Potato Day 2022 Pre-orders are open!

Potato Day 2022 is coming, and pre-orders are now being taken!

Transition Loughborough has partnered once again with our friends in Transition Chesterfield to run Potato Day 2022 in January 2022. Our annual Potato Days are a way to give people in the area access to reasonably priced seed potatoes (and onion sets, garlic and bean/pea seeds) which we pre-order before Christmas in bulk.  By combining forces with Transition Chesterfield we can make a larger bulk order to help keep the costs down, as well as run a single “online shop” to take the pre-orders. By doing this we can keep prices down to as low as 15p per seed potato tuber.

The first step in Potato Day is having people who want to take part go to the Potato Day website run by Transition Chesterfield, see what varieties of seed potatoes, garlic, onions, beans and peas are on offer and place pre-orders.  When you make an order, please ensure that you let the Transition Chesterfield team know that you want your order delivered to Loughborough (otherwise it will end up in Chesterfield!).

All pre-orders need to be submitted with payment by Friday 3rd December 2021, after which time they will all be combined and a large bulk order submitted to the horticultural suppliers.  In late January this bulk order is then delivered to Chesterfield and we make up the individual pre-orders that people in the two towns have made, ready for distribution.

In previous years distribution has been done in Loughborough at the community market stall in the town centre. Unfortunately we’re still not sure if this will be available next year due to pandemic related changes, and, as we all know, the restrictions we’ll be working under may change at a few days notice. This means that there is unlikely to be any sales on the day, so you need to make sure you pre-order by 3rd December 2021.  In early January we’ll be letting people who made pre-orders know what the distribution mechanism will be. We’ve several options open to us, but which we can use will only be clear in mid January.

So if you’d like to get growing in 2022, get ordering now on the Potato Day website!

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Autumn 2021 Carbon Literacy Courses

For those of you who missed out on our previous popular online (Zoom based) Carbon Literacy courses, we’ve got two more running over three weeks each in both October and November.

The Carbon Literacy course provides you with an understanding of how what we do at home, at work and on the move affects our carbon footprints. At the same time the course encourages and supports you to consider pledges you could make to help cut those footprints in organisations you work with (be they employers, community groups, councils or other groups). Previous pledges have ranged from asking for more plant based menu options in work canteens to looking at electric cars & vans for work travel, with lots in between. The course and accreditation is ideal for individuals that want to show that they know how to make a “green impact” in their organisation!

The courses are funded by a grant from Leicestershire County Council and we have had councilors, church groups, small business people and motivated individuals join us in the past. The three week course costs £10, plus Eventbrite’s booking fees, which brings it up to just under £12.  This covers your course participation accreditation by the official Carbon Literacy Project. If this cost is a barrier to you taking part, please get in touch with us via the Eventbrite booking links below as we have a limited number of bursaries that can help cover this cost.

The booking links for the two courses are:

Note that you do have to attend all three online evening sessions of a course in order to gain the accreditation.  Each session lasts about 2 hours, plus you’ll be asked to watch some videos and think about various aspects of carbon footprints and how you could reduce them before each session. Also, as delivery of these courses is funded by Leicestershire County Council they are only available to residents of the county.

Helena Wilkinson with her Carbon Literacy certificate

Michael Rodber with his Carbon Literacy certificate

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Reminder: Autumn Carbon Literacy Courses

Transition Loughborough is running more Carbon Literacy courses during September and October. They are available to anyone living in Leicestershire to attend and are funded by a SHIRE Environment Grant from Leicestershire County Council.
Carbon Literacy courses give you a grounding in various aspects of how our individual, organisational and community carbon footprint is made up, provides suggestions for ways it can be cut down and encourages participants to make pledges for positive actions they will take both individually and as part of an organisation (school, company, department, community group, etc).
For more information and booking details, please see:
Both courses will run on Zoom over three sessions.
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Press Release for next Carbon Literacy Courses

PRESS RELEASE

Leicestershire residents ready to tackle to the climate crisis

Friday 6th August 2021

For immediate release

Images attached / interview available

Caption for images: ‘Helena Wilkinson and Michael Rodber with their certificates after they successfully completed a Carbon Literacy course’

Contact: transitionlboro@gmail.com

Helena Wilkinson with her Carbon Literacy certificate

Michael Rodber with his Carbon Literacy certificate

Michael Rodber with his Carbon Literacy certificate


19 Leicestershire residents have been declared Carbon Literate after completing a course designed especially for local people.

All 19 have received a certificate after attending a day’s worth of learning with local community group, Transition Loughborough, about the climate crisis and the ways in which individuals and communities can tackle it. Attendees were invited to make two pledges to cut their own carbon footprint and that of the communities they live, work and study in. Those who did so have now been confirmed as Carbon Literate by the national Carbon Literacy Project.

Participants pledged to undertake a range of activities including improving the energy efficiency of their homes and helping others to do the same, helping their workplaces to be more environmentally friendly, planting trees in the community and moving towards a low carbon diet. All pledges were assessed by the national Carbon Literacy Project before attendees received their certificates.

Caroline Harmon, a member of Transition Loughborough and the lead trainer for the project, said:

The climate crisis is a global problem but it’s already impacting us locally. Carbon Literate Leicestershire encourages communities across the county to share ideas and experiences of tackling the climate crisis together.’

Christiane Startin-Lorent, also a trainer for the project, said:

We’re especially pleased because having Carbon Literate residents will help accelerate Leicestershire County Council’s plans for the county to achieve net zero by 2045.’

Carbon Literate Leicestershirewhich is funded by a SHIRE Environment Grant from Leicestershire County Council, was designed especially for people living, working or studying in Leicestershire, but the 19 people receiving certificates join more than 20,000 people worldwide who have completed a Carbon Literacy course.

Transition Loughborough is running two more Carbon Literacy courses in the autumn. Anyone living, working or studying in the county is welcome to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/transition-loughborough-17009317560

The courses are open to anyone living in Leicestershire. Unfortunately, they are not open to Leicester city residents or Rutland residents.

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Transition Loughborough Zoom Meeting 21st July 2021

Present: Ruth, Jon, Jason, Emily, Ken, Janet, Harry, Martha, Sue, Suella, Christian

Chair: Jason

Actions from previous meeting: Sue said COP26 campaigning was going OK and if anyone was interested in take part please contact her still. We were asked by Fearon Hall about the “Have a Go” scheme in October which we’d discussed on the Google Group shortly afterwards but hadn’t decided upon doing anything for.

Finances

Jason said we’d just paid public liability insurance. Current account balance is £3812.54 with an aditional cash balance of £326 being held by Martha. Martha said nobody seems to want to restore the polytunnel sheeting so there is £200 from various fund raising to be divided between LAGS and TL (£100 of that is included in the £326 being held).

Caroline has queried some money that was supposed to have come into the account from Leicestershire County Council which it is not clear whether it has arrived (the Carbon Literacy grant). Jason is going to look into it, and have a chat with Steve to work out what some of the incoming/outgoing amounts were in the Loughborough Building Society account.

Jason was proposed as the new treasurer to replace Steve, with the existing four signatories changed to three. Signatories were proposed to be Jason, Janet and Sarah. Sue and Steve to come off as signatories.

Vote: unanimously in favour

Sue said that at one point there was the idea of a back up finance group, which only met once. Sue asked for this to be noted and Jason suggested that the signatories could form such a group.

Carbon Literacy Update

Caroline had sent a note to say we have two more Carbon Literacy courses running in Sept and Oct, with Leicestershire County Council funding. Everyone who submitted pledges for the first County course has passed, and the next batch of pledges has just been submitted to the Carbon Literacy Project group for assessment.

Constitution

Jason suggested that the constitution is amended to include two meetings. Emily suggested meetings in the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. This is something that would need to be proposed to an AGM, along with discussing any other changes to the constitution. Sue said the reason for having a formalised constitution in the past was to help with applying for grants and council run projects. Ruth said she supported the idea of formalising regular meetings. Jason suggested starting a Google group thread to discuss these changes. Sue suggested that the person chairing the next meeting should be decided at the previous one and they are responsible for organising the meeting. Agreed that we should hold an AGM in the Autumn. Ruth had talked to Fearon Hall and the Pitt Room would be £40 for two hours if it was possible for it to be face-to-face (given the pandemic situation).

Repair Cafe

Jon said we have a Repair Cafe pencilled in for 21st August but with the current pandemic conditions holding it is a 50:50 issue up for discussion. We haven’t yet publicly advertised the Repair Cafe, so we only need to tell the repairers and Fearon Hall if we decide not to run it. Harry said that at John Storer House there was a noticable hestiancy of people coming in, despite them having services reopened, and they are looking at the possibility of having to close some of their services in the next few weeks. Emily suggested putting a page on the web site pointing to videos for common repairs. Some of the repairers/volunteers aren’t comfortable about taking part in face-to-face events they don’t absolutely need to at the moment.

Consensus at the meeting was that we should probably cancel this Repair Cafe. Jon will contact the repairers and Fearon Hall.

Potato Day 2022

Janet said it is happening again this year inconjunction with Transition Chesterfield. Steve, Sarah and Jon have already volunteered to help (and others welcome to join in!). Again because of Covid we’re planning on running it along the same lines as 2021, with largely online ordering starting in October ending in early December. We don’t know if we could have a market stall so we’re planning on running without one again this year. Last year we did all the advertising online without posters as the locations we’d normally put posters were closed. Paul had suggested back in 2020 that we could have a voucher for a coffee/tea at Baxter gate which Janet didn’t want to forget about, even if we can’t do that in 2022 due to Covid. Harry said he was happy to promote it on the general community noticeboard in John Storer House.

Allotment

Jason said it has been an interesting summer at the community allotment. There has been some discussion about the “vision” for the allotment, which is becoming important now so that we know how we’re running the plots next year. Jason suggested setting out in writing how different areas of the allotment are used (shared work areas, small individual plots, what is expected of people coming to the plots, that the plots are all organic). Martha said the Ruth & Luke and others had their own spaces in the past which have worked well alongside the shared gardening space, but that we need to make sure that people aren’t taking over areas that are already being used for shared space and that they’ve met with the garden group so they understand the ethos.

Jason read out the points that Steve had sent to the Google Group. The members at the meeting agreed with all bar his point about dividing the site up into small plots.

Sue pointed out in the early days of the allotment there was a suggestion that the “community” at the allotment should encourage local people from the area around the site. Jason said it is important for people who start growing at our allotment realise that we only take on the plots annually, which is OK whilst we have money and resources to run the plots. Ken said that whilst the micro-plots may sound good in theory, the allotment plots were originally all community space and he felt uncomfortable that he might be stepping onto someone’s space. Ruth offered some of the space that she and Luke use. Both Ken and Martha were against the offering of any small semi-permanent individual plots.

Consensus was that people weren’t happy that the compost bin space was taken down. It was acknowledged that Steve has put lots of work in the plots but that he should not have allocated space to people without consulting the wider group. Jason suggested such consultations could be done via the Google Group which everyone at the meeting agreed with. New members are encouraged to have the same ethos as the wider Transition group (organic, community, peat free, etc) and take part in shared gardening activities/maintenance.

Harvest Period Activities

We’ve only had one approach to use the apple press this year (on a non-public event), which is current stored in the Fearon Hall garage (which is going to be pulled down at some point- Jason will check with Fearon Hall when this might be). Martha said the University is unlikely to run an apple event this Autumn. Janet said she like to be kept in the loop about the apple press as there’s a scratter there that needs fixing.

AOB

Emily said the Coop store in Barrow-on-Soar are now taking lots of plastics that can’t be recycled – this doesn’t include the Coop shops in Loughborough and Quorn because that’s a different sort of Coop.

Jason read out Caroline’s note about the Christian Climate vigil at Jane Hunt’s office, as well as for Great Big Green Week in September.

Next meeting: Potentially hybrid (face to face with Zoom option for remote attendance) later in the Autumn, being chaired by Sue (Janet and Jason said she’d volunteered).

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Meeting announcement

We’re planning to hold a Transition Loughborough catch up meeting on Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 7.30pm. Agenda items include:

  • Allotment land use – small plot and shared planting etc.
  • Repair cafe – details and any adjustments needed for Coronavirus?
  • Change to account signatories plus change of treasurer.
  • AGM – when and where.

With the current increase in Covid infection rates we’re planning on using Zoom to run the meeting online. If you’d like to join please contact us for details of the Zoom link.

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LAGS Plant stall this Saturday, 5 June 2021, at Fearon Hall

During last year’s spring lockdown, when so many people discovered gardening as an activity to keep positive, LAGS and Transition Loughborough ran a virtual plant stall and had some of the plants which the  student gardening Landscaping and Gardening Society (LAGS) had produced. This year, the health situation is completely different, but LAGS again have a lot of plants – vegetables as well as flowers, especially wild flowers – which they want to share with nature lovers in Loughborough. So, with the cooperation of Fearon Hall and the Transition Loughborough Community Allotment folk,  the second monthly plant stall will be held outside Fearon Hall next Saturday, 5th June 2021, from 11am to 1pm.

We would love to see you on the day to share our plants with you. There will also be some seeds available from the Transition Seed Swap which unfortunately could not take place earlier in the year. All donations will be shared by Fearon Hall, LAGS and Transition Loughborough.

If you are unable to come to the event this Saturday, you can join the LAGS community gardening group at the student garden on Loughborough campus (behind car park 5) where they regularly work on Friday afternoons from about 3-6pm.

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June Carbon Literacy Course

Leicestershire Residents Invited to Become Carbon Literate

We are inviting more Leicestershire residents to engage in a days’ worth of learning about the climate crisis and the ways in which individuals and communities can tackle it, after running a successful Carbon Literacy course during May.

Transition Loughborough has been running an online Carbon Literacy course throughout May and now has spaces on another course beginning on 14th June. The courses are funded by a SHIRE Environment Grant from Leicestershire County Council and are accredited by the national Carbon Literacy Project.

Anyone living, working and/or studying in Leicestershire is welcome to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carbon-literate-leicestershire-june-2021-tickets-148762234849.

Carbon Literacy is defined as “An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.” The course covers topics such as climate change science, the ways in which the climate crisis is already impacting us, both locally and globally, and what we can do to act as individuals, communities and organisations.

All attendees will make two pledges to cut their own, and their communities, carbon footprint and attendees can receive a certificate of accreditation once their pledges have been assessed by the national Carbon Literacy Project.

Caroline Harmon, a member of Transition Loughborough and the lead trainer for the project, said:

‘We so pleased to have had our first course for Leicestershire-residents almost fully booked, with 19 attendees. Everyone is really enjoying the opportunity to learn, alongside other Leicestershire residents, what we can do in our communities to tackle climate change and to share experiences and ideas.  The course has a real Leicestershire-flavour to it, but attendees are also joining more than 18,000 people around the UK and the world who have completed a Carbon Literacy course.’

The courses are open to anyone living, working or studying in Leicestershire. Unfortunately, they are not open to Leicester city residents or those in Rutland.

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Plant/Seed swap at Fearon Hall 1st May

Just a quick heads up that Martha and some of the LAGS members are planning a plant/seed swap outside at Fearon Hall on 1st May, 11-13 o’clock. Come on bring your spare plants and seedlings or even seeds. This gardening season is going to be better than ever!

There will be refreshments for sale at Fearon Hall too.

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Carbon Literate Leicestershire

After the success of the Carbon Literacy Courses we were funded by Charnwood Borough Council to deliver last year, we’ve now been funded by Leicestershire County Council through the “SHIRE Environment Grant” to deliver a similar set of courses for residents in the whole of Leicestershire.

The Carbon Literacy Project aims to aims to instill an understanding of the role of carbon dioxide and similar “greenhouse gases” in Climate Change, and provide the motivation and abilities for individuals to help tackle the issue, not only within their own lives but within the wider community through the organisations they work with and for.

Carbon Literacy courses offers a day’s worth of learning, covering:

  • Climate change science
  • Carbon footprints
  • Social equity in relation to climate change
  • What you can do to act – as an individual and at community level
  • Strategies and skills for communicating action on climate change
  • A chance to reflect on the impact climate change is and will have.

In order to achieve accreditation you will need to:

  • Attend the course (three x 2 hour online evening sessions)
  • Do some work at home ahead of the course (1.5 hours. Involves watching a documentary and completing an online carbon footprint tool)
  • Complete a short written assessment during the course. This will be submitted to the Carbon Literacy Project (CLP). CLP accredits the course and will check your assessment before issuing certificates

The fee of £10+Eventbrite’s fee is simply to cover the cost of accreditation so that attendees can receive a certificate after the course. If the fee is a barrier to you attending, please get in touch with us, via Eventbrite, as Transition Loughborough has a bursary fund for this course and may be able to waive this cost.

We currently have two courses lined up – one in May and one in June.  We also plan to host two more courses in the Autumn at dates to be arranged.

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