past events

January 19, 2015

Monday 19th January, 2015 6-7.30 pm at The Studio, Blackheath Library.
A chance for local restaurants, businesses, shops, schools etc to hear about
Meatfree Monday and share ideas about how to implement it (and it doesn't have to be on a Monday!).
Simple refreshments provided.

November 18, 2012

Sunday 18th November 2012, 12.00 - 13.00
Quaker author & activist Alastair McIntosh will talk about "Sacred Space and Sense of Place". For more information on Alastair visit his website. This will be followed by an informal chat over lunch at the Pavilion Cafe, Greenwich Park.
Location: Blackheath Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath
Cost: Free, all welcome, donations on the door

March 16, 2012

In March we held a very interesting workshop on draught-busting, led by the Transition Towns Brixton (TTB) Community Draught Busters team.
Of our energy bills, in general 70% is spent on heating and hot water, and with the increasing cost of fuel it is more and more important to reduce the amount of wasted heat. Martin Abraham (of TTB Community Draught Busters) gave us a very instructive talk about ways to save heat by insulating the house as much as possible and stopping the draughts.
We used an infra-red heat meter to identify cold spots in the house – places where cold air was getting in to the house. This was mainly around the edges of windows, and the junction of the floor with the skirting board. Martin then showed us the various products which were available to stop draughts from windows, doors, floor-boards and skirting-boards, and chimneys.
The workshop finished with a demonstration of how to install a window draught-proofing strip.
We will be running further workshops over the winter, but in the meantime more information is available at: TTB Community Draught Busters.

March 2, 2012

Some basics of Permaculture with Permaculture Diploma apprentice Ruth Robinson
Saturday 2nd March 2012, 10.30 - 14.30
What are the ethics of Permaculture?
Using the Principles of Permaculture
Observations and landscape reading practical
Permaculture gardening, some examples
A practical, participative workshop for all ages and abilities. (Children should preferably be aged 12 and up to benefit from this workshop.)
Location: Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE
Cost: Free, all welcome, donations on the door

Vegetarian cooking

The estimates for the environmental impact of an omnivorous diet compared to a vegetarian or vegan diet vary dramatically, however a UN report produced five years ago estimated that raising animals to eat generated more greenhouse gases than all cars and trucks in the world.
Raising animals to eat requires food (from crops, which could otherwise be feeding people directly), land, and large quantities of water. Forests are chopped down to create grazing land, and this in turn causes topsoil reduction, which leads to desertification.

We found that many people would like to eat less meat but don’t have the confidence to cook vegetarian food and don’t have a repertoire of vegetarian dishes. So we held a “vegetarian cook-in” in July, where participants each brought a pre-prepared vegetarian dish for all to share, talked about the preparation and shared copies of the menu.
Our next cook-in will be on 24th November, with a Christmas theme. See events for more information.