A good gathering at the newly refurbed No 34 Community Cafe in Poole
High Street for our monthly Transition Town Poole get-together for March.

Nick from Lush gave a presentation about the nearly completed strawbale cold store in Hamworthy that TTP folks helped to build recently. This is the only industrial load-bearing strawbale coldstore in the world and is in line for various awards. It’s part of Lush’s 5-year plan to be the greenest of green companies and it’s great that TTP can work with them. Nick invited us to join in with Lush Fest at Holton Lee in July, possibly with a screening of the new
Transition 2 film. Lush goodies were also handed out as thanks for our construction help.

John G gave an outline of the latest on PTEP. Funding was received from LEAF – but it has to be spent by the end of March. So the team are very busy gathering data, designing branding and doing what can be done in a short space of time.http://ptep.co.uk/

The latest on Turner’s Nursery is that although the Council have approved the idea of a wildlife-friendly community orchard on part of the site and are generally supportive, Wessex Water have decided that a major sewer needs to be built through it. This will entail clearance of large areas and felling of numerous trees and the work could take up to 2 years to complete. We are in consultation with the Council and WW about this but in the mean time we intend to continue with surveying work and Permaculture designing. A (slightly inaccurate) report appeared in the Bournemouth Uni news web recently http://www.thebreaker.co.uk/2012/03/14/poole-residents-rally-for-community-orchard/

The Garden Share discussion is postponed until next meeting.

Gwyn is working with Poole Council to put on a State of the Environment Day, focused on Food and Packaging, on Thursday 12th April. Email invite will go out with more details on the googlegroup.

We are probably going to have a stall with Bournemouth and Christchurch Transition groups at the Green Community Fair at Moors Valley on 13/14 April. Helpers will be welcome. Again, details to follow.

https://greencommunityfair.wordpress.com/

The Green Community Arts Fair in Poole Park will be on 3 and 4 June.
We will have a stall there too and will need volunteers to help.

In July(?) there will be a Transition BH picnic, probably on the
green at Ashley Cross with boules games and other such larks.

With all these community activities we will need new display materials. One thing that’s always been missing for this TTP group is a logo. Andrew is producing some sketches (based on circles) for consideration.

We’re all invited to a Dorset-wide Transition Gathering Saturday 28th April in Bridport (including visit to community orchard). This is a networking event organized by DA21. Not sure about times yet, but it’s likely to be morning and afternoon. If you would like to go and want to carshare (either offering lift or wanting lift) please email harrietsj@googlemail.com.

Andy Hope had been to the Quakers sustainability event last week. They are looking at how they need to interact with the issues and what action to take as a group. More meetings with Transitioners are planned for April and May and no doubt a path forward will be developed in time.

Right, that’s it, I must get back to work now. I didn’t take notes and can’t remember what else was discussed. If I’ve missed anything please feel free to post.

Harriet