2015

  • Our Hub meetings continued to tour the area and included popping into various locations such as Jumping Bean Cafe, People’s Bookshop, Alington House for a talk from Philip on his passive house in Weardale (which we also visit) and Woodpile
  • Events we supported included the second Plough Sunday, Landworkers Alliance meeting, DOGA’s Potato Day, Ideas for Change by the Social Entrepreneurs Network, Climate Change lobby in London, Living the Dream event with the Co-Housing project, Cycle Forum, open days at Abundant Earth, various events by the Durham Energy Institute, activities at Harehope Quarry, Pole to Paris run and a Climate Change demonstration in the Market Place.
  • We get quite involved in Footprint Modulation, an art event exploring the effects of climate change on migration
  • We organised film showings of Voices of Transition, an Open Mic night on Climate Threat at Empty Shop, an orchard planting at Wharton Park and a survey to explore the possibility of regular seed swap and plant swap events
  • Our Durham Local Food Team started to map out allotments across the region with the support of a contract from County Council to identify privately owned allotments
  • Various groups continued to develop and grow including the Book Group, Incredible Edible Durham, Fruitful Durham, and the Vegan Cafe at Alington House
  • The debate around Divestment really takes shape with various meetings and petitions, and we are taken aback by the High Court’s ability to squash the Inspector’s report against the County Plan. The Inspector’s report had been particularly supportive of community opinions.
  • With the support of Durham Upcyclers we created a new banner for ourselves using scrap materials
  • Re-f-use is launched, a real junk food cafe, by two members of Transition Durham. Several pop up cafes are run in the area.
  • We hold a stall once again at the annual St. John’s Eco Festival at Neville’s Cross
  • our Book Group continues to meet on a monthly basis and explores such books as Small is Beautiful, the End of Nature and the Monkey Wrench Gang
  • Big changes with Fruitful Durham this year as their membership declines to one director but they still manage to juice lots of apples and run some courses
  • Re-pute.it is formally launched with upcycled laptops available for sale
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