On Sunday September 3rd 2017, despite the pouring rain, hundreds turned out to Romsey's annual Food Festival.
This year, Transition Town Romsey joined forces with Michael Pratt and Lee Chesters of Test Valley Borough Council and shared a pitch at the bottom of Latimer Street. TVBC were promoting recycling, and TTR promoted home composting - with a game for the children (or young at heart) and money-off vouchers for adults (courtesy of HCC). Anyone who correctly identified that all the 20+ items could be home composted, won a clay worm. We gave away around 40 worms and the children's knowledge was often better than the parents !
On Saturday September 30th from 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m., Transition Town Romsey will be joining forces with Romsey Abbey Environment Group to help the people of Romsey utilise their surplus apples.
We are hiring an apple press, which is smaller than the one used at last year's event, so that everyone can have a go at pressing their own apples for free. Any apples are suitable (eaters or cookers), and so are falls, so bring along whatever you have, but don't forget to also bring some containers to take the juice home in ! Plastic drinks bottles and milk containers are ideal. Last year we juiced a number of different apples, and it was surprising how different the juice tasted.
The juice can be: kept in the fridge for 3 days; frozen; made into jelly; or for the more adventurous, made into cider. There will also be sacks of pulped apples available for anyone who would like some for their compost heap or as animal feed.
We will provide all the equipment needed, so start picking up those windfalls..........
Last year we hired a large apple press and took it to the Apple Day at King John's House, where the Mayor had a go at juicing some apples.
Andover starts its own Repair Café What do you do with a broken toaster, a skirt that needs a new zip or a hair dryer that’s on the blink? If your answer is bin it, then think again because Andover is about to get it’s own Repair Café. Starting on 22nd July, from 10am till 1.30pm and hosted by Andover Mind at the well-being centre in Westbrook Close, the Repair Café will take place monthly.
The Repair Café has received support from VIVID (formerly Sentinel Housing Association) and The Saintbury Trust to help with start up costs and depends on the continuing generosity of volunteers who give their time to help out. Lisa Langman, volunteer co-ordinator at Andover Mind said “If you have a talent for fixing things and have time to spare some weekends, we’d love to hear from you. We need people with practical skills to act as fixers as well as front of house and refreshment helpers. This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting new event right from the start and we are hoping to recruit a team of about 20 volunteers over the coming months.” If you would like to find out more, contact Lisa on 01264 332297 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Repair Café Foundation - www.repaircafe.org/en The Repair Café concept started in the Netherlands in 2009 and was founded by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café Foundation. This foundation provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café.