Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live in Light of Climate Change

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Carbon Conversations - free workshops to reduce your carbon footprint

Do you want to make some changes to reduce your carbon footprint and save money, but not sure how or where to start?

Join a group of local residents in a free series of 6 sessions to explore how small changes can make a big difference. You'll assess your own footprint, then together we'll look at home energy, transport and travel, food, consumption and waste to help you make changes that fit your situation.
To read personal blog posts by participants in our 2014 series of meetings, click here and scroll down the six posts (they are in reverse order..).

Sessions will take place every Monday, 7pm-9pm, from 22nd June - 27th July 2015, at 43 Woodfield Ave, SW16 1LE (near Tooting Bec Common).

Trained facilitators from Transition Town Tooting will run each session. Please email Jane at transitiontowntooting@gmail.com to join, express an interest, or ask any questions. 

The workshops are free.  We ask for a voluntary contribution of £14.00 per participant to cover the direct cost of “In Time for Tomorrow?” - the excellent Carbon Conversations handbook.

For more information, download our flyer.

All welcome - you do not have to be an expert!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Volunteering Opportunities - Join the Foodival Team

We're starting to plan Foodival 2015 - Transition Town Tooting’s sustainable food festival – and we’re looking for people to join the team.

Maybe you want to meet local growers? Or you love cooking? Maybe you’re looking for publicity experience? Or maybe you’d like to get involved on the day, making the event a success.

Whatever takes your fancy, we’ve got a role for you.  You’ll meet some wonderful people, have the chance to shape the Foodival, and of course, get to eat some delicious food!

Foodival takes place over the weekend of 12 – 13 September.

How can you get involved?

There are lots of ways you can get involved, either by joining the planning team, or helping out over the weekend.

Head over to the Tooting Foodival blog to see what we're looking for, and get in touch at transitiontowntooting@gmail.com if you're interested, or know someone who can help.

Or just pop in to the next planning meeting - Tuesday, 27 May, 7pm at the Kings Head on Upper Tooting Road.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Restart Party Report

Last Saturday, TTT hosted another Restart Party with the Restart Project at Mushkil Aasaan in Tooting.  As usual the brilliant volunteer repairers did their utmost to help prevent an assortment of electrical goods from laptops to kettles to cameras from going to landfill.
It can be scary to see your beloved item taken apart (see the DAB radio and laptop above!).  However these things go wrong so readily these days due to built in obsolescence, that learning how to provide a simple fix can make you feel good and save you money, while doing your bit to lessen human impact on the planet.

The Fixing List
The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer, by sharing repair and maintenance skills. Thanks again to Ugo, Janet and all the fixers. 

It would be great to set up a local group so if you are interested in becoming a local repairer in Tooting, contact us via transitiontowntooting@gmail.com.  The next Restart Parties in Tooting are on Saturday July 11th and Saturday September 26th.  Put the dates in your diary and keep any broken electronics out of the bin till then!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

TTT AGM & 7th Birthday

TTT celebrated its 7th birthday at the 2015 AGM on Monday. After a Tooting Quiz, including ICU nurses from St George's who provided a tie-breaker, we heard a review of the last year and ideas for future vision and direction. New co-chairs were elected for the next two years, congratulations to Richard & Jenny, and also to Martin as the new Secretary.

The one-minute updates on the myriad TTT and related projects showed us how much is going on, from Field Days to Restart, Garden events to Foodival, while we also aim to tackle big issues like pollution, heatwaves, renewable energy and carbon emissions.  Retiring co-chairs, David & Belinda, were thanked before a general retirement to Dosa 'n Chutney for some tasty South Indian food.  Thanks to all who contributed to another uplifting and interesting evening, to Lucy for another creative cake and to Graveney & Meadow for hosting.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

TTT AGM 2015

The TTT AGM 2015 takes place next Monday 27th April in the back bit at Graveney & Meadow, 40 Mitcham Rd SW17 9NA.

The night's festivities will include a Tooting Quiz with prizes, brief updates on current TTT projects and ideas, some official business re finances and electing new officers (including co-chairs & secretary), plus one or two surprises.

Then hopefully there will be plenty of time to chat and celebrate TTT's 7th birthday.  It's a good event to come and network, find out a bit about what Transition Town Tooting actually is, meet some of our active members, find out about what projects are going in and how you can get involved.  It should be fun, everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Broken electrical and electronic items? Restart are back in Tooting!

Do you have an electrical or electronic item that needs fixing?

Something broken you don’t want to throw away?

Challenge the culture of built-in obsolescence and take back control
of your electronic stuff....
The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electrical and electronics longer, are running regular “Restart Parties” in Tooting. Sounds interesting? Then come along to one of the events below:

Restart Parties
at Mushkil Aasaan, 220 - 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW (next to Nandos) 2.30-5.30:

Saturday 25th April

Saturday 11th July


Saturday 26th Sept



Do note that Restart Parties are a community self-repair space where you take responsibility for your own gadgets and data, so please do not forget to take any back-ups beforehand, if relevant – and if possible arrive during the first two hours to allow time for fixing!

Read a great blog about one of our previous parties here.


We hope to make Restart Parties a regular feature in Tooting and are on the lookout for skilled local fixers. If you are interested come along and say hello - or email Hilary Jennings on transitiontowntooting@gmail.com

More info at Restart Project (http://therestartproject.org/) including details of regular skillshares.