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** July 2014 Newsletter
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** Community action for a sustainable future
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So much has been going on recently with our volunteers beavering away in the background that we thought we should send you an update.

Below are some things we hope that you will find interesting in, remember Transition is an open group, new volunteers are always welcome and your ideas are our life blood.

** Apple day is coming
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Our annual apple day is returning for its third year on October 11th this time under the Grammar school in the town centre.

A chance to meet our dedicated volunteers and see our community owned apple press in action and maybe buy a share.

Read more… (http://www.transitionharborough.org.uk/?event=apple-day-2015)

** Brampton Valley Way
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** Forage for all project
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Imagine walking along this former railway track surrounded by wildflowers and edible hedgerows, immersed in the sound of busy insects. This was our dream when we initiated this project with the participation of NCC, LCC, Leics & Rutland willdlife trust, Beds, Cambs & Northants wildlife trust and Sustrans. The pathway to Shambala!

More information soon!

** Seedy Sunday returns
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Established in 2011 Foxton’s Seedy Sunday quickly became a popular event in the local calendar. The absence of the 2013 Seedy Sunday event led us to contact Meryl Cumber, who is pleased that the Transition’s volunteers are enthusiastically able to take over the event.

Read more (http://www.transitionharborough.org.uk/?p=671)

** edibLE16
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As part of our work as a partner in the Sustainable Harborough project some of our volunteers have been helping deliver Harborough’s local food hub

edibLE16 will very soon be incorporated as a Limited Company, and hope to launch the shopping site in September. You can register interest in being a customer producer or a volunteer via the website.

Find out more (http://www.edible16.co.uk)

** N2 group disappointed
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A group of residents from Newcombe Street and Naseby Close (hence N2) that included two of our volunteers had been petitioning Harborough District Council since 2009 to take over a disused garage site. The idea was to buy it from the council and establish a community farm on the site.

Read more… (http://www.transitionharborough.org.uk/?p=682)

** Welland Woodlands disbanded
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A local group that formed including members of TTMH has recently announced that it has disbanded due to the unavailability of land in and around Market Harborough.

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N2 community farm group disappointed

A group of residents from Newcombe Street and Naseby Close (hence N2(squared)), that includes two of our Transition volunteers, have been petitioning Harborough District Council since 2009 to take over a disused garage site. The idea was to buy it from the council and establish a community farm on the site.

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This would have ticked many boxes and met many outcomes for the council and its partners under its commitment to its “Sustainable Communities Strategy” document of the time, the current document is a much weaker worded affair.

Earlier this year the council confirmed that the site would be sold by auction for housing development and thus brought an end to the hopes of local residents. As one of HDC’s only significant sale-able land assets it is not surprising that our cash strapped council has chosen not to exercise its option to use the land for “Community benefit” and maximize it’s financial returns.

The blind bidding process closed on May 30th 2014 and the council has confirmed that it has received bids for the land (Subject to planning permission being granted). All is not lost however, the whole plot was not sold as there is a grassed area (The size of two allotments) that is potentially being offered to the community.

Hopefully there will be more information soon.

Apple grafting workshops

The Apple Grafters are creeping up in numbers.  Though this is the quiet season, the roots of ideas for funding the next Grafting Work Shop in February 2015 are growing.  Are you an Apple Guardian yet?

We are aiming to have total of at least 100 more Heritage Apple Trees growing around Harborough in the five years of the Sustainable Harborough’s project.  Heritage Apple Trees are ones that have been around around for a demonstrably long time, showing their ability and suitability for the local climate and growing conditions.

Harborough does not have any land for developing an orchard (Although an opportunity in a nearby village is in the pipeline), so the idea of a virtual orchard arose – where lots of people are looking after an apple tree in their own growing space of whatever size.  The challenge of photographing all these individual  grafted apple trees and putting them together as a montage as a virtual orchard is proving a challenge that is being persued!

The first grafted apple trees are now 18months old, and many are being looked after by Harborough in Bloom near their polytunnels.  Some have been planted at local schools such as the Meadowdale School.  The most recent grafts set in February 14  are now nearly four foot tall.  Plans for a pruning session are now needed!

Foxton Seedy Sunday returns

SeedyLogoThe absence of the Seedy Sunday event in 2013 has triggered us to contact the founder Meryl Cumber to enquire why this valued event has dropped from the local calendar. It seems that the members of the committee that ran it were too involved in other projects and no longer had the time to organise the event. After an unsuccessful appeal for new members the decision was made to cancel the event and close down its affairs.

After discussions with our Judith Meryl was is pleased for Transition Town Market Harborough to take over it’s organisation.  Unfortunately the contacts that had been made over the previous years have been abandoned so we are starting afresh.

The Robert Monks hall in Foxton is already booked for Sunday afternoon 8th March 2015.  When the summer flower’s are turning to seed and the summer holidays hit the end of August, then our publicity will be blossoming into action and inspirational ideas of saving seed will start to be broadcast.  Plan now and start planning which early seed heads need safely rescuing from the compost.

The web address www.foxtonseedysunday.org.uk will soon be appearing again when our volunteers finish the new design and feel website.

If you wish to help or would like a stall at the event please get in contact.