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SUNDAY 21st MAY 7.30pm. ‘TOMORROW’ PART 2: LETS members are invited to join Transition Ealing for our next event, a showing of part 2 of ‘Tomorrow’, followed by responses from Jo Winter, Chair of Governors at Grange Primary School, and Cllr Binda Rai. As with our showing of the first part of ‘Tomorrow’, there will also be an opportunity for general discussion and sharing of ideas. Known as ‘Demain’ in France, this French documentary has now been seen by more than 1.5m people and is currently showing in 29 countries. It is a positive, affirmative and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions to environmental problems. It is arranged into 5 chapters: food, energy, economics, democracy and education. On 21st May we will show the sections focussing on democracy and education. We hope that, with the film and responses from Binda Rai and Jo Winters as a starting point, we can develop a really fruitful discussion about what can be done locally to provide a better future in the face of global challenges. Although there is much to be proud of with education in London, it is not surprising that many people are questioning current educational priorities with problems emerging such as increasing numbers of children suffering from stress at school and needing mental health support. The film shows ways that established approaches and priorities can be revised and we hope it will prove thought-provoking for everyone who sees it. Democracy is also in a problematic place with low turnouts for elections and cynicism about politicians. The models shown in ‘Tomorrow’ point to ways of moving towards a more inclusive approach. The event will be held at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free, but donations to help us cover costs will be welcome. We are also going to continue our book exchange pilot, so if you have any unwanted books exploring environmental issues, do bring them along!
Christmas Social: Genevieve Hibbs is welcoming London Lets members on Wednesday of this week (28th December). If you would like to attend please send her an email - find her on the membership list or click HERE. Programme: 12:00 - 12:30 Gather at Genevieve's place for ploughman's lunch. 13:00 Depart by car ( I have some spaces) to a venue in Cowley and walk (it may be a bit muddy. About 15:30 return to my home. About 16:00 to about 20:00 eat and play party games. Genevieve advises that she and her friends enjoy ourselves without smoking or drinking alcohol.
Wednesday 30th November 7-10pm: New Vision of Disability - social at, Castle Bar Pub, 84 Uxbridge Road, West Ealing, W13 8RA: see FACEBOOK PAGE - contact Joe Kelly.
Tuesday 20th September 2016, 6:30 for 7pm start: Ealing CVS (Council for Voluntary Service) Annual General Meeting: to be held at Ealing Town Hall, Liz Cantell Room, New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2BY - link to map.
Sat 6th August 2pm: OPEN AFTERNOON at Litten Nature Reserve, Oldfield Lane, South Greenford: www.littenreservefriends.com
Wednesday 3rd August: TEA & COFFEE MORNING: from 11am in West Ealing - for details contact Joe Kelly on 07411 164221.
Thursday 9 June: Self-Care (for Ealing groups only): 10:00-3:00. The main objective of this ECVS workshop will be to enable groups to educate/support/signpost their service users as well as to encourage, motivate and empower them to actively adopt the self-care ethos. During the workshop you will learn: What is self-care? Why is self-care important for your service users, staff and volunteers? Self-care tools and resources. Common conditions and tips to stay well. Getting the message across. Action planning: how to integrate self-care work into your organisational activities. The workshop will be held in the Conference Room, Southall Town Hall, 1 High Street, Southall, UB1 3HA: To book please click: here.
Friday 3rd June 2016: Ealing Volunteers Fair 11am to 2pm, at The Green Room, Ealing Central Library, Ealing Broadway Centre, W5 5JY: Interested in Volunteering? Perhaps you’re a student looking to gain some work experience or a full-time mum wanting to support your local community? Maybe you’re retired but have some excellent professional skills you’d like to share? Do you have a specific interest or talent you’d like to develop? Whatever your circumstances, there’s a voluntary role in Ealing that’s just right for you. Come along to the Ealing Volunteers Fair and find out more. It's totally free! It’s your opportunity to meet a wide range of really interesting organisations, to ask questions, make contacts and take the next step forward in volunteering. Gathering for LETS members: 2pm-4pm - for venue text 07966 216891.
Thursday 2 June 2016: Greenford Carnival, Ravenor Park, Greenford, UB6
Wednesday 1st June 2016: Mental Health and Wellbeing Fair: 10am to 4pm at Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, - Wellbeing is more than a state of mind. It comes in every shape and size, and is just as much about feeling good as it is about being sad or distressed. Find out more at Ealing’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fair. Free for everyone. Over 30 local NHS and community based groups will be there: • Mindfulness and Stress busting techniques • Support for Carers • Where to find counselling and other talking treatments • Fun, interactive activities and workshops including Bhangra dancing • How to get more help with your mental health if you need it • How to get involved and have your say.
Ealing Green Drinks: Thursday 24th September 2015. Nick Chapman of Friends of the Earth invites us to the autumn season of Green Drinks, which are held on the last Thursday of the month at: TJ Duffys, 282 Northfield Avenue, W5 4UB, Nearest tube/bus: Northfields (Piccadilly Line), E2, E3, commencing at 8pm. See google map link.
Please invite anyone along who is interested. The format will be: a short talk, followed by a discussion and a chance to exchange ideas and a drink with a friendly bunch. The topic will be community currencies, so this will be an opportunity for members of Ealing LETS to connect up - we look forward to meeting you there.
Sustainable Survey: James Byrne sent in some information about his project which is called Sustainable Survey. He says: Thank you to Conrad Bryan for organising the interesting GD event guys. It was a pleasure to meet you all and learn more about the LETS scheme. If anyone would like a government funded free home energy assessment then we still have some funding left for a short period to offer these, normally costing around £300. Please quote "GD Ealing" when you fill in the survey, so we know where it came from. Here’s the web link: http://www.sustainablesurvey.org/doorstepsurvey
Ealing Green Drinks, held on Tuesday 27th March 2012, had about a dozen attendees, from various local organisations and the Green Party. It was in a nice quiet room at the back of the pub, so we could sit around a table and talk, and had a solid discussion for a whole two hours about how LETS would actually work in practice involving allotments. Perhaps a regular "table sale" at the allotment would be the best way to organise this. People needing produce delivered could get lifts from other LETS members. Also printed vouchers might also be useful so that transactions can be completed on site. We could also set up a fund to support the project. Conrad is going to put an article about Ealing LETS in his newsletter, which is called the Green Chronicle. Mary took along a few copies of the About page backed up by the Application Form both printed out straight from the website, and some people took them away. Welcome to Giuseppina who filled in a joining form there are then, and is now a member of Ealing LETS. Below is the notice of that meeting:
"Ealing Lets" and local Growers - Mary Fee. Finding it difficult to find and buy locally produced food and have little time to grow yourself? Do you have some spare time to contribute to the local community and get paid in local currency (Eals) ? Are you short cash but want to buy services or goods by working your trade through Ealing LETS trade exchange? Why not supply your trade to the exchange and receive services or goods in exchange or receive the local currency "the Eal" in exchange for you to use later. Ealing Lets is a local trade exchange that offers an exchange platform in Ealing that is outside the main currency system. Mary Fee from this organisation has agreed to join us to talk with us about what this group does and to explore how we can add allotment owners to the exchange which could allow more non-growers access to locally grown food. Link to Ealing Green Drinks. Venue: The Kings Arms, The Grove, Ealing W5 5DX: Map: http://www.fancyapint.com/pubs/pub3758.php.
First Friday Music at Open Ealing: We had a mini-social after West Ealing Arts Project's regular First Friday music event on Friday 2nd March 2012 - at 113 Uxbridge Road, London, W5 5TL - featuring Andrei Ionescu and Jorge Sapién. Free admission - see details of this, many classes, and art exhibition, on www.openealing.com. Watch out for confirmation of the next event, which exceptionally may be held on the last Friday of March due to the first Friday of April being a bank holiday.
Help running Ealing LETS: We have been invited by Ealing Volunteer Centre to register with them as a local organisation potentially able to provide opportunities for volunteers, and have completed the form accordingly, attempting to describe the post of a Member Support Worker - the form, as submitted, has been uploaded to the newsletter area - see HERE. Ideally, member support should be provided within the scheme, but following the AGM of 6th December 2010, we are down to three committee members, and we are therefore trying all angles. Hopefully someone allocated to us by the Volunteer Centre would in effect become a member of the scheme - or at least have that option made available. This does not preclude members from offering help on an occasional basis - one thing we hope members will participate in happily is hosting socials and phoning round to remind members to attend. If you would like to volunteer for this - or have an idea of other ways you can help - do Contact Us!
Footnote - we have not yet heard back from Ealing CVS - where have we gone wrong?
Transition Network: Conrad Bryan writes: ever wondered how to make Chutney, from Ealing's wild fruits? Diane Gill who runs Ealing's Abundance will be joining us on Tuesday to give us insights into the activities of Abundance. We will also be joined by Ealing Transition Town's Community Garden group who will be there to tell us how we can grow our own food or join in. Venue: New Inn, St Marys Rd, Ealing W5. Find out more on: www.greendrinks.org/London/Ealing - also see us on facebook. See you there !
Tips for a Greener Christmas: Genevieve Hibbs writes: One of Twelve Tips for a greener Christmas is to swap clothes with your friends. The government website suggests that you organise a 'swishing party' and bring your old clothes to swap with your friends so you all have something "new" to wear ... Perhaps we could do that at a subsequent Ealing LETS event. There would need to be separate rooms for lads and lasses! The link to the article is here. Link to Genevieve's profile. Watch this space for local events. . . .
West Ealing Neighbours: David Highton, chair of the residents' group West Ealing Neighbours, has invited us to send a a short article about Ealing LETS for their January newsletter, covering - What LETS is - both in Ealing and its national context - How it works (with some examples so it's clear to readers), and - How to get involved. Laurence has responded promptly with an article - many thanks - now uploaded to join other documents in our Newsletters area - see here. We are also exchanging links with West Ealing Neighbours - see: www.westealingneighbours.org.uk.