TTL Local Election Special – quizzing party representatives

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We had a very enjoyable evening before the recent local elections, and a good chance to ask party representatives from the Conservatives (Council Leader Lynda Needham), Greens (Mario May), Labour (David Billing) and Lib Dems (Steve Jarvis) a question relating to local resilience. In true transition spirit we wanted our elected officials to spend as much time listening to us as we did to them. To make sure everybody got a chance to ask a question we had the candidates rotate, speed-dating style, around small groups of about 6 people. The down side of this was that there was not … more

Petrol pump queues remind us it’s a finite resource

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Every time there is a hiccup in the availability of petrol, it amazes me how quickly it is forgotten again afterwards. Surely a light is being shone full-beam not only on our complete reliance on this stuff but how vulnerable the supply system is. Two things you would think would be pretty incompatible. Peak Oil has been acknowledged as a reality by people like President Obama, the International Energy Agency and Shell. Surely the only sensible move is to gradually adjust our lives to cope without a readily affordable supply? Not wanting to get all gloomy and doomy, but those … more

March Clothes Swap

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Our March Transition Tuesday ‘swishing’ event (clothes up-cycling) went brilliantly.  Many clothes and accessories came with one owner and left with another, therefore avoiding more high use of chemicals and water in cotton production and use of sweated labour in producing new ones. Clothes that were left went to the Hospice shop the following morning as a little thank you for loaning us their clothes rails. Local clothes maker and teacher Rachel Bagenal gave information and help to those wanting to get sewing. See www.learn-to-stitch.co.uk I especially liked trying things on behind the special curtain! … more

Time to get those seeds in

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 It is planting time already! It must be said I haven’t got very far yet this year but I am really relishing the idea of seeing those first tiny seedlings appearing, knowing how big and strong and vigourous the plants are going to be and good the food is going to taste. Not only that, the feeling of escaping the computer and being out in the fresh air cannot be beaten. LDGA Store Opening Times The store is open on a Wednesday from 13.00 to  14.00 and on Sunday from 09.00 to 12.30. It is located at Flint Road Allotments, … more