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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Ready Steady GROW! for the 10th Tooting Foodival

The Tooting Foodival celebrates local growing, cooking and eating together. It's based on what people locally grow and donate - so we can all admire Tooting's skills and productivity. Plus we can offer super ingredients to the Top Tooting Cook contest and the chefs' delicious demonstrations. More info here.

Sowing radishes
Radishes harvested just 4 weeks later
There's still time to grow from scratch so you can donate to the Foodival on Saturday Sept 16th. It's about sharing the love rather than growing big quantities. We're  delighted by the diversity of what's donated
every year!

Starting now, what can you sow, grow and harvest for the Foodival?

If you can get sowing by the end of July, you could harvest these by mid-September:
  • Rocket
  • Coriander
  • mixed cutting Lettuces
  • Mustard Greens
  • Cima di Rapa (that's turnip tops)
  •  And more - do share your suggestions.
White turnips

Sunday, 23 July 2017

One week ago today... The Tooting Twirl!

Transition Town Tooting asked the buses and cars to budge over for the day and created a pop-up village green on the Bus Turning Circle. With lots on offer and nothing for sale, we invited everybody to re-imagine this space in a spirit of peace and celebration, what if it was something different? What opportunity would that create?

Over the afternoon, we played music with The Sound Lounge (thank you!), made things, whittled wood with The Furzedown Oak (thank you!), talked on benches made by Caras (thank you!), ate tremendous food from Dawat Restaurant (thank you!), got our bikes fixed with Dr.Bike (thank you!), drank Ethiopian coffee with Mona (thank you!) and gently and deeply asked the question, what if this place was something other than a Bus Turning Circle?!?!?

Our friend Rob, co-founder of the Transition Town Movement, came along from Totnes, he's written great blog and podcast about the event with reflections on the meaning of doing things like this for communities, you can read Rob's blog here

Huge thanks to all who supported the crowdfunding campaign via Fundsurfer and to Wandsworth Council, London Buses, Tooting Town Centre Management, London Sport, Batca, Khalsa Centre, Mushkil Aasaan, Work and Play Scrapstore, SLSC, Furzedown Community Network, Tooting Daily PRSS, Tooting Town Centre Business Partnership, Centre for Catholic Formation, Crowdfund 360, Tooting Bec & Broadway Neighbourhood Plan and all who supported and enjoyed the day. Let's keep the conversation going!

Here's some photos...

Along the way, there was a lot of making...
And workshops imagining our Village Green...
Jeni presents... and the fruits of making at Franciscan Primary School 
Jeni presents... a mini-make at Ravenstock! Summer Fair
Once the van was packed... we headed off to The Bus Turning Circle and did a bit of this...

Let nobody say after today that its not possible... Lucy, Jeni and Richard

Thursday, 20 July 2017

'Stay With Love': Gardens of Refuge Project update

We're reporting back every six weeks on the Gardens of Refuge Project. That's our local project running throughout 2017 with refugees and asylum-seekers living in and nearby Tooting, alongside our project partners CARAS and The Grange.

Our previous summary at the end of May can be read here.
In June and July we've worked with the CARAS Saturday Youth Club. 

Elly Brown, MD at CARAS says:
"We've already witnessed the
transformations that take place
when people from far and wide
can use their skills and knowledge
to create something shared."

What have we been doing together?

'Stay with Love' Making instant pallet benches:

In one mighty 4-hour session, a loose and changing group from the CARAS Youth Club co-designed, shared ideas, problem solved and brought in new team members to make four of these pallet benches.

Hats off to that dedicated group whose pride meant they insisted on eating their communal lunch sitting on the new benches.
Part of the production line was to write messages of welcome and invitation on the seat backs. 

These are in many languages.
These young people have come to the UK in search of a welcome, safety and to put down new roots. It's poignant that they felt comfortable to contribute their own personal invitations so directly to all-comers.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Foodival Menu

For the 10th Foodival on September 16th we need lovely local growers to help us deliver this free menu to the streets of Tooting:

Starter: Pakoras : Onions, cauliflower, courgette, spinach 

Main Course: Vegetable Stew : Onions, carrots, potatoes, turnips, peas and any other veg including tomatoes, garlic, herbs etc.

Dessert: Fruit Crumble : Any soft fruit – apples, pears, plums, berries 

Are you growing any of these? Can you help?

Some home grown donations from 2015
For details on the Foodival and how to get involved growing, cooking, eating or celebrating please visit THE FOODIVAL BLOG

Monday, 17 July 2017

Restart and Sewstart are back in Tooting this Wednesday

Have you got electrical or electronic items that you don’t want to throw away?

Got a sewing machine that is broken or you’re not sure how to use?

Have a favourite piece of clothing that needs mending or altering and you’d like to learn how?

Simply good at fixing and mending stuff?

Fancy a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a chance to find out more about Transition Tooting and what we get up to?

Whatever the reason - come along on next Wednesday (we're back in October too!)

Wed 19th July -   6.30 - 9.00pm
Sat 21st October - 2.00 - 5.00pm

Mushkil Aasaan, 220 - 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW (next to Nando’s)

(Restart Parties are a community self-repair space where you take responsibility for your own gadgets and data, so please don’t forget to take any back-ups beforehand, if relevant – and if possible arrive during the first two hours to allow time for fixing!   More info about Restart including details of regular skillshares at www,

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

All welcome at The Tooting Twirl! This Sunday 16th July, 12noon - 4pm

4 days to go to Tooting's Pop-Up Village Green comes to life at the Bus Turning Circle, Longmead Road.

We'd love for everyone in Tooting to come along to the Tooting Twirl on Sunday to celebrate all the cultures of our town, make a grey space green and have a good dose of fun by opening a highway to games, music and food!

What's happening when?

12noon - 1pm: Come join in building the Village Green - hang some bunting, place some benches... give the Bus Turning Circle a beating heart!
1pm - 2pm: Twirling Street Games and a sharing picnic
2pm: Parade around the Bus Turning Circle in your Twirly best!
3pm - 4pm: Meet, mingle and relax on the pop-up village green

Do you do social media?

Please do tweet, Facebook and share on the day #TootingTwirl

We'll also be joined by the Tooting Bec and Broadway Neighbourhood Plan...

What is it about Tooting that you love? What might you want to change? What do you think we don't have that we need? What stories or places from the past do you cherish? The Tooting Twirl is the perfect place to collectively imagine what good change might look like for our town.

Would you like to take part? It'll take all of us to make the town green... 

Bring a colourful potted plant for the Giant Twirly Flowerbed or plant up a wheelbarrow to turn this grey space green...

Make something Twirly to wear in the 'What's your Twirl?' parade...

Bring a skipping rope or a street game you'd be happy to share...

Decorate your wheels to cycle in the 'What's your Twirl?' parade...

Bring a sharing picnic and a blanket...

All images: Rachel Miller

Jeni, Lucy and Rich - Co-Twirlers from TTT!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Welcome to TTT's new governance team!

There's been another election recently in Tooting: TTT has a new governance team who will be carrying out their roles until spring 2019.

TTT was established in 2008, and by 2011 we agreed to formalise the key governance roles and also fill them with willing volunteers who serve a term of two years. That means that:
  • no one has to do (or get stuck doing) the same role 'for ever'
  • there's an expectation that different individuals can step into these roles and carry them out in their own diverse & fresh ways
  • we share between us the responsibility for doing these useful roles which support us all in TTT
Give them a wave! Welcome to TTT's new governance team:

From the left: meet the Treasurer David, the two Co-Chairs Jeni and Sharon and the Secretary Eleanor. They look forward to meeting you!

All these roles are voluntary, and these four people work alongside TTT's project co-ordinators - and maybe lead TTT projects themselves. Earlier in the year we shared the role profiles. The Co-Chairs, for example, fulfil a leadership rather than a management role for TTT as a whole.

The election was part of TTT's Annual Celebratory Extravaganza, where we invited partners, volunteers and the curious to join us to recap strategy and activities in the previous year and look forward to the next.

We had an evening full of energy and heard from many colleagues who explored 15 projects large or small, long-term or one-off:
  • Thank you to all who spoke about projects and asked questions - and brought refreshments
  • Thank you to Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP for her vivid summary of the value of bringing people together in a practical and creative way across the Tooting community's diversity of views, voices and concerns.
One group game we did was partly aimed at meeting new people and finding out who was in the room, and partly aimed at imagining (on the spot) some new potential taglines for TTT. There are some great comments written on these balloons! You'll have to click to read them.

There's plenty to be involved with right now in TTT - no need to wait for the 2019 AGM. Please read the events listing and blog, sign up to our monthly email and keep an eye on facebook & twitter. Come and chat!