Transition Llambed’s active projects in 2019:
FILM NIGHTS / NOSON FFILM
Since 2016, together with Lampeter Permaculture Group (LPG), we have been screening seasonal films of hope, raising awareness of Transition, climate change and permaculture, and showing inspiring and challenging examples of what is being done around the world. Our popular showing of Demain https://www.demain-lefilm.com/en/film was attended by 70 people. And in February 2019, the Extinction Rebellion film Rebel for Life brought in a record-breaking 91 people, who are currently setting up a separate campaign group.
See the Public Events page of LPG’s website for news of forthcoming film nights: http://www.lampeterpermaculture.org
BANC HADAU LLAMBED / LAMPETER SEED LIBRARY
Lampeter Seed Library was launched in Autumn 2017 after two introductory public seed saving workshops, and is open twice monthly at the People’s Market in Victoria Hall. It is a free public resource run by volunteers who are all keen growers. Our aim is to build a stock of seeds for vegetables proven to grow well in our local climate and conditions, which anyone can use to grow their own food and hopefully learn to save the seed.
Our hope is that this will introduce more people to the fun of successful food growing and seed saving, broaden the range of food we know we can grow here, introduce people to new veg they haven’t tried before, and generally increase local food resilience and biodiversity.
So we would like people to borrow, grow, let it set seed, save the seed and donate it back to the library.
We already have over 120 members, and have many interesting and enlightening conversations with people who visit us at the People’s Market. We also hope to collect the stories of some of our seeds, as there is often a fascinating history behind the name and provenance. We are also excited to be linking up with the Gaia Foundation’s seed sovereignty programme in Wales.
We have some more exciting workshops and talks planned for 2019, in partnership with Denmark Farm – join us or visit the People’s Market to find out more.
None of our volunteers are fluent Welsh speakers yet, and we would love to improve on this. Cysylltwch â ni, os dych chi eisiau helpu, os gwelwch yn dda!
Ebost / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INCREDIBLE EDIBLE LLAMBED / BWYD BENDIGEDIG LLAMBED
Incredible Edible started in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, in 2007. It involves planting edible things like vegetables, herbs and fruit, in and around the town and using this as a springboard for local food-related education and enterprise. Think spinach outside Sainsburys, sage along the street, strawberries around the school. They’ll be grown in boxes (‘planters’) or planted straight into the ground. The great thing is that everything that is grown in an Incredible Edible project is FREE to ANYONE! If you eat, you’re in! Passing by a planter on your way home from work? Grab some rosemary for your evening stew. Walking your dog through town? Pick some raspberries as a little energy boost.
In 2017 we visited Mach Maethlon (in Machynlleth) for some ideas and advice, and started a Bwyd Bendigedig bed outside Lampeter Co-op which flourished during the hot summer of 2018. We’ll continue our volunteer days there in 2019, and hope that Co-op customers will help to look after and harvest the bed as they did in 2018. These days are a great way to meet other people who are passionate about having some free food in their local town! If you’d be interested in helping develop Incredible Edible Lampeter, or if you’re a local business who would like to ‘adopt a planter’, please get in touch and look out for more info in Grapevine and around town. There are at least two new sites developing around town in 2019!
Ebost / email: email@example.com
or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ediblellambed/
REPAIR CAFÉ / CAFFI ATGYWEIRIO
Repair Café is a gift economy event where people with practical repair skills give their time to repair small domestic items and pass some of their skills on, with the aim of helping all of us to expand our home maintenance skills.
We now have a small team who have started a Repair Café here! Come and find us at the People’s Market.
For more about a gift economy see https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-a-gift-economy-alex-gendler
Monthly print newsletter for local listings, views and ads. Their own page on this site is https://vichall.org.uk/grapevine and back issues are available at
LAMPETER FOOD PROJECT
The project aims to work with local businesses to reduce food waste and create opportunities for social contact. Volunteers collect waste and surplus food from local retailers to create a weekly community meal and/or give food away to those who can use it. It has been running since May 2017, is now on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm, and has become a bit of a social hub. The timing makes it possible for parents to bring their children after school if they want. All are welcome on a first come, first served basis as long as the donated food allows. If you’d like to help, contact Rachelle at Lampeterfoodproject@vichall.org.uk
OTHER USEFUL LINKS / CYSYLLTIADAU ARALL
Lampeter Permaculture Group : http://www.lampeterpermaculture.org/
Transition Tywi Trawsnewid: http://transitiontywitrawsnewid.org.uk for lots more useful info!
Maniffesto Bwyd /Food Manifesto Wales: https://foodmanifesto.wales/
Transition Network: https://transitionnetwork.org/
Repair Café network: https://repaircafe.org/en/
Incredible Edible: http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/
Some inspiring quotations:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” (Arundhati Roy)
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
“We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organising universe…is a wonder beyond words. And it is, moreover, an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with this self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness of our own actions and the ability to take choice. It lets us choose to take part in the healing of our world.” (Joanna Macy)
“We need to worry less about doing what is more important, and more about doing whatever we can… We can’t know which act in the present will make the most difference in the future, but we can behave as if everything we do matters.” (Gloria Steinem)