On Friday 24th March the local produce market in the little garden beside St Nicolas Church will start again.
Those delicious cakes, conserves, eggs, veg and fruits will again be on sale between 11 and 1 – but get there early, it sells out fast!
As last year, the market is there for anyone with produce to sell. If you have a surplus, contact Gilly Osborne on email@example.com to let her know. You will need to take your goods there by 11am and collect any money or unsold produce at 1pm (This is very important!). Any unclaimed money goes to the church funds.
Spinach and rhubarb!
Lucille brought in the greenery, together with nuts, cinnamon sticks and wonderful berried holly, and showed us how to make swags, wreaths, and table decorations.
some of the beautiful results:
The piano looks lovely thanks to Fiona and Pauline
Susie and Rachel were rightly proud of their creation
A stalwart band of people ranging in age from OAP to neonate, turned out on Sunday to help Lucille clear away the grass-mowings from the wildflower maze on Abbey Meadow. This is necessary to reduce the fertility of the soil, thus giving the wildflowers more chance to compete with the grass.
Watch out for a bumper showing of flowers in 2017. Next year the Green Gym may scythe the meadow instead.
Is this the youngest volunteer ever?
From Monday 26th September to Friday 7th October, from 11am till 2pm every day except Sunday, our apple crusher, press and pasteuriser will be set up in the Community Free Space in Bury Street, ready to turn your windfall apples into delicious apple juice!
All you need to do is bring your apples and some clean bottles (glass screwtop wine bottles if you want to pasteurise the juice) after 11am and you can help juice them, and take away the fresh juice, or leave them overnight to be pasteurised. We reckon 2 Kg of apples will make 1 litre of juice.
If you have lots of apples and are happy to juice them yourself, you can have the sole use of the kit at the shop any afternoon. Just pop into the shop to book your afternoon, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details here.Make your own apple juice poster 2016 final
We look forward to seeing you in the shop very soon! Remember, we are only there for 2 weeks!
It’s that time of year again, when the windfall apples under your tree beg to be put to good use…. and what better use than to make them into juice to cheer you up through the winter?
Our kit of electric apple crusher, apple press (20 litre or 12 litre size) and pasteuriser is available to hire again for the princely sum of £10 a day, or £15 a day at weekends. Details on our Make your own apple juice poster 2016
You can save that by making 6 bottles of juice!
To book the kit, email us on email@example.com or Susie on firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to collect it yourself and return it or hand it on to the next hirer in good condition.
21 people gathered in the lovely surroundings of St Ethelwolds garden to hold our AGM.
Carbon Cutters 2016 AGM in the garden at St Ethelwolds House.
We accepted the accounts for 2015 – 2016, heard Cliff’s Review of the year, and brainstormed some possible ideas for the coming year.
The minutes are available on request from email@example.com
As the shadows lengthened we made our way to the Edible Abingdon beds at Old Station House
Then to the ones at the ice-cream kiosk on Abbey Meadow
then to the Wildflower meadow
and finally to the bee-friendly perennial beds by the children’s playground.
The Autumn sunshine is still ripening tomatoes in the warm spot behind the kiosk on Abbey Meadow- and the sweet peas are looking beautiful too! Purple French beans still hang invitingly from the wigwams, the yellow courgettes are still producing, and the Pak Choi look splendid. There are even a few late strawberries!
25 people gathered in the Hearth at St Ethelwolds House to hear about ACC’s successful year. Linda presented the accounts, Cliff gave the chairman’s report, and Peter Lefort explained the wonderful “infographic” produced by CAG to give a visual representation of what we have achieved this year: you can see it here: ACC 2015 (1)
After the obligatory (!) cake, there was a gentle stroll to inspect the bee beds (buzzing!), the Edible Abingdon veg beds (abundant!) and the wildflower maze (mellow). The light failed before we could reach the Abingdon Hydro site but Richard Riggs reported that he hopes to be producing electricity by this time next year.
Read the full minutes and reports here: AGM Minutes 2015 FINAL
The wildflower maze at dusk
Inspecting the veg beds
Yesterday, the wind turbine built in Abingdon and Bicester last Summer returned to Oxfordshire and was installed at the Reclaim The Power 2015 camp in Didcot!
Here it is at Hill Farm, Appleton, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX14 4PJ
- The turbine goes up at Hill Farm, Appleton, in the shadow of the cooling towers
The beautiful wooden turbine blades, hand-crafted in Bicester Green workshop
There will be a CAG workshop there today. Join us for an international weekend of climate action on 29 May – 2nd June near Didcot gas-fired power station in Oxfordshire as we take on RWE Npower’s corporate stranglehold of our energy supply. Full Programme here.
Our own Edible Abingdon project on Abbey Meadow is starting to shape up, with herbs and peas already in - do take a look!
The St Nicolas church local produce market has restarted with the freshest veg in town (chard picked 1 hour ago!), fruit, eggs and beautiful plants. They trade between 11am and 1pm on a Friday but get there early, it’s very popular!
And Cultivate Online now deliver orders of local veg, fruit, dairy produce and much more to St Ethelwold’s House every Friday – go online here between Monday noon and Wednesday noon to place your order.
What are you waiting for???
Notice by the beds, behind the kiosk on Abbey Meadow
Sign outside St Nicolas Church on the market=place today