Monday 6 August 2012

Minutes of TCE Meeting 18 July 2012

Transition Crouch End Meeting, 18thJuly 2012, 7.30pm at Hornsey Vale Community Centre

Present:  Patrick, Barbara,Rebecca, Andy, Chis, Rachel, Kate (Allerdyce), Gemma,Gillian, Tilly (minutes)
 Apologies: Pamela
Minutes from last meeting held on 25th April were not read.

Agenda Items

1)Green on the Screen
Plan for Autumn 2012 Season:
September: Schooling the World
October: Transition 2 (& we advertise Apple Day)
November:  George is organising
December: Local Short Films; end of year party
Was agreed we should continue our good practice of obtaining licenses for the showing of films.
Tilly mentioned she has purchased a DVD of an award winning film about Ed Burtynsky- entitled Manufactured Landscapes,  after seeing his exhibition at the Photographers Gallery, which could be a film for a future GOTS screening.
Action:George to organise November film.

2) Urban Harvest News- Gemma
Transition Belsize have set up an abundance website – a network of local fruit trees etc.Gemma is organizing local picking groups and picking events, including picking on the Ladder.
Gemma is also holding regular monthly Wednesday morning gardening  slots at the Priory Common Orchard, situated on Priory Rd, near the entrance to Alexandra Park. The children’s nursery nearby are showing interest in getting involved.
For more information, dates etc, see

3) Tree Mapping/Conservation
 Chris is wanting to raise awareness about the mapping and conservation of local trees– there was mention of the local Tree Trust who used to attend our events.
Action: Gemma, Kate and Rebecca expressed interest in working with Chris on trees,

4) Meadow Orchard Update
Meadow Orchard going well- Open day and Concert on 7th July was a big success. Rachel has run some workshops for Highgate Wood School year 10 students at MOP.
Kate is looking for more people and /or groups to get involved at the Meadow Orchard.

5) HVCC Update
The HVCC May Gala on 7th May, featuring lambs from Church Farm was a big success. Transition Crouch End ( Patrick, Pamela, Tilly) ran the café, selling almost entirely home made cakes and despite large crowds, used no disposable serving items, apart from paper napkins.TCE Tyre Garden at HVCC growing well- Patrick, Johnand Tilly plan to build a raised bed in the autumn.
Patrick and Tilly have hired the meeting room for this evening in exchange for  weeding the HVCC forecourt.

6) Church Farm CSA Update
Gillian is the link person- fed back on Church Farm news. The box scheme is going very well in Crouch End- the Farm is now delivering 20 boxes. The Farm has a facebook page. Sadly Sam is leaving, to set up a farm in Devon.Wanting to develop the ‘More than a Box’ aspect- Richard investigating using a community minibus for transport on Farm volunteer days.

7)Apple Day
First discussions held about organising the fourth annual Apple Day run by TCE  with Urban Harvest and HVCC, to be held on Saturday 20th October 2012 at HVCC. Excellent news that George’sfather may be able to attendand give a talk on Apples.Discussion of our aims for the day- and the messages we want to get across. A wish expressed to have transparency about funds made on the day. Some people who attend want to buy apples etc, as well as taste them. Enthusiasm for the idea of having a market area in the hall, for people to sell produce made from local apples, pears etc. Talk of events/stalls on the day- London Orchard project?,  children’s activities, apple pressing sessions, the big crunch etc. Chris has kindly agreed to organise showing of films,possibly urban foraging film? and/or loop of photographs during Apple day, in the side room at HVCC.
Action: George and Patrick organising collecting the apples from Blackmoors
Gillian will look at last year’s poster to possibly revise for this year
Tilly& Gillian will mention Apple Day at the next HVCC events meeting.
Other  Items:
·       Please send all events information to Rebecca for next TCE Newsletter
·       Rebecca  holding a Hearthlands |Off Grid Green Tour of Crouch End area on 27thJuly and also a Concert at MOP on 28th July
·       Any posters for local Transition related events can be sent to Tilly, to put in the TCE noticeboard at HVCC.

Date of next meeting:
Apple Day Planning Meeting: Evening of Friday 7th September 2012, all welcome, venue to be confirmed.


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