Kentish Town Matters Blog

Going wild?

Tuesday 27/11, Upstairs at The Grafton, NW53LG, 7:30-9:30pm

Going wild?

You know you want to! Join us for an evening of lively debate on reinventing our relationship with nature & creating inspiring local rewilding actions…

Let’s ban herbicides in Camden & create urban wildlife corridors

Come and play the web of life game & drink botanical cocktails

Community Conversation

On Saturday 22 September 2018, locals explored the question “How can we, individually and collectively, co-create a future that we want for our local community?”

How can we build on what we have?  What’s possible in Kentish Town and where should we start? At the community meeting we talked about what matters to us and what is right for our community. We agreed the following next steps:

  • To map existing local places that people can go to meet others, share skills and tools
  • Work with the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum to defend and better use our spaces
  • Reach out and work alongside diverse community groups and young people. Transition Kentish Town will ask community groups if they want to co-host community meals using ingredients from the Veg Box
  • Inform people about Camden Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) and see how it can be supported
  • Bring together a small group of people to find out the best way to connect small actions by individuals to bigger actions, so that we can have a bigger impact

If you want to be involved in taking any of these ideas forward, please contact us.

World Cafe invite – Economics Saturday 22nd September NW5 2SP @ 1:30

Join the conversation to create a thriving future that meets our needs within the planet’s resources

Everyone is welcome. Snacks and drinks provided.  Venue is Wheel chair accessible.

Your talents, time and creativity is needed.  Are you up for it?

When: Saturday 22nd September

Where: Kentish Town Community Centre, 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP  Time: 1.30-3.00 pm

A good society makes it possible for everyone to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. Yet, our society is currently focused solely on profit, and people are forced to chase money rather than happiness. The laws and policies that we make lay down tracks that determine where the economy takes people. Right now, our economy is built around profit rather than being built to get people to their true needs.

We at Transition Kentish Town believe it’s possible to meet our needs within the planet’s finite resources but it requires us to step outside what we know and engage in dialogue with each other.  Join the conversation where our time together will be spent in small groups of 4 or 5 people on this question:

How can we, individually and collectively co-create a future that we want for our local community?

As local residents we know that we face difficult challenges, yet for those of us who are ready to rebel, to question and to think again, these are exciting times.

We are not starting from scratch.  Our libraries, parks and public services are examples of this future.  Locally, we have created Camden Air Action, Veg box, Power Up North London and the Listening Space as examples of the future we want to see.  We want to build on this, based on what matters locally.

“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.” – Kenneth E. Boulding

Spring Bulb Trail – Saturday 6th October @ 11:30

Join us to plant Spring bulbs on a trail of our community gardens around Kentish Town.

When: Sat 6/10 11:30am-3pm.

Where: 11:30-12:30 Listening Space Garden, Caversham Group Practice. 12:30 -1:30 Platform 1 Cottage Garden, Kentish Town Overground. 1:30-2pm Drink at Bull and Last, Highgate Road 2pm-3pm Grow Lissenden, Lissenden Gdns Highgate Rd, NW5

Please bring: A packet of brightly coloured bulbs!

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The day before Tomorrow: Dreams of a Summer evening 08.07.18

Image: Mike T Photography

SUNDAY 8 JULY: FREE EVENT hosted by members of the local Transition Towns network and LUX Centre in Waterlow Park, featuring highlights from the acclaimed French documentary film ‘TOMORROW’ (‘Demain’, with English subtitles)’ followed by an informal mingling of people and ideas over locally sourced seasonal refreshments in Waterlow Park’s Kitchen Garden.

LUX Centre, Waterlow Park, and Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden, Waterlow Park Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N6 5HD 
6-9pm (Screening 6-7pm; refreshments and celebration 7-9pm)

CELEBRATE: Join us to celebrate some optimistic futures that are unfolding around the world, and to find out about ideas for a friendlier, fairer and more sustainable future right here in North London, generated by our own local season of ‘TOMORROW’ film café debates. Share the buzz, add your voice to the debate, vote for the ideas you like best and find out about getting involved.

‘DEMAIN’: AN AWARD-WINNING MOVIE: From its crowd funded origins as an indie documentary, to becoming winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2016 French Film ‘Cesars’, Demain’ has become a hugely influential focus for sharing inspiring ways ‘ordinary’ people are working together to the solve ecological, economic and social challenges facing local communities across the globe.

FREE EVENT – Donations welcomed to support further film making by the ‘Demain’ team, and help kick start local projects.

Tomorrow – Beyond the Exam Factory

Come and share ideas of how we can make our education system fit for the future!
Monday 21st May, 8-10pm. The Grafton, NW5 3LG

What is education for?
How do we educate for active citizenship?
Who decides the curriculum?

Join our panel of students, parents and professionals to discuss how to move education forward. Includes extracts from the award winning film ‘Demain’, which features ways local people are working together to develop local solutions to global problems.

Tomorrow – People Power Local Democracy

An inspiring free film, rant and debate. Have your say on our Pop-up Soap Box/dish
Monday 23 April | 8:00-10:00pm @ The Grafton Pub, NW5 3LG.

Come and share ideas on how we can create a more participatory local politics, active citizenship and bottom up democracy. Event includes talk from Frances Northrup from amazing New Economics Foundation.

Includes extracts from the award winning ‘Demain’ which features ways local people are working together to develop local solutions to global problems.

Tomorrow – Transport

An inspiring free film and discussion event.
Monday 29 January | 8:00-9:30pm @ The Grafton Pub, NW5 3LG.

Come and share ideas on the future of transport in London. Hear from the champions of alternative transport. Let’s bust pollution from our streets. Includes extracts from the award winning ‘Demain’ which features ways local people are working together to develop local solutions to global problems.

Mid-Winter Gathering

Saturday 2nd December 12-3pm
The Listening Space
@ The Caverhsam Group Practice NW5 2UP

Free event

So what will be happening at The Midwinter Gathering ?
  • Laughing Yoga Session
  • Clothing and Toy swap shop – bring any unwanted but useable clothes or toys and help yourself in return (ideally drop off any items by  Friday 1st December).
  • Seasonal Crafting – volunteers will be running crafting tables.
  • Live Music at the buskers stand – please feel free to play and share your talents on the day.
  • Seasonal Food and Drink – please bring a bowl and spoon if you can; if you would like to bring food for sharing, ‘finger food’ is best, and if you are happy to share recipes we will upload these to our website. A group of us will be cooking on the day with surplus food.

Camden Air Action Picnic

Join us to stretch out summer and share dreams & bright ideas for cleaning up the air in our back-to-school lives in Camden. We’ll be spreading our picnic blankets alongside the Stone of Free speech on the grassy east facing slopes of Parliament Hill. (If you’re coming from Highgate Road, head up the hill on the paved path that runs up behind the Café, and you’ll find us on the right. If you are coming from the south, just keep going over the shoulder of the hill beyond the bandstand.)

Everyone welcome at this family friendly information sharing social event. Bring a picnic blanket and food and drink to share. Maybe skipping ropes and frizbees to entertain the kids? Get the latest updates on local and London wide action to end air pollution – especially to improve conditions around our local schools. Share stories of summer travels and local events. Catch up with friends and make new contacts for cleaning up the air we breathe.

Bring friends & family, or just yourself, to indulge in some Blue Skies Thinking on ways we can work together to co-create clean air communities in Camden.

 

Trail of Well-Being

Come and join us for an inspiring tour of our new green spaces off Kentish Town Road. The ‘Well Beeing Garden‘ at the James Wigg practice will open from 11am-12:30 for a FREE LAUGHTER YOGA session. Stop for live music at the Platform 1 Cottage Garden at KT overground station between 1:00-2:30pm.

Stop off at our pop up Camden Air Action stall and find out how green spaces help counter pollution. The day will finish at ‘The Listening Space’ at The Caversham Group Practice between 3 – 5pm where FREE TEA AND HERB SCONES will be served!

For more info: debbiebourne21@gmail.com

The Well Being Garden

Come and join us every Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:45 for an sunny afternoon of free activities…whatever the weather.

  • 4/5 Fancy building a raised bed to grow plants/veg. Come and find out how.
  • 11/5 Feeling herby? Come and learn about growing herbs n have a cuppa herb t!
  • 18/5 Want to design your own Chelsea flower show garden. Come n learn how
  • 25/5 Wild about wildflowers? Come and learn grow a wildflower meadow
  • 1/6 Half term botanical painting workshop. Kids, learn how to paint beautiful flowers
  • 8/6. Elderflower cordial workshop. Come and learn about free (sustainable) food foraging.
  • 15/6 Garden design workshop. How to plant up your outdoor space for summer colour.
  • 22/6 Summer solstice antics…fairy crowns and witches brew!
  • 29/6 Pond dipping. Learn how to build your own wildlife pond.

Clean Air Future Energy Event

Camden Air Action Clean Air Future Energy (CAFÉ) event

At the start of 2017, the Camden Air Action network invites you to a café style event on developing practical local clean air solutions. Concerned individuals, TRAs, Neighbourhood Forums, campaigning groups. health professionals and local councillors: all welcome.

Come along and join the café style discussion table that most reflects your interests for exchanging clean air action information and ideas. And help generate the buzz of energy and ideas we need to build creative clean air solutions. Table topics include creating clean air routes to school; clean fuel transport; organising awareness raising clean air community events; green fuel home energy; developing Camden’s air activist network for stronger mutual support, and maximum effectiveness. Followed by free networking/ social time.

Come along to share your vision of the communities and streets you want to live in, and to raise a glass to a greener, cleaner air Camden.

The Listening Space

The Listening Space – a truly inspiring new eco-therapy project/community space coming to Kentish Town

The team at Transition Kentish Town has been asked by the most wonderful, inspiring Camden doctor – Dr Jane Myat, from the Caversham NHS Group practice in NW5. Jane has asked us to collaborate on turning a really neglected, derelict huge courtyard to be found between Leighton Rd and Peckwater, NW5. The site has not been used for years, and is aimed at being turned into a bucolic garden that could really help patients, and bring the community together. Jane’s words of how many of her patients were victims of war, isolated folks, people cut off from society really spoke from the heart. We want to help her turn The Listening Space, into a place where she and her fellow doctors can listen to patients; a space where we can grow veg and fruit; herbs and plants which originate from as many places around the world as her patients come from. We are going to build a cob pizza oven for regular bread making. We want The Listening Space to provide a truly multi-cultural environment.

The Story

We are a group of NHS health professionals, artists and gardeners who are working together to build a community garden and therapeutic space to enrich the clinical work we do. Our daily practice has shown us the importance of connecting to each other: as doctors, patients and colleagues, to the natural environment and to the food we eat. We recognise how difficult this can be.

Our purpose is to provide a safe and convivial outdoor space to improve physical and mental wellbeing by providing opportunities to increase activity, social networks, skills and confidence. The project specifically aims to benefit those in our community who find it difficult to access other services and for those where no other provision exists.

We hope we can count on your help and support to raise the funds for the initial groundwork to launch our scheme. Here is the link to the crowdfunding page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thelisteningspace

Many thanks in advance to anyone would like to contribute – there is no obligation but if you would like to contribute, however small the amount, it will all make a difference….and if you feel able to spread the word via your facebook pages that would be fab!

For starters, Saturday November 19th has been earmarked as the ‘Big Dig’ day when we plan to have a big tidy up, bring in manure, plant some bare rooted fruit trees and other things depending on funds raised. I hope you will agree that this is a good opportunity for us all to be involved in something creative and positive and improve our working environment in the process.

Many thanks

GP Jane

Caversham Group Practice 4 Peckwater Street

London NW5 2UP

Tomorrow ‘Demain’

Transition Kentish Town invites you to join us in a viewing of this inspiring documentary. It’s a positive response to the global ecological crisis and a celebration of local people all over the world who are creating innovative solutions.

When: Monday 17 October
Time: 7pm
Where: The Grafton (upstairs), 20 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3LG

 Responding to warnings that the planet may be on the verge of a mass extinction cycle unseen since the last Ice Age, ecological rights advocate Cyril Dion and actress-filmmaker Melanie Laurent set out on a multinational voyage. During their trip, they met community pioneers who are reinventing agriculture, energy, the economy, democracy and education. By shedding light on these positive and progressive initiatives, they document the emergence of what could be tomorrow’s world.

“It’s fascinating how, as a species and as a culture, we are brilliant at imagining our own extinction. We make films about whether we’ll all be wiped out by zombies or nuclear bombs or diseases or robots or aliens. But where are the films about us actually turning something round and… solving the problem? We don’t really have those films. Human beings are so ingenious and creative, we could do extraordinary things, but for that we need to tell ourselves those stories.” Rob Hopkins, founder of Transition Towns

For more information contact: debbiebourne21@gmail.com