Tuesday 20 December 2011


Transition 1.0 - Film Showing
8.00pm, Wednesday 1st February 2012, 
at Green on the Screen, Moors bar, Park Rd N8 8SY
Shown as part of the Green on the Screen New Year film season - Doors open 7pm. Meals served, including locally sourced ingredients, until 7.45pm.
Transition 1.0: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience is the first detailed film about the Transition Movement, showing communities around the world finding ways to respond to peak oil and climate change, as well as setting about rebuilding their local economies with creativity, imagination- and humour! The evening ends with post film discussions.
See our Green on the Screen pages for more information

Saturday 10 December 2011

Steering Group Meeting Monday 12 December

Last Steering Group Meeting of the Year
Monday 12 December 2011
8pm Maynard Arms, Park Road

Brief discussion of what we have achieved this year, 
Crouch End Festival meeting,
dates for meetings next year,
followed by meal at local restaurant.

Everyone welcome
(if you have difficulty finding us,
 ring 07756252382)

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Green on the screen- Short films of community projects & events- Tomorrow night! Films from 7.30pm



Crouch End in shorts



Wednesday 7th December 2011
All proceeds in aid of the Haringey Churches Winter Night Shelter

Celebrate the year with us - doors open @ 6:30 - come early and network!  We expect to start the screening after serving those who wish to eat. Pleas order when you arrive from our delicious menu of mainly local food.


Community Supported Agriculture
The Meadow Orchard Project

Knowing Through Growing
Food Cycle

Time for a dessert from our menu and a drink from the bar...

Haringey Churches Winter Night Shelter

A year of Green on the Screen
Community Fire Celebration
Edible Landscapes London
The Compost Giveaway
Food from the Sky

We invite you to bring a wrapped 'no longer needed' recycled giftWe'll exchange gifts after the film screenings. Anything left over will be donated to the Homeless shelter

World Cafe


News & Updates

  • Come see the 'must see' film of 2012! Post your choice in our film suggestion postbox at Moors Bar on GOTS nights and yours could be one of the nine we plant/screen in 2012!
  • The next three films we expect to screen are below - your suggestion could be there too:
  • February: The Transition Movie
  • March: Ecomonics of Happiness
  • April: Water, the great mystery

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Herbal Medicine Workshops at Green Lens Studio

Herbal Workshops@ Green Lens Studios
4a Atterbury Road,
London, N4 1SF
Phone/Fax: 020 8350 5915
Mobile: 0777933 7693
Led By Medical Herbalist Misty Simpson
 £ 5, £10 or £15. Pay what you can.
Please call 0750 699 2795 as spaces are limited.
Sunday Dec 11th. 1-3:30
Seasonal Festive Remedies  
In this workshop we will look at the medicinal properties, legend and lore of traditional herbs and spices associated with the festive season. We will discuss at frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, cloves mistletoe and more. We will take a look at the origins, history and meaning of mid winter celebrations and make a remedy to take home.
January 8th  1-3:30
Keeping Well in Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit in the Dark Months.
This work shop will cover, making cold and flu remedies as well as looking at seasonal effective disorder and herbal remedies for the low spirits that are common at this time of year. We will look at making the darkness our ally and embracing the winter months as an essential part of an ever changing cycle.

February 12th. 1-3:30pm
In this workshop we will look at herbal remedies to accent love. We will look at the medicinal properties of roses and chocolate and explore some heated passion potions. We will explore ways to open hearts and grow love and compassion for ourselves, our families, our communities and our planet.

March 11th 1-3:30 pm
Spring Awakening.
At long last life is starting to spring up around us. Today we will take an herb walk in railway fields and discuss the medicinal plants that are growing there. We will look at nourishing plant infusions, why we detox this time of year and how to do this safely and effectively. Meet at the entrance to railway fields on Green Lanes.  Wet weather dress may be required.

Saturday 12 November 2011

London Transition Groups Gathering

with Rob Hopkins on his new book
The Transition Companion
Some inspiration, some celebration, and possibly a bit of a shindig!
Come and share what you're up to and what you're learning ?
Whether you’re already involved or just interested to know more, all welcome
With London Low Carbon Zones, Project Dirt and the London Low Carbon Communities Network
GLA, Rooms 4&5, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA
Thurs Dec 1st 6.30pm for a 7pm start (finish time tbc, will add it here when we know)
Allow time to get through the venue's bag check system
Tickets in advance only
Before Fri 18th £7 and £3 (concs)
After Nov 18th £8 and £4 (concs)

You can make an online payment to Transition Finsbury Park sort code: 089299 account number: 6534 5852 (The Co-op) or send a cheque payable to Transition Finsbury Park to 9 Theydon Rd., Hackney, London E5 9NA.  Then email your name/s, group (if you're part of one, no worries if you're not, you're still very welcome) and borough to aob3@aol.com to let us know you've paid and you'll receive a confirmation email once your payment's cleared.  (Let us know if the name on your account's different).   We expect the event to sell out so if you book and then find you can't make it, we should be able to refund your ticket if you let us know in time.
We'll email a participants list to everyone the day before the event with the above but not your contact details, drop us a line if for any reason you don't wish to be on it.  We hope to be able to hear from as many people as possible on the night but we won't have time for all 200 of us, so send us a short paragraph if you've something relevant to London as a whole that you want to let everyone else know about and we'll include it in that email if it’s appropriate.
Copies of The Transition Companion available on the night
Email the address above if you'd like a copy, they'll be £15.
If you'd like to make any suggestions or be involved, get in touch.
As well as Rob talking a bit about the Transition movement and answering some questions, it'll be very interactive.  We'll also get updates from the LCZs, Project Dirt, the LLCCN and the producer of Just Do It.  There'll be a focus on people telling the stories of their projects, reflecting on how things are going and how they got to where they are, what's been a disaster, what's been brilliant, and everything in between J.  We also hope to throw in a few songs and poems.
If a few of you are coming from your Transition group, it would be great if you could think about bringing along an object that helps tell the story of your project or where you live.
The event's being put on by volunteers.  If we have any surplus income, it will go into refreshments on the night.

Monday 7 November 2011

Craft in Crouch End

Rachel's Mosaic Workshops
Sat 12 and 26 November, 10am-4pm

Rachel's Mosaic at Stroud Green and Harringay Library
Last chance to book on the creative mosaic making workshop where you will learn the lovely, wonderful, enjoyable art of mosaic and go away with your own finished piece. A great present for yourself or friend or family and Christmas is coming soon....
When?      Saturday 12th November. 10am-4pm
Where?     Hornsey Vale Community Centre,
               60 Mayfield Road, Hornsey Vale/ Crouch End, N8 9LP......
               near W3 or W7 bus stops, a bus journey from Finsbury Park tube or a short
               walk from Harringay overland station
Cost?        £25 but concession prices available

Please contact Rachel by email or on  07905 764 107
During the 4 hour workshop there will be a short break for lunch. Please bring your own snacks/packed lunch. more details here:-   http://www.thirdrock.moonfruit.com/#/workshops/4552067139

There is also a 2nd workshop on Saturday 26th November for all ages - please see the website link for details. Please forward to anyone who might be interested. Thanks
and hope to see you soon

Dark Day and Winter Festival:
Sunday 20 November, 2-4.30pm 
Hornsey Vale Community Centre celebrate Mid Winter with games, arts and crafts, recycled Christmas cards and decoration-making followed by our annual lantern procession. Also lovely cakes and hot chocolate from the café.
£1 per adult or child. Limited to 120 attendees! So come early to be sure you get a place! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 Anna's Write-up From Apple Day 2011
We entertained over 50 children on the day making apple creatures and leaf collages. Children and parents were very appreciative and creative! The craft tables were never empty during the all event and children made some stunning artwork out of leaf and bark and really funny apple creatures. We were using sunflower seeds, broad beans, toothpicks, goggly eyes for making apple creatures. Leaf princesses and butterflies were made out of autumn leaves, bark and were stuck to cardboard bases. Being given such a simple materials to work with, children proved that they don’t need expensive toys and craft materials to be creative! It was a fun day and we hope to come back next year.Anna, Green Peas Events/

Thursday 20 October 2011

Walk through the dark to the fire - Friday 28th October 6pm

At this time of solar withdrawal, climate change, the rapid decline of cheap oil, energy price rises and economic recession we are trying to find our way through the darkness. We are called to find warmth and light within ourselves and our community. We invite you to join your community to courageously find our way together through the dark and celebrate our connection around the bonfire at one of our local community gardens. At this time of All Hallows Eve / Halloween / Samhain, we will walk in darkness (seasonal costumes and pumpkin lanterns welcomed) along the Parkland Walk and realise our resilience, remembering our ancestors and all beings who have gone before us to pass on their wisdom of how they moved through their darker times.
You are invited to join us;
6pm at the top of Crouch Hill main road entrance to the Parkland Walk to then prepare and support each other to walk in darkness along the Parkland Walk to the Crouch End Hill exit,carrying one of Marilyn's sculptures, a local artist who made the amazing sculpted figure on the parkland walk.
We then process along Hornsey lane and Hazelville Rd (5 Mins walk) following the ancient clay route of the potters, the tilers, the brickmakers to a bonfire and other seasonal activities at Sunnyside Community Gardens (Hazelville Rd , N19 3LX). There we'll find a BBQ (bring any other food you or your ancestors enjoy to share), Apple bobbing, craft tables, face painting, music (any musicians come bring your voices and instruments) and a warm welcome in a very magical green setting. Toilets are available in their cosy community building.
Dress warmly with wet weather clothing options/wellies etc.
You may want to bring something you've written which we'll burn on the fire to symbolise whatever you wish to release or transform eg your fears/despair, your commitment to prepare for the end of cheap oil. You could then then add your wishes, along with your potatoes, of course or just come to join the feast and celebrations!
Anyone able to join us as one of the supporting stewards with high vis fluorescent jackets/waiscoasts call/text Andy 07940 291 779

Posted by Rebecca Stewart

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Two mosaic workshops at Hornsey Vale Community Centre

Come and enjoy the lovely, absorbing and fun art of mosaic. You will design and create your own piece, to take away with you. 

Beginners and all abilities welcome. Small groups so lots of individual attention. All materials provided, but do bring any pieces of china or tile special to you to recycle into your piece.

Mosaic Art Workshop 1 - Saturday 12 November 2011

Where: Hornsey Vale Community Centre,
60 Mayfield Road, Crouch End N8 9LP
When: 10am- 2pm (bring packed lunch)
Age: adults

To book To reserve a place, see details below.

Mosaic Art Workshop 2 -  Saturday 26 November 2011

For all ages from  7years+ - making mosaic Xmas pressie/ decoration
Mosaic Workshop

Come and enjoy the lovely, absorbing and fun art of mosaic. You will design and create your own piece on an Xmas theme, to take away with you. It will make the perfect present for yourself/ friend or family member.

Where: Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60
Mayfield Road, Crouch End N8 9LP

When: 10am- 2pm (bring packed lunch)
Age: 7+

To book or reserve a place at either of these workshops, contact
Rachel Fell:rachelfell@hotmail.com
or text 07905 764 107

Apple Day 2011 - the write-up

Apple Day is one of my favorite events in the calendar and this was no exception. We always get an enthusiastic response: as one mum put it, 'It's an event I look forward to every year.'

This year we had all the features that make this day such a success: the fresh juice from the apple press, many, many different varieties to sample, a crammed tasting table, a cookery demonstration, a children's craft area and a bustling cafe selling tea and apple cake. 

So this is an opportunity to thank everyone who contributed. 

Thanks to the Urban Harvest, our partners in this event for their stalwart work at the apple press, (i.e. Phil and Mike) and to Hornsey Vale Community Centre for co-hosting the event (special mention to Lynne and Ursula from the committee for helping out in the cafe). 

Thanks to George for providing the fabulous apples (and for letting us take some home with us), and of course for sourcing the most beautiful apple tree, which I'm hoping will be part of a community garden.  Thanks to Anna Konarska for organising the children's area and for superb multitasking. Thanks to Sarah Moore for showing us how to produce a delicious dish from quince, a fruit that can be seen as the poor cousin of the apple but shouldn't be.

Thanks to all the bakers and preservists who turned up with tempting home-made produce and who sold it!  (Special mention to Dick for bringing his battery of artesan jams and chutneys.)  Thanks to Church Farm for providing us with bottled apple juice from their rural care project.  Thanks to Pamela and Chris for meeting and greeting and doing a very good job of monitoring attendance.  (We had just short of 300 people.)

And thanks to everyone else who helped with putting up posters, and telling people, and on the day chopping, washing and clearing up.  And to North London Lets, Tree Trust for Haringey and Transition Finsbury Park for providing information about their projects.

Every Apple Day has the same ingredients and yet each year is just that little bit different.  A year ago we decided to concentrate on apple produce and activities, rather than the juicing, because we thought all the apples would have run out by the end of September.  How wrong we were....  Instead Apple Day was a celebration of abundance and human ingenuity in not letting good food go to waste. 

People were encouraged to bring their own apples; many did and they were received enthusiastically.   We had about eight boxes left over and at least half of those were juiced at the Launch of the Stationers Park Playground the next day. 

At the same time, many people left with homemade produce and hopefully ideas for making their own.  Is this idea of artesan goods and sharing skills something we could develop next year?  Could this be the first tentative step towards creating a community market?

See, planning for next year already!

Apples from Weston Park Primary School

Saturday 15 October 2011

Apple Day is Here

And finally Apple Day dawns and we go back far into time to when the first apple was eaten...

Ode to the Apple
 by Pablo Neruda

I want to celebrate you,
Making my mouth run with juice
At the mere mention of your name.

You are eternally new
Like nothing else,
Like no-one else.
A recent windfall from Paradise
Bursting with purity
Like the crimson cheek
Of the dawn.

How shall I compare thee
To the fruits of the earth?
The particle grapes,
The dusky mangoes
The bony plum trees,
The deep depths figs.
You are pure pomade,
Freshly toasted bread,
The cheese
Of the vegetable world.

When I bite into you,
Your restore my innocence.
Just touching an apple
Returns us in an instant
To the moment of being
Newly sprung from the earth.

I want a superabundance,
An overrunning of your family.
I want
A city,
A republic,
A Mississippi River
Of apples
And on your shores,
I want to see
Everyone in the world
United, reunited
In the simplest act in the world,
Munching an apple.

Friday 14 October 2011

Apple Day - one more day to go and the penultimate poem

This poem is for those of us who are just on the verge of finding apples a little too bit much.  It's when your muscles ache from picking and you only dream of apples....

After Apple Picking –
By Robert Frost                                            

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.

And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.
Or just some human sleep.

Photo Courtesy: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TT

Thursday 13 October 2011

An Apple Poem A Day... continued

The apple
by Pierre Gammara

A crimson apple,
Admiring her reflection, pronounced,
She was the most beautiful fruit,
Of all the fruit in the world.

She was the most tender, the most delightful
The most dulcet, the most subtle.
Not the mango, not the agave,
Nor the most delectable melon,
Not the pineapple, not the orange…
None of the fruits we eat,
Under the northern sky, under the southern sky;
Not the red sapotilla,
Not the strawberry, not the blueberry
Had such melting flesh, such bloom.
Her sister was not to be found.

The breeze wafted her perfume through the air,
Her purple hue against the leafy green struck the eye.

'Oh yes, it's true, so true,' said a tiny little worm,
Nestled in her core.


Monday 10 October 2011

An Apple Poem A Day... continued

We are delighted to have local Harringay resident, Dick Harris come to our Apple Day, famous for his cider making and autumn produce. He will be selling jam and encouraging people to try his apple juice and other alcoholic apple formats.  We include this poem in his honour.

The Apple
By Philéas Lebesque

Lovely Autumn, give me your apples,
Blushing like the cheeks of a young girl.
I want to gobble them up.
I want to slurp up their juice.

Lovely Autumn, give me your apples
For the cider press standing there.
I want to crack open that delicate flesh
Between its jaws of iron.
I want to draw out the golden liquor
Working the screw and the lever hard.
I want to see the source of my intoxication gush.
To challenge the heaviness of winter and the dark months.
There’s nothing like a full cellar and grain in the granary.

Lovely Autumn, give me your apples.
In the dewy meadow, my corn ripens
What does the past matter?  I have sown the future.
The withered leaves at the whim of the wind may career
Into the fog of the darkening days.

I have cider in my cellar.
I have leave to forget the real pain of living
The pain of walking bent,
And having so little, so little freedom…

Rob Hopkins Launches his new book in Crouch End this Wednesday

We are very very pleased to invite you to join Rob Hopkins and a whole bunch of us for the exciting launch of his new book: The Transition Companion

Wednesday 12th October- Free event

FOOD from the SKY on the roof of Thornton’s Budgens in Crouch End (see our contact page for more details)

13:00 to 14:30 for a talk by Rob about his new book, an intro about FOOD from the SKY by Azul and other local ‘transition’ stories.

ABOUT ‘THE TRANSITION COMPANION: making your community more resilient in uncertain times’
This is the result of a collaborative process involving thousands of people over the past 18 months, and picks up where ‘The Transition Handbook’ left off. It sets out where Transition groups are at and crucially the key things that can help them work well. It is packed with stories and photos from around the world, of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

‘food from the sky‘ is a collaboration between Thornton’s Budgens supermarket and Azul-Valerie Thome. It is a permaculture community garden growing food to sell in the supermarket below, while providing a learning and educational space for different parts of the community.

Access to the roof is behind the store: From Crouch End Clocktower look West , walk up Crouch Hall Road , turn left pass the police station, walk through the carparks and finally climb up our public access scaffolding tower up to the sky. 2 minutes from the Clocktower.

Rob brings humour, imagination and vision to the great challenges of our time, and argues that what is needed at this time in history is “engaged optimism”. The rapidly-spreading Transition movement which he was pivotal in establishing, is an embodiment of that. Nicholas Crane, presenter of BBC2’s recent ‘Town’ series, recently referred to Transition as “the biggest urban brainwave of the century”.

He is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. This grew out of many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building.

In 2008 he published the ‘The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience’ which has become the transitioners’ bible. He also writes www.transitionculture.org, recently voted ‘the 4th best green blog in the UK’. He was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served 3 years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists.

Rob is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust/Guardian’s ‘Green Community Hero’. He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, holds an MSc in Social Research and recently completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth entitled ‘Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes’. He lives in Devon and grows food for his family.

We are looking forward to host this very exciting book launch with Rob and yourselves!


An Apple Poem A Day... continued

This poem encapsulates what Apple Day is all about - to celebrate what is local and distinctive, to campaign against supermarket homogeneity, and to enjoy the variety of English apples!

If you want to find out more about English varieties, you can access the recent BBC4 programme here.

The Apple War By U. A. Fanthorpe

The storm troops have landed
The red and the green,
Their pips on their shoulders,
Their skin brilliantine.

Uniform, orderly,
Saleable, ambitious -
Gala and Granny
And Golden Delicious.

Quarter them, they’re tasteless;
They’ve cotton-wool juice,
But battalions of thousands                                                                                                      
Routinely seduce.

In shy hen-haunted orchards
Twigs faintly drum,
Patient as partisans
Whose time has almost come,

From Worcester and Somerset,
Sussex and Kent,
They’ll ramble singing,
A fruity regiment.           

Down with Cinderella’s kind,
Perfect toxic, scarlet;
Back comes the old guard
Costard, Crispin, Russet.

James Grieve, Ashmead Kernel,
Coppin, Kingston Black -
Someone has protected them.
They’re coming back.