Malvern Clothing Exchange

The Malvern Clothing Exchange currently open every Thursday morning , at the Octagon Centre, Brook Farm Drive, Malvern, WR14 3SQ. Upstairs in the gallery- between 10.30 and 12.30pm for exchanges of  Babies’ and young people’s clothing [ Ages 0-16 years]. The Octagon’s Coffee Club operates at the same time, open to all Malvern  residents.

Click here for a map of where the Octagon Centre is 

The Clothing Exchange welcomes parents/grandparents and children. Exchanges are usually three items per child but you can take more  and can come back again & again!  Many parents bring lovely clothes to donate.  Some are new donations from shops. There is no charge if you exchange items . If you have no clothes to exchange you may still take items  for your kids and leave a small donation to our running costs.

Saving the earth and saving you money for other things!

For more information see theoctagoncentre.org.uk

Malvern Cube Market

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Malvern’s market is back, every Saturday.

This once popular Malvern market will be here every Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm, bringing you all your favourite produce including fruit & veg, locally produced meat and sausages, fresh bread and a variety of other artisanal stalls selling locally crafted goods.

Don’t worry about the weather, it’s all under cover! Ample free parking and on-site café.

Keep your community unique and shop local!

If you are interested in running a stall please contact the Cube on the details below.

Malvern Cube, Albert Road North Malvern, WR14 2YF
email: malverncube@me.com
Phone: 01684 575363
Facebook: /TheMalvernCube
Twitter: @MalvernCubeMKT @malverncube
web: www.malverncube.com

Sustainable Malvern and Where Do We Go From Here?

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Transition Malvern Hills are putting on a course of 6 workshops led by Richard Preistley on Sustainable Malvern and Where Do We Go From Here?

The course is open to all with an aim of investigating how we, within the Malvern Hills district, approach making changes within our community  that can create a more sustainable and resilient society.  

The course will be six sessions: 

Thursdays 14th, 21st, 28th April, and 12th, 19th, 26 May, 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Manor Park Sports Club, Vaughan Hall, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2TL

The cost of these workshops will be £45 for the six workshops.

To book or for further information please contact us at publicity@transitionmalvernhills.org.uk or phone 07989 439117.

The poster for the workshops can be downloaded here

 

Aluna the Movie. There is no life without thought

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We are showing the movie Aluna on 16th March at 7:30 pm at Vaughan Hall, Manor Park Sports Club,  Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2TL. There will not be an entrance charge but donations to Transition Malvern Hills will be welcome. 

ALUNA is made by and with the KOGI, a genuine lost civilization hidden on an isolated triangular pyramid mountain in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, nearly five miles high, on the Colombian-Caribbean coast. The Kogi say that without thought, nothing could exist.

The core message of ALUNA is that the Kogi understand – as we do not – that there are critical interconnections within the natural world.  It is a subtle and hidden network, and interfering in one part has a major impact on other specific parts.  The words of the message are “protect the rivers” but the question is how?  The answer is to draw on indigenous understanding of environmental impacts, and the obvious follow-on is to engage indigenous expertise in environmental impact assessments.  This involves significant adjustment not only on the part of Western development projects, but also indigenous communities themselves to provide that assistance and guidance on request.  Systems need to be established for this, and it may well be the next task of the Trust to assist with this.

For more information on the Movie see www.alunathemovie.com.

Our poster for Aluna can be downloaded here.

Fix the Food System

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Lucy who manages the Fold Farm is putting on this evening in the cafe from 6-9, focused on local food and the challenges for farming in the UK.

There will be music, games, activities and a quiz.

Lucy says “I’ll tell my story of why I gave up my fulfilling successful ‘career’ in the NHS to grow food… The issues we’ll explore are fundamentally relevant to all of us – we all eat. I hope to see all of you, and your families and friends, and anyone else you think might value it. I hope not just to speak to people who already think it’s important – others too. I hope it’ll be fun! See you there at 6pm.”

Act For Climate Justice

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Paris Climate Change Agreement signalled a major milestone in the global challenge to  tackle climate change. What are the steps we each must take to unlock the  potential for a more sustainable future? What is required so that the earth and all  who live on it may flourish and live in peace?

Donations after expenses to Christian Aid.

Organised by Malvern Churches  Justice and Peace Group.

The pdf for the poster can be download here

See http://www.lansdownemethodist.org.uk/newsletter/whats-happening-events-coming-up/act-for-climate-justice.php for more information. 

Our Chair’s editorial on the Climate Change Conference in Paris

United Nations Conference on Climate Change 2015 (COP 21 Paris).

Where are we now as inhabitants of the planet Earth regards the talks and decisions made at the COP 21 Paris talks on Climate Change?

George Monbiot – (a political and environmental campaigner), responded in his column in the Guardian, 12th Dec 2015, saying, 

By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster.

In Paris the delegates have solemnly agreed to cut demand, but at home they seek to maximise supply. The UK government has even imposed a legal obligation upon itself, under the Infrastructure Act 2015, to “maximise economic recovery” of the UK’s oil and gas. Extracting fossil fuels is a hard fact. But the Paris agreement is full of soft facts: promises that can slip or unravel. Until governments undertake to keep fossil fuels in the ground, they will continue to undermine the agreement they have just made.

Kumi Naidoo – (South African human rights activist and the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace), response,

Parts of this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of 1.5 degrees. That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states and that is a very good thing. The transition away from fossil fuels is inevitable.

Now comes our great task of this century. How do we meet this new goal? The measures outlined simply do not get us there. When it comes to forcing real, meaningful action, Paris fails to meet the moment. We have a 1.5 degree wall to climb, but the ladder isn’t long enough. The emissions targets outlined in this agreement are simply not big enough to get us to where we need to be.

Amber Rudd – (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change), according to Roger Harrabin, BBC environmental analyst, response,

“…the priority is to keep the lights on and bills as low as possible; as well as to reduce the carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.”

Where does the responsibility lie? Do we sacrifice the wellbeing of the globe by focusing on the business as usual attitude? We have a duty to ourselves, our children and others,that we share this planet with, to protect it from the selfish destructive road that, the UK Government, seems to have chosen.

Change is possible but it needs hard work from all of us from grassroots upwards.

Ginny Lee
Chair Transition Malvern Hills

This is due to be published in our next newsletter.