– Abundance Fruit Day on 15th
Sept went off well, with hundreds of people attending, buying jams, cakes, chutneys and home made pies, and enjoying a sunny day in St Mark’s church garden. There was a good news article about Abundance Fruit Day in the Wimbledon Guardian and it was suggested that this is put on the Abundance website. (Permission would be needed from the Wimbledon Guardian to do this.)
Merton Green Drinks
– the next one will be on Nov 21st - at the Hand & Racquet. This is part of a wider Green Drinks network which has a code of practice, which can be found on the website – greendrinks.org
. It is a social group, there should be no agenda and people talk about anything, not just green issues. As such, the format for Green Drinks is quite different from Green Coffee.
– Helen is establishing her own business to match up employees of businesses with volunteering opportunities in Merton. Larger businesses may have a range of projects which employees choose to volunteer with, but smaller businesses may need help to find a project which matches the aspirations of employees.
– the launch meeting is on 17th
Oct and will feature Norman Baker (Transport Minister), Rod King (initiator of the nationwide 20’s Plenty campaign) and Rev Andrew Wakefield (chairman of the Merton Partnership Transport Action Group). The campaign wants to engage groups across Merton, including Go Forum and residents’ associations. The photo shoot is rescheduled for Sat 6th
Oct, outside Raynes Park Station, on Coombe Lane. Information has been sent to all schools. Stephen Hammond (MP) has been supportive, as have councilors from all political parties. Other groups suggested for contacting – Mums Net, Mums on the Go, NetMums, bicycle repair shops. Shas is currently leading the campaign locally, but would be happy to hand over this role to someone else. If you can put up a poster somewhere, then download it HERE
or else contact email@example.com
for a printed poster.
Meetings will be held on the 2nd
Monday of each month, the next one being 8th
Oct at the Raynes Park Tavern at 7pm. To sign the petition or find out more, see HERE
- Lesley is a freelance picture researcher, based in Wimbledon. She also helps with Abundance and is interested in recycling and not wasting things.
– a concern with the proposed anaerobic digestor in Raynes Park is that food waste will continue to be generated to feed this plant. With less incentive to avoid waste, it may be an example of how simple actions can have unexpected repercussions. Another is BOGOF (buy one get one free) - this often leads to wastage, as people are encouraged to buy larger amounts than they need. It also discriminates against people living alone, as they are less able to benefit from offers.
Make Your Own Shopping Bag
– Juliet is holding another bag-making session on Mon 5th Nov 2-4pm at St Mark’s Chapter Room. People can bring along their own fabric or choose some from the range of beautiful fabrics there. This will be the third such session and will add to the thousands of bags made using the Mors Bag template. For more information about the morsbag initiative- see www.morsbags.com
For more information about the event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticultural and Architectural Design
– Curt is starting his own company, specializing in sustainable design. For more information, contact email@example.com
YouFarm.org , The Green Organisation and linking with local projects
– Phil Geraghty worked in an online marketing business and has had an allotment at Phipp’s Bridge for several years. Since taking a 6 month holiday from work, Phil has worked on the following 3 projects. For more information on any of those, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– this website was established earlier this year and provides advice on all aspects of gardening. When people contribute an article, they are rewarded with packets of seeds, which people can use and pass on to others who have never grown anything before. There are now over 3000 people signed up to this website. The project is not-for-profit and is funded by corporate sponsorship. It was suggested that the Henry Doubleday seed heritage work – now Garden Organic - would be a good link for this website.
The Green Organisation
– gives the prestigious ‘Green Apple’ award to organisations displaying environmental endeavor. These are awarded at the Houses of Parliament once a year and councils, businesses and charities are eligible.
Linking with local projects
– a project to look at how peop
le find out what is going on locally, how to get people along to events and how
to keep people involved over the longer term. Ways of getting involved identified at Oct Green Coffee were - Time & Leisure, My Merton, MVSC/Merton Connected. It is important to be aware that not everyone is media savvy.
Food for Thought
– the first meeting to discuss ‘Can War be ‘Just’ in the 21st
Century’ was well attended. The next event is on Oct 26th and the theme for discussion will be 'Is Global Equality an Impossible Dream?' – with speakers Stephen Hammond MP and the Rev Andrew Wakefield. The third event on Thurs 15th Nov (note later starting time 1.30pm for this event) is entitled ‘The Militarisation of Society’ and the speakers are Bruce Kent and Sam Murgatroyd.
Ricards Lodge school garden
- throughout October, this school garden will be one of three local charities chosen to receive the green tokens at Waitrose Raynes Park. A total of £1000 is divided amongst the chosen charities according to how many tokens each charitable cause receives.
5 Merton Parks receive Green Flags
– South Park Gardens (located close by Green Coffee) has received this national award for the best public and community parks and green spaces, along with Colliers Wood Rec, Dundonald Rec, John Innes Park and Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields. For more information, see HERE
. Congratulations to all!