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Slow Sunday at Ashfield 3/8/14

(thanks to our member David for this review and photos of our first Slow Summer Sunday outing this year - to Ashfield in Howey on Sunday 3rd August 2014, and to our member Ken for hosting the visit. We have also enjoyed a visit to Llysdinam Field Centre on Sunday 17th August, and there are three more to come: 31st August to RENEW at the Doldowlod Walled Garden, 7th September  to Lis and Nick's passivhaus home with permaculture garden at Trosnant and finally a visit to Mellowcroft, date tbc.)


The weather was almost unexpectedly kind on Sunday 3rd August when Transitioners enjoyed a 'Slow Sunday' lunch at Ashfield Community Enterprise in Howey. Home-made salads and cakes brought to share were supplemented by unusual salad leaves eaten absolutely fresh within minutes of being picked on the spot. Ken conducted a tour of the grounds and greenhouses and we indulged in extra 'wild' snacks whilst walking around. Definitely incredible edibles!

Ashfield has huge potential but has needs far beyond its current resources. Volunteers of all kinds are very welcome - with green fingers, other skills or willing to learn.

David Strachan





LLANDRINDOD REPAIR CAFE seeks sewers and fixers

Have you heard about the Llandrindod Repair Cafes?  These are informal social events where people can bring their broken things and learn how to mend them. Here's a review of our first event last month.

The  Llandrindod Repair Café organisers are looking for more sewers to join our pool of 'fixperts'. Could you help show others how to do basic repairs to clothing... eg sew on buttons,  darn a sock,  put on a patch,  that sort of thing?   Our second event is this Saturday, 9th August, in the Rock Park, Llandrindod from 2 until 5.   We'd love you to join us (and not just as a sewer - anyone with fixing and mending skills would be much welcomed).

Just email us  ( repaircafe at transitionllandrindod dot org dot uk )  or phone  Joe ( 01597 829203)  to say you are coming and turn up at 1.30 for the briefing. Volunteers get free hot drinks and biscuits, and there is cake available to buy from the Rock Park cafe.  We'd also love to hear from you if you can't come this time, but might like to join us at a future event.

You can bring your own things to be mended as well of course.  A special feature again this month will be the sharpening table - any  household, garden or carpentry tools that have become blunted with use - eg your scissors, garden shears or chisels.

Hope to see you there.


The Llandrindod Repair Café organisers (Joe, Lis, Martina,Lucy,Nick, David and Di)

download:  2 x a5 flier


TLT meeting 22 July 2014 - Fracking

frackingThe next meeting of Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition will be on Tuesday 22 July from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod. There will be a series of short films on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), followed by a discussion.

Large areas of Britain have been identified as containing underground reserves of natural gas that can be released by a process which injects a mixture of water, chemicals and sand into the rock at high pressure. Proponents promise a new era of cheap energy, job creation and economic benefits. Opponents are concerned about water and air pollution and other environmental impacts.

In these short films we will provide:

  • a clear overview of the technical process of fracking
  • a summary of the problems that have emerged in those areas of the USA where fracking is already used on a large scale
  • the concerns that politicians, environmentalists and local people in Britain have about fracking in this country
  • case studies from around the world looking at specific aspects of fracking

Have you made up your mind yet about fracking? Come and learn more about this vitally important topic, and contribute to the discussion.


Llandrindod's first Repair Café a success!

Llandrindod’s first Repair Café was held in the Rock Park on Saturday, 12 July 2014. About 30 people brought items to be repaired: bikes, bracelets, brooches, lamps, trousers, a toy rocking-horse, an adapter, a soldering iron, a handbag and even a carpet sweeper! The sharpening table was particularly popular, with everything from scissors to mower blades being given a new lease of life. Approximately £50 was raised in donations, which will be used to offset the cost of the event.





LED lighting - time to make the change

The latest LED lights make a perfect replacement for traditional incandescent light bulbs.

LED bulbs

TLT member Nick Talbott has written a guide to choosing LED bulbs based on their experience of making the switch to all LED lighting in their new home. There's also news of a promotional offer that will benefit the Transition Network if you buy LED bulbs from ethical supplier Illumin8.


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