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OCTOBER 2018 issue

Hi there,

A very busy month with lots of interesting
events.  Enjoy whatever you choose to

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In this month’s newsletter:

Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley

Transition News & Events

Averting Climate Disruption: What Now? – Panel event
[TE for UoE MSc in Carbon Management]

Date: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 5pm for 5.30-7.30pm
Location: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St EH1 1LE
Price: Free – open to all

Evening Seminar: Panel event on IPCC Special Report 1.5 Degrees and other recent research. Book via With the publication of the IPCC Special Report 1.5 Degrees on 8 October, attention is again focussed on whether climate chaos can be averted, and how? The report stresses importance of public engagement. The focus of conversations at this event will be what citizens can / need to do and how policymakers might encourage action. Organised for the MSc in Carbon Management, it is open to all others – at the University and across the city – interested to hear about the most recent climate science research and to fathom out what it means for Scotland. Invited contributors include Gabi Hegerl, Professor of Climate System Science, School of GeoSciences, Dr Nadine Andrews, Visiting Researcher, Lancaster University Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Dr Rachel Howell, Lecturer in Sustainable Development in the School of Social and Political Science and Dr Richard Dixon, Director, Friends of the Earth Scotland.
more info

Annual EcoFair
[Edinburgh Greenpeace]

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 10:00-16:00
Location: Out Of The Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, off Leith Walk EH6 8RG
Price: Free

Market with special workshop 1-3pm: Another year rolls by and the EcoFair gets bigger each time. This year it is at Out Of The Blue again and it will be busy. Come between 10am and 4pm – lots of different stalls. See also a Democracy Matters workshop at 12.30 for 1-3pm in the side hall – run by Transition Edinburgh. Your opportunity to have your say on Local Governance. Register for this separately at
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Democracy Matters Workshop at Edinburgh EcoFair
[Transition Edinburgh ]

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Location: Out Of The Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, off Leith Walk EH6 8RG
Price: Free – open to all

Consultation Workshop: A tremendous opportunity for people in Leith to share their ideas on the Scottish Government’s “Local Governance Review”. Details of the online consultation are at More details to follow but it will be held from 1-3pm on the day that Greenpeace host Edinburgh Annual EcoFair running from 10am – 4pm at Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, off Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8RG People across Scotland are being invited to join in a conversation about how communities want to be involved in taking decisions about a wide range of Scotland’s public services. This event invites citizens to get involved. Please share with your friends and invite them to book via
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Transition Edinburgh Sub groups
[transition edinburgh]

 The Steering group members who lead these groups will give an enthusiastic welcome to any supporters who want to join us. Offer to volunteer at or on 01793752528. Carbon Neutral Edinburgh is our flagship project, run by the steering group. Food group promotes a sustainable food strategy for the city and nationally. Works with Nourish. Energy supports both energy efficiency and renewable generation. Has staged energy fairs. Hopes to collaborate with Changeworks in the spring. Circular Economy. Seeks to reduce waste, speciphically by finding uses for plastic rubbish. No Transort group as Sustrans /and Living Steerts are active in Edinburgh

What do you think Edinburgh should be like in 2050?
[2050 Edinburgh City Vision]

 Get involved and have your say! Every resident is invited to log in and type in their priority – be it Carbon Neutral or Zero Carbon. Following our very popular event in June at the City Chambers a further round of consultation is being promoted and we hope EVERYONE will chip in! Please do so NOW! Background on the views of the first 5,000 who responded – with Foreword by Lord Provost Frank Ross – is at This identified Carbon Neutral Edinburgh as first of four main priorities. Is it yours too?
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Events From Other Groups – Food

Eat this to prevent a leading cause of blindness
[Treehugger / Health Corner]

 Researchers have found the diet that significantly reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Well, it’s actually a reality and I’m here to reveal this secret miracle medication: It’s the Mediterranean diet. We’ve been hearing for years about all the remarkable benefits garnered from eating in the dietary style made famous by the longevity it delivers to people along the Mediterranean coast. The easy-to-follow eating pattern is low in meat and processed foods, and rich in fish, vegetables, fruits, legumes, unrefined grains, and olive oil. And now a very comprehensive review of two long-term cohort studies (one with four years of data, the other with 21 years) involving 4,996 participants reveals another important benefit – a significantly decreased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
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The Good Food Nation Bill was going under, but it’s back!
[Nouish Scotland]

 We were dismayed to see the Bill downgraded to a mere ‘Programme of Measures’, with a vague promise to consider legislative measures. A week later, the Scottish Parliament was debating Scotland’s food and drink success stories, and opposition parties hit back at the Government will questions about the Good Food Nation Bills and calls for action. An absolutely brilliant debate, made possible by years of hard work across civil society to raise the level of food debates in Scotland, and helped by the people who answered our call in the days leading up to the debate and tweeted their food stories at the MSPs. Read more about it in the Nourish blog. The Good Food Nation Bill is now firmly on the table!
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End the Cage Age
[Compassion in World Farming]

 Compassion in World Farming recently launched their biggest ever campaign to End The Cage Age. Alongside 120 organisations from 26 countries, they are calling for an end to all caged farming throughout the European Union. They invite you to join the movement and help persuade an entire continent to rise up against caged farming. To add your voice to the campaign.
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Other Exciting Events

Chris Packham published a People’s Manifesto for Wildlife to save our countryside and bring back our dying wildlife!
[Soil Association]

  “It’s horrifying. Depressing. Disastrous. And yet somehow we have grown to accept this as part of our lives – we’ve normalised the drastic destruction of our wildlife.” That is how the new People’s Manifesto for Wildlife starts – as a huge wake up call. Chris Packham and 17 other wildlife lovers have come together to try to shake us out of a condition many of us have – the somewhat boring sounding ‘shifting baseline syndrome’. Put simply, we are habituated to barely any wildlife! Even I needed reminding how my Grandma would have heard the songs of skylarks and nightingales; witnessed huge flocks of lapwings, starlings, sparrows; been irritated by great swirls of flying insects and delighted by bumbling hedgehogs and the sight of meadows and hedgrows full of colour….
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Lee Rowley MP: The anti-fracking Lion has not yet roared!
[Ian R. Crane – Fracking Nightmare]

 Ian R. Crane keeps you updated on all things regarding Fracking in the U.K. Quadrilla want to frack at Preston New Road in Lancs. The protestors regularly go down there to protest. Ian talks about if the Fracking is allowed to go ahead, there is no evacuation plan or emergency response plan in place – and there is a school within a 3 mile radius of the proposed site. Watch the latest episode of Fracking Nightmare……..
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Ragged University: Film screening of ‘Unrest’; Award winning documentary on M.E. followed by Q & A with knowledgeable patient by Elizabeth Moncrieff
[Alex Dunedin, Ragged University]

Date: Tues, 9 October
Time: 18.30 – 21.30
Location: St. John’s Church Community Hall, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ
Price: Free

Fim and Q & A: The film shows the hidden lives of people with severe M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and was filmed by Jennifer Brea who was a Harvard PhD student when she became ill. Jennifer was full of life and about to marry when she contracted this devastating illness. This is a beautifully shot film which is informative, whilst being heart-warming, sad and even funny at times. Fundamentally it is a documentary but it is also a love story as her new husband also has to cope with a very different life from his expectations. It raises many issues.
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Environmental Migration
[Festival of Politics In partnership with RSE]

Date: Friday 12 October
Time: 17:45 to 19:15
Location: The Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Price: £5.00/£3.50

Panel event: Droughts, floods and hurricanes are to blame for the predicted 200 million “climate refugees” estimated to be displaced from their homes by 2050. Will governments take action only when Australia succumbs to desertification and London is submerged? Join chair Peter Jenkinson, cultural change agent and panellists Dr Alistair Rennie, coastal geomorphologist Scotland’s Dynamic Coast; Imani Jacqueline Brown, New Orleans activist and co-founder of Blights Out; Gabriele Hegerl, Professor of Climate System Science, University of Edinburgh; and Ben Webster, The Times, to debate who will save the environment and deal with mass migration.
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Just Transitions: film showing + discussion
[Scot e3 – part of EWJF]

Date: Friday 12 October
Time: 19:30 – 21:00
Location: Augustine Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Price: Free

Film showing + discussion:  Just Transitions: film showing + discussion, 7.30pm Friday 12 October, Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL Organised by Scot e3, with contribution from Matthew Crighton, Climate Jobs Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Scotland What does just transition mean? How can we move to a low carbon economy in a way that isn’t to the detriment of workers who work in the fossil fuel industry and the communities that have been ruined under capitalism? This film looks at these issues. There’ll be plenty of time for discussion and debate.
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Addressin Climate Change and Pursuing Economic Development
[Royal Society of Edinburgh]

Date: Monday 15 October
Time: 18.00 -19.30
Location: 22 GeorrgeStreet EH2 2PQ
Price: free

lecture: Dr Hoesung Lee Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will speak about how climate change action must be relevant to national priorities and societal concerns.
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Prof Doug Benn: Science and Adventure in Svalbard
[Royal Scottish Geographical Society]

Date: Wednesday 17 October
Time: 14:15 – 15:45
Location: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 4, 11 Crichton St EH8 9LE
Price: £10 / £8

Lecture: For ten years, Doug was Professor of Glaciology at The University Centre in Svalbard. In this talk, he remembers his years on the ice, leading students across frozen fjords, exploring ice caves deep within glaciers, and studying the impact of climate change. Doug also paints a vivid impression of life in the Arctic: the long dark season, the midnight sun, and cohabiting with Svalbard’s most famous residents – polar bears! Eventbrite for bookings:
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Investing in a Cleaner Future for Scotland: Business and the low carbon transition
[WWF Scotland]

Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: MacDonald Hotel, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Price: Free – open to all

Evening Seminar: WWF Scotland invites you to “Investing in a Cleaner Future for Scotland: Business and the low carbon transition” How can forward-looking businesses adapt and thrive in a burgeoning green economy? What role does business have in shaping climate policy? Join WWF Scotland to hear progressive business leaders discuss how they are creating sustainable business models and driving the transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland, the UK and globally. Speakers include: Michael Alexander, Head of Water, Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability at Diageo; Keith Anderson, CEO of Scottish Power; and Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor of Business Green. Please register via by Tuesday 9th October Any questions? Email Philippa on
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Cockburn Annual Lecture – The role of Urban Ecology in the future of Edinburgh
[Cockburn Association]

Date: Thu, 25 Oct
Time: 19.30 – 21.00
Location: Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QA
Price: £9.21 – £16.76 (Register on Eventbrite)

Annual Lecture: Our Cockburn Annual Lecture this year is likely to be of considerable interest to many members of the ESDP. This multi-speaker lecture will look at examples of projects in other European places with the purpose of initiating an informed civic debate on how Edinburgh approaches the challenge of the projected growth in the city’s population while addressing associated problems of climate change and place quality.
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Cycling Scotland Annual Conference
[Cycling Scotland]

Date: Monday, 5 Nov and Tues, 6 Nov
Time: Mon 5: 12.00 – 16.00 / 18.00 – 19.30 Tues 6, 9.15 – 15.40
Location: The Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee DD1 3BB
Price: Register for 1 or 2 days

Cycling Conference: This year’s Cycling Scotland Conference travels east to Dundee. Join us for one or two days of study tours, events, workshops, influential industry speakers and networking.
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The future is Solar! Celebration of the power of the sun
[Scottish Solar Energy Group]

Date: Monday 12 November
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Location: Adam House Theatre, School of Architecture, 3 Chambers St EH1 1HR
Price: Free – open to all

Meetup and information sharing / Green Drinks: Costs reducing by 18% compound annually mean Renewable Photovoltaic Electrical Energy will be better value all round here in UK and across the globe. The Scottish Solar Energy Group celebrates these changes and invites you to share ideas on how to promote the Solar Revolution as an alternative to despair about impending Climate Disruption. Solar cells with efficiencies above 20% and produced at low costs … we’ll discuss how these are coming to market surprisingly quickly. Professor Neil Robertson will share the work of his Research Group in Chemistry at King’s Buildings on dyes and thin films for Photovoltaics and we shall invite comments from other participants from the floor on developments in othe fields like Solar Thermal. Share Proposed Agenda 5.30pm Registration and light refreshments / drinks for those coming early 6.00pm Review of the work of Scottish Solar Energy Group over past year, Gloria Lo, SSEG chair 6.15pm Annual Meeting business, invitations for attendees to get in nvolved in SSEG 6.25pm Looking ahead to SSEG activities planned for rest of 2018 and 2019 6.30pm Professor Neil Robertson on Recent Developments in Solar Photovoltaics 7.00pm Open house contributions from those attending – sharing their ideas and experiences 7.30pm Break for further refreshments with close at 8.30pm
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Just Transitions Conference: Employment, Energy, Environment
[Scot e3]

Date: Saturday 17 November
Time: 10:00-17:00
Location: Greyfriars Charteris Centre 138-140 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR
Price: Free

Conference: This conference brings together rank and file trade unionists and environmental activists to discuss and debate how we can make a rapid transition to a sustainable economy. Sessions include: + Employment, Energy and Environment – tackling climate chaos + Climate jobs + Defence Diversification + Agitation, education – organising in the workplace. Please register so that we know how many people to cater for. Registration is by donation via the eventbrite link below.
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Hi there,
This month we have the ‘Take One Action Film Festival’
and lots of other interesting events which evoke a
positivity in coming together and discussing all the
issues to find the solutions to a brighter future.
Have a great Sept. Joy

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In this month’s newsletter:

Transition News & Events
Events From Other Groups – Food
Other Exciting Events
Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley
Transition News & Events
Why The Climate Bill Must Be Bold
[Climate Justice]
Date: Wed, 26 Sept
Time: 12.30 for 13.00 – 14.30
Location: Scottish Parliament Building, Committee Room 3, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite
Discussion: Despite having done the least to cause the problem, climate change is threatening the world’s poorest the most and first. To ensure that the voices of the climate threatened are heard in the debate on the new Climate Bill, currently going through the Scottish Parliament, we are welcoming people from across the world to comment on how Climate Change is affecting their country and why urgent and bold action is needed from high-emitting countries like Scotland.
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Become Stress Busting Experts – Inner Transition Activity
[Transition Network]
It is really useful to understand how everyone in your group deals with stress so that you can respond in the right way as a group. This short activity helps you to understand the different ways people deal with stress and how your group can respond to this in a positive way.
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Changing behaviour in a changing climate
[Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)]
Consumers and Scottish climate change policy – The report is based on research carried out by Changeworks and Hilliam Research on behalf of CAS. CAS commissioned the research to understand the implications for consumers of energy and climate change policy in Scotland, and provides analysis of the Scottish Government’s new Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy. In particular, we sought to understand the type of behaviour changes that could be expected of consumers as a result of these policies, and the steps being taken by the Scottish Government and others to facilitate these changes. See the full report on the website.
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Inspired to lead Edinburgh’s festival of community food growing?
[The Power of Food Festival]
Exciting times! We’re looking for people to join the Festival volunteer executive team and lead it over the next few years. Could that be you? Do you have experience of growing a community group, small charity or social enterprise? Would you like to be part of a dynamic group of volunteers responsible for a thriving festival of community food growing? Do you have some spare time and the capacity to commit to sustaining your input? Edinburgh’s Power of Food Festival has achieved a lot and gained great momentum in its first four years. This has paved the way for new folk to take it forward into its next phase of development and make the most of the opportunities available over the next few years. Skills particularly needed: social media, partnerships, outreach, admin, bookkeeping, comms & PR, digital marketing, graphic design. Further information, role description and details about how to apply available on our website. Closing date for applications Saturday 8 September.
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Events From Other Groups – Food
Coming up at the Farmhouse in September
[Bridgend Farmhouse]
Date: Sat, 15 Sept 2018
Time: various
Location: Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Rd, EH16 4TE
Bothy Build Workshop / Forest Garden Workshop: Bothy build workshops running September 15th,16th ,22nd, 23rd Forest Gardening Workshops on the 15th/ 16th September A wild plants and Foraging course on the 29th September 10-4pm If you are interested in any of these contact us via Also, remember our own activity drop-in days every Wed & Sun 11-3pm, just turn up and join in. Please go to website or Facebook page for more details.
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Glyphosate: Let’s get off the Pesticide treadmill
[The Ecologist / Helen Browning]
Enough of the quick fixes, the sticking plasters that scarcely cover the wound. What farmers need now is help to get off the treadmill, and that requires a wholesale rethink of our food and farming systems – argues HELEN BROWNING……Producing plentiful, high quality food without pesticides is perfectly possible, as organic farmers worldwide demonstrate, but under our current economic model it costs more to do so; pesticides don’t carry the costs they incur, while labour is expensive. Ecological approaches require diversity which is more management intensive, demanding skills and knowledge which many farmers don’t have, and investment is often needed too. This is the perfect moment to rethink our food and farming system, as we prepare to exit the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy
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Other Exciting Events
Take One Action Film Festival – Edinburgh Events
[Take One Action]
Date: Wed, 12 Sept 2018
Time: Anote’s Ark – 20.10 – 22.30
Location: Edinburgh Film House, 88 Lothian Road EH3 9BZ
Price: £10.50 / 7.50 / 5.50 (under25’s
Film Festival: First film in the Festival – Anote’s Ark. What if your country was swallowed by the sea? A portrait of paradise on the brink. Film plus audience discussion and panel discussion. (events also in Glasgow)……..
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Smart Energy Systems & Communities Event
[Greener Kirkcaldy and Community Energy Scotland]
Date: Thu, 13 Sept
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Location: Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Ajax Way, Lower Methil. KY8 3RS
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite
Workshop: Greener Kirkcaldy and Community Energy Scotland are hosting a workshop on “Smart Energy Systems and Communities”. We want to raise awareness of the changes that are coming to our energy systems – from smart meters and demand-side response to energy storage and low-carbon vehicles – and to support local community organisations to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise.
more info

Peace Walk
[Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre]
Date: Saturday 15 September
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: Begins at the Scottish Parliament
Price: free
walk: Join us for our second annual Peace walk from the Scottish parliament at 4pm. We’ll walk to the Salisbury centre where everyone can enjoy a cup of tea in their lovely gardens. The walk is followed at 6pm by for our Annual Review (AGM), an opportunity to catch up on all our activities over the past year and help shape plans for the coming year and by a bring and share meal from 6:30 – 7:30pm. After dinner there will be a chance to hear more about our peacebuilding in schools project with an interactive taster of the workshops we run, by one of the project facilitators form 7.30 – 9pm.Come to any or all parts of the day.
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The Green Lie – How to Challenge Corporate Greenwashing
[Global Justice Now, Scotland / Take One Action Film Festival]
Date: Mon, 17 Sept
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
Location: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh 2PL (just off the Royal Mile)
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite
Discussion: We know we have to push back against corporate lies and manipulation, but how do we do it? As part on the Take One Action film festival, a panel of experienced activists share their different approaches – local, global, political and artistic.
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Mass Climate Lobby
[Stop Climate Chaos Scotland ]
Date: Wednesday 19th September
Time: 10:30-15:00
Location: Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
Price: Free
Lobby : Join us at Holyrood to talk to your MSPs about why you want more action on climate change. You’ll meet with them in a group along with other people from your region and have the chance to tell them why climate change is important to you.
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Resilience to succeed; A highly interactive approach to restoring, recovery and overcoming by Leon Paterson
[Alex Dunedin – Ragged University]
Date: Thu, 27 Sept
Time: 18.00 for 18.30 – 19.30
Location: Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Price: Free
Discussion and insight into Resilience: How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The loss of a job, illness, relationship breakup and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and sense of uncertainty…….The good news is resilience is a skill that can be improved and developed. And in this highly interactive practical introduction. You will quickly begin learning new skills in how to recover from any situation.more info

World Peace – A Discussion
[Salisbury Centre]
Date: Sat, 29 Sept
Time: 17.30 – 18.30
Location: Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB
Price: Free
Discussion: A question and answer session about World peace. Check the Facebook page for other events at the Centre.
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Ecotricity launches Wind and Solar powered cell phone network
Ecotalk offers a wind and solar powered cell phone network with no exit fees, 30 day rolling contracts, and a promise to channel profits into giving land back to nature. The UK has lost 97% of its flower-rich grasslands since the 1930s, and insect populations have suffered as a result. Ecotricity has already been buying up farm fields and exploring new, more nature-friendly management practices. In 2004, for example, it planted a new woodland with 20,000 trees for each of its first 20,000 customers near its first wind turbine in Lynch Knoll, Gloucestershire, leaving another 20 acres to be managed as grassland. (The company has also focused on bee-friendly wind and solar farms.) Now Ecotalk is stepping up that commitment, working with charities like Buglife, Natural England, Friends of the Earth and The Wildlife Trust to identify and purchase pollinator-friendly wildlife habitats which will eventually form a network of ecosystems across the country.
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Natural Pain Relief – A personal story
[Joy Stockley]
When I fractured my knee, I decided to use my trusty herbals for pain relief. Lavender and Chamomile have been used for thousands of years for their analgesic properties and they worked brilliantly for me this time as well. I drank lots of chamomile tea and gently placed Lavender essential oil on my knee whenever I needed it. This took away the pain and enabled me to sleep. I have relied on herbal remedies and Essential oils for many years and they have served me well with no downsides or side effects associated with regular medication. Mother Nature provides such wonderful things!
Investing in Entrepreneurship
[Scottish Gov’t]
£650,000 funding to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Scotland is known for its vision as a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation, one in which growth and innovation go hand-in-hand with fair work and delivering in a way which benefits everyone. The £650,000 funding package will support the next generation of entrepreneurs, building on Scotland’s CAN DO vison, to encourage more people set up new businesses and social enterprises and for the government itself to be more entrepreneurial. Business Minister Jamie Hepburn has announced that the Prince’s Trust will receive £400,000 to strengthen and advance their Enterprise Programme which provides a comprehensive range of employability and enterprise support for young people in all areas of Scotland.

U.K. renewables produced nearly 30% of electricity last year
[2 Aug – Treehugger]
It seems like only three years ago that we celebrated when UK renewables hit 19.2% of electricity supply over the course of the year. And that’s because it was only three years ago. Now we hear—with a hat tip to Business Green—that the latest Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics published by the government has renewables hitting a record high of 29.3 per cent of production in 2017, up from just 24.5 the year before. Meanwhile, coal was down (27%) and gas was down (4.6%) and overall energy-related emissions were down too (3.6%, or 12 million tonnes of CO2).
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Hi there,

The Festival is with us again, so lots to see and do.
Also if you need funding for your community project
there are a couple of opportunities  here.
Have a fab 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

Picnic at the Portobello Market
[Pedal Portiy]

Date: Sat, 4 August
Time: 09.30 – 13.30
Location: Brighton Park, Portobello, Edinburgh
Price: Free

Market and Picnic: PICNIC IN THE PARK! Let’s keep that holiday going and have a picnic in the park at the next Portobello Market!!! We’ll have lots of tables & chairs scattered about and there will be great food to be had for your picnic: There’s fresh bread and cheese plus some Italian charcuterie, alongside dips and pickles; there’s healthy greens, tasty pies and sausage rolls, including vegy versions, plus hot filled rolls and vegy dumplings, finished with freshly brewed coffee, or a sift drink, and cake.
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Book Festival Events relevant to Transition Edinburgh
[Edinburgh Book Festival]

Date: Sat, 11 Aug
Time: as per bookfest programme
Location: Edinburgh Book Festival Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Price: between £8 and £12 – some free. By phone 0345 373 5888 from Wed 27 June 10.00 – 17.00 Mon to Sat In person after August 11, in venue, Charlotte Square 27 June – 3 August the Hub Castlehill EH1 2NE 4 August west end of George

Book Festival: Themes Our Planet and Us, also Politics and Change…. Saturday 11 August 17.45 Building Better Cities…… Sunday 12 August 17.00 Has capitalism Hit the Buffers…… Saturday 18 August 13.30 How to Jump-start Global Growth…… Monday 20 August 11.00 Nuclear Power Fallout…… 14.15 Save the Future….. Wednesday 22 August 14.15 Standing Up for the Planet….. Monday 27 August 16.45 How Lives Change ( Nicolas Stern )…..
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WANTED: Good cause groups to apply for Community Connect funding
[Scotmid Co-operative]

 Scotmid Co-operative is encouraging good cause groups and community projects across Scotland to apply for its Community Connect funding before applications close at 5pm on Friday 17 August. Three local good cause groups are set to benefit from a total of £25,000, with funding of £15k, £7.5k or £2.5k available to help them continue making a difference within their local community. Community Connect is an initiative that was launched by Scotmid to help support charities, community projects and good cause groups across the country.
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Transition Network – our new organisational Purpose
[Transition Network]

 Transition Network supports the Transition movement, amplifies stories of community-led change, and nurtures collaborations across difference to challenge us all to reimagine and rebuild the world…………. We are learning to embody and integrate the inner dimension of Transition in all that we do, and commit to the love, beauty, passion, playfulness and courage so needed in these times. We are nurturing healthy collaborative group cultures rooted in caring for, and connecting with, ourselves, each other and the natural world.
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Climate Home News: My baby can’t sleep from the heat, why aren’t we talking about climate change?

 Baby it’s getting hot in here. Irritated and covered in sweat, yet again my two year old daughter is struggling to sleep in her cot. I’ve now lost count of the number of nights that the baby thermometer has scowled at me for putting her to bed in officially dangerous temperatures. The ongoing heatwave is the main topic of everyday conversation these days, with record-breaking temperatures and wildfires covering newspapers’ front pages and the NHS issuing health warnings for vulnerable groups. Yet there has been a deafening silence about the likely key driver – climate change.
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Events From Other Groups – Food

Festival Food at the Farmhouse
[Real Junk Food Project]

Date: Friday, 10 Aug. Also 17 Aug
Time: 18.30 for 19.00
Location: Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Rd, EH16 4TE
Price: “Pay as you Feel”

RJFP Dinner:  “Pay as you feel” delicious dinners made from intercepted food. There will also be an open mic if you would like to sing. Please email with your name and contact number.
more info

A Food Revolution starts with a seed
[1 Aug – The Ecologist]

 An ambitious new seed sovereignty programme takes root in the UK & Ireland, reports ROWAN PHILLIMORE. Global losses in seed diversity pose a significant threat to the health and stability of our food systems. The Gaia Foundation is working in partnership with the Soil Association, the Landworkers Alliance, Irish Seed Savers Association, and the Seed Cooperative to address this threat with a three-year long programme. Neil Munro, seed sovereignty programme manager and former head of the Heritage Seed Library at Garden Organic, argued: “In the UK, self-sufficiency in food production is currently at 62% and is estimated to fall to less than 50 percent by 2080.
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Landmark Victory for anti-GM campaigners
[25 July – Soil Association]

 The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today (25th July 2018) ruled that a controversial new generation of genetic engineering techniques will be subject to the same safety checks and product labelling as existing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). After a missed opportunity to clarify this legal status in January, the court has upheld the EU’s strong position on GMOs. This ruling reinforces the risk-based approach to licensing new organisms and backs existing legislation to ensure a ‘high level of protection of human life and health, animal health and welfare, environment and consumer interests’.(1)
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Other Exciting Events

Roundwood framed building – volunteers and course participants needed!
[Three Hares Community Wood]

Date: Monday 30th July
Time: 0930 – 1730
Location: In Roslin Glen, near Auchendinny/Penicuik; access from 4 Firth Rd, Penicuik EH26 0QZ
Price: Free for volunteers; see fees for joining course

Roundwood frame hut building – course and volunteer opportunities: Mark Vrionides will be running a Roundwood Framing Course. Come and learn how to construct the frame for any building from logs straight from the woods. This method is particularly great for compost loos, huts, cabins and any kind of shack really, but can also provide the frame for houses and barns. We’re also looking for volunteers to come and help with any part of the construction. We’re particularly looking for people on Wed 1st August (to help transporting materials to a horse who will drag it on site!); Saturday 4th August, (the erection of the building!); and anytime until 24th August (to help with the build post-framing) For those who want to join the course (July 30th – Aug 4th), Mark will cover everything you need to know to build your own roundwood frame, including: timber selection and preparation frame design marking and cutting joints bracing foundations assembly For all the details, inc how to get there, please see weblink. Hope to see you there!
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Animation & Lime Mortar Pointing courses at Bridgend Farmhouse
[Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG)]

Date: Tue, 7 Aug
Time: 14.00 – 16.00
Location: Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Rd, EH16 4TE
Price: Free

Animation Course: We still have places available on the one next Tuesday, so you could call us to check on 0131 564 0068 These are free, family-friendly workshops where participants learn to prepare artwork ready for animation. Course includes preparation of storyboards and scripts. Look at telling a story in visuals and neat tricks to get the most from the least movement. Can’t draw? Doesn’t matter, there are lots of ways to tell a story.. Sign up now by mailing, or give us a call 0131 564 0068…………….Lime mortar pointing Four individual courses, 10am-4pm, on Sat 11, Sun 12, Sat 25 and Sun 26 August Tutor Tim Le Breuilly says “As part of Bridgend Inspiring Growth’s ‘Place, Work and Folk’ project; I’m really pleased to be able to offer the members of the Bridgend community the opportunity to engage directly with some of the skills used by their predecessors. Using traditional methods and materials, we’ll renovate the historic stone wall surrounding the farmhouse. The exchange of craft and skill is an important aspect of the farmhouse’s continued heritage and will leave a tangible result in an appropriately renovated boundary wall.” To Book a place on any of the courses: email
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Free weekly repair surgery
[Changeworks, Zero Waste Leith and Edinburgh Remakery]

Date: Thursday 9 August 2018
Time: 16:30pm-20:30pm
Location: Edinburgh Remakery, 127 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NP
Price: Free

Repair surgery: As part of Zero Waste Leith our partners at the Edinburgh Remakery are offering a weekly Free Repair Surgery every Thursday. Drop in with your item and learn how to repair it: Furniture 4:30pm-8:30pm Textiles 5:30pm-8:30pm IT equipment 6pm-8:30pm Sessions are a great opportunity to learn new skills, gain confidence and meet like minded people as well as saving waste from being sent to landfill.
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SEAD fund – invites small community groups and individuals to apply for funds
[SEAD Fund]

 SEAD fund invites you to apply for funds to run or kick-start campaign activity that engages with people, has a demonstrable impact, and aims to link local issues with those being experienced by others around the world. Grants are typically £100 – £250. How to apply: Please download the form, complete it and send as an attachment to specified address. We look forward to hearing about your projects and how you are going to change the world for the better
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Smart Energy Systems & Communities Event
[Greener Kirkcaldy and Community Energy Scotland]

Date: Thu, 13 Sept
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Location: Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Ajax Way, Lower Methil. KY8 3RS
Price: Free, but register on Eventbrite

Smart Energy meeting: Greener Kirkcaldy and Community Energy Scotland are hosting a workshop on “Smart Energy Systems and Communities”. We want to raise awareness of the changes that are coming to our energy systems – from smart meters and demand-side response to energy storage and low-carbon vehicles – and to support local community organisations to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise. As a first step, we are running this briefing and networking session for local groups to provide some information on the changes that are coming and to consult you on the kinds of support you would value. We’re inviting community groups and stakeholders in Levenmouth and across Fife.
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Why the world should look to Norway when it comes to plastic bottle recycling (The deposit-based norwegian approach is an attractive effective one)
[Mother Nature Network]

 The Guardian recently profiled Infinitum, the aptly named organization behind Norway’s wildly successful deposit-based recycling scheme. Through the program, 97 percent of all plastic bottled beverages consumed are recycled. Ninety-two percent of these bottles are high-quality, meaning they can be easily be recycled back into bottles filled with popular Norwegian soft drinks like orange-flavored Solo, the alarming-sounding Urge Intense and inexplicable national favorite, Tab X-Tra. As Infinitum chief executive Kjell Olav Maldum relays to the Guardian, it’s not unusual in Norway for a plastic bottle to be on its 50th reincarnation as a plastic bottle. Less than 1 percent of discarded plastic bottles in Norway wind up in the natural environment. And keeping plastic out of the natural environment is something that the U.K., where only around half of plastic bottles are recycled at most, has been mighty keen on lately.
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An entire country just divested from Fossil Fuels
[12 July – Treehugger]

 As we’ve reported previously, Ireland has been making progress on its plans to divest all public money from fossil fuels. But The Guardian now reports that the Irish fossil fuel divestment bill has now passed the lower house of parliament, and is expected to pass the upper house rapidly. That means it could be law before the end of the year, and the government will be obligated to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas and peat as soon as practicable. The idea that stranded fossil fuel assets could cause a financial crisis as the world decarbonizes has gone from a niche environmentalist pipe dream to a mainstream economic discussion point. I suspect we’ll look back on such announcements not as revolutionary, but as a sensible economic step to take in the face of what was to come. Well done, Ireland.
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No Mirage: Amazing new water harvester turns air into fresh water, even in the desert
[Mother Nature Network]

 A team at the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new water harvester prototype that can pluck useful amounts of water from desert air using nothing but sunlight (something abundant in the desert) to power it, reports The prototype was recently tested in the Arizona desert, where the relative humidity drops from a high of 40 percent at night to as low as 8 percent during the day. It was a preliminary model that utilized a highly porous material called a metal-organic framework, or MOF, that was made from the metal zirconium. The experiment produced about 200 milliliters of water per kilogram of MOF, or 3 ounces of water per pound.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Go to:

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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