26 October 2014

Apple Pressing photos

Apple pressing under our lovely new gazebo.

22 October 2014

13 October 2014

Competition for primary schools to win free solar panels

Primary schools are being urged to take part in a competition to win solar panels, crowd-funded by Friends of the Earth supporters.
Pupils are invited to submit creative entries, such as artwork, photos or film, demonstrating why they’d love their school to be powered by solar energy.

The winning school, chosen by public vote at the start of the new year, will receive a solar installation free of charge. The panels will make thousands of pounds every year for the school – meaning more to spend on playgrounds, libraries and trips.
The competition is a part of Friends of the Earth’s RUN ON SUN campaign, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode lottery. The campaign aims to make it easier for schools to benefit from solar power.
Rachel Fulcher of Suffolk Coastal Friends of the Earth said: ‘Being powered by the sun provides a fantastic opportunity for local primary schools to save thousands of pounds through clean energy. The competition itself will encourage young people to learn about solar power. Whether it’s your children’s school or the one you went to years ago, nominate it for the chance to win – and be quick!’
Deadline for nominations: 24 October 2014. To make a nomination, visit https://www.foe.co.uk/go/solarcompetition.
Deadline for primary schools to send in entries: 15 December 2014. Submit entries online only, as photographs, film, or slideshows. Visit https://www.foe.co.uk/go/nominateschool.

FRANKENTREE - Over 140 Varieties of Apples on One Tree!

15 September 2014

1 September 2014

Eco building visits


Loads of great eco builds to visit this month (click on the picture).

18 August 2014

Bread making success

Eight attended our Greeniversity bread making course - and ate the proceeds including pizza, pecan parmesan and oregano focccaccia, cheesy rings, chick pea coconut nan roll and brown loaves. No need for lunch after that. Many thanks to Lyn Gray our excellent tutor.
Another bread making class is in the pipeline, watch this space for details.

15 August 2014

7 August 2014

Learn bread making

Sorry no spaces left for this course but we're looking to run another soon, so get in touch and we'll book you onto the next one 

2 August 2014

Hiil Farm Visit

19 of us visited Hill Farm Gestingthorpe on a lovely sunny day. Many thanks to Ashley Cooper for a very informative and interesting guided tour of his award winning farm and museum of Roman finds. We finished the day with a picnic under an enormous spreading oak tree - a good time was had by all.

12 July 2014

21 June 2014

9 May 2014

Making plant labels out of margerine tubs

Easy project to turn margerine tubs into plant labels

                                - cut the tub into sides and bottom
                                - cut off the lip around the edge
                                - make into label shapes

Makes around 30 long lasting labels per tub, which can be written on with pencil.

2 May 2014

The Suffolk Walking Festival


 Loads of excellent walks organized this
 summer the brochure can be found here.

25 April 2014


Am now the keeper of four chickens, bought from Poole Farm, Yeldham. Not laying yet but making plenty of noise. Watch this space for how I get on.

23 April 2014

Space based solar power

Space-Based Solar Power
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20 April 2014

13 April 2014

Seed swap

Lots of seeds and plants given away, questions answered and chats about last year's successes and failures. One to repeat next year.

20 March 2014

Crucial Crew

The old jokes are still the best ones.
We spoke to 530 children over four days on recycling, the importance of bees to pollination and how we can support them and the advantages of growing veg including food miles.

7 March 2014

Transition Sudbury needs your VOTE!

Transition Sudbury needs your VOTE!  As you may know it has been short-listed as one of three projects for a Greenest Community Award but the winner will be chosen from public voting
The film does not reflect all the things which Jane said, which is a pity.  However, the information at the foot of the page and the link to the the Transition blog is excellent.  As you willl see the Transition group has achieved a huge amount in a short time, making a real difference at 'grass roots' level - no apology for the pun!
We need as many people as possible to vote for Transition Sudbury as we are up against two major projects.  So please cascade the email below to all your contacts, whether that be your Church, friends, business colleagues, and ask them to vote for Transition Sudbury.  

I found the voting process not very straightforward but found that it was necessary to first watch the video, then press the pink VOTE NOW  box on the left-hand side, then scroll down to the bottom of the page on the left, check that the Transition circle has a green centre and then press vote.  You may only vote once!
So here is the link - thank you for your support! 
Watch our short film and cast your vote for Suffolk’s Greenest Community Project.

22 February 2014

Achievements to date

Events and Projects
  • Reward Card – encouraging the community to use their local independent outlets
  • Eco Fair – promoting local food and crafts
  • Eco visits - to Assington Mill, Edwardstone White Horse, Scotland Place Farm and Sudbury Common Lands
  • Greener Homes DIY scheme – organising free energy saving products for households to cut energy consumption
  • Profile Raising – films in local schools and talks to community groups
  • Swap shop – ‘bring what you like, take what you fancy’ to encourage recycling
  • Apple Pressing – community to bring their apples to be pressed into juice
  • Walks and visits to places of interest
  • Stalls at various events to heighten the Transition profile
  • Planting trees at Waitrose – trees supplied by the local BATs group
  • Plant swop and distribution of free seeds at the Farmers Markets and Community Market
  • Greener Homes DIY scheme
  • Forum on Climate Change with Tim Yeo MP
  • Eco Fair
  • Green drinks evening
  • Swap shops
  • Apple Pressing Day
  • Suffolk Greener Homes campaign
  • Walks and visits to places of interest
  • Stalls at various events to heighten the Transition profile
  • Talk by Anni Kelsey on perennial vegetables
  • Swap shops
  • Energy Debate with Tim Yeo MP
  • Planting edible beds outside the leisure centre
  • 30 mile food challenge in association with Ipswich Transition
  • Apple Pressing Day
  • Walks and visits to places of interest
  • Stalls at various events to heighten the Transition profile including having a smoothie bike at the Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

Events in the planning for 2014
  • Greeniversity classes including bread making, preserving fruit, knitting etc
  • Seed swap, free seeds to give away and showing how to sow
  • Swap shops
  • Apple Pressing
  • More walks and visits to places of interest
  • More stalls at various events to heighten the Transition profile
  • Local Transition get together in the Summer

21 February 2014

Greeniversity Feltmaking and CD weaving

Many thanks to Clare Kiely for an excellent lesson.

28 January 2014

Greeniversity - Feltmaking and CD weaving

This class will be taught by Clare Kiely from Craft classes with Clare see her website for more examples of her lovely work.

27 January 2014

Greeniversity - Basic Knitting

Some of us were more successful than others...it took me 15minutes to master the slip knot to start.

7 January 2014

Trend and variation

Short explanation of the difference between weather and climate.

1 January 2014

Greeniversity - Wreath Making

Eleven wreaths made in total at our December Greeniversity wreath making class, all of which were surprisingly good.