News & Events Archive - 2009

Haringey Independence Day 30th May 2009: REPORT by Wendy

The day ran from 12 noon to 6 pm at West Green Learning Centre, Park View Academy, West Green Road (next to Downhills Park). It was "for everyone who cares about their community, environment and workplace and wants to change them for the better. Discussions, workshops, stalls, films, socialising and refreshments. Kids welcome and free creche throughout the day. Free Entry. Free book give-away, bring your old books to swop. Give or Take event." We contributed this advert to the programme. “Independence” referred to independence from government, religion and authority in general. Woody, Mary and Wendy attended, and representatives of twenty radical organizations, from arts and organic food co-ops to shop stewards, allotments, and various shades of green in between had stalls in the large main hall of the West Green Learning Academy.

There wasn’t much activity round the hall – nobody seemed to be looking or signing up for anything and the general public as opposed to organizations was disappointingly absent. NLLETS ‘s stall was set up with three different styles of fliers, two small posters and a stack of leaflets, but there was very little interest. After our presentation about cashless societies we signed up one new member.

Mary went to a very good workshop about facilitating meetings and renewed acquaintance with David Milner who ran Haringey LETS years ago before it merged with NLLETS. Wendy liked the books and found a local Crouch End arts group Krankenhouse Project interesting. We all enjoyed the music and grub - almost as good as Alexandra’s catering.

It seemed as if the organisers were more interested in groups networking with each other than attracting the general public. At the final plenary session we discussed how to improve next year’s session, and how local organisations might co-operate in joint community ventures, in particular setting up and obtaining funding for a new Haringey Community Centre and finding a venue for it. Mary suggested that these groups could become involved in LETS. It would be good if NLLETS Haringey members could get involved and raise the profile of LETS in the borough.


Hampstead & Kilburn Resilience Hustings Weds 14th April 2009 - 7.30pm: Venue: St Stephen’s Church on Rosslyn Hill next to the Royal Free Hospital starting at 7.30pm. It’s being organised by Camden’s Transition groups, Camden Friends of the Earth, Camden Greenpeace, the Camden Cycling Campaign and the Ask the Climate Question group of green NGOs (Oxfam, RSPB etc) because this parliamentary seat is a key marginal in the general election. It won’t be the usual political argy-bargy where politicians fight to put each other down and avoid answering questions. Punch and Judy have not been invited! Rather our guests – the six known candidates for the Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary seat – will be Keynote Listeners for part of the evening. The aim is to help them to understand why we’re so concerned about climate change, peak oil and resilience. There’ll be short films, drinks, eco market stalls, questions to the candidates and music! Hope to see you all there. All the best, Alexis and Sarah: CamdenCAN & Transition Belsize www.camdencan.org.uk - and - www.transitionbelsize.org.uk


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