Newsletter Transition Edinburgh - Workshops, Events, Meetings, Screenings

NOVEMBER 2012 issue

Greetings from the Earthship Energy Fair

October saw some neat-o Transition Events.  In particular, the Earthship Energy Fair celebrated Transition Edinburgh Pentlands' putting their Climate Challenge Funding to good use with a workshop series in three local primary schools (Currie, Nether Currie and Juniper Green). The workshops (15 in total) were facilitated by Sustainable Communities Initiatives and presented activities designed to show students where energy comes from, how to reduce our useage and what green alternatives are available.  

MP Alistair Darling opened the Fair which included stalls from other environmental groups and activities such as the 'oil game' that proved popular with students.  Good, clean fun! The next step is a recruitment drive for households willing to take the Energy Challenge with a target of cutting consumption by 5% over the next year.  Many thanks to Johanna Carrie for the photos. 
MP Alistair Darling and Transition Edinburgh Pentlands

And now for something rather similar!

It may be wet and rainy, but there is no excuse for idleness this November.  From cooking classes to lectures to art festivals and ceilidhs for charity, we've got something for everyone nearly every day of the month!


If you like the newsletter, please take the time to pass it on to friends and, as always, many thanks to everyone who got in touch with news and events.  

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If you have events or news for the November issue, please send the details to transitionedinburgheditors@gmail.com by Friday 26 October.  
 
And now, without further ado...

In this month's newsletter:

Transition News & Events
Events From Other Groups - Markets
Events From Other Groups - Food
Other Exciting Events


Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Sarah Stewart, Rob Hutchison, Joy Stockley and Clare Neely
Email:  transitionedinburgheditors@gmail.com


Transition News & Events


Portobello Market
[PEDAL]

Date: Saturday, 3 November
Time: 09:30 - 13:30
Location: Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1LJ
Price: Free

Market: All the usual traders and a few more will be there for all your shop­ping needs. Look out for some fun entertainment on the fringes of the market, plus exciting news on the forthcoming Christmas market in December.
more info
 

The Orchard is Waking Up
[PEDAL]

Date: Saturday, 24 November
Time: 10:00
Location: Donkey Field Orchard Site - sited between Brunstane Road South and Gilberston, just oppos­ite Brunstane Station. EH15 2NH
Price: Free

Work party: Orchard work­days offer hon­est and reward­ing graft for those who want to help develop and main­tain the Donkey Field Orchard. Everyone is welcome! And please make sure to bring some­thing to eat and drink and wear appro­pri­ate cloth­ing.
more info
 

 

Events From Other Groups - Markets


Affordable Groceries
[Leith Food Folk]

Date: Every Friday til 21 December. Leith Library 2, 16, 30 November, 14 December | McDonald Road Library 9, 23 November, 7, 21 December
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Leith Library 28-30 Ferry Road, EH6 4AE | McDonald Road Library, 2 McDonald Road, EH7 4LU
Price:

Market: The Leith Food Folk are running affordable grocery stalls in Leith Library and McDonald Road Library until Christmas. Drop in to stock up on basics, find out how Edinburgh Community Food can help you enjoy healthy, affordable food. Check out this article about the project in the Edinburgh Evening News.
more info
 

MCFB Charity Art Fair
[Multi-Cultural Family Base]

Date: Thursday, 8 November
Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Location: Drill Hall, 30-36 Dalmeny Street, Leith EH6 8RG
Price: Free Entry

Fundraiser : Browse and buy the work of local artists to raise funds for charity. A multi-cultural picnic will be provided by World Kitchen in Leith between 6-7 pm with live music. Children are welcome and all profits from the event will go to Multi-Cultural Family Base, a Leith based charity which provides services to vulnerable children, young people and their families from mainly black and minority ethnic groups within Edinburgh.
more info
 

Balerno Community Farmers' Market
[Balerno Village Trust]

Date: Saturday, 10 November
Time: 9:00 - 13:00
Location: Main Street Balerno EH14
Price: Free Entry

Farmers' Market: Come out and meet the friendly Balerno community, and sample some quality locally sourced Scottish food.
more info
 

 

Events From Other Groups - Food


Lochend Secret Garden Cooks!
[Lochend Community Growing]

Date: Every Tuesday until 22 January inclusive
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Location: 48 Restalrig Road South, Edinburgh EH7 6LE
Price: Free

Classes: A brand new cookery course is starting up this autumn just for women aged 25-49 from the Lochend & Leith areas! It will be a fun opportunity to meet other women, learn new skills and enjoy delicious, seasonal cooked meals. There is limited creche availability, so please let us know of your childcare needs in advance. For more information, or to sign up contact Ally on 07824 838 364 or allyhurcikova@carrgomm.org . Hope to see you there!
more info
 

Slow Supper
[Slow Food Edinburgh]

Date: Tuesday, 13 November
Time: to be confirmed
Location: Iglu Bar and Restaurant, 2b Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HH
Price: £12 for Slow Food members and £14 for non-members (includes main course and a glass of wine). Please book with Iglu directly for the Slow Suppers, either on 0131 476 5333 or via the website/email.

Meal: Come along for some delicious local fare at this month's Slow Supper. Iglu focusses on wild, local and organic ingredients, emphasising the importance of seasonality and adopting an ethical sourcing policy.
more info
 

The Talk of the Walk
[Edinburgh Community Food]

Date: Wednesday, 21 November weekly until the end of March
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Various Leith Locations
Price: Free

Group: A free group for women, exploring ways of making small healthy changes to our lifestyles using resources in the local community. Regular walking and community gardening opportunities, mindfulness practice, practical & healthy cookery sessions, getting to know your local food shops, ‘cooking on a budget’ workshop and more! For more information or to register, please get in touch with Emma on 0131 467 7326 or email epattinson@edinburghcommunityfood.org.uk
more info
 

Autumn Seasonal Meal
[Shandon Local Food Group]

Date: Thurs, 22 Nov 2012
Time: From 19.30
Location: The Caley Room, 58 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JR
Price: 3 courses £17.95

Meal: The Caley Room events sell out quickly. Please book directly with them on Tel: 0131-337 7204
more info
 

Development Award for Edinburgh Community Food and Out of the Blue
[Edinburgh Community Food]

News: October- Edinburgh Community Food have been awarded £50,000 in Santander's National Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA). The prize money will pay for a coldroom and chiller van, enabling the enterprise to expand its services to the corporate sector. 'Out of the Blue' bagged £15,000, which it will put towards new storage equipment and bicycles, enabling the cafe to add an environmentally friendly delivery option to its services and extend to lunchtime deliveries and business catering, woohoo!
more info
 

Cheap, Good to Eat and Home-Grown - Apples Can Help Beat the Recession
[The Guardian]

News: 10 October- Scotland has thousands of acres of public land lying underused or empty. At the Holyrood Apple Day recently, MSPs were urged to help sweep away some of the bureaucratic blockages that stand in the way of getting fruit trees planted in our schools, hospital grounds, streets, parks and around public buildings.
more info
 

The Great Debate: Are our School Dinners Good Enough?
[Soil Association]

News:  9 October - From Martha Payne's headline hitting blog to Jamie Oliver's decade long healthy eating campaign, the issue of food in our schools is under constant debate. Laura Stewart, Director of the Soil Association Scotland, is one of 5 experts who give their thoughts on how this could be improved.
more info
 

Feeding the World in Partnership
[Scottish Gov't]

News: 16 October - "Scottish farming co-ops are playing a key role in food production from Melrose to Malawi and making a crucial contribution to the nation's economy", Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said today. Co-ops enable individual farmers to punch above their weight and reap economies of scale. Joining forces enables them to realise all the economic and market advantages that are beyond the reach of individuals.
more info
 

National Food Waste Campaign
[Scottish Gov't]

News: 8 October - A new national food waste campaign, encouraging people across Scotland to help combat the environmental impact of food waste was launched today. Reducing food waste is 7 times better for the environment than any recycling option, but sometimes it can't be avoided and food recycling services are now being rolled out in towns and cities across Scotland, as well.
more info
 

A Malt is Born
[Scottish Gov't]

News: 23 October - Rural Affairs Minister Richard Lochhead saw a little bit of history being made during a recent visit to Wick's Pulteney Distillery. A 40 yr old Single Malt has been launched - the oldest whisky the company has ever released.
more info
 

Women's Land Army Tribute
[Scottish Gov't]

News: 9 October - Following the unveiling of a memorial to the Women's Land Army at the Fochabers Estate in Moray, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment said: "The Women's Land Army played a crucial role in helping to feed the nation and maintain our agriculture land during World War II. Their dedication and drive was truly remarkable - and the fact we have such well based agricultural and forestry industries in Scotland is a testament to all that they achieved. It is a fitting tribute, which shows the appreciation we all have for them and ensures their extraordinary story is preserved forever."
more info
 

 

Other Exciting Events


Kigali Kigali
[Out of the Blue]

Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 - Wed, 7 Nov 2012
Time: 10.00 - 17.00
Location: Drill Hall, 30 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
Price: Free entry

Art Exhibition: The Ivuka Arts group in Kigali is one of a handful of groundbreaking collective studios in Rwanda, which are exploring the creative potential of contemporary art and providing networks, educational and supportive opportunities in their surrounding communities. Working in acrylics with a striking sense of colour and movement, 6 professional and 9 young artists translate their environment and contemporary sense of place in modern Africa.
more info
 

Braidwood Bike Skills Park Proposals
[Braidwood Bike Park Group]

Date: Saturday, 3 November
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Location: 10 Bowmont Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9RY
Price: Free

Information & Consultation Day: Braidwood Bike Park Group want to establish a proper urban bike skills park in the Southside of Edinburgh. It's early days, but we think the idea and the site (an overlooked corner of the city) together have got loads of potential! We want to show people what we have in mind, and build the support we'll need to make it happen!
more info
 

Lecture by Bill Dunster, brain behind BEDZED
[University of Edinburgh]

Date: Monday, 5 November
Time: 20:15 - 22:00
Location: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Lecture Room 1, Minto House, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JZ
Price: Free

Lecture: Come and hear Bill Dunster, principal of ZEDfactory and the brain behind BedZed, possibly still the best example of integrated sustainable development in the UK.
more info
 

Edinburgh Human Rights Festival
[Amnesty International]

Date: Saturday, 17 November
Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Location: St Augustine's Church, 41 George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Price: Free

Festival: Welcome to Amnesty's second annual Edinburgh Human Rights Festival! This year we will be showing films in the downstairs theatre, as well as speakers, workshops and stalls.
more info
 

Maintenance Classes
[The Bike Station]

Date: Sundays, 18 and 25 November
Time: First Session 10:00 - 12:00 | Second Session 13:00 - 15:00
Location: The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1UU
Price: £28 per session

Classes: There are two different sessions available, each covering different aspects of basic maintenance. Booking ahead is essential
more info
 

Mitrović Family Festival
[Mitrović Family Festival]

Date: Wednesday, 21- Friday, 25 November
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Drill Hall, 30-36 Dalmeny Street, Leith EH6 8RG
Price:

Festival: The Mitrović Family Festival is a five-day event featuring art, theatre, comedy, poetry, drama and music workshops for kids and adults. A unique celebration of the family as an institution of stability, spirituality, joy and development in communities.
more info
 

Klezmer Fundraising Ceilidh and Workshops
[Greenpeace and Compassion in World Farming]

Date: Saturday, 24 November
Time: 19:30 - 22:00
Location: Drill Hall, 30-36 Dalmeny Street, Leith EH6 8RG
Price: £6 / £4 Concession

Ceilidh: Ceilidh to sizzling Eastern European Dance Melodies with dances called by expert teachers. Live music by The Klatsh Klezmer Band in aid of Greenpeace and Compassion in World Farming. There will also be afternoon workshops in klezmer song and dance with expert teachers from Manchester. For more information, please contact Andrew Gardiner, gardiner43@btinternet.com, 07767 398237
more info
 

Remade at Canongate
[Remade in Edinburgh]

Date: Friday 2 November
Time: 10:00 - 12 noon
Location: REMADE, 82 Canongate, EH8 8BZ
Price: Free

Drop in session: We have sewing and computer experts on hand each week to help you fix your stuff, so bring along your mending or laptop computer. Please note change of address. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available (donations welcome to cover costs).
more info
 

Infectious Diseases and Epidemics
[The University of Edinburgh]

Date: Tuesday, 6 November
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Location: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre Four, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Price: Free - booking essential

Talk: A lecture by Professor Paul Digard, Chair in Livestock Immunology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Admission is free but tickets must be booked in advance.
more info
 

Tollcross Repair and ReUse Drop-in
[Remade in Edinburgh]

Date: Wednesday 7th November and Wednesday 21st November
Time: 18:45 - 20:45
Location: Tollcross Community Centre, Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG
Price: Free! Donations welcome.

Drop-in session.: This regular drop-in session runs on the first and third Weds of each month until Christmas (and beyond if successful!) Volunteers will help you with your mending - learn the skills to fix your textiles and laptop computers - and there will be a different workshop or demo each week on a repair or re-use theme. Tea and coffee available. Donations welcome to support our work. All welcome!
more info
 

Ageing World, Ageing Mind
[The University of Edinburgh]

Date: Tuesday 13 November
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Location: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre Four, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Price: Free - booking essential

Talk: A lecture by Professor Ian Deary, Director of the University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. Admission is free but tickets must be booked in advance.
more info
 

Introduction to Using Social Media
[Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens]

Date: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012
Time: Morning
Location: Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2LA
Price: £20 for FCFCG/Trellis members, £30 for groups in FCFCG/Trellis network, £45 for others (lunch included)

Training: At this morning session you will learn about Social Media (Facebook, blogging and Twitter) and how this can be used by your organisation/group as a tool to engage with your group's community. For more info please contact Andrew Tweedy, FCFCG Tel: 0131-623 7058 email: andrew@farmgarden.org.uk. To register, click here 
more info
 

Human Rights in the Modern World
[The University of Edinburgh]

Date: Tuesday 20 November
Time: 17:30 - 20:00
Location: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre Four, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Price: Free - booking essential

Talk: A lecture by Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002) and President of Ireland (1990-1997) as part of the Our Changing World lecture series. Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance. Please note this lecture starts at 17.30.
more info
 

Greening Up Your City by Kate Gilliam and Humpback Whale Behaviour by Dr Alison Craig
[Ragged University]

Date: Thursday, 29 November
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Location: The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson St, Newington,Edinburgh,Midlothian EH8 9DD UK
Price: Free - No ticket required

Free talks, food and music: Two talks, some free food and delightful music to encourage you to put your feet up and enjoy learning. Come along this month to enthrall to the passion and knowledge of... Kate Gilliam with her talk Guerilla Gardening: Taking the City- There is unused land in every city, so grab your shovels, plant some vegetables, and take back public space. It’s your city! Green it Up! Followed by Dr Alison Craig who will share some of what scientists like herself have learned about humpback whale behaviour over the years.
more info
 

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