Community | Transition Primrose Hill

St Mary’s supports Transition Primrose Hill, part of the Transition Towns movement, a fast-growing international network inspiring communities to be creative in addressing the twin problems of climate change and the end of cheap oil.

If you live, work or play in Primrose Hill, Chalk Farm or Camden Markets join in to learn or relearn skills we shall need in a world without oil, like sewing, making new things from old possessions and growing your own food.

We meet regularly on the second Tuesday of the month for coffee and a chat about things green at Troika – look for us on the big round table on the right.

Gardening is on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 am at Cecil Sharp House, and the fourth Wednesday at 6.30 pm.

We show a film or host a talk on the fourth Tuesday of the month – usually at Primrose Hill Community Centre.

We are working with Mary’s Living and Giving shop in Regents Park Road to set up various craft sessions – Knit and Natter is 2-4pm on the first Sunday of the month, and from September a group will make shopping bags out of recycled material on the 4th Sunday of the month.

Check out the website at www.transitionprimrosehill.org and look out for posters for workshops in our Reskilling Primrose Hill programme funded by Big Lottery.

Email info@transitionprimrosehill.org to join the email list.

Tips from Transition Primrose Hill

Re-cycle Locally: Our nearest Camden Council Recycling Centre is in Regis Road. For information about what you can recycle at Regis Road visit their website: www.camden.gov.uk/regisroad or phone: 020 7974 6914/5

Reuse goods locally: White goods (cookers, fridges etc) and furniture fit for re-use can be left at Regis Road or collected from domestic premises by arrangement, phone the number above to arrange collections.

Or you can try giving them to Freecycle, there is a Kentish Town group and a Hampstead group. Visit their website for more information: www.freecycle.org/group/UK/London

Bike locally: Six bicycles are available to borrow from Primrose Hill Community Centre and it’s free for PHCA members. Visit www.primrosehillca.org.uk for more information.

LB Camden also provide training for individuals, groups and families to make you confident and safer on urban roads – www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/contacts/council-contacts/transport-and-streets/contact-camden-cycle-training-team.en

Join a local car club: two cars are based on King Henry’s Road near the bridge. www.citycarclub.co.uk will give you the details – you pay £50 pa to join and you can then rent a car by the hour or day.

Rent local cars: on www.whipcar.com you can rent out your own car, or rent a neighbour’s car, all insurance paid. Look for the Toyota Prius belonging to the vicar of St Mary’s, also in King Henry’s Road.

Walk local routes, and across London: www.walkit.com is fantastic! Put in your departure point and destination and you get a map of the pleasantest route, with timings for slow, medium and brisk walkers. Often it takes the same time to walk as it does to wait for a bus or tube. It also tells you the calories you will burn and carbon emissions saved by not using the car/tube/bus

Reduce your home’s energy: visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk to give your home a check up with the home energy check. You could save on average £250 per year on energy bills and around 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Buy an Owl for your home: this wireless electricity monitor tells you how much energy you are using in our home. Owls can be purchased online and from many distributors, including our very own Mercury Stores on Chalcot Road. One of our favourites, and most cost effective, is the Owl Micro www.theowl.com/index.php?page=owl-micro

Ask your local shop/restaurant to stock/use sustainable fish: If you are unsure of what is sustainable download this pocket guide: http://endoftheline.com/campaign/widget