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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Thanks for being part of a wonderful Foodival!

We had a great weekend, then a much-needed couple of days to relish the whole experience. Now, our Foodival wrap-up report is ready - it's one click away on the Foodival page here

We hope you enjoy reliving last weekend!

Thanks to all from the whole team at Transition Town Tooting.
We can't wait for the eighth annual Tooting Foodival in Sept 2015!
We're very keen to get your feedback on Foodival. Either pop a comment on the blog below, get in touch or fill in our survey here.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Foodival Day One

A great day collecting fruit and veg at Foodival. Hope to see you tomorrow at Samaj Hall.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

So Much On At Foodival 2014!

The 2014 Foodival looks set to be the biggest yet. In its seventh incarnation, Foodival now involves a presence at both the BATCA Funday and Foodcycle (both on Saturday 13th) where you can drop off food donations, have your photo taken in our photo booth and maybe be a late entry for Top Tooting Cook.

On Sunday 14th at Samaj Hall, 26b Tooting High St, the line-up of bands and performers is incredible and we are really grateful for all of their offers to entertain us.  Similarly we are very grateful to the particpating restaurants cooking up your donated produce, the fabulous array of local groups who will be there, not to mention the special input of fanSHEN, Mark Watson and Tooting's Phantom Knitter.

Follow these links to head over to the Foodival website for more details.

We hope to run into you enjoying yourself this weekend in the cultural food village that is Tooting.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Restart Party Report

Tonight's Restart Party was very cool. Thank you so much to Ugo and Janet for organising this event for us at Mushkil Aasaan. Naseem I hope your intercom and kettle were fixed! So I took my TV, only two years old, and watched guitarist Ben and 11 year old schoolboy Sonny, take it apart. It took an hour or more to test every bit of it but in the end the verdict is that I can buy a £17 power supply board to fix this rather than buy a £200 replacement!  Thank you so much boys - I will try!  You can see them in this slideshow:

The Restart idea is surely the way forward. We cannot endlessly plunder our planet for finite resources to make disposable electronic and countless others products.  Had a great chat with the Gaia Foundation about their Short Circuit report which focuses on the lifestyle of electronic gadgets and the true cost to the earth.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered and attended this evening - let's do it again. David

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Who's cooking up a feast for Foodival?

We are very pleased to be able to announce the restaurants who will be taking up the challenge of cooking up delicious taster dishes from all the food you're donating to Foodival.

Find out who those seven restaurants are over on the Foodival blog.

Fancy joining them in celebrating local produce?
  • You can produce a dish from your own locally grown or foraged produce as part of the Top Tooting Cook competition
  • Or pick up some produce from us by visiting Mushkil Aasaan from 4pm - 5pm on Saturday 13 September.

And if you have any food you'd like to donate, you can drop it off at our stand at the BATCA Community Fun Day or at Mushkil Aasaan during Foodcycle from 1pm - 4pm on Saturday 13 September.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Two weeks to Foodival - and we have news!

It's only two weeks to Foodival and we're starting to announce all the wonderful things that are happening on the festival day, Sunday 14 September at Samaj Hall.

We'll be making announcements about all the fantastic people and organisations who are contributing to Foodival.  We want to say thanks for all your support. The event wouldn't be the same without you.

And in appreciation of the amazing talents of the musicians, community groups, restaurant teams, growers, artists, volunteers, and organisations supporting the event, we'll be making a series of announcements over the next fourteen days over on the Tooting Foodival blog.

So, don't hesitate!

Put Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September in your diaries and head over to the blog to find out more about the entertainers we just announced for the Sunday.

Stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter, liking us Facebook, signing up to the newsletter or just visiting the blog every so often.

We're looking forward to meeting you all in two weeks time. Bring friends and family - the more the merrier!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Three weeks until Foodival!

Tooting Foodival 2013

It's just 3 weeks until the 7th annual Tooting Foodival! 

We're beavering away behind the scenes and we hope that your fruit and vegetables are growing well.  Thanks to everyone who has added their produce to the What's Growing in Tooting map.

Donate your fruit and veg on Saturday 13 Sep

If you have spare fruit, vegetables or herbs, you can donate them at two locations on Saturday 13th September from 1pm - 5pm:
Even if you only have two tomatoes or a sprig of rosemary, bring it along, so that we can offer delicious local food to many people on Sunday. Your donations will be delivered to local restaurants and to our Top Tooting Cook contestants, who will be cooking up a treat overnight, ready for the festival on Sunday 14th September at Samaj Hall, 26b Tooting High Street (by Broadway Studios).

Join us at Samaj Hall on Sunday 14 Sep from 12 noon until 5pm.

There will be plenty to entertain you - some great musicians and entertainers, games, theatre, craft activities, local stalls, and of course some very tasty food with very low food miles from our local restaurants.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's involved so far in getting the festival off the ground:
And special thanks to the Wandsworth Eco Fund for the grant that goes towards running costs for the Foodival.  

If you'd like to get involved with Foodival, get in touch.  You can help by spreading the word, telling your friends, family and neighbours.  Or join in by donating food on the Saturday, or volunteering on the Sunday serving food or collecting food from restaurants.  There are still spaces if you'd like to enter the Top Tooting Cook competition and we will be running a final Meet & Make session to get ready for Foodival at Sprout Arts on 10th September.

Let the countdown begin!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Restart Party in Tooting Sept 9th

We are delighted to announce that the Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer, have agreed to run a “Restart Party” with TTT in Tooting next month. 

The Restart Project aims to reduce electronic waste by helping people learn fundamental repair and maintenance skills, enabling them to fix all kinds of electronic devices rather than throw them away or recycle them.  Slow laptops, broken printers, smartphones, coffee grinders, you name it, Restart will attempt to assist with a fix. 

Sound interesting? Then come along to the event, challenge the culture of built-in obsolescence and take back control of all your electronic stuff!  Do note that Restart Parties are a community self-repair space where you take responsibility for your own gadgets & data, so please do not forget to take any back-ups beforehand, if relevant !

We look forward to seeing you at this great event at Mushkil Aasaan, 220 - 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW, Tuesday Sep 9th from 6 to 9pm. The event is also advertised om here.

Monday, 4 August 2014

TTT's August newsletter is hot off the press

Hello all - we have circulated the August TTT newsletter to everyone who has subscribed to our TTT email circulation list (email us here if you wish to be added to that list).
And if you would like to read a copy online: just click here to catch up with all the August (...and beyond) activities and news.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Tooting Air Quality Project

Earlier this month, Transition Town Tooting collaborated with the local trades unions to initiate an air monitoring exercise around Tooting Broadway, where several devices have been temporarily fixed to record what is in the air we breathe.  A similar exercise at Clapham Junction recently showed alarming pollution levels so the results for Tooting will be interesting to compare.  If this trial works well we hope to extend it to other nearby areas in the future.
Air pollution
Graham Petersen, who has been leading on the project, said: "Government and City Hall are staggeringly complacent on this issue and need to work a lot harder to combat pollution in London. Wandsworth residents are at significantly higher risk of death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (Wandsworth Guardian 10/4/14), and nitrogen dioxide levels in the city are apparently the worst in Europe." See this Bloomberg report.

We think this is a serious issue and want to work to make our neighbourhood a better one to breathe in.  Perhaps you'd like to get involved?  If so do mail us via