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A pumpkin carving competition, apple tasting, a buffet of dishes with local seasonal ingredients and live music all in an historic local barn made for a special occasion when Transition Town Haslemere celebrated its first anniversary with a Sustainable Harvest Picnic.

Nearly 90 people attended the celebration held at Imbhams Farm, Haslemere, on Saturday 24 October 2009. The date was also chosen to coincide with 350 day – a global campaign of action to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million in order to prevent runaway global warming.

Transition Town Haslemere’s picnic was one of over 5,000 events held in 181 countries around the world aimed at encouraging politicians meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009 to negotiate an effective climate change agreement.

It was a fantastic evening – we had a really big turn out of our supporters and their families and friends,” says Naomi Clarke, deputy chair of Transition Town Haslemere. “The food was delicious, much of it made with local ingredients, and the atmosphere was wonderful with the carved pumpkins and the decorations and community atmosphere. We are very grateful to Margaret and John Barlow for allowing us to use their lovely old barn.”

Local band Boing Boing Zebedee featuring David O’Brien and David Hamilton entertained the partygoers, and the evening concluded with short talks by Transition Town Haslemere.

The event was supported by Waverley Borough Council, Secretts Farm Shop who donated 10 pumpkins and The Granary who donated 24 loaves of bread. Imbhams Farm had tastings of their pork and their grains baked into breads and apple crumble.

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