July 2012

Sun 1st July Big Abundant Party, organised by Climate Survivors
Location: The Brow House
Street: 1 Mabfield Road, Fallowfield
City/Town: Manchester M14 6LP

Thurs 5th July 3pm til 7pm The 10th FeedingManchester networking & training event, bringing together sustainable food projects in Greater Manchester.  The Yard, Work For Change, Hulme, M15 5RE on  with a BBQ held over the road at Hulme Community Garden Centre afterwards.

We are very happy to announce that we shall have Jade Bashford from England Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) there to share her knowledge on Accessing land for Community Use.

Concentrating on:

  • Introduction to leases and licences.
  • Community gardener’s introduction to planning permission
  • Communities buying land: how communities can buy land for food growing and community use, particularly as community land trusts.

There will be a ‘Wanted and Offered’ board available for individuals to share there needs and expertise. Plus ‘Manchester Food and Drink Festival’ 2012 updates and for sustainable food groups to devise the ‘Sustainable Fringe’.

Please contact beth@feedingmanchester.org.uk or call 07833 774775 for more info or to book your place asap.
£5 for individuals/community groups.
£30 for public sector organizations.

Sun 8, 10.30am Friends of Chorlton Meadows Event: Balsam Bash Chorlton Ees car park – end of cobbled road off Brookburn Road, Chorlton you may like to bring a packed lunch. You will also need to wear suitable footwear (boots or stout shoes) and dress for the weather.
*This event has been organised by the MV Warden Service but will be led by Dave Bishop (FoCM Chair) 0161 881 6276

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00pm until 8:30pm Powering the future: your questions answered Manchester Friends of the Earth Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, M4 1LE
How can we keep the lights on without new nuclear?
Who do we want to control our energy supply?
What can I do to support Clean British Energy?

Join us for a discussion of all things energy-related with our special guests:

* Glyn Thomas from Friends of the Earth
* Ed Gill from Good Energy
* TBC from The Carbon Co-op

Refreshments provided. All welcome. Bring a friend! 🙂

Tuesday 10th July, 7.30pm Screening of ‘Gasland.’ A screening of the Josh Fox’s controversial documentary about ‘fracking’, the process of extracting natural gas from shale oil, takes place at the 3MT Venue, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JG. Supported by The Cooperative, this is a FREE event, but seats are limited to 70, so please book your place now by ringing the Three Minute Theatre on: 0161 834 4517 or emailing: gaslandscreening@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 11th July 1.30-3pm Launch of Hyde Park Community Orchard
The event has been organised so that local schools and other volunteers who have been involved in planting or making the artworks can come and celebrate completion of the new features. There will be refreshments and cakes, kids’ activities and tours of the orchard. The Mayor will be present to declare the orchard open so we are hoping for some real summer weather!
Please RSVP if you’d like to attend here http://hyde-park-community-orchard.eventbrite.com/

Weds  11th July 10.00—16.00, Engaging Communities on Climate Change,   The Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
Engaging Communities on Climate Change
This course will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living.

It outlines why climate change can be a particularly problematic issue for communities, how to overcome this and how this links to issues around the Localism Bill and the ‘Big Society’.
People attending this course will:
1.     Learn the ways in which community engagement can deliver lasting change on climate and energy issues and how to make this happen.
2.    Understand why community engagement on climate change can be problematic.
3.    Be clear on the best ways to start a dialogue around climate change.
4.    Learn to lead a discussion on the positive aspects of low carbon living.
5.    Learn to support and work with communities.
6.    Be able to offer guidance to any community group on reducing their own foot print.
7.    Receive guidance on how to develop an action plan.

£395: Business rate
£288: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£130: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals.
Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact info@talkaction.org for further details.
Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.
Prices include a hot Mediterranean buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.
Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: anna@talkaction.org

Weds 11th July 4-7pm Growing Manchester  networking event at the Lakeside Centre, Platt Fields Park

‘Growing Manchester’ and the ‘Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens’ would like to invite you to a network gathering

The aims are to:
> Meet other participants in Growing Manchester or from community garden projects in the city
> Learn how a number of projects have developed their growing project, what works and what doesn’t
> Share ideas and support one another to overcome challenges
> Discuss how other participants, the Growing Manchester programme and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, amongst others, can support your group
> Be inspired by the Friends of Platt Fields plot and get your hands dirty!

To book your place at the gathering or find out more about the event email raichael@farmgarden.org.uk or call 07505 172 335 102.

Thursday 12th, 7pm to 9.00pm Green Party meeting, Creative Corner Cafe, 14 Milton Grove, Whalley Range M16 0BP. including brief presentation and longer workshop about “SteadyState Manchester” facilitated by Marc Hudson

Thu 12 July 2012, 7.00pm until 8.30pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Climate Subgroup Meeting
“Our monthly climate subgroup meeting at which we’ll be planning next steps on the Clean British Energy campaign and our local campaign to engage businesses with Manchester’s climate change plan, A Certain Future. If you’d like to join us, please call/text Ali on 07786 090520 so we know to expect you.”
Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester

Friday 13, 10am to 12 noon Greater Manchester Environment Commission meeting. Open to public. Oldham

Sun 15, 10.30am Friends of Chorlton Meadows Event: Wild Flower Walk Chorlton Ees car park – end of cobbled road off Brookburn Road, Chorlton you may like to bring a packed lunch. You will also need to wear suitable footwear (boots or stout shoes) and dress for the weather.
*This event has been organised by the MV Warden Service but will be led by Dave Bishop (FoCM Chair) 0161 881 6276

Weds 18th Economy Scrutiny Committee meeting of Manchester City Council

Thurs 19th, 3pm to 5pm Social Media Surgery at Zion Arts Centre, Hulme  Book here

“We are here to listen to what organisations like you, community organisations, want to achieve by using social media in your workplace.
• Are you ‘Facebooked out?!’ Need help with your account?
• Do you want to know what everyone is twittering on about?
• Have you already got a wordpress account and have specific questions for us?
• Do you want to use video or pictures on the web to raise the awareness of your group or cause?
“Your place is free! Come and bring any social media questions and our volunteers and social media experts will help you out!”

Thursday 19th, 6.30pm to 9.00pmSteady State Manchester gathering at MadLab, Edge St in the Northern Quarter.
steadystatemanchester.net for more information

Sat July 21st Envirolution, A free festival in Platt Fields Park. A selection of marquees will host a range of activities and entertainment promoting and inspiring sustainable living.

Sun 22nd, 7pm Withington Co-operative Eco-house meeting, Fuel, 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington (upstairs). “The Withington Co-operative Eco-house is a new project to enable a group of people to be given the opportunity to live together within the city in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way. The house will provide accommodation for a household of six people, who we are currently looking for. No capital is required to join. Go along to the next meeting to find out more.” http://www.coopliving.net

Sunday 22nd July New Eco-House in Chorlton open day
36 Manchester Road Chorlton cum Hardy, M21 9PH I can have all day Open House and would welcome volunteers to help remove the polystyrene covering walls and ceilings of the 2 attic rooms and roll up the carpets, but no obligation to do anything but call in and say hello or “Are you crazy?”.
On Tuesday 24 July from about 6.30 pm. a sledge hammer session will be launched to clear the backyard of concrete towards creating a vegetable/fruit and nut garden.
Observers may wish to lay bets or do any other wild thing to raise money for the GP or the house.
please ring 0770 207 8859 to confirm there are no changes of plan.


Weds July 25 Manchester City Council Executive meeting at which the Annual Carbon Budget will be signed off… Presumably the C and N Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets shortly before this, regardless of how it is re-branded…

Sat 28, 11am – 5pm (ish) Hulme Community Garden Centre Summer Party. A free community event with live music and craft stall. Reserve a stall by 13th July..


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