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Monday, 20 May 2013

Magical Day of Stories with Tooting Library May 11th

The 2nd Day of Stories with Tooting Library was a surprising and experimental day. In the morning and afternoon we were transported from the centre of Tooting to join five storytellers' worlds of wonder - crossing boundaries of geography and time from Norfolk to the Great Plains, with sound effects from the beautiful (the harmonica) to the funny (blowing custard through straws).

In the middle of the day we offered two and a half hours of printing from plants (it was difficult to stop), using leaves gathered that morning in Tooting.  Have a look at the slide show below, to see concentration and the work of many hands in action!
We rolled out ink, selected leaves and coloured paper, folded it all up and rubbed with our hands to transfer the image, feeling the different leaves through the paper.  Some continued with another colour or a different leaf, producing detailed and dramatic results.

Many thanks to all who came and took part, and to our colleagues from the Library

We'll be offering plant printing, and storytelling with Alison Royce, in Tooting on Sunday 9th June, at the 'Tooting Community Growing' open day at the Community Garden at 5 North Drive. For more information click here, and all ages very welcome.

Monday, 13 May 2013

TTT turns 5

Keen community gardener and TTT "newbie", Sel, provides her take on the AGM and 5th birthday party, a couple of weeks ago.  
Transition Town Tooting turned five on Monday April 29th and was celebrated in the Graveney and Meadow pub by various activists, organisers and volunteers. The seeds of this flourishing movement were planted in 2008 at Lucy's dinner table and today it has not only branched out into several projects, but has a respectable rapport with the Council, local businesses, schools and of course the people who live in the community who have benefited from what we have hosted.

I am one of the newer volunteers and this was my first AGM and I have to say was a friendly affair and for anybody who is interested in getting involved in Transition Town Tooting, it was accessible and welcoming. I volunteer with the community garden and like some of the other volunteers, wanted to do so to meet other people, learn about how to grow food and to reclaim a connection with nature, which I felt I had lost since coming from the countryside to London. I have really enjoyed getting "green fingered" and would recommend coming along to anybody,whatever your age and experience. Or if gardening isn't for you, there were other projects showcased on the night covering a wide array of green ideas.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Tooting and Wandsworth bursting with activity

I'll let the pictures do the talking: 48 hours of local creative activities by the Wandle, in the Community Garden, on Tooting Common.

The 'Cabinet of Curiosities' by the
Wandle opposite the Ram Brewery
'It's a Wandleful Life': opening
the Wandsworth Arts Festival

The climbing frame:
freshly painted by Gatton School
'Wish you were here' in
Tooting, with Crafty Pint

We've put this off for a year- thanks loads!
Potatoes spouting: planted on 
TTT's 'Fresh & Refresh' walk in April
Conversation, with weeding
A beautiful sight: telling The Jigsaw Horse story today
We'll share a report soon on last week's TTT AGM & 5th Birthday party. Next weekend it's the Day of Stories on Saturday, and a picnic at the Community Garden on Sunday. Details in the calendar....all welcome.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Be creative in Tooting! 'Day of Stories 2013' on Saturday 11th May, plus two events this weekend

Saturday 4th May: ‘Wish You Were Here’ Crafty Pint’s workshop printing souvenirs of Tooting, at the Tooting Tram, 12:00 - 6:00. For details click click here
Sunday 5th May: The Jigsaw Horse’ storytelling and art promenade leaves Sprout Arts in Furzedown at 1:00. For details click here
Saturday May 11th: Welcome to the 2nd Tooting Library and Transition Town Tooting 'Day of Stories'
This free, exciting and diverse day is on Saturday May 11th, 10:00 to 4:00, in Tooting Children's Library, 75 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PD
No need to book - just pop in any time to join in some stories and make creative nature prints and stay as long as you like. This is a family day for children and their parents / carers - all welcome to take part.

10:00-11:00 ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ + Bill. …see below!
11:15- 1:45 ‘Stories of Wonder’ + Alison
12:00-2:30  'Nature printing '+ Chuck and Jane from TTT
2:30-3:00  ‘Snakes, Lizards and Giants!’ Stories on sharing + Emily
3:15-4:00  ‘Adventures of the Jumping Mouse’ + Marika and Hannah

More details:
Going on a Bear Hunt with Bill!  A great way to bring a book to life is by making sound effects to go along with your favourite story, and even recording these sounds to play the next time.
Join Tooting Children's Librarian Bill Bawden for a fun creative workshop with the aim of making a recording of Michael Rosen's classic "We're going on a Bear Hunt". Learn how to use everyday objects to make sounds such as splashing through rivers, squelching through mud and stumbling through forests!
The final recording will be made available to download for free and can be used to bring the story to life again and again!
Nature Printing  Come and try an unusual, historic and magical technique: printing directly from leaves and plants. It is quick to learn, and it is not hard to get very beautiful results.

We’ll collect springtime leaves in advance from across Tooting – or you can bring some in.          Then we’ll pass on this historic method for creating surprising and detailed prints.

You’ll enjoy this:
Ø if you like trying new things
Ø if you are interested in looking at plants in a new way
Ø if you like experimenting with textures, shapes, and patterns 
Ø if you want to make cards, posters or presents to take home
Come at 12:00 for an introduction, and we’ll show you how to print, or drop in anytime until 2:30. Materials provided, and we’ll adapt this to all ages and abilities: all welcome!
There’s a blog for the Day of Stories: click here