Waste Not Want Not Event

A great afternoon spent discussing the nature and necessity of fighting food waste at the Waste Not Want Not event on Saturday 30th January. As we all know, food waste is a major issue in the UK. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. 

The TTW Food Group shared lots of great tips on transforming your kitchen scraps into edible goodness and showed attendees endless ways to use up bread, the many uses of orange and lemon peels, how apple peels and cores can be turned into apple cider vinegar. We also learnt that expiration dates on supermarket food mean very little and how eyes, noses, and mouths are more trustworthy than any conglomerate’s recommendation. 

You can find all the recipes from the day here»

Our next event is Seedy Sunday which is now in its third year and growing every year. It is held upstairs at the Dolphin pub on Waterloo Road on Sunday 14th February from 2-4pm. We will provide a selection of plants and seeds we have gathered, but if you have collected seeds last summer and autumn, the idea is that you bring them to swap. The more people that can join in, the more choice will be there. You can also bring shop bought packets either opened or not, that you have surplus, or any small plants or cuttings. We do suggest not to bring home saved pumpkin or courgette seeds as these cross-pollinate to create a tasteless monster!

So do pop in and join us, it is a chance to network with other transition people and to ask any gardening questions. There will be children's activities such as making seed bombs, to help our native wild flowers. If you do not have anything to swap, we will be collecting donations for the Transition Town Wellington, to help us keep running our events, so you can still pick up something for your garden. Hope to see you there!

Make Your Own Christmas 2015

The TTW's Sustainable Food Group held another successful event on Saturday 28th November- to make your own Christmas! It was very well attended with over 50 people in the Methodist church function hall, and well organised too, with different activities and demonstrations flowing throughout the afternoon to keep everyone amused.

The children enjoyed making sweets and chocolates, and there was lots of yummy mince pies and stollen made, to feed all the mums, dads and grandparents too! Keeping up the traditional crafts, gingerbread men for the tree and dried orange decorations would brighten up the tree, and so many wreaths were made, you are sure to see more on doors this year!

We all enjoyed being part of this community event, the next one is the Seed Swap on Sunday 14th February, 2-4pm at the Dolphin pub. Everyone is welcome, either to swap seeds, or to take some for a small donation. Hopefully we can all do our bit to reduce the amount of things imported, and for Wellington to be more sustainable, so why not come along and try growing some veg next year!

Chutney Making Day 2015

The chutney day, hosted by the sustainable food group, part of transition town Wellington, was a great success this year. 14 people came to the Methodist church to chop fruit and vegetables as a community, and we made 12 different chutneys! 

We used mostly home grown veg and apples provided by volunteers. It's fun to make chutney as a group, plus, rather than having lots of jars of the same chutney, everyone got different types! Chutney is really easy to make, we provided recipes so everyone can make their favourite at home, and if you do make too much of the same type, it makes an excellent, and inexpensive, Christmas present!

Planting Community Fruit Bushes

Transition Town Wellington had a really busy day on Sunday 8 February. First of all planting community fruit bushes in the morning,outside the Bowls Club on Corams Lane in Wellington. We planted a bed of blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes. Having obtained permission from both the council and the Bowls Club, we hope this bed, on the way to the sports centre, will be well used by the public. 

We want to show how ground that is otherwise wasted can be used to produce a useful food crop, helping Wellington become more sustainable in its food production.  If you know of any areas you feel could be used for similar purposes around where you live, please get in touch by calling Kate on 01823667170. If you fancy some fruit for your crumble pudding, just help yourself in June, before the birds get it!

... AND IN THE AFTERNOON

We held a seed swap at the Dolphin pub - a great success, with around 60 people dropping in! Many seeds were brought, from flowers and lots of vegetables, including some heritage varieties.  There were also seed potatoes and flower plants, plus full grown bare root apple trees on sale from a local grower.Children made wild flower seed bombs, to be thrown in the next few weeks to increase native flower diversity.  Lots of fun was had> TTW would like to thank everyone who attended and helped us to raise £73 for the Transition Town fund, to help us to put on many more events like this in the future.

Christmas Food and Decoration Day

Chocolate truffles, mince pies, peppermint creams, iced gingerbread and dried orange tree decorations were just some of the goodies made at Transition Town Wellington food group's Christmas food and decoration day.

The event, which took place in the Methodist Church hall in Waterloo Road, aimed to show that making traditional Christmas food and decorations is cheap, fun, environmentally friendly and a great opportunity to get together with neighbours and friends.

Apple Juicing Day

The weather could not have been better for Transition Town Wellington’s annual Apple Juicing Day, held this year at Swains Lane Nature Reserve, on Saturday October 4. Over thirty people of all ages took part in the event, which included a picnic and live music. 

Val Mister, a member of the TTW Food Group, said: “I was able to bring my two grandsons with me, and they got really involved with the process and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did all the other children who came. The whole event was a great success, and helped to raise awareness among local people of the existence of the Reserve and Community Orchard. 

It was encouraging to hear comments like ‘What a lovely place!’ and ‘I never knew it was here. I’ll be coming back.’ We expect to hold an Apple Juicing Day there again in the future.”