26 Sep 2014

Stroud events

Here’s the current list of things we know about that are happening in the near future.  Where relevant, we’re also listing events a bit further afield that you might be interested in, too. These are local events that are (unless it says otherwise in the listing) run by assorted local groups – these are all independent of the Green Party.
If you are aware of other talks, events, workshops or other community activities in the coming week or so, please do mention them in the comments. If there’s an event you would like our support in promoting, please email the details to brynnethnimue (at) gmail (dot) com.

We came across these free courses across Glos (incl Stroud) about how to develop more inclusive and welcoming communities' – find out more here. http://yourewelcome.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=47b99467fcb8e6e744a31cd15&id=e47f9787cd&e=53288c959b

Songs of Change – meets on Tuesday nights at Paganhill Maypole Village Hall. We are led by Sophie Sterckx (formerly “Greatorex”). This is an open group drawing on songs from about peace, the earth, equality, etc. 

Horsley Orchard Project, Community Apple Pressing
Turn your own apples into delicious juice SAT 27 Sept, 10 – 1 outside Nailsworth Co-op ( opposite the Library )Bring washed apples & clean bottles, donation of 50p per bottle please  (Sterilised cartons for freezing juice available)

For further information contact Liz Green: Tel: 01453 836910 (lg@phonecoop.coop) or Heather Slater: 01453 833699 (fevslater@gmail.com)


28th- Five Valley’s walk

How (and why) to build your own Wind Turbine
Wednesday 1st October
Time: 7.30 to 9. 30 pm; Venue: Nailsworth
Tutor: Pete Nelson
Cost: £5
We will be carving wooden wind turbine blades based on Hugh Piggott's intermediate technology wind turbine designs.  These can be built anywhere in the world, as they use tools and materials that are readily available.

The workshop will also involve a discussion about 'participatory renewables', or 'what role can you play in the renewable energy revolution?' Pete believes that a renewable energy revolution can only progress if there is greater participation.  Do come and participate

If you'd like to read the designs before the workshop, they're available at Hugh Piggott's website: www.scoraigwind.co.uk

If there is enough interest after this short workshop we could organise a longer course building a complete wind turbine from scratch

Pete is a philosophy graduate who segued into engineering, working for a number of years with Hugh Piggott's wind turbine designs and more recently installing mainstream renewables on domestic and industrial sites.
To book:  e mail:
erik.w@virgin.net  or ring 07725 900666


4th October Green Party jumble sale, 2 to 3.30 pm, Maypole hall, Pagan hill. Also an opportunity to meet general election candidates Chris Jockel and Penny Burgess. 20p on the door.

Active Hope Day
 Sunday 19th October
 Time: 11 am to 4 pm; Venue: Stroud
Tutor:  Fiona Ellis
Cost: Sliding scale: £20 to £10;   

Faced with challenges of climate change, an unstable political world and the tension of living within an increasingly stressed world, it's good to have space to reflect and explore feelings about all this. Joanna Macy’s work over many years has shown this workshop process strengthens people in their choices and resolve about how they live their life or do their work.

Active hope is about the kind of hope you need to carry on, when you do not have certainty about how things will be in the future for you and the next generation.
An opportunity will be made available to discuss the interest in the group meeting regularly

Fiona trained with Joanna Macey in the 1990s and recently again with Chris Johnstone , co authors of “Active hope” and “Great turning time”, and in her professional work is a facilitator and training consultant working with groups for over 30 years. She has lived in Stroud for 20 years.

To book:  e mail:

erik.w@virgin.net  or ring 07725 900666

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