Help us move topsoil, plus an Alzheimer's talk, a planting party in Kentish Town, Slow Food in Primrose Hill and Restart in Camden
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Hello Belsize,
We need your help! We have three tonnes of topsoil and compost being delivered on Wednesday afternoon at our Royal Free growing site, and we need help moving it from the street and spreading it on the bed.
We particularly need tools: spades and containers for moving the compost (big bags, plastic tubs, buckets etc.). Wheelbarrows would be particularly helpful! See below for more details, plus lots of other great upcoming events.
Topsoil Moving
Wednesday 30th April – 6.30-8.30pm
Heath Strange Garden, Rowland Hill Street, Royal Free
Come along and help us move a mountain of topsoil and compost. Wear gloves and bring spades and containers of all kinds. Just show up or email for more info.
Real Nappy Week
28th April – 4th May
Real Nappy Week is all about celebrating everything great about reusable nappies and encouraging friends, family and colleagues to try real nappies. More info here.
Visit to Rye Meads
Wednesday 30th April
The focus of the walk is Rye Meads Nature Reserve near Hoddesdon. This is one of the best nature reserves in London with some lovely walks that will allow you to observe plenty of wildlife. The kingfishers will be feeding their young and will be very visible.  Email Dave at for more information.
Breaking Down the Barriers and Diversifying the Climate Movement
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May
UCL, Gower Street, WC1
Join Campaign against Climate Change and Power Shift UK for a weekend of talks, strategy-building workshops and discussions to help YOU diversify the climate change movement across the UK. More info here.
Camden Restart Party
Tuesday 6th May – 6-9pm
Athlone Community Hall, Athlone Street, NW5
Do you have problems with a small electronic or electrical device, and want to learn how to repair it? Come along, to repair or to help others learn how to repair.
At this Restart Party, they are collecting end-of-life smartphones and functioning dumb phones with their power cables. Please bring them to give them a second life.
New volunteer repairers are always welcome to join the group and meet the team.
More info here.
Cyclists Needed
Saturday 10th May – 10.30-11.30am
Royal College Street, NW1
Camden Cycling Campaign are holding a Space4Cycling event on Royal College Street to demonstrate this excellent example of cycle infrastructure provision. They need 50-plus cyclists to be there to ride up and down the street. Dr Bike will be in attendance too if your bike is in need of attention or a check-up.
More info here.
Film: Who Killed the Honey Bee?
Monday 12th May – 7-9pm
Annie’s Bar, 180 Kentish Town Road, NW5
A bee movie… followed by an inspiring chat about how to attract bees into your garden/public space, or guerilla bee gardening. The evening will be led by Debbie & Stephen of local wildlife garden design company Of Butterflies and Bees. Organized by Transition Kentish Town.
Primrose Hill Festival
Sunday 18th May
The Primrose Hill festival is coming once more to Regent’s Park Road, with its array of street-food, music, crafts and independent traders. More info here.
Primrose Hill Lectures
Every year during June and July, St Mary’s Primrose Hill organizes a series of lectures to engage people in and beyond the Christian community in issues confronting society today. The lectures are normally held on Wednesday evenings and are followed by questions.
Earlybird special if you book before midnight on 30th April! More info here.
Become a Volunteer Master Gardener
The Master Gardeners are looking for experienced and passionate food growers in Islington and Camden to support their communities to have a go at growing their own food.
Master Gardeners offer free food growing advice and support to residents and community groups.
Get free training  and join 600-plus Master Gardeners helping thousands of people benefit from growing their own food.
More info here.
Insights into Alzheimer’s
Tuesday 20th May – 7.30pm
Belsize Community Library, Antrim Road
A talk by Transition Belsize member Maggie La Tourelle, local writer, psychotherapist, energy therapist and author of The Gift of Alzheimer’s. Part of Dementia Awareness Week, 18-25 May.
Quiz MEPs on Environment Issues
Tuesday 29th April – 3-4.30pm
One Great George Street, London, SW1

On 22 May 2014, the UK will elect 73 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Once elected, those MEPs will make important decisions on environmental legislation, fisheries and agriculture that will have a big impact on the future quality of our natural environment in the UK.
The Wildlife Trusts, WWF and RSPB have jointly organised a UK hustings event for the 2014 European Elections to be chaired by Camilla Cavendish, Associate Editor of The Sunday Times. The audience will be able to quiz a panel of MEPs from the leading parties.  
More info here.
Planting Party
Saturday 3rd May – 1-3.30pm
Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, NW5
A community garden project based in the grounds of an NHS building, this Saturday they will be planting their garden in which every plant is on the theme of health. Come along, plant and party. They will also be making nettle soup so if you do want some please bring along some nettles!
Camden Permaculture Walk
Sunday 4th May – 11am-5pm
Camden, NW1
Guided walk on International Pemaculture Day around some of the diverse food growing projects in Camden, with a talk from Leslie Coupland on the five sites.
More info here.
Powering Up North London
Saturday 10th May – 2-4 pm
Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, NW5
Can we generate our electricity locally? Join Transition Kentish Town to start an exciting new project exploring how they can set up a community-owned energy company in our area. Speakers include members from Hackney Energy co-op and Brixton Energy.
More info and RSVP here.
Kentish Town Bike Workshop
Monday 12th May – 6.30-8.30 pm
Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, NW5
Bring your bike and learn how to fix it yourself. Mechanics will be there to check your bike and to give you advice about fixing it.
More info here.
Bare Shelves in the Supermarket?
Tuesday 13th May – 7.30pm
Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, NW1
A talk and discussion with Shane Holland, chair of Slow Food London, food policy activist and Food Campaigner of the Year 2013, on how food security can be strengthened and how we can bring about a revolution in local food growing.
£4 entry (£3 for members of PHCA), includes a glass of wine and snacks.
International Trade or Corporate Raid?
Friday 23rd May – 7.30-9.30 pm
Burgh House, Hampstead
The truth behind the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)  with Linda Kaucher, showing how TTIP would imperil Europe's environmental, public health, food and chemical safety regulations, opening up our homes, fields, forests and water systems to toxic chemicals, fracking and GMOs.
Organized by the Gaia Foundation. More info and tickets here.
Be a Hedgehog Hero!
Volunteer for the Royal Parks and join their survey to find out more about hedgehogs in Regent’s Park. Find out more here and apply by Wednesday!
London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative Looking for Volunteers
LCNC wants to build an innovative housing and community development which brings together six different projects: a straw bale apartment building with community space; life long learning centre; affordable multi-use work space; urban agriculture project with community cafe; mutual fund offering low interest small loans. They’re looking for volunteers to join their management team. More info here.
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