Racing Extinction: Film screening announced

Learn about recycling in Shepway

Reducing waste in our communities: an action plan

Cantiaci launches to reconnect town and land

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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…

Reducing waste in our communities: an action plan

Some of the volunteers

Following the screening of Trashed, a number of us regrouped to consider some of the issues raised by the film. This ‘waste sub-group’ has come up with a number of ideas for taking action to reduce waste in our community. These are summarised below. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to date. If you…

Cantiaci launches to reconnect town and land

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Folkestone Cantiaci has launched as part of the Transition movement, to focus on community growing, reconnecting with the land and finding sustainable solutions. The group aims to provide for community needs from within the community, harnessing people’s energy, skills and passions. We can counter the pervading sense of powerlessness, instilling the message that we can…

Organic produce stall opens in Folkestone

Vegetable stall

There is a new stall on Saturdays (10am-4pm) in the car park by the Harbour Arm in Folkestone offering lovely organic produce. It has been set up by Tessa and Maggie, who have been involved in the ‘food wing’ of Folkestone in Transition, Cantiaci (see elsewhere on the website). The emphasis is on local producers…

Next film showing: Food Inc

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On Wednesday 20th April, we’ve our second film showing. This is another powerful documentary, following on from last month’s Trashed. Food Inc exposes what lies behind the food on your plate. Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain, from the farms where food is grown…

The Organic Gardener

Spring on the community allotments

Tynwald care home

At both Tynwald in Hythe and at Newington, just outside Folkestone, planning is under way for the coming season. We’re seeking to rotate our crops (although the potatoes at Tynwald seem to have other ideas, despite all of our best efforts to harvest them all each year!). In addition, in Folkestone, a new food group…

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,…