & Palace Pint
On Sunday 17 March from 12-3pm we’ll be unveiling the long-awaited Tipsy Garden where apples, hops and grapes will be grown to make local brews. Palace Pint will also launch on the day and they will be distributing their hops if you order before tomorrow (See Beer Tasting) Email thepalacepint@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

 

Crystal Palace Local Food Market

Taster Market on Saturday 11th May from 10am-3pm at Bowyers Lane, off Haynes Lane. This ground-breaking market will feature local food by local people. We’ll have biodynamic meat from Jayne and Michael Duveen, bread made form locally-grown wheat, SE19 vegetables, eggs and herbs, and lots of hot and cold food made by Crystal Palace residents.  To get involved in the behind-the-scenes, email  food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk.

 

Patchwork Farm

Have a large garden, or even a decent-sized window box? Then you can be part of Patchwork Farm. Make money by selling any gluts of veg, herbs or fruit you may have at our market. Email food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk to find out more.

As you can see, we are growing ! 500 on this list, 1000 on twitter, nearly 400 on facebook ! Jump on board !

 

Best wishes from
Crystal Palace Transition Town"



#29 Norwood lad

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:14 PM

Norwood Lad - are you refering  to the felling of trees trackside?

 

I can ask CPTT to put it on their agenda for the next Steering Group meeting. Not sure where it would fit within the various project groups - 'Food and Growing', 'Local and Fair', 'Palace Power' - plans in progress to set up an energy co-op to produce our own green/clean energy in Crystal Palace, 'Palace Ale/Palace Pint' - hop growing and beer brewing and 'Waste and Recycling'.

 

I think there is going to be an event called 'Palace Pick Up - a friendly clean up' coming soon - April,  where various areas in around the Triangle are going to be given a good clean up and litter picking - a community clean up where people can bring along their existing collection of unwanted plastic bags to make them into beautiful baskets for the event!

 

That should help the environment and be a bit of fun at the same time.

 

Will keep you posted.

Yep. I see one of your members has posted this on your FB page about a solitary tree some 60 odd miles away so I would think a hundred odd trees a bit closer to home would be right up TT street. You can tie it to your clean/green plans as Network Rail now have a whole load of cut up logs that people could use for their woodburners.

 

"Hi Ive been sent this by a friend in Brighton asking for support - have a read and sign if you agree. There is also a busy facebook group and someone is now up the tree !
Sign up for your chance to save a 150 year old HEALTHY elm tree"

 

I like the idea tidy up but can we dump the accumulated bags of rubbish on Croydon’s HQ doorstop in protest at their incredibly lax attitude to clearing the streets in Upper Norwood.

 

 

#30 charlie

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

The trackside felling was discussed this week Norwood Lad. Apparently loads of people have sent in complaints but not much response. Best thing to do is to use a more powerful lobbying organisation such as RSPB who have experience of this elsewhere in London and across the country or Natural England even. And contact people like Jenny Jones (Green) at the GLA. They are much better placed to get action taken.



As for the community clean up - it's taking place on Saturday 13 April starting in Auckland Road and there is a project to upcycle the rubbish collecting from the two site chosen which are both in private hands as opposed to council.







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