Transition Kentish Town Newsletter
We are springing into action this month with lots of inspiring projects and ideas for you to get involved in. Bit of a bumper newsletter!
We are delighted to be part of the KT Makers group based at 19, Highgate Rd - our new community hub. Over the past few months we have been remotely working with the amazing Refugee Community Kitchen and Cooperation Town (both based at 19) to hatch a series of plans to develop and launch a sharing economy across the borough.
When walking past ’19’ on your daily stroll, we hope you will notice the pop up allotment that we are building in collaboration with Refugee Community Kitchen and Cooperation Town. At the moment the vegetable beds are a nursery for the Think&Do Camden forest trees. But come April, when all the Camdenforest2025.wordpress.com tree whips have been handed out, come and help us get growing and lettuce all be friends. To join our growmance contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any witty names for our veg beds let us know.
Are you interested in mending, fixing, upcycling, re-crafting? If so, get in touch. We are starting to plan a series of summer Remakery events at 19.
Here’s an update from Refugee Community Kitchen:
"Refugee Community Kitchen has now been at No 19 Highgate Road for twelve weeks. We have to say it has been super exciting to be able to increase our output and get involved more within the immediate local community. The need for a hot nourishing meal is something we can all relate to and everyone deserves. Not only are our service users’ rough sleepers and the homeless, but we are also increasingly seeing people in Food Poverty from the area accessing our services. In the time we have been at No 19 we have opened two new outreach locations, and are really pleased to be opening another in Kentish Town in Mid-March. Going from Strength to Strength within our communities. Feeding without Judgement".
Janie Mac, Co-Founder Refugee Community Kitchen
To donate: https://www.refugeecommunitykitchen.com/donatemoney
And here’s an update from Cooperation.town:
"Cooperation Town is a Camden based workers co-op. Since 2019, we worked with groups of neighbours in Camden, London and across the UK to set up a new network of community food co-ops. We also organised from our space in Kentish Town to ensure everyone has access to free and affordable food during the pandemic. Since 24 March 2020 we shared 51,636 meals with neighbours across the borough.
Organising a community food co-op is easy and fun! Anyone can start a co-op on their street or their estate and Cooperation Town organisers are here to help you in all the stages of initiating, organising and running the co-op. Find out more on www.cooperation.town/organise. Want to help us build a resilient network of community organisers across Camden? Support our fundraiser on:
Later this spring, in collaboration with Refugeecommunitykitchen.com, cooperation town and vegbox.org.uk, we are looking to set up a Community Fridge at ’19.’ This Community Fridge will be open to any neighbour who needs to pick up a bit of extra food (for free!).
A fridge will also help us tackle the issue of food waste. When we waste food, we are also wasting all of the resources that went into growing, packing and transporting it to your supermarket and to your plate. The energy, water, land, fertilizer and labour that goes into it all gets wasted too. The issue of food waste can feel overwhelming, but even the smallest changes in our daily habits can make a difference. Bringing a community fridge, followed by a community larder to Kentish Town is a great way to bring social and climate action together in our community.
There will be volunteering opportunities around the fridge which are open to anyone. If you are interested get in touch: email@example.com.
Coming soon: Isolating Together
Isolating Together is a collection of inspiring photographic stories by local photographer Karishma Puri. It will be displayed across local shop fronts and billboards around Camden from late March to mark one year of lockdown. This is the inspiring story of how the Kentish Town community came together during the Covid 19 crisis; how the act of self isolation actually bought people together instead of pushing them apart. It shines a light on how lockdown shrunk our worlds and somehow sharpened our focus on what matters most. Get the latest updates: www.isolatingtogether.co.uk #IsolatingTogetherCamden.
Beautify your Borough
Why not do yourself, and wildlife, good and get walking around our lovely borough, litter picking along the way. If you live in the borough, we can drop a litter picker kit off to you. Please post photos of your solo/ bubble efforts on our community group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/854047761641026.
Any bags that need to be collected please leave on the street side and report with the Clean Camden App for collection.
Sausage the dog enjoying helping beautify our borough.
Visioning Camden 2030
We hope you all enjoyed reading our community Camden Future Journal four page wrap around which was published by the CNJ in January. We have had the the most amazing response to it. The wraparound, which contained 330 of your visions can be viewed here: visioningcamden2030.com
But what if this wraparound was just the start? What if we could display all entries in a roving exhibition to tour the borough, in a published book? How about a play? What if all schools would introduce a visioning Camden 2030 learning module for Year 7 students?
What’s needed next to bring your visions to life? We have formed two new groups to develop all the above ideas: one group will help to plan future roll outs of the project, including pop ups, the other group will plan the projects. Do join in - it’s great fun. The next meeting is16th March 5:30-6:30PM. Contact: VisioningCamden2030@gmail.com.
Think & Do
Talking about pop-ups, as part of the Think & Do family, Covid allowing, we are excited to be involved in the planning of a big summer physical pop up. Watch this space! But for now ...
Library of Things.
Why buy when you can borrow? Did you know that 80% of our household items are used less than once per month? Or that if everyone in the world consumed resources at the rate we do in the UK, we would need 3.5 planets to sustain us!
One of the first Think&Do projects we lobbied Camden Council for at our first pop up in Kentish Town Autumn 2019, was the launch of Library of Things across the borough.
We are therefore thrilled to announce that a pilot Library of Things is coming to Kentish Town this spring. Soon you’ll be able to pop into Kentish Town Library to borrow useful household items like drills, carpet cleaners and gazebos. Library of Things allows you to borrow items from as little as £1 per day, before returning them for another neighbour to use. Want to be one of the first to borrow? Find out more and sign up to hear first:
And there’s a good job going:
The Camden Forest project aims to invite 2,025 'story tree guardians' to plant 2025 trees in Camden by 2025. Despite Covid, the group has had the most amazing response this season and…. cue drum roll….the Camden Forest group has now over 700 Camden Forest tree guardians. You can see all postcodes where all the trees have been planted here on:
What has been a particular success this season is the reaction we have had from tenants and residents on housing estates after our offer went out in a Camden Council tenants and residents newsletter offering tenants the chance to grow a free tree in a pot on their balcony or walkway. We still have a few bareroot whips to giveaway. If you would like one get in touch.
Love cycling? Fancy more exercise? Are you based in or around the borough?The Recyclists are residents, like you and me, who are joining together to cycle trees, food, and other items to help develop a sharing and gift economy across the borough. Do you have a bike? If so, join The Recyclists. Our Recyclists have played a big part in helping deliver Camden Forest tree whips:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly but by no means least, here’s some important messages:
1. MAP Studio Cafe needs your support
Here’s a message from the very wonderful, local MAP cafe:
2. Low Cost Solar Panels
"We've worked for over 30 years from this building to provide a space to create and experience others' creations, as well as a warm environment to congregate and work. Without being able to offer this service we are now in great need of your support, and we appreciate everyone's contributions from donations to spreading the word massively. We at MAP are overwhelmed with the support we have reached so far, it is humbling to see our friends and family of the community supporting us in our most trying time.
Thank you all
MAP Studio Cafe
To donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-map-cafe
Camden Council and Solar Together are supporting residents to access low-cost solar panels and battery storage via a group-buying solar scheme, in order to reduce energy bills, cut carbon emissions, and help tackle the climate crisis. Read more and register before 23 March:
3. Climate Emergency Camden
Help us support a hugely important national issue. Representatives from Climate Emergency Camden and Transition Kentish Town are meeting Keir Starmer mid-March. It would be so wonderful if they could walk into the meeting with thousands of signatures behind the CEE Bill to show him how serious his constituents are about the Climate and Ecological Crisis. So pass the petition around to your friends and neighbours who live in Camden and advertise it on Social media. Together we can make a difference.
PS: remember that petitions can start a momentum. This month a court has convicted the French government of failing to meet its climate goals and it all started with the petition signed by millions. This is the time to push the petition by asking Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. To show support:
4. Cooperation Town
Donations to Cooperation Town: supporting a group of asylum seekers in Kentish Town, Cooperation Town distributes almost £2000 worth of groceries every month. Please help them do this by making a regular or one-off donation to: www.opencollective.com/cooperation-town.
Donations can be dropped at No. 19 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY in the mornings Tues-Thurs. Please contact email@example.com to confirm someone will be available to accept your donation. If you are not able to drop off but would still like to donate please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help arrange a collection.
- man's bike
- suitcases/bags/ backpacks
- ESOL books/ resources
- a laptop for one of the organisers
- men's good quality shoes
- iron (s)
- useful tins (baked bean, chickpeas, chopped tomatoes)
- rice and pasta (ideally spaghetti)
- cooking oil
- baby food
- fresh fruit and veg (only on Wednesday mornings)
- large bags of dried pulses, especially lentils and chickpeas
- masks, hand sanitisers and gloves
- period products
Until next month….join in the fun and help us turn Camden into a thriving place for all whilst caring for our shared planet.