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Transition Kentish Town Newsletter May 2019



With the amazing actions of Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, the school climate strikes, and the Attenborough doco – Climate Change: The Facts, being screened on prime time BBC1, public awareness of Climate Change has never been higher. We now have a great opportunity to come together as a community to turn this awareness into positive local action. Do join us at our events this month and get involved in some of the inspiring projects we have going on. 


Transition Kentish Town/Camden

When: Tuesday May 7th 7:30-9:30pm.
Where: Upstairs at The Grafton.

First up, the enabling group of Transition Kentish Town/Camden is hosting our bi-monthly meeting upstairs at The Grafton on Tuesday May 7th 7:30-9:30pm. We have lots to talk about at this fun, informal meeting. 

Pop-up Supper with the All African Women's Group

When: Friday 17th May, 7pm - 9.30pm.
Where: Crossroads Women's Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, NW5 2DX.
Cost: £15.

On Friday 17th May at the Crossroads women’s centre, NW5, come along to a pop-up supper we are co-hosting with the All African Women’s Group. A £15 ticket will get you a delicious 2 course veg meal fusing flavours from around the world and an NW5 brewed sloe gin or cherry wine cocktail. The vegetables are donated by Kentish Town Vegbox. Email:

It’s going to be the first of what we hope will be a series of pop up dinners with diverse community groups. Let’s bring our community together through the sharing of LOCAL food.

To buy tickets go to Eventbrite: All African Womens Group.
If you have an idea for another community group we can join forces with to host a future meal, contact:

AAWG is a self-help group of over 50 asylum-seeking and refugee women which meets monthly at the Crossroads Women’s Centre to fight collectively for the right to safety in the UK and against detention, deportation and destitution.

Contact AAWG:
Phone: 020 7482 2496

Mocktails in May!

When: Saturday 25th May, 5pm - 8pm.
Where:  Castlehaven Horticultural Hub. Hawley Rd (corner of Hartland Road) Camden Town, NW1 8RG.

Transition Kentish Town will be co-hosting a free Mocktail party at the fab Hub, at Castlehaven community centre.  

Discover Castlehaven’s secret oasis in the centre of Camden Town. Come and chill out to summer sounds at this free workshop where we’ll be making botanical mocktails with mint, rosemary, elderflower and thyme. Join us as we raise a glass to summer, celebrate our achievements so far and explore what more we can do to combat the climate emergency. A great way to start off the bank holiday weekend.


Transition KT/Camden are keen to develop partnerships with local community groups from a wide range of backgrounds to co-host events with, and develop green spaces.  Recent partnership examples include, The Caversham Group Practice with whom we helped co-create, The Listening Space, and the Single Homeless Project (SHP) for whom we also co-created a forest garden. Up and coming partnerships include the Keeping Active Together group at the Community Association for West Hampstead for whom we are co-designing The Sunshine Garden on West Hampstead station. It’s all about bringing community together to enhance local wellbeing. If you have any ideas please get in touch:

Climate Emergency

A toast should also be made to Councillor Harrison, who is Camden Council’s Cabinet member for improving the environment. On 17/4, he issued the following statement:

“The seriousness of the climate emergency facing the world is clear. Camden Council acknowledges that the scale of the looming disaster. Urgent action is needed to make sure we stay below 1.5 degrees of warming globally.
For that reason I am pleased to announce that:

1.       All 54 Camden councillors will be taking part in Camden’s next Full Council themed debate to discuss the problem and propose next steps

2.       This summer, Camden will be convening a Citizens’ Assembly who will consider the emergency and propose actions to address it

3.       Camden will ensure the voices of our youngest citizens are heard, and that young people are shaping our plans

4.       Camden Council will seek ways to ensure our international links are strengthened in this endeavour

5.       Camden Council’s post-2020 Environment Plan will build on our current Plan,   which has achieved on-target boroughwide CO2 reductions of 31 per cent. The new Plan will acknowledge the climate emergency and set out our steps to carbon neutrality by 2030.

Transition Kentish Town/Camden have recently formed a coalition with other groups in Camden, including Friends of the Earth, Divest Camden, members of political parties, Extinction Rebellion and others, to concentrate on how we can step up to the challenge of the climate and ecological crisis. If you are a member of local group who may want to join, or you wish to find out more, please contact:

From what is to what if?

When: any Monday evening until May 20th. 6:30-8:30. 
Where: Hilldrop Community Centre, Community Lane, Hilldrop Road, N7 OJE.

Earlier this month, Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition network, writer and multi-award winning activist, gave an amazing ‘From what is to what if’ talk to a packed out crowd in NW5. We are continuing to explore Rob’s concept of ‘What if…’ at our weekly workshops at Hilldrop community centre, run by Habiba Nabutu. Pop in any Monday evening until May 20th. 6:30-8:30. 

Banning single use plastic from Camden is an issue we are all passionate about. We are joining forces with Friends of the Earth to run a series of Plastic Unwrapped events. This will take place over the next few weekends in our high streets all around Camden.  To find out more:

Re-Imagining Our High Street 

Whilst on the subject of our high streets, we recently co-hosted with the Kentish Town Road Association, KTRA, an action packed evening brainstorming ‘The Future of Kentish Town Road'. From plinths, pianos and plaques, to a business alliance, a Library of things and a pop-up vintage board game shop we have lots of ideas to help develop. If you have any thoughts on the role our high streets might play in the necessary shift to local economies, get in touch. We need to foster community and relationships over the consumption of our planet’s precious resources. Contact:

On May 9 we will be co-hosting a similar event with our friends up in Highgate:

When: Thursday 9 May, 6:00 – 8:30pm.
Where: Long Gallery, Lauderdale House, London, N6 5HG.
Cost: Free.

If you have an interest or ideas about the future of the High Street – this free event is for you! Short talks by Jamie Dean, GLA High Streets and Jan Kattein, architect followed by a community ideas workshop led by Debbie Bourne, Transition Kentish Town.

  • What will be on our High Streets in 1 or 10 years?
  • How can we support sustainable travel and business?
  • How can the High Street become a place for inter-generational activity and skill sharing?
  • How can we improve the ‘experience’ of our High Street – street landscaping, events?
  • How can we support businesses and what can they do to create change?

For more information, see:


The Sustainers

This month we began a partnership with Camden Council to set up a sustainability programme in schools. The Sustainers will trial in 6 of the borough’s secondary schools: Acland Burghley/William Ellis/La Sante Union/Parliament Hill/ Haverstock/UCL Academy. Our first meeting of 60 students from years 8 and 9 took place at the Council HQ. It was a fantastic event packed with ideas and enthusiasm. Follow up meetings with all the school are taking place in the next couple of weeks.


Power Up North London


PUNL is pleased to have completed the installation of the 30kWp PV solar array at The Caversham Group Practice mid-March 2019. 

The site has been registered for the Feed-in Tariff and the panels are generating solar electricity and performing well. At time of writing, 1337kWh of solar electricity had been generated in just under three weeks.

If you have any ideas for community location suitable for solar panels contact:

Come to our next meeting on Monday 13/5 at The Pineapple Pub, NW5 2NX 7-9pm and find out how you can help develop clean green energy.

Hero Trees of Kentish Town West Estate

Camden Council is in the planning stages of redeveloping the vast West Kentish Town estate and according to the initial consultation material the consultants working on  the proposals have identified only 5 trees that are of primary significance, ie. are high quality trees with at least 40 years life left, that are likely to be protected. Transition Kentish Town think that there are many more than this. Here is a site showing a some examples: 

You can contribute to this via the gofundme page ’Save Our Hero Trees of Kentish Town West Estate’ (we are almost 66% there to funding!):

This fund will help pay for our own qualified arboriculturalist to visit and provide us with an expert opinion that will help us make the case for retaining more of these trees. The information provided will cover the health and likely longevity of the trees, and their value to biodiversity.

Camden Air Action

Camden Air Action were delighted to be present at the launch of Camden’s new Clean Air Action Plan for 2020-2024. Our very own Dr Rachel Wrangham chaired the expert panel discussion which praised the ambition and participatory approach of this plan. However, the challenge now will be in its implementation and we have a lot of work to do.  We need your help. Contact:

Kentish Town Bike Workshop

When: 13th May 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30pm.
Where: Kentish Town Health Centre.

A free monthly drop-in bike maintenance workshop run in collaboration between Camden Cyclists and Transition Kentish Town. Our mechanics will support you to fix your bike. Tea and cake while you wait! It's always the first Monday of the month, except when there's a bank holiday, when it's the second Monday instead.

Volunteering with Kentish Town Vegbox


Would you be interested in occasionally or regularly volunteering with Vegbox? We are a community-led local organic veg box scheme based in west Kentish Town. We buy from small scale organic farms as close to London as possible.

We pack the veg and fruit, and deliver to our collection points, every Wednesday morning. We love having volunteers along.

The benefits of helping out include:

  • Some free organic veg to take away on the day (or 20% off your regular bag if you are a member).
  • Getting out and about in your local area and being part of a very friendly team.
  • Playing an active part in the wider movement around organic veg and sustainable farming, helping to take fresh vegetables from farmers' fields to people's plates.
  • Spending time outdoors! (We pack under a canopy so no standing in the rain, but it's still fresh air).

The details you need to know are:

  • We pack in the yard of the Thanet Community Centre on Herbert Street (NW5 4HD).
  • Packing takes place from 9:30am to the early afternoon.
  • If you can commit on a regular basis that would be fantastic.
  • If not, it is also good to have a team of 'back-ups' who we can call on an occasional basis if extra help is needed.

You can contact us on or 07815 771 939.

Concert to help children and young people near Queen's Crescent

When: Sunday, Jun 23, 19:30 - 22:30.
Where: St Martin's Church, Gospel Oak.
Cost: £20.

The Queen's Crescent area of west Kentish Town is suffering an increase in knife attacks, including a recent fatal stabbing on Grafton Road (not the first). GOAL Youth Club is the main local voluntary organisation working to keep local children and young people safe by providing a range of free sports, arts and other interesting, educational and fun activities to improve life skills. 

Sunday 23rd June at 7.30pm is GOAL's  annual fundraising concert in the beautiful, historic setting of St Martin's Church on Vicar's Road. Tickets are £20 and include home-cooked refreshments and wine or soft drinks. 

Works by Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms will be performed by the Bell Quartet, this year’s winners of the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, joined by Joshua Borin on clarinet.

You can pay on the night or book tickets directly through Eventbrite:

All proceeds will be donated to GOAL. You can also donate (without going to the concert!) via

Please email GOAL if you have any questions:



Happy Mayday from us all here in your local Transition town. We have an unprecedented opportunity now to really take action over climate change. Do join in.

PS If you ever find yourself at KT overground station, please do give our Platform 1 Cottage Garden a good water. Just knock on the window of the enquiries office and ask for a watering can!!!!

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