Transition Town Poole Meeting Nov 2011

At Friends Meeting House, Wimborne Road

A quick summary of what we talked about at the last Transition Town Poole meeting earlier this month

A small group this month (8). First Gary led us through an activity designed to get us thinking about our connections with nature and the way that everything is inter-dependent (air, soil, water, microbes, birds, trees …). It involved string and card and fingers and brains-whirring …

We had a quick look at Rob Hopkins’ new book The Transition Companion.

Then John gave us an overview of current progress on the Poole Tidal Energy Project. The new website is now up and running at www.ptep.co.uk and although the bid for funding from EnergyShare was unsuccessful – PTEP got through to near the top of the last 100 but didn’t make the final 10 or so – this hasn’t stopped the project from going ahead. Postgrad and undergraduate Students from Bournemouth Uni are now working on aspects of the feasibility study, and support has been strong.

Reports from Occupy Bournemouth and the Green Community Fair. There is likely to be a Green Community Fair in Poole next year. Transition Poole will have opportunity to be involved.

Gary told us about Regen AG (a global alliance of farming families & organisations who are committed to helping regenerate the world’s farms, soils, communities and on-farm livelihoods) and we talked about the importance of local food systems. We live in a great farming county – but we have a huge, dense, urban population to feed. The Dorset Urban Food Project was set up to address this problem – how to support local food producers in rural Dorset and encourage food supply chains to urban Bournemouth/Poole.

North Road Playing Fields - we have been invited by Poole Council Leisure Services to put forward suggestions for this area of former clay pit/abandoned playing field which is to be taken over by the Council on a 25 year lease as a new public open space. The plan is to use it as wildlife-friendly green space – pasture/wetland/ponds/trees.

We talked about homelessness in Poole. Sandra had been deeply moved by the needs of the homeless people who had gravitated to the Occupy Bournemouth camp at the Town Hall in Bournemouth. We felt that although homelessness is not a core activity for Transition groups it’s important to acknowledge that people living rough in our town are part of our community and so we should know what is being done about it. [Today I saw an article in the Echo about this ‘Now Poole outreach support team is seeking help from residents to provide a vital Severe Weather Emergency Provision service for vulnerable people. … “SWEP provides a great opportunity for a number of agencies to work together to stop rough sleeping in Poole.” Volunteers are needed to make beds, heat and serve meals and make people feel comfortable. Or people can donate money to fund essentials such as mattresses, bedding and food by texting BCHA04 the £ sign and amount, to 70070.’

We also talked briefly about Abundance, the plans for the Marina.

Harriet