A selection of TTK’s public events between 2010 and 2014

Click here for Events before 2010 and some Transition history, and click here for past TTK newsletters.

2014

Presentation on community plans for the Old Post Office July 2014, Surrey House AGM 2013-14 minutes TOPO presentation IMG-20120510-00051 - CopyTTK hosted a presentation in July about community proposals for the Old Post Office, just in time for the pre-planning exhibition and consultation by the new owner, developer St George.  See the presentation slides here. Some of the TOPO steering group have since met the developers and had a tour of the main Post Office building, which is in a sorry state but has lots of potential (including for TTK events).  Members of the steering group have also met the new leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Kevin Davis. Find out more about the TOPO consortium and its campaign.

TTK 2014 AGM, 6th birthday party, film show and launch of “Growing Together”  Friday 11 April, 7.00pm – 9.00pm,  Kingston Working Men’s Club, 25 Old London Road TTK celebrated 6 years of activity in the Kingston community, and reviewed last year and looked forward to the next in our 2014 AGM . Some management team members stood down and a core team was confirmed. We also launched the TTK “Growing Together” season with the film “Local Food Roots”.  The AGM minutes and accounts can be seen here. There were also displays to browse, refreshments (thanks to Toni), plants and seeds to share, and a raffle, and the Club bar was open all evening for those who wanted to stay, chat and find out more about TTK and other local environmental projects. We thought it a pleasant, informative and sociable evening – it was good to see some new faces as well as some old friends.

2013

Film show: “Trashed” Friday 29th November 2013, 2013, 6.30 – 9.00pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University Penrhyn Road campus Thanks to everyone who came along to see the documentary film “Trashed” on Friday 29 November, for bringing food to share in the spirit of TTK, and special thanks to the TTK management catering team, Julie, Toni and Des, for an impressive spread, and to Greener Upon Thames for the loan of the DVD.  Though “Trashed” (see http://www.trashedfilm.com/) is a rather grim film, the waste problem is not totally insoluble and hopeless – for one, we can at least urge our councils to be rigorous about arrangements for filtering and maintenance of any incinerators they commission. And most of us could probably buy less, waste less, inspect all packaging for ability to be recycled and refuse plastic bags. And for everyone concerned about the amount of packaging left for landfill, even after you’ve recycled everything that can be recycled, there is an Unpackaged shop at Arthaus, 197 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ – a bit far to do the weekly shop, but maybe someone would like to open an “unpackaged” shop in Kingston.

TTK Open Meeting: Storytelling TTK past and future Tuesday 16 July, 7.00pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University Penrhyn Road campus A celebration of the rich stories of the last 5 years and planning some of the stories for the next few, with food and drink to share.

No 11 Supper Club gourmet vegetarian meal Veg dinnerSaturday 13 July, 7.30 for 8.00pm, Tamesis Sailing Club, Teddington, TW11 9QYA vegetarian feast by the riverside, with organic ingredients sourced within 10 miles of Kingston, prepared by by ex-chefs from Michelin- starred Petersham and The River Cafe. Congratulations to No. 11 Supper Club who created it, Hounslow Farm and others who grew it, From the Ground Up who initiated and convened it, Tamesis Club who hosted it, and those of us who turned up and relished eating it.

Urbanfarmacy Working Party Sunday 30 June, 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Balaclava Road, Surbiton TTK folk helped local YMCA group start to transform part of an overgrown suburban garden into an abundant permaculture space by pulling out pernicious weeds and planting squashes, calendula and beans on a gloriously sunny afternoon in Surbiton. See more at http://www.urbanfarmacy.org/events.

Rob Hopkins on “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” TTK@crystalpalaceJune13Tuesday 18 June, Grape and Grain pub, Crystal Palace, hosted by the Crystal Palace Transition group  Many of TTK management team (a few of us pictured right) went off to Crystal Palace to be inspired by Rob Hopkins,  co-founder of the first Transition Initiative in the UK, in Totnes, and of the Transition movement, and to hear about his new book The Power of Just Doing Stuff. Rob is certainly an energising speaker who conveys boundless optimism and hope, and it’s definitely worth taking any opportunity to hear him if only for that!  Event comments and pictures can be seen on Transition Town Crystal Palace’s Facebook event page.

TTK 2012-13 AGM and 5th birthday party  on Sunday May 12th was an opportunity to review yet another busy year for TTK, to thank the many people whose efforts had made the year’s activities and this gathering possible, to plan for the future, and to catch up with each other informally over refreshments. We also remembered Arthur Howarth and Penny Manners, two dear supporters who sadly passed away this year. Less conventionally, the afternoon also included a cabaret: an hour of delightful music and wit on environmental themes provided by Gaia Cabaret (aka Peter Horton, flier on the right), with plenty of audience participation. One of his songs, for which the audience joined in the chorus, was “Juggins Lugger”, about the voyage of humanity aboard the “juggins lugger” (“juggins” being an old word for simpleton), with the creatures of the ocean observing us blithely assuming that we are superior and can party on for ever while throwing our rubbish overboard. Not only did we sing, but 12 brave volunteers each acted as a month in a “Cosmic Calendar” representing the history of the Earth as one year. Life appeared quite early, but things moved slowly until the final few days when dinosaurs, and then mammals, arrived, followed by we humans in just the final hour and a half – so the cabaret certainly put our species in its place!  Although not a scientist Peter has spent a lot of time with scientists, is excited by science, and is doing an excellent job of making it accessible and fun. Click here for the full AGM minutes.

TTK out and about in May 2013 Around the borough of Kingston TTK was at various events in the borough in May, including May Merrie in Memorial Gardens, central Kingston on Monday 6th May, and Surbiton Food Festival in the week of 12-19 May.

Broad Oaks, Tolworth, “Spring Clean” Sunday 14 April, Broad Oaks, Tolworth (behind Blockbusters) IMG_1825Local residents and businesses, supported by Transition Tolworth, got together in two sessions, morning or afternoon, to clear up Broad Oaks and do some planting in the community garden established behind the former Blockbusters by volunteers from TTK and local residents. It was a very successful day – see http://transitiontolworth.org.uk for an account and lots of photographs.

Green Open Houses 2013 23 – 24 March, Kingston Members of TTK Energy Group opened  their energy-efficient houses to the public for the Superhomes weekend. See Green Open Houses event for what was on offer.

Paint the Town Green 2013 4th – 10th March, all over Kingston This year Paint the Town Green, Kingston’s annual celebration of all things environmental, was timed for national Climate Week 2013. TTK was an active participant,  helping Kingston Environment Group’s working party to organise the week’s events, with TTK members and project groups running activities that included several swapping events and Professor Kayoss at the Rose… The 16 businesses that joined the Big Switch Off, switching off unnecessary lights and equipment when their shops and offices were not in use, were: WPG Surveys Ltd, Surbiton; John Lewis Kingston; Penmor, Surbiton; KEW Lighting, New Malden; Woodland Traditional Windows, Kingston; Seoul Residential, New Malden; Ditton Wine Traders, Surbiton; Simone Kay Stained Glass, Kingston; Kingston Citizens Advice Bureau; Parabola Software, Surbiton; Whitman Fry Wealth Management Ltd, Kingston; SJJ Limited; La Tasca, Kingston; Kingston Chamber of Commerce; Jivadental, Kingston; Cine Sanctuary. The local schools that ran an environmental assembly were  during the week were: Coombe Boys; Coombe Hill Infants; Corpus Christi Primary; Knollmead Primary; Christ Church, New Malden; Coombe Hill Juniors; The Study; Burlington Infant and Nursery School. And the local businesses and organisations that have so far made a Green Pledge to commit to their own environmental actions include: Parabola Software Ltd; Kingston Citizen Advice; Green Leaf Transportation; Rose Theatre Kingston; Surbiton Fire Station; From the Ground Up; Kingston Environment Centre; Save the World Club; Simone Kay Simone Kay Stained Glass; Kingston Council.

TTK open meeting – on “Guerrillallotments” Tuesday February 19th, 6.00- 9.00pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University Penrhyn Road campus Transitioners who’d like to see fruit, vegetables and bee-friendly plants growing in Kingston’s neglected public spaces (verges, roundabouts, planters, odd corners of parks…) and unusual private spaces (front gardens, balconies, rooftops, windowboxes…). gathered at C-SCAIPE to plot their plots. We discussed where (central Kingston was considered a particularly good spot for publicity and compactness) and how to coordinate our activities and get permission so that we don’t dig up each others seeds or disrupt areas already set aside for nature conservation. Free wild flower seed-balls and guidance on growing and companion planting from the River of Flowers were given away, and possible participation in the Chelsea Fringe festival and obtaining funding and free plants were also discussed. A result of the meeting is a new project Urbanfarmacy and website www.urbanfarmacy.org, set up by Fiona Quinn, owner of Saffron Organic, with the aim of helping the local community to grow seasonal fresh food, and herbs which can be eaten or used to make skin care products. Urbanfarmacy will help Kingston’s “urban farmers” to find unused growing spaces around the borough to cultivate with food and other useful plants, along with the wild flowers that play such a vital role in supporting pollinators. Urbanfarmacy needs you! If you’d like to help Urbanfarmacy transform plots in the borough, nominate a plot of your own, do a little gardening, or donate some plants, please get in touch via www.urbanfarmacy.org for more information. Urbanfarmacy also has plans for a special Chelsea Fringe project and needs lots of help to make it happen, so if you fancy being part of something big please contact Urbanfarmacy via the website as soon as possible. And if you’d like some free wild flower seed-balls with growing instructions, please contact marilyn.mason[@]virgin.net.

“Energy we can all afford?” Friday January 8th, 2013, 7.00 – 9.30pm, Kingston Market House “Warmer homes, lower bills, cooler planet” – how could we achieve these? TTK, working with Kingston’s Save the World Club and the national Energy We Can All Afford campaign, hosted a panel discussion on this topic, covering fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the current Energy Bill. The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP for Kingston and Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was keynote speaker, and the panel of experts, local and national, consisted of Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of Age Concern Kingston, Andrew Pendleton of Friends of the Earth, Martyn Williams from Transform UK, and Ben Farnes, Young Media Champion, National Children’s Bureau. Well attended, with good questions from the floor and a consistent message from the panel that insulation of our old and inadequate housing stock is a sustainable and feasible way to deal with fuel poverty, the event showed a keen local appetite for such discussions and left many wanting more. Thanks to the many helpers from TTK and our co-organiser Save the World Club, it was both a sociable evening with plentiful refreshments and some interesting displays and giveaway energy-saving items, as well as one where important messages were delivered to the Secretary of State for Environment and Climate Change.

2012

TTK Energy Group event “Energy efficiency: whole house strategies” Thursday December 6th 2012, 7.00pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University Penrhyn Road campus This talk, hosted by TTK Energy Group, attracted a good diverse audience with lots of excellent questions for Marine Sanchez, Building Physics Engineer, and Inigo Harrison, Project Manager, of greentomatoenergy.  Marine and Inigo discussed the advantages of various energy-efficiency measures in the home, from the easy low-cost wins that everyone should do first, such as draught-proofing and LED lights, to high tech and expensive renovations and solutions, as well as the challenges and problems associated with retrofitting the older houses that most of us live in. Marine pointed out that most of the cost of work on your house is labour, so having extra layers of insulation while the work is being done is relatively inexpensive, and that an essential part of any energy-efficiency measure is “training” the householder to make it work for them. They expertly answered questions about condensation, cold spots and thermal bridges, triple and secondary glazing, conservatories, the merits of various forms of wall insulation and cladding, and how to keep houses cool as well as warm and healthy as well as air-tight. Like most interested observers, they are waiting for the Green Deal to be fully worked out, but warned that some Green Deal assessors and installers might only have a couple of days’ training, that some suggested improvements could actually damage a property, and that the interest rate on Green Deal loans is likely to higher than one could get elsewhere. It was really useful to hear properly qualified experts speaking on an issue that concerns most of us and where there is almost as much bad advice as good to be had.

Think in Kingston 2012 – on Money All October, around the borough  TTK and many of our friends, supporters and affiliates organised events and contributed ideas during Kingston’s annual festival of ideas. The Transition movement, as well as its interest in building reslience against climate change and peak oil, is interested in relocalising the economy – and this was our opportunity to explore these ideas with other members of the community in discussions about alternatives to conventional banks and money, the People’s Budget, ethical investing, and what we can do as individuals and as a community about the state of the national and global economy. See www.thinkinkingston.org.uk for the full programme of events and brief accounts of some of the discussions.

“Living Landscapes – making space for nature in the urban environment” Saturday 13th October 2012 Kingston Working Men’s Club Do we really want wild nature in Kingston? Are we prepared to make space for it, live with its untidiness, pay for it? What’s in it for us? The Transition Town Kingston event “Living Landscapes…” explored these questions – in displays about wild flowers, bees and other pollinators from River of Flowers, local beekeepers, Kingston Environment Centre and the Environment Trust, and in a panel discussion chaired by local ecologist and TTK supporter John Fellowes. Expert panellists, Kathryn Lwin of River of Flowers, Marie-Claire Edwards (Green Spaces Service Manager, Kingston Council) and Jacqui Weir of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds found much common ground in their concerns about declining populations of bees and other pollinators and once-common birds like the house sparrow, and shared practical and imaginative ideas about how to create, restore and maintain natural habitats in Kingston. See “Living Landscapes” for more about the project and ideas on suburban biodiversity.

TTK’s wheel for the 2012 OlympicsIMG-20120717-00070 August, in the window of Uniqlo, Clarence Street TTK contributed to Kingstonfirst’s “205 wheels” community arts project to celebrate the Olympic Cycle Road Race, and our creation ended up in the window of Uniqlo (in the shop window,  right). Thank you Toni, Des and Steph for monkeys, fruit, flowers, and ribbons for our tribute to (happy, sustainable, peaceful) Costa Rica.

“Nightmare on Fleet Street…” Friday 13 July, 7.00pm, Kingston University “Nightmare on Fleet Street… and Downing Street”, hosted by TTK at C-SCAIPE, proved an interesting insight into where power lies (and it’s certainly not with us!), as well as into some radical ideas about how democracy could be reshaped.  Ex-Reuters journalist Patrick Chalmers (pictured on the right) read from the opening chapter of his highly topical insider’s account of the media’s complicity with power, Fraudcast News – How Bad Journalism Supports Our Bogus Democracies, and then answered questions. Patrick’s mission is “to contribute to the development of real democracy at the local, national and global levels of our society” – and his talk and book are part of that mission. It is clear, as the current Leveson Inquiry is revealing and Patrick confirmed, that the conventional media are failing to act in the public interest or to counter public powerlessness. Inadequate and inaccurate media coverage of climate change and looming energy shortages are probably of most concern to many environmentalists, but the discussion and references (with plenty of suggested reading) also ranged over: the Arab spring; participative democracy (with the example of the Zapistas in Mexico); the Power Inquiry report (Joseph Rowntree Trust); 9/11; jury service (a model for a reformed House of Lords?); the pamphlet From Dictatorship to Democracy; and the new on-line magazine Stir… It was not all gloom, as Patrick also suggested alternatives to our dependence on conventional media: contemporary electronic kit, the internet and social media enable anyone to become a citizen journalist (and/or to support radical journalism – see http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/133038413/stir-to-action or http://fraudcastnews.wordpress.com). Thank you to Patrick for a stimulating Friday evening, and to everyone who came along and contributed to the discussion, drinks and snacks.

TTK with the Voluntary Sector in the Market Place IMG-20120609-00064 June 2012 TTK were invited to have a stall at this event, and Peter and Hilary (pictured right) talked to the Mayor of Kingston about solar panels.

Kingston Rio Connection event Saturday 16 June, 2.00pm, Market House, Market Place, Kingston TTK was one of the co-organisers of this discussion, part of a national debate organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition to mark 20 years on from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. This summer government representatives from around the world met at a ‘Rio+20’ summit to discuss sustainable development, and this event was a invitation to join this pre-summit discussion in Kingston to discuss sustainable development with our panel of experts: Ed Davey MP – (for Kingston & Surbiton, and Secretary of State (SoS for Energy and Climate Change) ; Christine Allen (Chair) – Director of Policy & Public Affairs – Christian Aid; Laura Taylor –  Head of Policy – Tearfund; Hilary Gander – Transition Town Kingston; Alban Thurston – Project Director – Juice From Your Roof. Ed said that we had made progress since the first Earth Summit in Rio 20 years ago but that it had been ‘far, far too slow’. He spoke about the importance of the sustainable development goals food security, access to clean water and access for all to green, clean energy and the ‘moral imperative of taking action in this area’. You can hear some of what Ed said here: http://tinyurl.com/6who8bs. Our audience had a chance to put questions and make comments after hearing from all the speakers and the topics ranged from the choice of investing in road building as opposed to other forms of sustainable transport, to the sustainability of global population growth. At the end of the meeting, attended also by the mayor of Kingston, Mary Heathcote, OBE there was a chance for photos with the minister – this one shows he has put his name to the Rio-UK Declaration for a Sustainable Future. To read the text and find out about which other MPs have signed the declaration, see http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/rio-connection/.

TTK out and about in Paint the Town Green, May 2012 All over the borough of Kingston Alongside ongoing work on all our projects, in May we we even more active and visible than usual with TTK volunteers on stalls at Kingston’s May Merrie, the Seething Sports Day and the Alpha Road Fun Day, selling teas, coffees and cakes at All Saints Church, and Stitch in Time sewing workshops in Tolworth Library and at a lunch-hour session on making patches with a Refugee Action Kingston group. We also held a public showing of “In Transition 2.0 – a story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times”, the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’. Watch the trailer here.

Green Open House weekend 2012: “It’s good to talk” All over the borough of Kingston, May 19-20 The first ever Kingston Green Open House, a TTK Energy Group contribution to Kingston’s Paint the Town Green month, proved a very promising initiative – relatively small in numbers (of open houses and visitors) but providing useful and positive interactions between householders who had undertaken a variety of energy-saving and other green actions and visitors seeking (and occasionally offering) impartial advice, based on experience, on what worked, what didn’t, what was cost-effective, which materials had been used and why, what would be practicable… One satisfied visitor reported: “We visited four places on that day. Every one of them helped with questions I have been struggling to answer for a very long time. I can’t tell you how good it is to have found people with such enthusiasm and such a depth of experience, so willing to talk and share their knowledge.” And a TTK Open House host said: “I enjoyed it! I like chatting about these things and sharing what I’ve learnt so far… and I think that they enjoyed it. It worked well that all four visitors were here at the same time so they got to learn from each other’s questions.” Another was very relieved that she had invited her heat pump installer to come along to answer technical questions! Thank you to the TTK-ers and friends of TTK-ers who opened their homes to visitors. To think about for next year: how to publicise better and expand the numbers of participating homes and visitors; how to follow up and continue the engagement with interested visitors.

TTK AGM and 4th birthday party 24th April, C-SCAIPE Dept, Kingston Uni, Penrhyn Rd, KT1 2EE At TTK’s first AGM, in April 2012, the new constitution was discussed and agreed with some minor clarifications and 12 volunteers came forward for the new management team. You can read the draft minutes, the year’s accounts and the newly approved constitution by clicking the button below. The formal part of the meeting was followed by a brief celebration of TTK’s 4th birthday with cake and refreshments. Thank you to everyone to everyone who came along and participated or volunteered or provided refreshments, especially Toni for the splendid birthday cake! Minutes here.

Where does your heat go? Thermal imaging “party” Feb 2012 Four very different houses in Kingston, and several lessons learnt at a February thermal imaging “party” organised by Kevin Burchell of Kingston University’s Smart Communities project (smartcommunities.org.uk), hosted by Peter and Marilyn Mason of Transition Town Kingston (ttkingston.org), and conducted by John Gallop and Sue Williams of South West London Environment Network (swlen.org.uk). Key lessons included: take a critical look at your front door and your pet-flap (could be worthwhile fixes); seal those draughts (cheap and effective); consider double-glazing and other insulation (not so cheap, but effective); live in a modern house (not necessarily feasible). Read more here, including some advice.

TTK Open Meeting  Weds 18th January, 7pm, C-SCAIPE Dept, Kingston Uni, Penrhyn Rd, KT1 2EE TTK had had great success in the three years since it began, but it was time for a reorganisation, to ensure that project teams were represented on the Steering Group, that the structure was working for everyone, that everything that needed to be done was being done, and that each person was doing what they enjoyed and valued.  There were reports from the various project group and there would be further developments in the AGM, coming up in April. See write-up.

2011

TTK’s Kingston Green e-Directory goes public Monday 5th December 2011, Kingston Market House Green-minded consumers and Kingston councillors mingled with green and aspiring green enterprises to celebrate the launch of TTK’s Kingston Green e-Directory… Read the full report here.

TTK in Think in Kingston 2011 – on Happiness 4th October, at C-Scaipe, Kingston University TTK showed the new film The Economics of Happiness and then led  a discussion, in small groups so that everyone could participate as they wished. The Economics of Happiness described a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions: on the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power; at the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding re-regulation of trade and finance — and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. More about Think in Kingston on Happiness at www.thinkinkingston.org.uk.

TTK “Tricky Time Trial” IMG_4968Sat 16th July, outside Kingston Guildhall Who went fastest in the TTK time trial: the BMW, the bicycle, the scooter, the skateboard or the roller-blades? There was a catch, as you might expect from a event organised by TTK for Zero Carbon Britain Day. Read the full report here and watch a video about it here.

TTK Open Meeting Mon 7th June, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road An opportunity to find out about projects that are up and running but needed help: From the Ground Up veg box scheme, the Orchard project, Stitch in Time social sewing group, CRED (Cambridge Road Gardening Group)…

Learn a skill: making a raised vegetable bed Sat 5th March, 11am-1pm, 32 Upper Park Road, Kingston KT2 5LD A chance to learn how to build a raised bed from recycled materials and have a go at all the skills yourself. All materials, tools, knowledge and refreshments were provided and there was a picnic lunch afterwards.

Kingston Green Business Day Thurs 3rd March, 10am-12 or 2-4pm at Kingston Environment Centre, Fairfield East, KT1 2PT TTK participated in this event, organised by KEC, exploring what a green business is, how to develop environmental policies and action plans, and how to identify funding. The workshops were led by a range of experts with experience of putting it into action, and suitable for: anyone wanting to learn more about starting, growing or campaigning for Greener Businesses. those interested in creating or working in green jobs; Small and Medium Sized Enterprises needing or updating an Environmental Policy and/or Action Plan; any organisation wanting to improve its environmental and sustainable performance and credentials.

Stitch in Time – Spring Clean your Wardrobe Weds 2nd March, 7pm-9pm, Kingston Environment Centre, Fairfield East, KT1 2PT Clothes from the charity shop or the back of your wardrobe that need repairs or don’t fit? Hems to go up – or down? This was an opportunity for a spring make-do-and-mend project (or any other sewing problem) at our monthly sociable sewing session. All welcome.

Kingston in 2050 – A Green Energy Future? Tue 1st March, 10am-5pm, Market House, Historic Market Square, Kingston KT1 1JP A day-long programme of expert speakers and public discussion focused on the future aspirations of a greener Kingston and the path to achieving climate change resiliency. Based on a vision 4 kingston-2050, Transition Town Kingston and Kingston Council brought together the perspectives of experts from industry, government, academia, and the third-sector to address the opportunities and challenges of making this vision happen.

Seething Festival Sun 27th February, 12 noon onwards, Jewsons Yard, Brighton Road, KT6 5PP TTK members joined in Seething Festival ‘s fun procession at 3.30pm. The “ancient” Guild of Taxonomists celebrated the regionally important species (lapwings, roosting bats, rare water beetles) found at the nature site in the filter beds on the Portsmouth Road.  TTK also be handed out seed potatoes for the King’s Soup later in the year.

2010

Eat and Meet with the From The Ground Up Food Cooperative Weds 10th Nov, 6:30 for 7pm start, at Steph’s house, New Malden, KT3 3AW From The Ground Up is a cooperative, which means that everyone’s opinions count.  And because we are all volunteers we needed your help and ideas.  From The Ground Up was growing so this was an opportunity to have a voice in its development and what it can offer the Kingston community, policy, funding, marketing, products, volunteering, technology, community activities (e.g. schools) and anything else people wanted to talk about.  And all with great food!

Diversity workshop Sat 6th November, 10am-3.45pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE Catrina Pickering of the Transition Network (the charity set up to support Transition initiatives) came from Devon to run this workshop, exploring issues around power and diversity, and learning how to take effective action to reach the corners of our local community we hadn’t yet managed to engage.

Faith & the Environment Seminar Thursday 28th October, 6pm-8.30pm, Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Kingston, KT1 1EU As well as guest speakers from different faith stances, there were displays on sustainable living, films, free refreshments and chance for group discussions using inspirational ideas from round the world for how we should live in harmony with our environment. Everyone, of any faith/belief or none, was welcome at this free event, co-organised with Kingston Inter Faith Forum. See flier.

Incredible Edible Todmorden London conference in Peckham, Saturday 9th October, 9am-4pm Incredible Edible Todmorden aims to increase the amount of local food grown and eaten in the town. Hear about what’s been achieved so far in Peckham and how we can learn from it – for example they have involved every school in the town in food growing. Wild Law Lecture 6th October, 6pm, Room 001 – John Galsworthy Building, Kingston Univeristy, KT1 2EE Representatives from the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) talked us through the concepts and shed light on how we could rethink our legal and political systems to stop environmental destruction.

Greening Business Forum 23rd September, Kingston Environment Centre, Fairfield East, KT1 2PT TTK Business Action Group were at the Green Business Day helping to explore green business and specifically how to develop an environmental policy and action plan.

London Permaculture Festival 22nd August, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY The London Permaculture Festival was packed with workshops, films, demonstrations, talks, and networking, all helping Londoners to engage with their local activist projects, community gardens, and Transition Town groups throughout the city.

Electric Vehicle Exhibition 28th July (12pm-5:30pm) and 29th July (10am-18:30pm), Kingston’s Market Place A display of the latest electric vehicles on offer from all the leading manufacturers – could they play a role in a lower energy future?  + Public debate “Electric dreams or future nightmares? the pros and cons of electric vehicles” in the Market House, Thursday 2-3pm, organised by TTJ Energy Group. See write-up and video.

Transition Town Kingston Big Lunch Family Picnic 18th July 2010, 12pm, Knollmead Permaculture site We welcomed all members of TTK, their families and friends, to a celebration picnic BBQ as our contribution to The Big Lunch, a national day of street parties. We joined with other groups including Permaculture and Kutlets at Kingston’s forest garden, established 19 years ago as a fun, sociable and easy way of producing local food. The lush site is now a beautiful wooded corner of Kingston, abundant with wildlife, wild flowers and organically grown food. It is in an allotment area opposite Knollmead Primary School.

Open Meeting 21st June 2010, 7pm, Richard Mayo Centre (Room 22), United Reform Church, KT1 1HZ For those working on a project, or who have a new green idea for Kingston or want to find out more about TTK, an  open meeting meet likeminded people, join up all Kingston’s great green activities and get support from each other for projects, events and initiatives.

Waste to Energy debate 8th June 2010, 7pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE A debate to tease out the pros and cons of this contentious issue. Download Powerpoint

Open Meeting : Where are we going next & how do we get there? 25th May 2010, 7pm, C-SCAIPE, Kingston University Penrhyn Road, KT1 2EE TTK had made immense progress in its two years of existence and this was a time to look at where we were, where we were going in the next 2 years, and how to get there. This open meeting aimed to provide everyone with an opportunity to kick-start new projects or join up with existing ones, find people to work with and let others know what they’ve been doing and what they’d like to do. Together, we’d find ways to make it happen.

Visit to SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility South Bermondsey, 19th May 2010, 1pm With a presentation and tour of the facility, organised by  Julie Middleditch of TTK’s Council Group – see write-up.

Transition Town Kingston Big Launch Party 17th April 2010, Kingston Working Men’s Club, 25 Old London Rd, KT2 6ND, 5pm-late A evening to celebrate what we’d done so far and plan for the future. TTK comes of age! See report and pics.

ArtGym 20th-21st March 2010, Kingston Town Centre Four inter-generational creative workshops to envisage a greener Kingston – see report.

Eco Home Tour 13th March 2010, New Malden Chris Hine, Kingston Green Guardian winner, opened his home to TTK members – arranged by TTK’s Energy Group.