Monthly Archives: August 2013

Transition Harborough At Shambala Festival

photoShowing off our new gazebo at the Shambala Festival on the bank holiday weekend together with the apple press, lots of information about bees, apple tree grafting and unconventional sources of oil and gas.  Once again we collected pledges from people as handprints or bee paintings, how to carry the utopian spirit of Shambala home with them in a practical Transition way.  We met lots of new people, from Transition Kings Cliffe (between Peterborough and Corby),  Transition Network Trainers and Social Reporters,  Newstead Village (nr Nottingham) and new people from Market Harborough and  Kettering.

Sunday morning Rob Hopkins was due to give a talk at Shambala but had to cancel,  Mark stepped in and gave a short talk on Transition Harborough and took part in a lively discussion.

 

Harboroughs thermostat must be set too high!

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According to figures released by the ONS (Office for national statistics) here, the East Midlands has the highest energy consumption by household in the Country

 

Now, proud as we are of our lovely town, despite the wounds being inflicted by the demands of a”build and be damned” planning policy we were just a little shocked to see the list of authorities with the highest consumption by household with some names being just a little too local for comfort:

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Ouch, that is correct… our little district is sitting second in the list of highest consumers per household in England & Wales. This means that our “Sustainable Harborough” project of which we are a partner has its work cut out.

If your bills are too high and you would like help to reduce them, get in contact as we have a number of initiatives that we would like to set up and we need to know that there is an interest.

 

 

Local Food Hub invitation

Interested in local food?

Then this is to invite you to be a part of the steering group for the Market Harborough Food Hub, the first of its kind in Leicestershire! The steering group has been initially set up by a small group of Transition Town Market Harborough volunteers and we are hoping to add a few more members to this start up group.

What is a Food Hub?

A food hub is a place where the community can order produce from local producers rather than going to the supermarket, significantly lessening the food miles. A Food Hub operates via a website where their customers order their weekly shop and this is then delivered by the producers to a hub, where the food is either then collected or delivered to the customers. Most food hubs are not for profit organisations, so any profits made go straight back into the Food Hub to pay for its running costs. There are many different food hubs being run across the country already and one of the most well known is Stroud Co: http://www.stroudco.org.uk/

What are the benefits?

The benefits of a food hub are that you will be able to buy locally sourced produce, which isn’t easily available on the high street, allowing you to access high quality, local food with a low carbon footprint. It also provides the opportunity to buy local food at a more reasonable cost by cutting out the supermarkets.

How can I take part?

The steering group currently meet regularly on alternate Wednesday evenings in Market Harborough at our project office. If you would like to be a member of the steering group or would like further information, please contact me on the details below and I will let you know when the next meeting will take place.

Alternatively, if you are unable to give time to this project but are interested in becoming one of the first customers of the Food Hub once it is up and running, please register your interest by contacting me using the contact details below.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

 

Jo Sharman

Project Officer
RCC

Leefe House,
27 Abbey Street,
Market Harborough.

LE16 9AA

www.ruralcc.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1077645. Company No. 3665974

 

Fax: (0116) 2660153
Email: jsharman@ruralcc.org.uk

Invite to join our Harborough local food hub

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Then this is to invite you to be a part of the steering group for the Market Harborough Food Hub, the first of its kind in Leicestershire! The steering group has been initially set up by a small group of Transition Town Market Harborough volunteers and we are hoping to add a few more members to this start up group.

What is a Food Hub?

A food hub is a place where the community can order produce from local producers rather than going to the supermarket, significantly lessening the food miles. A Food Hub operates via a website where their customers order their weekly shop and this is then delivered by the producers to a hub, where the food is either then collected or delivered to the customers. Most food hubs are not for profit organisations, so any profits made go straight back into the Food Hub to pay for its running costs. There are many different food hubs being run across the country already and one of the most well known is Stroud Co: http://www.stroudco.org.uk/

What are the benefits?

The benefits of a food hub are that you will be able to buy locally sourced produce, which isn’t easily available on the high street, allowing you to access high quality, local food with a low carbon footprint. It also provides the opportunity to buy local food at a more reasonable cost by cutting out the supermarkets.

How can I take part?

The steering group currently meet regularly on alternate Wednesday evenings in Market Harborough at our project office. If you would like to be a member of the steering group or would like further information, please contact me on the details below and I will let you know when the next meeting will take place.

Alternatively, if you are unable to give time to this project but are interested in becoming one of the first customers of the Food Hub once it is up and running, please register your interest by contacting me using the contact details below.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Jo Sharman

Project Officer
RCC

Leefe House,
27 Abbey Street,
Market Harborough.

LE16 9AA

www.ruralcc.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1077645. Company No. 3665974

Fax: (0116) 2660153
Email: jsharman@ruralcc.org.uk (mailto:jsharman@ruralcc.org.uk)

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Our green and pleasant land

While traveling home last night I was admiring the lush green rolling countryside of the North Northamptonshire/South Leicestershire landscape when I was suddenly struck by the complete lack of colour there was. Save for the Himalayan Balsam (an invasive species) and Ragwort (A sort of invasive species) in some parts of the road side there was only green.

Surely this is not an issue I hear you say but it is the colour that signifies the presence of flowers and in turn forage for our bees and other insect pollinators.

We are looking for volunteers to help Transition Harborough and the Sustainable Harborough project to help plant and maintain areas for the benefit of our wildlife and to produce displays such as the one you can see below from Brighton in Sussex.

These wildflower areas are marked as part of the Britain in Bloom competition!

Please get in contact if you want to register as a volunteer.

Barrowden and Wakerley Community shop up for national award

A community shop and coffee shop in Rutland has been shortlisted for a national award by Local Food, this is am inspiration to us as a group as we hope to be able to bid for the chance to provide a community shop in the airfield farm development when the last phase is planned.

Good luck to this local group and hopefully we will be able to visit soon and find out some more information about how they set up this worthy project.

http://www.localfoodgrants.org/news?aid=8962

http://www.barrowdenshop.org/