Use it or lose it! Community cafe and Ilford’s green pop up market on Saturday 11 June 10-2

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Another great day of vintage, upcycled, recycled, crafts, books, bicycles and good food coming up this Saturday, 11th June from 10am to 2pm at the Salvation Army in Ilford. (Clements Road, IG1 1BH) 

We have very nice stalls with beautiful hand-made, crafted and upcycled things, a bit of bric-a-brac, vintage and of course lots of bicycles courtesy of Keith and his Recycles Ilford team….

Ritah and her team will bring some of the most quirky and funky upcycled items that 1st upcycled bagsyou will come across. They use discharged bike parts, old music sheets, vintage chairs, great photographs and more to bring you a cool selection of repurposed products.

Crafters Odun and Milly will be showcasing their newest products and TCL Re-use will show their upcycled furniture.

Kathy Mason brings her love of plants, herbs, edibles, and drinks made with plant based products.2nd bikes

Finally Hayley will have all your vintage needs covered with her fabulous choice of vintage dresses, gowns, frocks and more…

As usual, Planet Falafel will provide the yummy vegetarian food at the community cafe through a partnership with Transition Town Ilford.

So please advertise far and wide and help us publicise it by sharing it in your Facebook page or Twitter.

Finally if you would like to book a stall at the next pop up or know of someone who might be interested, please let Ros or myself know asap to avoid disappointment.

Please make a note on your diary for the upcoming dates for the market will be on:

9th July

13th August

Any questions, please call or email me.

Begonia 07985540786 Sophia Hubs Green Market Volunteer



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Ilford Transition Town community cafe at the pop up green market Saturday 13 Feb

coffee cup and beansWe are delighted to announce a new initiative from Ilford Transition Town is running it’s first community cafe.

The group met last Autumn to think through the best way to go about it and came up with fairtrade(a) piggy back onto an event or use an established cafe (b) start small to build up experience and profile (c) have other events and activities going on at the same time.

So…. with support from Sophia Hubs green business volunteers the Recycles Ilford monthly bike sale is now an green pop up market with a community cafe! 🙂

Stalls booked so far:

Lesley Maria cake stands, Kimiko Loves upcycled fashion, home made natural cleaning products from Rosie Eco Cleaning Services London, green/eco book stall, vintage clothing with Hayley, recycled bags and tie dyed clothes with Odun Odundipe…. and a fantastic range of recycled bikes!

The cafe will be selling cakes, tortillas and quiches, filter coffee and a range of teas.  Begona Belmote of Planet Falafel (and Transition Town Ilford) will be cafe manager.

They hope to have a bunting making activity at the same time and cafe-customers and market-goers can help by cutting the shapes for a skilled seamstress to create beautiful bunting to sell.

Hoping that the launch of  new green market and community goes well.  Please do spread the word.  Info can be obtained from Begona on or Ros on 07957 534908.



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Blog from Ruth and Peter Musgrave on their new solar panels and the climate change agreement

There are two events that have happened this week. One small and personal and another which may change the way all of us live on the earth.

The first is the amazing achievement of 195 countries in reaching a common agreement on what we are going to do to prevent catastrophic climate change. . In our lifetime we can’t think of a time when there has been so much global cooperation before.

Read about it here

On November 29th we joined the great climate march in Westminster with hope that as December moved on good news will be announced from the Paris talks about sustainable cuts to use of fossil fuels and our carbon footprint.

The other event is that we have had PV panels installed on our roof Here’s some photos of installing the panels on the roof.

Now for the future and in Ilford, more than ever in 2016 local action is needed to go with the international agreements. There are many things we can all do to cut our carbon footprint.

In May 2016 the Redbridge Green Fair can be a great opportunity to celebrate what we can all do or have been doing to live greener lifestyles.

Peter and Ruth Musgrave, Transition Ilford and Redbridge

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Invitation to join Wanstead group to go to Sunday’s climate justice March

DSCN4193We had a very good response in Wanstead High Street on Saturday …in spite of the very cold wind. Lots of people were interested who had not heard about the march and the response to the banner was good too. Look out for a picture/article in the Ilford Recorder this week. Thanks to everyone who contributed images and helped with the lettering.

On Sunday we are meeting at Wanstead Tube station (look for us outside) at 11.15 am. We will travel to Bond Street together and walk to Down Street to assemble at the Piccadilly end of this road around 12.15. This is where Sustainable Hackney are meeting so if you are DSCN4194travelling independently look out for their banner too. I attach pictures showing the front and back of our banner so you’ll recognize it if you’ve not seen it yet.

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More info about the march at

Looking forward to marching with you and the Wanstead Banner on Sunday (I wonder if there has ever been a Wanstead Banner at a march before? This may be history in the making!)

Kathy Taylor

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Message of Sunday Ilford walk to all faith venues is ‘climate change – it’s not too late’

Ilford Transition Town members Peter and Ruth Musgrave have been running eco workshops in partnership with a wide range of faith spaces in Ilford over the past couple of months.  The multi-faith tour takes place this Saturday afternoon.  This is a real hands-on, grassrootsy, community development, transition town project and we are delighted that this walk is taking place! Give it a try!

Climate change walk

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Multi-faith walk

Peter MusgraveI am part of Ilford Transition Town have been working as a volunteer with Redbridge Faith Forum to help them to develop their annual inter faith walk of peace, along the lines of care for the environment and concern about climate change.

I am very happy to say that this is now going to happen on Sunday October 18th and you can find out more about it from the link below.  It’s a multi-faith walk to visit different faith venues and hear how faith communities care for and take responsibility for the environment and how they consider the issue of climate change.

You are welcome to join in the whole walk or join/leave at any point. It starts at 1.15 at the Buddhist Vihara at 9 Balfour Road, Ilford IG1 4HP and ends at 3.45 at  Karamsar Gurdwara, 400 High Road IG1 1TW where everyone is invited to a vegetarian meal and an exhibition about recycling.  Please read more info on the  flyer.

I’m away most of the rest of September, but I am happy to send you more information when I get back or you can contact the RFF office direct about it

I am part of Ilford Transition Town and like to do things on a local level in a community development kind of way.  If you would like to read a bit more about my journey to organising this event and the excellent local course I attended – there’s a link here to the Sophia Hubs website.

If you can circulate this information to other groups or to people who might be interested to take part, thank you

Peter Musgrave

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Two exciting environmentally themed events at the Wanstead Arts Trail

There are two environmentally themed events at the Wanstead Arts Trail 5th-20th September 2015:  Love up Wanstead and a screening and discussion of Disruption, a climate change film.

We are environment arts trail logoLOVE UP WANSTEAD – is an experiment to see how much community actions can change the map of Wanstead in 16 days.   It is both an interactive art project and a social experiment which explores the theme of this year’s Wanstead art trail: We Are The Environment.

The idea is that it’s local actions and interactions with one another that create our ‘map’ and the quality of our lives and environment. The challenge is to see how much the positive actions can change the map of Wanstead in 16 days.  A giant 6m square map of Wanstead has been painted on the walls of the Art Trail Pop Up Centre at 149 High Street, Wanstead. LOVING UP Wanstead includes all of the following positive actions:

  • Planting something in a public place….. Picking up at least 5 pieces of litter in a public space….. Writing a ‘Love Letter To Wanstead’….. Being nice to a stranger.

There’s more information on the Sophia Hubs website about what inspired local artist Sam Cowan to run this event and on the Arts Trail website from 5th September.

Disruption flyer croppedSCREENING OF ‘DISRUPTION’ at the pop up gallery on Wednesday 16th September at 7.15.

This is a new fast-paced cinematic journey through the wild world of climate change: the science, the politics, the solutions and the stories that define this crises at this pivotal point in human history.

The movie is about an hour long and afterwards there will be a discussion about what we can all do together at this important time. This will be facilitated by Transition Town member Ros Southern.

The space is quite small, so arrive early to get a seat!  Near The George Pub, next to Mario’s Shake Shack.


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