Welcome to the 2nd Transition Highgate Newsletter!
We are still finding our rhythm on when best to send the monthly enewsletter but as we have several new events coming up, this is coming to you fairly soon after our first newsletter. Please send us your feedback and relevant news for the next issue, and get in touch if you have ideas for how you would like to be involved. info@transitionhighgate.org  Please circulate this newsletter to your networks. If you are able to help with promotion, our leaflet and poster can be downloaded from our website.

May - Sustainable Food month 

Transition Screening and Social at The Bull
Monday 14th May 7.00pm Upstairs at The Bull, 13 North Hill, N6 4AB
Film: A Farm for the Future
Rebecca Hosking (wildlife filmmaker) returns to her family's wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year's high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is. Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future. The film will be followed by discussion and general socialising, so please come along and spread the word! Food is available at the pub. Venue details: http://thebullhighgate.co.uk/

BEES IN DANGER NOW: What have we learned since ‘Silent Spring’? - Talk & Discussion
Wednesday 16 May 8.00pm at the Highgate Society Hall, 10a South Grove, N6. 
It has been 50 years since the publication of Silent Spring the book by Rachel Carson that alerted the world to the dangers of pesticides and led to the banning of DDT. We will hear from Nick Mole (from Pesticide Action Network) about the continuing destructive effects of pesticides on wildlife and the countryside.  Plenty of time for questions and discussion after his talk.
Download a poster for this talk. For details about PAN http://www.pan-uk.org/

How to: Start Growing Food at Home
Thursday 17th May 7.00pm-8.30pm with Dorothy, Master Gardener & local resident
This practical workshop will help beginners get started, so no or little experience is mandatory! Only 10 spaces so booking is essential. A small donation of £1.50 to cover costs. Email info@transitionhighgate.org to book, payment & venue details, or to register interest for the next session.

Our Monthly Transition Meet up and Screening & Social at The Bull
Tuesday 22nd May 7.00pm Upstairs at The Bull, 13 North Hill, N6 4AB
Films: A Collection of short films about Sustainable Food and the Amazing work being done at Transition Heathrow. Followed by our Monthly Transition Meet up - where we will discuss existing & new projects. If you have any project ideas you would like to add to the agenda, please email info@transitionhighgate.org Please come along and spread the word! Food is available at the pub. Venue details: http://thebullhighgate.co.uk/

Whittington Hospital - joint consultation - Transition Dartmouth Park and Transition Highgate
Talks and films Wed 30th May (early evening) and Thurs 31st May (lunchtime).

TDP  were approached by the Whittington to start growing food on their site. Two plots  were offered to grow what they like for 5 years. The idea is to engage patients, staff and resident nurses initially through posters and 2 Transition talks & films on site. Please let us know if you can help in setting this up.


Fruit Tree Mapping 
Tuesday 12th June 7.00pm Upstairs at The Star, Chester Road N19

A joint event is planned with Transition Dartmouth Park and Belsize Park for anyone to find out how to get involved in mapping trees and bushes with edible fruits. We’ll show a film and plan the next few months - how to map, make contact with owners and get ready to harvest.  If you want to join in jam-making, chutney-making or juice-making (alcoholic or not) then also please come with your family recipes. 
Details to follow

Other Nearby Events
Community Energy - what next?  Muswell Hill Sustainability Group
Thursday 10th May, 8.00pm Muswell Hill Methodist Church, 28 Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 1PP
Professor Yvonne Rydin (Environment Institute, UCL) and Maya de Souza (Green Party Councillor, Camden ). Yvonne will outline the results of a research project, CLUES, on community energy projects in rural and urban locations. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/clues/ Maya will explain what can be done in North London to encourage community energy projects.

Inner Transition workshop - Transition Dartmouth Park
Sunday 20th May, 11am-2pm Highgate Newtown Community Centre
One of the things which makes Transition different from other environmental initiatives is the focus on the internal changes we make as we seek to create a better future. It recognises that to live differently is a journey which requires a fundamental shift in how we think. This month we have invited experienced trainer Debbie Warrener to lead an Inner Transition workshop which we hope will be the start of a process of learning how to support one another as we change our lives and community. Places will be limited so please email transitiondp@gmail.com to book. The cost will be £10/£8 (conc.) Please let us know if you require a creche and we'll be happy to organise one. We will break during the workshop for a shared lunch, and everyone is welcome to stay for our gardening session at 2pm.

Haringey Cycling Training, and free bike maintenance
Haringey Council have planned a series of 'learn to cycle with confidence' training sessions over the  next six months. The Council hope the £10 training sessions will encourage people ditch the car and start cycling to work or to the shops. Alongside the training session there will also be an opportunity to get your bike fixed and receive  free cycle maintenance sessions. The sessions take place in Finsbury Park N4, Priory Park N8 and Downhills Park N17 on Sundays over the summer 2-5pm. During Bike Week from 18 to 22 June just pop along with your bike for free Dr Bike cycle maintenance from 4pm and 7pm at various venues - the closest being Thu 21st Crouch End Broadway N8 For details on dates and how to book see the Haringey Council Website

HiCAN will continue to focus on raising public awareness (through talks and discussion evenings) and on political lobbying (local, national and international).  A small group will be working with others to develop a programme of talks, the first of which is the Silent Spring one on May 16 (see above).  We encourage all Transition Highgate people to join up to the various lobbying groups such as 38 Degrees: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/ campaigns, and 350 degrees: http://www.350.org/
Get involved!
Transition Highgate is a network of local people interested in community resilience and sustainability issues, linking with other local and national transition groups. It will only succeed if enough of us get involved to make it work. Transition Highgate is not a membership organisation but a platform for people to engage with when they have the time and interest. We hope you will want to keep in touch via the newsletter and come to some events and we would very much welcome greater involvement both taking part and organising transition projects.
Our aim is to develop projects around food growing, reskilling, home greening and greener travel, to name just a few. We would like to host a range of events such as discussion evenings, films, reskilling workshops and a variety of practical activities. The Transition group offers support through helping develop and plan ideas, promoting events and projects, and helping network people with similar interests who can work together.
If you would like to become actively involved, start a project or host a skills session, or if you can offer support or resources, please get in touch at info@transitionhighgate.org.

All the best
Mary McHugh & Ian Henghes
(this month’s Newsletter editors)
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