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May 2018

In this month’s newsletter:

  • resubscribe

  • going vegan

  • allotment update

  • Charter Fair

  • dawn chorus

  • repair cafes

  • summer barbecue

  • month of the magnolia

 

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Going vegan at May green drinks

Why and how to be a vegan – an informal talk by Joyce D’Silva, who has been a vegan for 43 years. 8.00pm Thursday 3 May 2018 at The Mill, Liphook Rd, Haslemere GU27 3QE

Allotment happenings

Nature is bursting into life with force after the recent sunny and wet weather. We have planted a plum tree, sowed wild flowers (last season the wildflower area was a great success), cleared the remainder of last year’s spinach and kale (amazing how plants keep producing food), and we have enjoyed the sun.

We are continuing with the usual meeting times Thursday 1pm – 3pm and Saturday 10am – 12noon. You can use this link to sign up for allotment updates.

Plants and books at the Charter Fair

We will be at the farmers’ market on Sunday 6 May and at the Charter Fair on Monday 7 May, 1-5pm in the town centre, where we will have our secondhand bookstall and have plants for sale.

Dawn chorus

We will be up with the birds on Sunday 6 May to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day in a wood near Grayswood. We will gather at 4.30am to hear the the birds sing the day into life – and then have coffee and bacon butties round a campfire. To join us please email info@transitionhaslemere.org for directions.

As John Lewis-Stempel said: “To stand alone in a field in England and listen to the chorus of birds is to remember why life is prescious.”

 

Summer barbecue

A date for your diary is our summer barbecue from 6.30pm on Friday  13 July. We hope you will join us for a convivial evening in the lovely setting of Swan Barn Farm.

Link of the month: Repair cafes

Repair Cafes are meeting places where volunteers fix everyday things to extend their life and avoid creating landfill waste. There are nearly 1,500 repair cafes worldwide so far, including a monthly one in Farnham, where they fix things like clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery and toys. You will find more about them here, and the one in Farnham here. We are looking at how we might apply the concept in Haslemere.

Tree corner: Month of the magnolia

April was the month of the magnolia. A number of species flower before their leaves appear, creating grand displays of white tinged with pink or purple. Magnolias were among the earliest flowering trees to evolve; their relatively simple flowers have tepals rather than petals and are designed to attract beetles rather than bees, which they pre-date. Most of the deciduous varieties in Haslemere originate in China and Japan, or are hybrids. The evergreen magnolias around the town are often grandiflora from the United States, and flower later.

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