Archive for September, 2009

Abundance Damson Harvest

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A bountiful harvest of damsons were collected by a group from Abundance South Lakes in the first week of September  in the Lyth Valley. Seven of us, lead by Bob Bradley from the South Lakes Orchard Group, spent a few sociable hours up ladders picking fruit from some 100 year old trees in a beautful orchard on a farm near the Gilpin Bridge.

Damsons from the Lyth Valley are puported to have the finest flavour in England and are wonderful to cook with! They are available to buy frozen from the Damson Association. The trees grow well in the limestone soils and particular climatic conditions of this area. The original use for damsons in this area was for dyeing.

You are welcome to join us for the next Abundance event which will be a harvest of wild apples in the Kendal area on Saturday 24 October. (Details below) These apples will be juiced on our stall the following Saturday at the Birdcage 11am-3pm for the Kendal Festival of Food. Bring your apples along to be juiced or sample ours!

Saturday 24th October 11am – 3pm

Abundance – Wild Harvest – FREE- Come along with us as we hunt down the wild apple tress growing in and around Kendal and harvest them for our own use and for the apple day the following weekend.  Meet at Kendal Library at 11am. Contact Lorna on  tsl.abundance [at]  or 07871651509

Age of Stupid

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Theatre 1 at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal was packed out on Sunday evening 6/9/9 for a showing of the film Age of Stupid. Tickets sold out (SLACC/Transition South Lakes hope to be able to organise another screening.)

The film, by documentary maker Franny Armstrong, stars Pete Postlethwaite portrayed as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old (real documentary) footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Sonny Khan, chair of SLACC, took a question and answer session after the film. Movie goers were urged to sign up for the 10:10 campaign – to reduce your carbon footprint by 10% during 2010. This sends a powerful message that we are willing and able to make the changes to our lives necessary to avert a climate catastrophe. There are many simple things that we can do to reduce our emissions by 10% – let us as individuals publicly commit to this and acknowledge what we are doing to meet this target.

As a follow up to this screening, SLACC/TSL have organised a talk: Climate Emergency. Come along even if you missed the film, to discuss and learn about your concerns about climate change:

Climate Emergency, Thurs 17th Sept, 7-9pm, Kendal Town Hall

Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change, will be coming to Kendal to talk about how the effects of climate change are even more rapid and dangerous than was predicted by the UN Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 report.  He will also be highlighting and discussing ‘Emergency measures’ that are sufficiently far-reaching and radical to form an appropriate response in the light of this latest science.
This is our big meet of the year, so please come along. Don’t let the fear that individual action will have no impact stop you from trying.

Lets channel our energy into coming up with some positive solutions, instead of going home feeling depressed after seeing this film. This is an important opportunity for us to get together and discuss our future. Lets make sure it’s not like the future portrayed in this film"Every day they take our oil they go. No good roads.  No school. No lights.  No water to drink. No food. No hope".