Wednesday, 31 August 2011

‘Green Peas’ - Creative Fun with Nature for Kids

Weekly classes in Muswell Hill and Crouch End

Following the success of our summer Art Picnics, ‘Green Peas’ are bringing exciting creative play activities to Muswell Hill and Crouch End. From 5th September you can join our weekly nature & eco crafts afterschool clubs for 5-10 years old and natural messy play for under 5’s.

 After School Clubs
Nature & eco crafts workshops are a unique opportunity for children to actively play and get creative with natural objects and Earth-friendly craft materials. The workshops reflect changing seasons, help to improve concentration and observation skills and boost your child’s creativity!

Variety of art activities; nature collages, grains and seeds mosaics, rock and mussels’ art, recycled art, modeling, and much more…

3.50 pm - 4.50pm
The Friends Meeting House, Church Crescent, N10 3NE

Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Rd, N8 9LP

 Natural Messy Play for under 5’s
Come to one of our messy play classes and let your child play with seeds, grains, pasta shells and many more fascinating objects. Lot’s of glue and glitter, recycled paper and paint to create these memorable first masterpieces! Every week new activity; painting, drawing, collages, stencilling,modelling, simple and fun paper craft and many more. We also play with real bread playdough and toys made from wood and natural materials.
2.30 pm – 3.20pm

The Friends Meeting House, Church Crescent, N10 3NE

About Us:
Green Peas offer a unique opportunity for children to play creatively with natural objects and engage with Nature in an urban environment.  We use natural materials foraged in local green spaces and recycled craft materials. Our classes in Muswell Hill will also include gardening! Nature crafts unlike ready made,’ instant effect’ crafts help to develop concentration, patience and observation skills. The activities promote a positive and respectful attitude towards Nature.  They support creative thinking, problem solving and they are great fun!
For further details please visit: or call Anna on: 0794 939 2708

Can we reopen Hornsey Baths to the Public?

Posted on behalf of Bethany Wells

Informal meeting over a drink in the 3 Compasses, 7pm, Saturday 24th September 2011

A couple of months ago I made some posters suggesting that we might find a way to open up Hornsey Public Baths to everyone in Haringey as a community design centre, By the railway bridge, could it help bridge the West and East of the borough, a space to visit to be surrounded by challenges, practical ideas and skills for local resilience?

I will be back at the end of September and would like to see if anyone else in interested in adding ideas for this space, and coming up with a plan to take it to the council/developers more seriously.  See below for the ideas so far!
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  • Design, sustainability, resource centre
  • Studios and workshops available at cost price to hire for an hour (or a year) for artists, technicians, e.g. bike repair, consulting rooms, designers, music lessons
  • Meeting space, music, educational and film space
  • Non-profit locally sourced vegetarian catering for events
  • A growing space - sister to FFTS project
  • Linking with local schools, youth groups, residents
  • Keep the character, raw, hints of its past uses, bare industrial surfaces contrasting with neat, new, low budget timber insertions
  • Make it watertight, and add heated, insulated, small hireable studio spaces, with an open central event/reception space
  • Refurbishment in a low energy, step-by-step way, with a blog and exhibition showing the processes
  • Rainwater collection, reclaimed wool insulation, linking with the recycle depot to supply materials
  • Workshops and volunteer sessions at all stages of refurbishment, providing opportunity to learn skills in making, and about an ecological approach to space
  • Using reclaimed materials, a case study in permaculture retrofititting of existing buildings
  • Research and test economic models for a community resource and education space 
  • Set up Fairground Collective as a social enterprise
  • Run as a co-operative or social enterprise business model

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Green on the Screen September presents PLANEAT

Green on the Screen presents PLANEAT
Moors Bar, 57 Park Rd, Crouch End
Wed Sep 7, 7pm (film starts 8pm)

The inspiring story of three men's life-long search for a diet which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet.
The director of this recent release will attend.

With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel's investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.


Green on the Screen is...

every first Wednesday of the month
7pm: Feeding you with delicious food
8pm: Showing inspiring, informative and empowering films on food and sustainability issues
After film: discussion around the theme of the film, with occasional guest speakers