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#31 charlie



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:59 AM

Nice write up in the local paper about Fairtrade Fortnight fundraising for Norwood Foodbank



Crystal Palace residents raise over £900 during Fairtrade Fortnight

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:17 AM

hi can anyone tell me the finer details of the community clean up on 13th April? Ie what time and where the meet up is?  Thanks

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:34 PM

Hi sarat,


You can find info in CPTT's April newsletter which I've pasted below. 118 Auckland Road is directly across the road from the turn into Stambourne Way. There is a contact email for the organiser if you want more details  :) 



  Welcome to our April Newsletter, and its crammed! If you saw last month's Transmitter magazine you will have some sense of what our members are getting up to! It was also great to see such a big crowd in the Edible Garden last Saturday. If you need some more gardening inspiration, we have two great expert workshops coming up and lots of chances to get into growing. Plus details of our first ever Community Clean Up on April 13th and advance notice of a very eventful May: our Annual Celebration/A.G.M, another Palace Power Screening, and..... the wait is nearly over.... Crystal Palace Food Market is coming on May 11th. Read down for news of confirmed suppliers !

Our First Community Clean Up !
The first Palace Pick Up, our community clean up and experiment in creative waste reduction, will take place on Saturday 13th April 2013.We'll be meeting at 2pm on the pavement near 118 Auckland Road, and if you turn up later we will be visible from the road. Local residents have identified two grassy sites that need some collective cleaning action ! This is going to be a fun way to get involved in improving the area, why not come along, pick up some litter and meet a few new people along the way. Please wear suitable clothing and thick garden gloves if you have them. Children must be supervised at all times. We plan to send as little of the litter to landfill as possible, so ....upcycling and redesigning workshops with collected materials will start on 27th April. Contact annakostyrina@gmail.com for more info!  
p.s We also need more thick garden gloves and people power to move the waste to storage and recycling. If you are able to help with either, please contact Anna at same email. 

Central Hill Garden   Sun 14th April
We have now created lovely paths with donated woodchip and planted rhubarb, berries and an eleagnus bush. We have lots more to do in this beautful garden and have only one scheduled workday this month. We always welcome more volunteers, especially if you live nearby. Email Clare : clare_goff@yahoo.co.uk for more information or telephone07507 778675

The Month Ahead in the Edible Garden, Westow Park.....

It was great to get back into the garden properly last week and see so many returning and new faces! We have a full schedule  for Saturdays in April, with two first time events and one old favourite from last year.

Saturday 6th April. (11am - 2pm) will be a preparation day, where we will be preparing the garden for the month ahead.
Bugs Club is our weekly nature-based workshop in Westow Park''s Edible Garden. We're hibernating over the Easter holidays but will be back on 17 April, and every following WEDNESDAY from 4-5pm. Cost £2 per family. Come and help us bring more wildlife to the garden. So far, we've made a hedgehog hotel, solitary bee habitats and welly-boot bird feeders.
Sat 20 April 11am-1pm -Workshop:  "Grow Your Own Houmous", How to grow chickpeas, quinoa and more by plant expert Chris Phyto. This will be a brilliant hands-on workshop by Chris, who has ran successful foraging workshops in Crystal Palace Park. . Cost £5. Places limited. Booking essential.food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk
Sat 27 April 11am-2pm - Bring a plant day. Come and help our garden grow by bringing an edible plant of your choice to be planted in the garden. Last year this was a lot of fun, and gave a lot of people a chance to truly be part of the garden. Plant something ! Then you can drop by the park anytime and check on its progress. (You can bring plants from your own gardens or you can pick something up at the Secret Garden Centre at the entrance to the park). Refreshments provided.
Sat 4 May 11am-12noon – Debora Robertson (one of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s key recipe testers/writers!) will be coming to our EdibleGarden for a workshop themed on her new book, Gifts from the Garden. £5, includes edible goodie bag. Places limited. Booking essential.food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk Book signing afterwards in Bookseller Crow.
EMAIL: food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk for more details or to book on the workshops.
Edible Crystal Palace - Spring Meeting of our Food and Growing Group Tuesday 30 April, 7.30pm-9.30pm venue tbc (somewhere in the triangle)
Over the past year, we've helped set up 5 new growing spaces, we launched a preserves business supplying local shops and cafes, we're now growing our own pints, we've bagged a few awards, lots of press (look out for the Tipsy Garden in this weekend's Sunday Telegraph) and more importantly made a few friends along the way. We have a market launching next month, along with Patchwork Farm (where you can grow food for the market) At this meeting we are going to explore how we can make these projects sustain in the long term: through volunteer teams, through marketting and raising awareness, but also through turning projects into possible local jobs. Please come along if you can help or if you'd just like to get more involved.
Email food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk for further info.

And Into Next Month....

Our Annual Celebration and A.G.M         Wednesday May 8th   7.30pm-9.30pm
Salvation Army Building, 58 Westow Street
(Upstairs Room with Lift Access)
Crystal Palace Transition Town will be two years old in May, and we're proud of what we're achieving. Come along and help us plan the future - it'll be an interactive and energetic night, and we'd love you to be there. We don't do regular A.G.Ms. At last year's brainstorming activity someone had the crazy idea of starting a food market. See below for where that ended up! More details to follow, but stick it in your diary!

Palace Power Green Screen   Thursday  May 9th 7.30pm -9.30pm
Antenna Cafe Thing
Haynes Lane SE19 3AN
After Palace Power's first successful Green Screen in January, we're showing a few short films about community energy and discussing our plans for our own community energy project, Palace Power. We'll be at the Cafe Thing from 7pm with screenings starting at 7:30pm. If you're not able to make it at that time, feel free to come later. You'll also get a chance to ask questions and find out ways you can get involved. Contactestherstoakes@gmail.com for more details. 

The Crystal Palace Food Market is coming ! Launch Saturday May 11th 
And every Saturday 10 am - 3pm 

Just off The Triangle
Bottom of Haynes Lane SE19 3AP
Map Reference: http://tinyurl.com/cokljym

We are very excited about the food market! We intend to provide locally sourced quality food at affordable prices.Somewhere you can do your weekend shop and pick up a few treats along the way. We have now confirmed some fantastic stallholders:
Traditionally farmed meat and freshly made burgers from  www.jacobsladderfarms.co.uk ;Seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables from Kent - picked on Friday, sold on Saturday byPerry Court Farm www.agbrockman.co.uk ; Apples, mushrooms and orchard eggs from Kent's Brambletye Farm; and Brixton's bakery www.breadbread.co.uk are partnering up with www.brockwell-bake.org.uk to provide hearty breads.
 And for treats and lunch: www.felixandpi.com, with home cooked food from their local allotment, savoury assortments and tarts from Palace couple Gus and Gabriella; gluten free goodies from local Mel Whitlock; and rotating stallholders including : Church Road's very own Andrea with Comfort and Joy's delights;  new local business www.brettandbailey.co.uk for delicious baked goods; cakes galore from Sophie England; Cookie & Biscuit; and  www.thetartelettes.co.uk. Plus British sourced flowers from local florist http://catherinerubaine.blogspot.co.uk
We are still working on securing fish and cheese stalls as well as trying to get raw milk to the market. You can sign up on our new website www.crystalpalacefoodmarket.co.uk to keep up to date!
Anyone interested in becoming part of this project in any way please emailjoneskaren@ntlworld.com or phone Karen on 07930 557 772. 

Phew ...that's all for now !
Hope to see you at one of our events!

Best wishes from
Crystal Palace Transition Town


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:21 PM

It's Green Drinks tonight at the Grape and Grain from 8pm. Relax, have a drink or two, meet new people, have some fun....................All welcome and no pressure to talk green stuff but if you are interested.....................

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

Quick reminder from Crystal Palace Transition Town:


Hello there ! This is a quick reminder about our community clean-up tomorrow. Its the first time we've tried this, and it would be great to get a good turn out. Its also a great example of people power, where local residents have identified a site they'd like to improve. Come along and get involved ! Full details below.

(Also we've been approached by a two members interested in started a Transport Group. Already talking about cycling, public transport, streetscapes, and much more . Interested? Email: joeduggan215@hotmail.com) 

Palace Pick Up : Our First Community Clean Up

When ? Saturday 13th April from 2pm-5pm

Where? Between 118 Auckland Road and Carlton Court - you'll see us! (Telephone 07800971794 if you are not sure)

What? Local residents have identified some grassy land that needs a make-over. Come and be part of it. The plan is to use any litter found creatively and to minimise any landfill. Upcycling and redesigning workshops with collected materials will start on 27th April.

What to bring? Safe shoes and thick garden gloves if you have them. Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times, due to possible hazards. Stay for part or all of the time.

For more info: Email annakostyrina@gmail.com 
Hope to see you there !

Some of us will be working in the Edible Garden from 11-1 and then going down after lunch in the triangle, so pop into the garden if you would like to meet up before hand.

For a reminder about the other events happening this month, click here for our full April Newsletter. (as above) 

Best wishes from
Crystal Palace Transition Town


Edible Garden is in Westow Park btw - near the top - Church Road entrance

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:28 PM

Latest news from Crystal Palace Transition Town. It's our annual celebration tomorrow evening so if you'd like to find out more please do come along. No doubt it will end in the pub like all good celebrations; and if you don't fancy the AGM, pop down to the Crystal Palace Food Market this weekend.




This is a quick reminder to tell you about two really exceptional events this week :



On Wednesday Night, 8th May, from 7.30pm-9.30pm, at our A.G.M. and ANNUAL CELEBRATION you will get a chance to see short, snappy presentations from our wide range of active projects:Beer Making, Fairtrade Fortnight, community clean-ups, our jam making mini-business, community solar-panels, nature clubs for children in Westow Park, and our rising  number of community growing spaces. You will also hear how our growing spaces are evolving into a "Patchwork Farm" that will start to supply the upcoming market.

If that wasn't enough we will also have Sue Sheehan as our guest speaker. Sue has an impressive c.v: setting up Hyde Farm Climate Action Network, devising the Lambeth Green Champions programme, as well as being heavily involved in Transition Town Brixton. The Guardian described her as " refreshingly down to earth, free of the militant tendency displayed by many übergreens"

As well as the short bit of formal business, we will also be launching our Transport Group and giving you opportunities to say what you would like to see happen next. This is a great non-intimidating way to find out what we are up to. Hope to see you there !  At The Salvation Army Building, 58 Westow Street, SE19 3AF

Please note: this takes the place of our Green Drinks this month

And its finally here !

CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET has arrived and launches this Saturday, 11th May at Antenna Studios,off Haynes Lane and then every following Saturday !

Members of the Transition Town have been leafleting for the last two weekends and the feedback and the buzz around it has been really brilliant. Some people are so excited they have even started dressing up as vegetables! The Market will supply fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, breads and delicious baked goods - all locally sourced. We can also confirm we now have local honey and a cheese stall. Click on the website for up to date information on the stalls each week www.crystalpalacefoodmarket.co.uk

This is the most ambitious project we've undertaken, and a powerful move to making this area more sustainable and resilient. A real practical step in cutting down on the carbon footprint of the food you eat, and ensuring the quality and sustainability of its source. We will also be trying hard to keep the prices accessible, and many will be comparable with supermarkets. As the project develops, more really local food will be on sale, including produce grown in our Patchwork Farm project !
Hope to see you there !

Thanks to everyone who came along to our first Palace Pick-Up on Auckland Road, it was a real success and it was also great to see so many new faces. We also recieved some really lovely messages from local residents via facebook, twitter and notes on the fence. We also got some great press coverage:http://www.croydongu...Crystal_Palace/
Palace Pick Up 2 is coming on Sunday 12th May, on another site on Auckland Road.


Details follow from the organiser, Anna Kostyrina:

"Come and clear another site and help CP be even more wonderful! Meet on Auckland Road, by the garages, after Auckland Surgery (if coming from the Triangle/Hamlet Road side) and before the pond park. You'll definitely see us but call 07534969822 if you need to. As well as general tidying there will be lots of lifting of heavy stuff and picking up sharp objects like broken glass, so please wear suitable clothing and thick gloves if you've got them and CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES."

And Anna will be giving one of the presentations at the Annual Celebration, so why not come along and meet her there.

Hope to see you at one of these great events
Best wishes from
Crystal Palace Transition Town

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:34 PM

Really exciting news - Rob Hopkins, the co-founder of the Transition Network is coming to Crystal Palace to launch his new book - The Power of Just Doing Stuff at our local pub the Grape & Grain. Come along and hear what it is all about. If you want a seat make sure you get there early - it's going to be a popular event. 



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 12:43 PM

Rob Hopkins ??

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