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JUNE 2018 issue

Hi there,

It’s going to be a busy month.   Lots of lovely events
and hopefully some lovely weather to match
Have a great time!

If you would like to volunteer on the Newsletter and/or have any information for the next issue, please contact us by email on (the deadline is normally 7 days before the 1st of each month).

In this month’s newsletter:

Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley

Transition News & Events

Energy Efficient Scotland – Consultation Workshop
[Scottish Gov’t]

Date: Mon, 4 June
Time: 09.30 – 16.00
Location: Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Consultation Workshop: Scottish Government public consultation workshop on proposals in Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient – an event to find out more about the new programme and discuss potential opportunities and challenges.
more info

Plastic: Challenges & Solutions – interactive workshop, Edinburgh
[TE Cockburn / Assoc. Edinburgh World Heritage / SEDA + EAA]

Date: Thu, 7 June 2018
Time: 14.00 – 16.00
Location: Room G.04 University of Edinburgh, 50 George St, EH8 9LH
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Interactive Workshop: Join inspirational speaker and Solutionist Nicola Peel exploring the impacts of our oil addiction and her passion for developing solutions and need for inner transition. Nicola’s focus is now on promoting open sourced machinery which chips plastic and melts it into a new saleable products turning trash into treasure – an environmental, social and economical solution. This will be a fascinating afternoon event!
more info

Edinburgh Partnership – Review and Consultation of Community Planning – Governance Arrangements
[Transition Edinburgh ]

Date: Thu, 14 June (first of 4 sessions)
Time: 14.00 – 15.00
Location: The European Room at the City Chambers, 253 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
Price: Free

Meeting: Sessions are as follows:- Thu, 14 June 14.00 – 15.00……. – Mon, 18 June 10.00 – 11.30……- Mon, 18 June 14.00 – 15.30……. – Wed, 20 June, 13.00 – 14.30. Contact Saty Baur to secure your place as spaces are limited for each session. Saty,

Food Vision for Edinburgh – join in building a sustainable Food city
[Edible Edinburgh / TE Food Sovereignty]

Date: Mon, 18 June
Time: 18.00 for 18.30 – 21.00
Location: Moray House School of Education, Rm 21, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Rd, EH8 8AQ
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Food Networking: A stakeholder gathering to realise the Sustainable Food City Plan: what is happening and how people can get involved. For all working on food, it offers opportunities for promotion and networking. Huge diversity of initiatives in Edinburgh – food growing opportunities, healthy eating, availability of fresh local produce, reducing food waste and ending food poverty – could be brought together on some sort of online hub, gateway or map? What do you think would be most helpful? Come and share your ideas! All welcome! Free food
more info

Place Matters Workshops
[Transition Edinburgh ]

Date: Tues, 19 June ( First of 3 meetings)
Time: 18.00 – 20.00
Location: Leith Community Centre
Price: Free

Meeting: North East Locality. we now have an initial Action Plan for the Place theme in the North East Locality Improvement Plan….. (LIP  Leith – Leith Community Centre, 19th June 6pm-8pm……..  Portobello & Craigmillar – Craigmillar Library, 26th June 6pm-8pm……  Craigentinny & Duddingston- Craigentinny Community Centre, 28th June 6pm-8pm……. North West Locality and South East Locality meetings will be on our web site South West Locality had a series of meetings in April and May. There will be more in September, which will also be on the web site
more info

Follow up meeting to Climate Action Workshop
[FoE / TE]

Date: Tues, 19 June
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
Location: Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge EH1 1EL
Price: Free

Follow up Meeting to Workshop: This is the follow up meeting to the Climate Action Workshop and Film Screening on Sun, 3 June by ‘Take One Action’ – but these 3 June events have already sold out (31/5/19) All Welcome.

Carbon Neutral Edinburgh 2050 – What will the city look like and how can we manage the journey there?
[Facilitator: Transition Edinburgh]

Date: Wed, 20 June
Time: 17.30 for 18.30 – 20.30
Location: Business Centre (enter via City Chambers Reception), City Chambers, 253 High St. EH1 1YJ
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Round Table conversation: Join in a round-table conversation bringing together key people from the City Council – elected representatives and officers – with the Cockburn Association, Edinburgh World Heritage, Scottish Ecological Design Association and Edinburgh Architectural Association. From the first 5,000 respondents to the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision consultation these aspirations emerged: Edinburgh becoming carbon neutral,,,,, Eradicating poverty as we understand it today…… Reimagining public space in Edinburgh…… Making Edinburgh more caring……….TE will also be holding a short Annual General Meeting from 17.30 – 18.15 – to which you are all invited.
more info

Children in Permaculture – outdoor learning training – Edinburgh
[Permaculture Scotland]

Date: Sat, 30 June / Sun, 1 July 2018
Time: 09.30 – 16.30 both days
Location: Edinburgh Montessori Art School, 18N Liberton Brae, Edinburgh EH16 6AE
Price: £120 for 2 days Limited subsidised places £20

Permaculture Teacher Training: This two day training course is the finale of the three year European ‘Children in Permaculture’ project in which best practice has been shared across the continent from Finland, Italy, Scotland and Romania. In this process many resources have been created and shared including a survey of resources, case studies, films, and a book ‘Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education: The Children in Permaculture Manual’. Who is this course for? People working with children aged 3-12 years, such as school, nursery and kindergarten teachers, as well as those working in non-formal settings such as after-school or out-of-school club leaders, parents (whether natural, foster, adoptive or grandparents) and others who are aware of the importance of their role in children’s education.
more info

Events From Other Groups – Food

The Big Lunch – Cyrenians 50th

Date: Sun, 3 June
Time: 12.20 – 13.30 and all afternoon
Location: Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens. EH10 5HF
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

The Big Lunch: As Cyrenians marks 50 years we bring you the Big Lunch Get Together! Join us on Sunday 3 June for a shared lunch at our beautiful Community Garden and an afternoon of community, friendship and fun. Bring food and drinks to share and enjoy our homemade refreshments. Stay after lunch for an afternoon of entertainment, music and games. Enjoy exploring our lovely gardens, browse a range of charity stalls offering information and a sale of plants grown at the garden! Located in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside, the gardens have a regular programme of activities and opportunities for hospital patients and the wider community to grow food, socialise, become more active and increase their wellbeing through getting out in nature
more info

I’m Part of a #GoodFoodNation! – Workshop and Food Celebration
[RSPB / Power of Food Festival]

Date: Fri, 15 June
Time: 15.00 – 19.00
Location: Madelvic House, 33 Granton Park Avenue EH5 1HS
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Workshop: We would like to invite you to an afternoon full of exciting discussions and workshops around wildlife, food production and sustainability….Held at the Granton Hub, an inspiring community site – from about 6pm on we will also be having a picnic with some contributions from Food Sharers, Edinburgh – so bring along a tasty picnic and enjoy some music from local performers in the community garden.
more info

The Power of Food Festival 2018
[The Powerof Food Festival ]

Date: Sat, 16 June and Sun 17 June
Time: Various – see programme
Location: Check out all the different venues
Price: Free

Celebration of Community Gardens:  The Power of Food Festival will return to Edinburgh for two days of celebration of community food growing. The full programme of free activities on offer in 23 community gardens is now available! Entry to the gardens and all Festival activities are free (food may invite a donation), and all are welcome to attend.
more info

Bridgend Farmhouse Summer Party & Power of Food Festival

Date: Sunday, 17 June
Time: 12.00 – 16.00
Location: Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Rd, EH16 4TE
Price: Free

Summer Party: It’s Bridgend Farmhouse Summer Party and again we celebrate it in conjunction with the wonderful Power of Food Festival. This year we have another programme of exciting activities for all the family. There’ll be live music, a big lunch, fresh pizzas, face painting, RSPB wildlife Bio-Blitz, Caravan Obscura in Craigmillar woods, and excitingly a Colla Castellera (Spanish Human Towers) performance, and more.
more info

Permaculture Magazine launches global £20,000 prize
[1 May – Treehugger]

 One thing I’ve noticed over the years – there’s not always a lot of money to be had for putting things right. So it’s encouraging to hear that Permaculture Magazine are launching a £20,000 (US$ 27,500) prize fund for permaculture projects from around the world. Split into one £10,000 and four £2,500 prizes, the fund aims to reward innovative schemes that are regenerating damaged land; enhancing habitat and biodiversity; helping people to gain practical and community skills; adding value to produce and developing local economies; building community, creating social glue and greater economic resilience and/or modeling new ways of cooperating and new cultural paradigms. To qualify, projects must have been functioning for at least three years and have established their place within their community. You can apply any time between now and June 30th, 2018.
more info

8 Uses for Chamomile as a natural remedy
[24 May – Treehugger]

 From soothing insomnia and nausea to clearing skin problems and more, the little flower that could is a healing superstar. Chamomile is an amazing flower. On appearance, it’s a sweet little daisy with a delicate flavor. But underneath that demure exterior, it is a potent powerhouse that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. One comprehensive study lists 54 traditional uses for it, from treating sleep and skin problems to soothing nausea and cramps. It is truly the little flower that could. Like many natural remedies that have been relied upon for ages, not all of chamomile’s powers have been proven by western science. But sometimes a few millennia of medicinal wisdom says more about a remedy than modern studies. Regardless, the following ailments have a long history of being soothed by this member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. It certainly can’t hurt to try.
more info

Other Exciting Events

Energy Efficient Scotland – Edinburgh
[Scottish Government]

Date: Mon. 4 June
Time: 09.30 – 16.00
Location: Dovecot Studios Ltd., 10 Infirmary St. Edinburgh EH1 1LT
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Workshop: Scottish Government public consultation workshop on proposals in Energy Efficient Scotland Consultation: Making our homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient – an event to find out more about the new programme and discuss potential opportunities and challenges.
more info

Professor Lord Stern – speaking at Edinburgh Uni, with drinks reception
[Edinburgh University]

Date: Wed, 6 June
Time: 17.00 – 18.30
Location: University of Edinburgh, Lecture Theatre, G.03, 50 George Sq, EH8 9JY
Price: Book your free and unreserved ticket

Lecture: The lecture is entitled: The Best of the Centuries or the Worst of the Centuries: leadership, governance and cohesion in an independent world. Among many other things, Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is a member of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Financial Systems and is President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-2019).
more info

Construction begins in U.K. on first subsidy-free wind farm
[24 May – Treehugger]

  Business Green reports that a developer in the UK is actually moving into the construction phase of an 8.2MW extension to an existing wind farm, and the work is apparently being done without any form of government subsidy at all. If true, this marks the beginning of a new and exciting phase in the transition to a low carbon economy. While it’s way too soon to start talking about phasing out renewables subsidies—especially given the massive government assistance that’s still provided to dirty fossil fuels—it does suggest that it will be harder than ever for opponents of renewables to throw a spanner in the works by shifting government policy.
more info

Take One Action new Global Change Directory is now Live!
[Take One Action]

 Take One Action’s brand new Global Change Film Directory is now live! This new resource holds over 400 amazing short and feature films which explore a wide range of key social and environmental justice issues, from women’s empowerment to climate change, from access to education to food sustainability – with many titles available to watch online for free. Welcome to our treasure trove of world-changing films. Browse, watch and share 100s of films on a wide range of key social and environmental justice issues.
more info

For first time ever, Solar dominates U.K. power supply
[9 May – Treehugger]

 Thanks largely to its massive expansion in wind power capacity, the UK recently had several days where it burned no coal at all. But, unfortunately, the wind hasn’t been blowing so hard of late. Luckily, it appears solar has stepped up to the plate. In fact, according to Solar Power Portal, solar became the dominant source of power for the UK’s energy grid for three straight hours on Sunday afternoon. Specifically, solar was generating between 26.7% and 28.5% of demand during that three hour period, while nuclear and gas were somewhere around 25% each. Meanwhile, coal hardly factored at all.
more info

U.K. plan ‘World’s largest network of energy storage & vehicle rapid charging
[23 May – Treehugger]

 Who says electric cars are going to destabilize the grid? UK-based Pivot Power have just unveiled plans for an ambitious network of grid-connected energy storage and electric vehicle charging which could simultaneously balance supply and demand on the grid, and also provide electric vehicle rapid charging to hundreds of vehicles at once—without causing the kinds of surges in demand that naysayers were once so worried about.
more info

UK Parliament to Eliminate Single-use Plastics
[17 May – Treehugger]

 Ever since Sir David Attenborough aired Blue Planet II—and declared the oceans in crisis like never before—there’s been a slew of action in the UK from lawmakers, companies and private citizens alike to cut back on plastic use. From talk of banning wet wipes to coffee shop chains disposing of disposable cups, and from 2 Minute Beach Cleans to a supermarket pledging to go plastic-free, each story on its own is heart warming; but when viewed collectively, it really does feel like a turning point in terms of how we think about plastics and, in particular, single-use plastics….. Parliament will stop purchasing non-recyclable disposable cups and plastic water bottles. The coffee cups will be replaced by a compostable alternative and to encourage a long-term move away from single-use items, a 25p charge will be added to hot drinks served in the new compostable cups. Reusable coffee cups will be available to buy, and incentives will be offered to customers who refill them. Plastic bottles of water will no longer be on sale, with more water points installed. Condiment sachets and plastic cutlery and food packaging will be replaced by compostable alternatives. I look forward to more firmer legislative action in the near future too.
more info

APRIL 2018 issue

Hi there,

April promises to be another very interesting
month!  I hope you have a great one.

If you would like to volunteer on the Newsletter and/or have any information for the next issue, please contact us by email on (the deadline is normally 7 days before the 1st of each month).

In this month’s newsletter:

Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley

Transition News & Events

SCCAN Spring Gathering [Scottish Communities Climate Action

 Sat, 5 May 2018
Glasgow (venue to be announced)

Explore ways to strengthen and amplify the voice of communities working on climate change across Scotland.
Open to existing members of the 2 networks as well as those interested in finding out more.
For more info go to:

Transition Scotland Learning visit to Sustaining Dunbar [TS]

Fri, 20 April Eve – Sun, 22 April  Lunch
(Fri 19.00,   Sat 09.30 – 17.00     19.00 – 22.00 (social eve)
Sun 10.00 – 14.00)
Venue:  Bleachingfield Centre
Countess Crescent
Dunbar, E. Lothian EH42 1DX
Tickets:  £0 – £10
Please book on Eventbrite as soon as possible  (and for more info)

A group visit/learning opportunity – exploring sustaining Dunbar’s application of Transition Network principles and practice.  Please join us to find out more about Dunbar’s great pojects. Share news of your own group and connect with others working on community resilience.

Transition Scotland Survey [TS]

Please help us by completing this quick survey – it aims to help us understand the current needs and level of activity in the movement in Scotland.  It is for individuals to fill in and there’s a draw for some Fair Trade chocolates if you send it in by 20 April.  Thank you.
For more info go to:

Events From Other Groups – Food

Meadowsweet Organics launches community supported Agriculture scheme [Meadowsweet Organics]

This is available in Central Edinburgh and Fife.  It offers an alternative way for people to buy food and become more involved with where their vegetables are grown.

For more info go to:

Review – The Bridgend Farmhouse Launch
[By Joy]

 Well – where do I start?  The weather on 24 March was bright and sunny and it was such a fantastic event.  I was fortunate to be there for both the day and evening events.  The atmosphere was sensational – really harmonious and everywhere there was music playing  – the outside stage was great and musicians played inside as well.  Doris and Harry, the last family to farm here – cut the ribbon with Will Golding.  The large Marquee that housed the family Ceilidh and the one for grown-ups in the evening. The talk from the Place, Work & Folk Hiistory team.  Workshops and face painting / face sketching.  Fab food –   There was also a lovely light show projected on the side of the Farmhouse.  The Open Mic event (that I managed to read 3 poems at!)  There was a Harp player, singers and poets – all brilliant!  and so much more….A huge success.  Thank you Bridgend – wishing you every success with all your projects and the great work you are doing for the community.

7 Foods to help you sleep better

(by Joy)

In an effort tp steer clear of medications and get a better nights sleep, the experts say the following will help and inspire some zzzzz’s

1)  Tart Cherry juice     2) Kiwi fruit      3) Seaweed      4) Walnuts             5) Almonds        6) Chamomile Tea (2-3 tea bags – cover the cup while steeping)     7) Peanut butter / Almond butter sandwich.

Other Exciting Events

New Singing Group at Bridgend Farmhouse [Bridgend Inspiring Growth]

Date: Tues, 17 April
Time: 16.00 – 18.00
Location:  Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4TD
Price:  Workshop by donation / free

All levels, ages, abilities and experiences welcome.  Join us for regular singing and voice workshops.  Find your voice, build confidence, make new friends – experience the unique joy of singing with others.  Sing songs from contemporary harmonies, Scottish and Irish traditionals, ‘old classics’, to polyphonic chants.  Get in touch or just come along.  Contact:
or Darla:  Tel: 07814 022 135

Film Review:  Plastic Ocean [By Joy]

I was pleased to see so many people attending this screening.  It was a superb film with beautiful photography showing the oceans and the wonderful creatures – then the devastation caused to birds who die with huge pieces of plastic in their stomach and Whales swallowing plastic bags.  It made me acutely aware of just how much plastic is now in their environment.   I felt a sense of urgency to have a rethink of my habits and see what I could do.  I have a bamboo toothbrush and use cloth bags to shop, but I need to go further.   If the film affected everyone in the cinema then maybe they will make changes too.  It would be great if everyone could see this film – and then care more for the oceans and the environment….

Highest ever levels of Microplastic found in English River
[13 March – Treehugger]

Scientists have found the highest level of microplastics recorded in a river in Manchester, England.  After recent floods and storms, 70% of the microplastics sampled were washed away elsewhere.  Much of the pollution was apparently microbeads, which have now been banned from personal care products in the U.K. (and Canada) earlier this year.  The U.K. is considering single-use plastic taxes and Corporate plastic bans are beginning to take effect.

Costa Rica’s President-elect is promising an oil-free future
[5 April – Treehugger]

President elect, Carlos Alvarado Quesada is vowing to move the country beyond gas and diesel for transportation.  His plans appear to be a statement of intent as yet, but they are still an important step forward.  Costa Rica runs mostly on renewables, so electrifying transportation is a no-brainer.
Go to:

Britain unveils £48 million fund for Greener Buses
[29 March – Treehugger]

Transport Minister, Nusrat Ghan announced the fund as part of its ultra-low emmission bus scheme..  This will allow Cities and bus companies to bid for financial support which they can use to update their fleet with electric and/or hydrogen buses, and the infrastructure required to keep them on the road.
Go to:

U.K. Wind Energy breaks output records again! [21 March – Treehugger]

This is very good news!  U.K. Wind farms were hitting 14GW of output.  It reached a peak of 14.3 GW and making up for as much as 44.5% of total electricity demand.

Dubble Bubble Dome will be the World’s largest Tropical Greenhouse
[28 March – Treehugger]

The solar-powered plastic dome will cover 5 acres in the North of France.
This double insulating Dome will protect the tropical eco-system in summer and maintain its temperature in winter.  It will hold the heat and may even generate enough solar energy to warm the other buildings.  “Tropicalia” will feature a tropical forest, turtle beach. a pool for Amozonian fish and a 1 kilometre walking trail.  The biome aims to offer a ‘harmonious haven’ .

Plastic trash from Amsterdam’s Canals turned into lovely furniture
[7 March – Treehugger]

In ‘fishing’ for plastic to create new things, the Co, ‘Plastic Whale Circular Furniture ‘ tackles a number of problems at once.  Marius Smit, founder of Plastic Whale said, “Our mission is to create economic value from plastic waste, involving as many people as possible.”   Go to:

Treehuggers stop City of Sheffield from cutting down half the trees in the city 29 March – Treehugger]

The City of Sheffield signed a deal to cut down 17,500 trees.  In order to maintain roads and pavements their logic was that it was easier to cut down trees than fix a wonky kerb!  The protestors claim that the  trees were not dead, dying, diseased, damaging or dangerous, but were indeed safe and sturdy.  The Sheffield Tree Action Group include retirees out on early-morning patrols to spot the high-vis vests of Amey’s (tree removal contractor) felling teams.  The Axemen are then blocked by Treehuggers until Police undertake to remove them.  Environmental Secretary, Michael Gove, accused Sheffield City Council of “Environmental Vandalism” and promised to do ‘anything required’ to end its controversial tree-felling programme.  The City Council has recently paused the tree chopping, blaming the Activists for unlawfully entering the safety zones.  Go to:

MARCH 2018 issue

Hi there,

Well, I was snowed in for 2 days due to the Beast
from the East, but now it looks like Spring is on the
way!  Tecchie issues still not resolved, so I’m hoping
this goes through ok again with my adaption,
meantime.   Have a good month.

If you would like to volunteer on the Newsletter and/or have any information for the next issue, please contact us by email on (the deadline is normally 7 days before the 1st of each month).

In this month’s newsletter:

Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley

Transition News & Events

Climate Change Film Night – Before the Flood – Leonardo Dicaprio

 Date:   Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Time:   19.15 – 21.30
Venue:   Beehive Inn, 18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
Cost:   Free  –  All Welcome

Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change.  Presented by National Geographic.
Join with Edinburgh Greenpeace after to share your opinion about the movie and possible actions on a global / National or personal level.  Book via Eventbrite:

Food Films and Kitchen Table Talks
[Nourish / Open Seas / Slow Food Youth Network  /  Take One Action  /  Transition Black Isle / TE]

Date:   Tue, 20 March 2018
Time:   18.00 – 21.00
Venue:   University of Edinburgh, Appleton Tower,
11 Crichton St,  Edinburgh  EH8 9LE
Cost:     Free

Join us for the premiere of 2 documentaries  ‘The Black Isle’ and ‘Gone Fishing’ followed by ideas sharing on the coming Good Food Nation Bill.  Refreshments for those who come in good time.

Panel Debate – How desruptive will Brexit  be to Scotland’s Energy Strategy?
[ClimateXchange  /  University of Edinburgh]

Date:   Thu, 22 March 2018
Time:   16.45 – 18.45
Venue:  Edinburgh Centre for Climate Innovation {ECCI]
High School Yards, Infirmary St. EH1 1LZ
Cost:   Free

ClimateXchange and Edinburgh Uni host a distinguished set of speakers and provide a neutral and balanced forum for debate.  The panel will share their views about the potential risks and uncertainties facing the Scottish Energy System after the UK’s departure from the EU.  They will address the key questions.
Register on Eventbrite:

Plastic Ocean – Film Screening
[Edinburgh Sustainable Meet-up / Hearty Squirell Co-op]

Date:    Wed, 4 April 2018
Time:    18.15 – 20.45
Venue:   Adam House, Basement Theatre, Uni of Edinburgh
3 Chambers Street. EH1 1HT
Cost:      £3.83

This is an exceptionally good documentary.  Every year 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into our oceans!  To save our future we need a wave of change.  This movie shows HOW this can happen, giving working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
Book on Eventbrite:

Events From Other Groups – Food

Become part of Nourish Scotland’s new Good Food Nation Activists Network!

Date:  Tue, 13 March
Time: 18.00 –  20.00
Location:  Edinburgh Larder, 15 Blackfriars Street.
Price:  Free

Join Nourish to shape a new network of campaigners to build public pressure and momentum around the Good Food Nation Bill.  Ensure this opportunity to transform our food system isn’t missed.  It’s a great way to meet others in the food movement, be on the frontline of the campaign and to share campaigning skills.  Please RSVP   –    This event is now sold out, but we are looking into larger venue options and will be live streaming the event, so do sign up onto the waitlist in case spaces become available and say if you are happy to join in remotely. 

In Our Hands  –  Film Screening
[Slow Food Youth Network Scotland]

Date: Mon, 19 March
Time: 18.00 – 21.00
Location: Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens
Inverleith Row   EH3 5LR
Price: Suggested donation of £5.00

 Join us for the Scotland premiere of ‘In Our Hands – the inspiring story behind the blood sweat and tears of the farmers who are outgrowing the industrial food system.  Created by Landworkers’ Alliance and Black Bark Films it’s about the quiet revolution that’s taking place in our food and farming right nowin the U.K.  – observing their stories of success and the challenges they have faced.   Q & a Panel after the film.     
Go to:

Do a Kitchen Table Talk this Spring!
[Nourish, Edinburgh  /  Scottish Food Coalition]

The Scottish Food Coalition are inviting people from across Scotland to get together this Spring for Kitchen Table Talks to discuss the future of food in Scotland.  The Scottish Gov’t will introduce a ‘Good Food Nation Bill’ for consultation later this year and we want this legislation to be a chance for everyone to shape Scotland’s food system.   The purpose is to hear what really matters to people about food and what they want the bill to achieve.  Find out everything you need to host or do the talk – on your own / with friends / family / colleagues / neighbours or in a group.  Make sure to share the outcome of your talk with us before 15 April.
Go to:

World’s First Plastic-free Supermarket aisle in Amsterdam
[28 Feb – Treehugger]

More than 700 products will be available without plastic packaging in the designated section.  Ekoplaza opened the first ever plastic-free aisle – not a speck of plastic in sight – only cardboard, glass, metal, and compostable materials and eco -friendly versions of packaging.  The company plans to add plastic-free aisles to all of its 74 stores by the end of 2018.  Sian Sutherland is the co-founder of ‘A Plastic Planet’ the environmental organisation behind Ekoplaza’s initiative.  She is celebrating calling it “A landmark moment for the global fight against plastic pollution.

Other Exciting Events

Spokes Public Meeting – Cycling and Tram Extension
[Dave De Feu)

Date:  Thu, 15 March
Time: 19.30 – 21.30  (18.45 open for coffee)
Location:   Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Price:  Free – All welcome

The meeting features top decision makers on the Tram extension project.  The Speakers are Cllr Lesley Macinnes, Rob Leech and Martyn Lings.  The Council is drawing up plans to extend the Edinburgh Tram to Leith, Ocean  Terminal and Newhaven.
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Mini Conference – The AirBnB Phenomenon
[The Cockburn Association / David Somervell TE]

Date:  Wed, 14 March 2018
Time 14.00 – 17.00
Location:  City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square
Edinburgh  EH8 9BX
Price:  £8 for Cockburn Association Members, students and
members of Edinburgh Civic Forum
£45  for others  £100 for block booking of 3 places

Some great speakers including John Donnelly Ceo of Marketing Scotland and Andrew Mitchell – a qualified Trading Standards Officer.  They will be talking about the impact and opportunities of the collaborative economy and disruptive technologies.   How should Edinburgh respond to short-term letting.
Book via Eventbrite:
or contact  The Cockburn Association directly.

Future Innovation Showcase
[Edinburgh Uni / ECCI]

Date:   Sat, 4 April
Time:   11.00 – 16.00
Location:   Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School
Yards, 12 Infirmary Street  EH1 1LZ
Cost:   Free

Join us for a Science Festival Open Day showcasing the latest low carbon technologies that ares set to transform our future.  Includes top-of-the-range electric vehicles,e-bikes, start-up biz innovations etc.   Drop in when you can.

Education and Big changes needed to stem the rise of Diabetes and obesity
[Report from Joy]

I recently watched the docu-series Ithrive online by Jon McMahon who overcame Type 2 Diabetes and his obesity There are 700 million obese people in the world and Diabetes affects 1 in 11 adults worldwide.
There are many aspects to it of course, including being addicted to sugar and processed foods.  The complications of Diabetes are many including causing heart attacks / kidney and liver failure / strokes / eye problems and neuropathy (the loss of feeling in the limbs and bad circulation – sometimes leading to amputations.  Dr. Daniel Pompa also spoke about 3 serious toxins which are Mercury (fillings and vaccinations), Lead – stored in the bones and Glyphosate – the toxins sprayed on Wheat which opens up the brain barrier and the gut barrier which in turn affects every cell.  What the many enlightened Doctors in this series advocated was going on a mainly plant-based wholefood way of eating, which people have found reversed their Diabetes and also prevented further health problems.  Many people, of course need support to get on a healthy path after many years of unhealthy habits and a change of mindset, believing it can be possible to reverse their bad health
Research:  Dr. Dean Ornish , / Dr. Jason Fung MD / Dr. Michael Klaper

Zero Carbon Britain – 3-Day Short Course
[Centre for Alternative Technology – Paul Allen – ZCB Project Co-ordinator)

Date:  Wed 2 – Fri 4 May 2018
Times:   10.00 – 8pm Wed   9-6pm Thu   9-4pm Friday
Venue:   Centre for Alterrnative Technology, Machynlleth,
Powys, Wales.  SY20 9AZ   Tel: +44 (0) 0654 704966
Cost:     £40 Wed (incl.lunch and eve meal)
£30 Thu  (incl.lunch)
£30 Fri   (incl. lunch)

Wed 2 May – Rethinking the future
Thu 3  May – Making it Happen
Fri   4  May – Tools, Resources and practice.

To bring people up to date with the very latest findings from our research.

FEBRUARY 2018 Issue

Hi there,

Due to technical issues, I have been unable to access my Handy form eeek!  A friend named Dorothy said to me “Always turn Disaster to Advantage”.  This was ok with food mishaps, but I am having to dig deep with this one!  Thank you for your patience with the delay and having to go to the websites yourselves this month.
Have a wonderful Valentines or Anti-Valentines Day and a lovely February.


If you would like to volunteer on the Newsletter and/or have any information for the next issue, please contact us by email on (the deadline is normally 7 days before the 1st of each month).

In this month’s newsletter:

Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley

Transition News & Events

Transition Network’s Purpose – Tell us what you think
[29 Jan – Sam Allen Transition Network]

 Transition Network is developing a new strategy.  In fact, it will be a strategic framework, with a number of different aspects, rather than a fixed strategy.  One part of this will be an organisational purpose – to help us check, prioritise and decide what actions to take and which projects to develop.  Please read all the aspects and give your feedback before 22 Feb.  Go to:  www.transitionnetwork.orrg/news-and-blog/

Prep Table – Our Meal in January
[Report – by Joy TE]

The evening at the Charteris Centre was lovely with a choice of mains, sides and desserts to follow.  It was lovely to catch up with Transitioners and friends in a great atmosphere and with great company.    Fiona Donaldson, the Founder of Preptable, told us how she came from cheffing in restaurants to deciding to create Preptable and help her community as she does today.  Preptables mission is:  Empowering people through food, providing freedom of choice and the means to give, receive and share in a comfy relaxed environment.  “We believe that everyone deserves to feel the pleasure of good food and that somebody has taken the time and effort to cook for them because they matter.”  They hold weekly or fortnightly food nights and get togethers.  Check out her website at:

Events From Other Groups – Food

Annual Potato Day – Bridgend
[Bridgend Growing Communities]

Date: Sun 25 Feb
Time: 11.00 – 14.00
Location: Bridgend Growing Communities, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4TE
Price:  Free

Come along to this annual event for all things Spuddy!


10 Years of Bruncheon – Carnival Brunch Party
[Out of the Blue]

Date: Sat, 10 Feb
Time: 11.30 – 15.00
Location: Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St. EH6 8RG
Price: Free

 We’re celebrating a decade of music at Bruncheon fest – the Sound of Muesli.  Join us for a bite to eat and performances from ‘Fish to Fry’, ‘Toby Mothershead’anf the ‘Whole Shebang’.
Go to:

Anti-Valentines Dinner with TRJFP

[The Real Junk Food Project]

Date:  Wed, 14 Feb
Time:  19.30 – 21.30
Location:  Ostara Cafe, 50 Coburg St, Leith EH6 6HJ
Price:  Pay as you feel

Join us at the Ostara cafe for a delicious 3-course meal celebrating the value of that food and the vallue of those preparing and eating it whatever their relationship status.  We promise this is not speed dating, but a rare chance for commensality to share food with people you don’t know.  BYOB or buy from Ostara’s excellent wine list.  Book your table by emailing:

Vegan Potluck Lunch at the Secret Garden

[Lochend Community Growing Project]

Date:  Sun, 18 Feb
Time:  11.00 – 14.00
Location:  Lochend Community Growing Project, 6A Lochend
Quadrant.  EH7 6DL
Price:  Free

Come along to our monthly vegan potluck lunch at the garden.  Bring along some vegan food to share.  You don’t have to be vegan to come along and enjoy some tasty food.  Everyone welcome.  Family friendly.  Go to:  The Secret Garden Facebook page

Organic Market in U.K. now worth £2.2 billion after sixth year of growth [7 Feb – The Ecologist]

Organic food and drink now makes up 1.5% of Britain’s shopping baskets after 6 years of steady growth, according to a Soil Association report.  Go to:  htpps://

Other Exciting Events

Potions and Plants: A Magical Evening at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
[Botanical Gardens)

Date: Frid, 16 Feb
Time: 19.00 – 22.30
Location: The Royal Botanic Garden, John Hope Gateway, Edinburgh
Price: £19.95 – Adults (over 18’s only)

Your timetable for the evening will include classes on herbology, history of magic plants, Alchemy, Transfiguration and of course potions.  (some will also get the chance to make thier own Gin)
Booking via Eventbrite:

Create wooden tables and Art with luminous rivers of coloured resin – Free Workshops
[Bridgend Farmhouse – BIG]

Date:  Sat 17 Feb
Time 11.00
Location: Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4TE
Price:  Free – and lunch included

Keep Sat 17 Feb free in your diaries.  Help Bridgend Farmhouse create tables for their new cafe and learn how to do this great skill at the same time.  Contact: to volunteer.             (Sat 10 Feb now fully booked)

Support Bridgend Farmhouse – Would you like to invest in the project?

Would you like to become a co-owner of Bridgend Farmhouse?  Complete the 1 minute survey to help us get a sense of how many people and how much people would like to invest to support the project.  Go to: http://www.bridgend  for more information

SHRUB – Open meeting [Swap and Reuse Hub]

Date:  Thu, 22 Feb
Time:  18.00 – 19.30
Location:  Swap & Reuse Hub Cooperative,
13 Guthrie Street.  EH1 1JG
Price:  Free

Come along to the open meeting to find out about the current projects.  See more info on the SHRUB facebook page.

Cyrenians appoints Manager for Social Bite Village
[Cyrenians – Edinburgh]

Homelessness and inclusion charity Cyrenians has appointed Kathy Hoyle as Manager for the Social Bite village set to provide a home for up to 20 people affected by homelessness.  With almost 50 yrs experience in delivering residential community models, Cyrenians is now journeying with Social Bite by providing the support and care for the community.  The aim of the village is to empower residents with the skills required to maintain an independent and meaningful life away from the issues which may have contributed to their homelessness experience e.g. unemployment, relationship breakdown, debt, addiction and mental health.

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