Folkestone in Transition: The next steps

Foraging blog: Elderberries

Film showing: Trashed

Fundraising evening of music and poetry

Foraging blog: Elderberries

In the first of a regular blog, George Kirby considers the delights of elderberries and provides a recipe for a…

Film showing: Trashed

This award-winning film exposes the horror of the world’s waste and asks what can be done about it. Narrated and…

News

Folkestone in Transition: The next steps

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Folkestone in Transition has been in existence for a few years now. Help us identify and shape the next steps as we seek to become more active, more embedded within the community, and make more of an impact, moving towards a more sustainable community. On Wednesday 7th September, from 7pm to 9pm, we will meet…

Foraging blog: Elderberries

Sambucus-berries

In the first of a regular blog, George Kirby considers the delights of elderberries and provides a recipe for a traditional vinegary sauce. Late summer days are still warm, and in the hedgerows the berries are ripening. It’s generally too early for nuts – not that we can persuade the squirrels to agree with us…

Film showing: Trashed

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This award-winning film exposes the horror of the world’s waste and asks what can be done about it. Narrated and directed by Jeremy Irons, it is a powerful call to action for all local communities. We showed it first in Hythe, leading to the creation of a group that is now looking at reducing waste…

Fundraising evening of music and poetry

Clockwise, from top left: Giant red mustard and rocket; broad beans (frozen from last year's crop); turnips (picked from the plot); beans (dried); and freshly picked beetroot.

This Saturday 16th July the Cantiaci community food group of Folkestone in Transition is hosting a fundraiser at Kipp’s Ale House in Folkestone.  We’re looking forward to an evening of music and poetry shared with you. It all starts at 4pm and runs until about 8pm (this is earlier than originally advertised due to issues…

Racing Extinction: Film screening announced

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Folkestone in Transition is delighted to announce the screening of the Oscar-nominated 2015 documentary, Racing Extinction, on Tuesday 12th July. This fabulous film lays bare the reality of biodiversity loss but it also inspires with stories of many wonderful people trying to raise awareness and find solutions. For information about the campaign against species extinction,…

Learn about recycling in Shepway

Some of the volunteers

On Monday 20th June, our relatively new but busy waste sub-group (inspired by our screening of the film, Trashed) has a meeting with Brian Rumbelow, from the district councils’ waste services division. Brian spans both Dover and Shepway and has spoken previously to the Folkestone in Transition group. He can explain the current situation with…

The Organic Gardener

Reducing waste in Folkestone: An update

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Following the screening of Trashed, a number of us regrouped to consider some of the issues raised by the film. This ‘waste sub-group’ came up with a number of ideas for taking action to reduce waste in our community and we’ve made a start on most of them, so this is an update on progress…

Projects

Community allotment

We have had our community allotment for a couple of years now. It is a large plot on the allotments at Newington, just outside Folkestone (near Peene). There was a lot of work needed at the outset, including clearing, weeding, building raised beds and mending the shed. However, it has proved to be an enjoyable,…

Thermal image study

Folkestone in Transition has had access to a thermal image camera from Kent County Council for the last five years. Each year, we seek people who would like to have their houses tested for heat loss. This has been via the local press, through other groups such as the Hythe Civic Society and Rotary Club…

Inner Transition and reskilling

Passing on skills and transition of the individual are important parts of the Transition movement and we want to embrace them within Folkestone in Transition. There are likely to be elements of this within most or all of our general projects but we are also looking to run a series of courses. Those courses will…

Bug hotels

Using a collection of pallets and other material, there are now bug hotels in a number of sites in and around the area. The first two were at Folkestone Academy Primary School and St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, followed by Hythe Bay School. Bug hotels provide a place to hibernate for our threatened insect life and…

Folkestone Ecobags

We would love to drive plastics bags out of Folkestone so we are planning our first Folkestone in Transition ecobags. These will be made entirely from recycled materials, such as old jeans, other clothes and curtains. These ‘bespoke bags are beautiful and sturdy, surely a ‘must have’ environmentally friendly local fashion item! To this end,…