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    Visiting Maisebrook with the Pig Club

    Come join the pig club as we see how it’s done on a larger yet small and friendly scale. Their new butchery is also on show for us. We are meeting at Maisebrook Farmshop  at 1.40pm on Saturday 24th. http://www.maisebrookefarm.co.uk/ contact Dano to co-ordinate lifts […]

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    Tisanes – French Herbal Teas, Plants for Life #11, Sunday 25th November

    Everyone is welcome to the final in the series of this year’s Plants for Life talks, walks and workshops at Bungay Library, 3pm on Sunday 25th November. Flower and herb teas are strongly rooted in the French way of life. Eloise Wilkinson, who was brought […]

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    Transition Network UK Conference

    This September, four of us from Sustainable Bungay went to the Battersea Arts Centre in London for the annual Transition Network Conference. Most of the participants were from the UK, but several other countries were represented too. After a warm welcome on Friday night, everyone […]

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    Plants for Life #10 – ‘For Medicinal Purposes’ Winemaking Session – Review

    For our 10th Plants for Life event last Sunday, Winemaking – For Medicinal Purposes, Nick Watts invited a dozen of us to his house for a practical demonstration of how to make fruit wine, in this case (sic) from raspberries. Nick’s front room was filled […]

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    BCB Bees: Update Sept 2012

    Over the last couple of months we have been lucky enough to take in some of the late summer swarms. One didn’t stick around very long but the others have happily taken up residence in our beautiful hand made horizontal top bar hives. They were […]

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    A Transition Camp Journey

    I am a reluctant traveller these days, rarely venturing beyond Bungay or Norwich, let alone East Anglia. And it’s strange. Having lived in the Americas in the 80s and 90s and experienced incredible landscapes, people and ways of life, now, after ten travel (and money)-lean years, […]

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    Plants for Life – latest news

    The Plants for Life events and Plant Medicine Bed in the Library community garden bloomed throughout the summer. We held herbal walks, book readings and a weekly informal ‘surgery’, which provided a great space for identifying plants and their medicines. There were several lively discussions on well-being and what it […]

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    Plants for Life #10 – ‘Medicinal’ Winemaking Demo – 21st October – Book Now!

    Please Note: This winemaking demo is now fully booked, but if you’d like to come contact Mark (details below) and if there are cancellations we’ll let you know. As we head into autumn, our 10th Plants for Life session will be a practical demonstration on […]

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    Abundance in Woodton & Green Drinks on October 2nd

    With the determination of Cathy Proudlove and co-operation of Woodton Primary School a small group of us today spent an hour harvesting apples from the tree in the playground. These will be brought along to the Green Dragon tomorrow night, 7.30pm  for conversation on – […]

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    Late summer swarms…

    Thanks to some local contacts Bungay Community Bees hived five swarms in July, we lost one due to being queenless and one that left the following day, but three remain. We also had two emerge from our National hive at Barsham, it’s all got to […]

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    Master Composters!

    We’ve got a couple of local Master Composters coming to the next Give and Take Day (22nd September 10 – 1). They’re volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home and offer support to people who are already home composting and […]

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    Karen Cannard – A Zero Waste Lifestyle in a Nutshell

    At tomorrows Give and Take Day, as well as Master Composters, County Council Recyclers, Jake Kerr from Canarchy and representatives from Ditchingham based Emmaus and Waveney Freegle, we’ll be joined by Karen Cannard, creator of the Rubbish Diet. Karen is a zero waste hero, inspired some […]

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    Plants for Life #9 – Autumn Berry Tonics and Tinctures – 23rd September, 3pm

    Do join Plants for Life in Bungay Library on September 23rd at 3pm, as we take a look at (at least) three of the native, local trees and bushes which provide berries as medicine and food. We’ll be talking about hawthorn, elder and sea buckthorn […]

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    Screening: Seeds of Freedom

    This coming Friday 14th September 7.30pm at Bacon’s Farm,St Michael south Elmham ,NR35 1NF : Seeds of freedom is a 30minute film produced by the Gaia foundation and the African Biodiversity Network If there is one song that i sing with the children at nursery that they never […]

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    Give and Take: Saturday 22nd September 10 – 1

    Eloise Wilkinson writes: It’s that time of year when the shorter days start to make the days feel more autumnal – hopefully we’ll get a few weeks of summer yet! What better time to have a bit of a clear out and perhaps pick up […]

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    30:30 Local Food Challenge

    This is a post from Transition Ipswich explaining their 30:30 Local Food Challenge and inviting you to join them for 30 days of local food. Transition Ipswich, working with Transition Woodbridge, have been gearing up to organise a 30-Mile Local Food Challenge this September, The […]

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    Noughty but Nice and Keeping Refreshed at Happy Mondays

    This post from Mark Watson first appeared on the Transition Network website. The original is here. Mark is one of the Network’s Social Reporters, a small group from all over the UK and beyond who write individual reflections on Transition – both in their communities and […]

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    52 Flowers That Shook My World with Charlotte Du Cann, Sunday 5th August, 3pm, Bungay Library

    For our eighth Plants for Life event this year, don’t miss Sustainable Bungay author Charlotte Du Cann as she takes a radical look at medicine plants with a reading from her just-published book 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth (Two Ravens Press, 2012). […]

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    Bikes in Transition

    After many years supporting racing cyclists I decided that I would like to develop the touring side of cycling to enjoy our lovely countryside and invite people to join in. Often people do not cycle because they feel that they have to be dressed in […]

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    Plants for Life Review and What’s Coming Up this Summer

    The Plants for Life series of walks, talks and workshops on plant medicine continues to gather pace. In April we Walked with Weeds around Bungay and explored their medicinal qualities. In May, Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, authors of Hedgerow Medicine, brought herbal tinctures, plant […]

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    REPORT: What if… the sea keeps rising?

    In the C14th barn at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, the effects of climate change on our shorelines were discussed as part of the Festival of Transition. Andrew Simms from the New Economics Foundation gave an overview, highlighting that at the original Rio […]

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    Bungay Bee Hive Day: 15th July

    Bungay Bee Hive Day is a celebration of the honeybee and other pollinating insects along with the plants they love. Unique in the region and in its second year the event is organised by Bungay Community Bees as part of the Bungay Festival and aims to […]

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    Plant Families at Green Drinks

    At our midsummer Green Drinks at the Green Dragon (29 Broad Street, Bungay), Tuesday 19th June at 7.30pm, Mark Watson and Charlotte Du Cann will introduce the theme of Plant Families and talk briefly about the many roles plants play in our lives and life on earth. […]

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    Midsummer Wildflowers and Plant Oils – plus Plant Families at Green Drinks

    Everyone is welcome to our 6th Plants for Life 2012 event,  a demonstration of how to make wildflower and plant oils and an introduction to plant ‘simples’ by Rose Titchiner, followed by an (almost) midsummer visit to Outney Common. (Please note: We were planning to visit […]

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    10th June: Join us on a visit to High Ash Farm WITH Chris Skinner!

    Chris has kindly offered to speak to us on 10th June, 2.30 pm at his fabulous farm at Caistor St Edmund. High Ash Farm has been managed with biodiversity in mind for many years. The visit: Chris will show us the various wildlife habitats and […]

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    Hulver Farm benefits from the power of the Wind

    In May, just before our screening of In Transition 2.0, Paul Watkin invited people to Hulver Farm, St Michael South Elmham to see his 5kw wind turbine, which has been up and running since February. Clutching a sheaf of graphs and  tables he explained enthusiastically […]

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    Bungay Garden Centre goes Bee-Friendly!

    This week, Bungay Community Bees (BCB) launched their “Get Your Garden Buzzing” garden centre project, at Bungay’s own Three Willows Garden Centre. It has taken a couple of years from my comment “how do we help people know which plants are bee friendly?” for this […]

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    Bursting with Bees

      Finally! It was just warm enough (on a day when I wasn’t working) to have a peek inside the hive. Four of us gathered to see what we could see. I’m coming around to the idea of, or perhaps rather gaining confidence in, opening […]

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    Hedgerow Medicine – a review of this month’s Plants for Life event

    The upper room at Bungay Library was packed with almost 40 people last Sunday for this month’s Plants for Life talk on Hedgerow Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal.  Julie is a practising medical herbalist and Matthew an editor and writer and their book, Hedgerow […]

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    Plant Swap in the Library Courtyard

    This almost incessantly cold spring has hampered efforts to germinate seeds for my own allotment and garden, and scuppered attempts to raise seedlings for this event – trays of seeded compost remained stubbornly barren on my garage windowsill. Would this effect be widespread and create […]

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    Hedgerow Medecine with Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, Sunday 13th May, 3pm at Bungay Library

    On Sunday May 13th at 3pm at Bungay Library, for our fifth Plants for Life event, we welcome Norfolk-based herbalist Julie Bruton-Seal and her husband Matthew Seal, to speak about Hedgerow Medicine. Julie and Matthew are the co-authors of Hedgerow Medicine (2008), the book on foraging for medicine plants and […]

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    Walking with Weeds in pictures and words – Plants for Life #4

    It was the perfect sunny day for it. Until five minutes before we set out when it started raining. Thank goodness for bumping into Paul whilst I was doing a last minute reccy of the places and the plants we would be stopping at. Clouds […]

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    A Lot of Give and Take on Saturday

    For our fifth Give and Take Day, Sustainable Bungay returned to the Community Centre in Upper Olland Street, where between 10 and 1 on Saturday a steady two-way stream of clothes, furniture, childrens’ toys, kitchenware, tools and garden equipment came and went with the Givers […]

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    Sowing Wildflower Seeds

      Rose led Bungay Community Bees in a seed sowing session this week. It was great learning more about the plants we were hoping to raise and I really enjoyed hearing a boy’s comment about being in awe of tiny seeds being able to transform […]

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    Plants for Life and Medicine – Walking (around Town) with Weeds – Sunday 22 April, 2.30pm

    For this year’s fourth Plants for Life event join us for a walk around central Bungay’s streets, alleyways, churchyards and meadows taking a different look at the plants we often call weeds. In line with our Plant Medicine Bed at the library and the theme […]

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    Give and Take Day, Saturday 21st April 10am-1pm

    Eloise Wilkinson writes: It’s that time of year again when everything starts afresh. The green is returning to the landscape, seeds are being sown and stuff is being thrown out. And not to your local recycling centre and into landfill but to another Give and […]

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    Cinema Paradiso – Film Nights with Sustainable Bungay – Friday 13th April at 7.30pm

    This Friday Sustainable Bungay with Waveney Greenpeace are showing new documentary film, The Crisis of Civilisation. In this cross-post from a film week on This Low Carbon Life (Transition Norwich) Charlotte Du Cann chooses amongst the many documentaries that have shaped our thinking and ways […]

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    Green Drinks: Tuesday 20th March

    Next week we’re going to be welcoming Hayley and Keith from Greengrow to talk to us about their Ilketshall based vegetable growing co-operative. They’re working hard to do something really difficult – making a living working on the land. As well as growing and supplying […]

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    Adopt a Herb with Dan Wheals – Plants for Life Sunday 18 March 3pm at Bungay Library

    For the third of our monthly Plants for Life talks, walks and workshops, we welcome medical herbalist and Suffolk Coastal’s Community Environmental Action Advisor, Dan Wheals, who’ll show us practical and creative ways we can adopt one particular herb and find out all about it. Active […]

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    Film Nights Past and Future

    On our first film night this year we watched Robert Newman’s History of oil. What a fantastic film! Putting oil center stage as crucial to the understanding of the last 100 years of our History. This is a film that will really make you revisit and question […]

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    Building bee and bug abodes

    Our group may have an unashamed love affair with honey bees, but we have come to realise they are part of so much more. They are, by dint of being generalists and by numbers, a really important pollinator insect, however they are not always the […]

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    Intoxicated by bees

    I think Honey Bees are my favourite drug. Better even than a Gin and Tonic. On this first truly warm day of the year, in a heady mix of sunshine and warm breeze there is a frenetic buzz of flying bees jostling to get their […]

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    Greengrow Treeplanting Day

    On a cold but sunny Saturday in January we set off for Greengrow for their annual treeplanting day. Greengrow is a Grow your Own community vegetable and fruit growing project based at Illketshall St Andrew (between Beccles and Bungay). It’s for people who want to […]

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    Sewing Sundays Are Back!

    Bungay’s sewing circle is back after a winter break. The group will meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Bungay Library 3.30pm. The sessions are free and everyone is welcome. Whether you sew by hand or on a machine, make quilts or kites, repair […]

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    Plants for Life #2 – Growing Organic and Biodynamic

    The room upstairs at Bungay Library was packed for our second Plants for Life event yesterday (Sunday). This was a relaxed conversation on Growing Organic Herbs between organic and biodynamic herb grower, David Wrenn of Orchard End Organics in Kirstead and Mark Watson, the events’ […]

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    Fondant candy

      After the recent cold spell it was a huge relief to see the bees flying today. There was an audible buzz as I approached the hive and I have to admit all thoughts of letting the children help me or use the stethoscope for […]

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    Growing Organic Herbs – Sunday 19th February, 3pm – with David Wrenn plus mounting Commemorative Plaque, 2.30pm

    This is the second of our monthly (medicine) Plants for Life series of talks, walks and workshops in 2012 in conjunction with the Plant Medicine Bed at Bungay Library. This month we’ll be in conversation with David Wrenn of Orchard End Organics – everything you […]

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    3 Great Events and a Library Update

    Save Bungay Library – what happens next..?   The good news is that Bungay Library is secure for the next year and there is a great team working to ensure it stays that way for many years to come. The bad news is that the future reach […]

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    connecting with our roots – review of the first plants for life talk

    Here Charlotte Du Cann writes about giving the first Plants for Life talk at Bungay Library on 15 January. This post was first published on This Low Carbon Life, the Transition Norwich blog. “Are you sitting comfortably?” I asked the circle of people who had gathered […]

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    Plant Medicine Bed 2012 at the Library plus Talks, Walks and Workshops beginning Sunday 15th January

    Each year the central flowerbed at Bungay library community garden takes a different theme. In 2011 it was Wild Plants for Bees and Butterflies, this year it will be Plants as Medicine. The intent behind the Plant Medicine Bed is to rekindle our relationship with the […]

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    Bungay Community Bees 2011

      Bungay Comunity Bees (BCB) has captured the imaginations of many this year. Several other Community Beekeeping groups have begun and we have become known to inspiring organisations such as The Natural Beekeeping Trust, Friends of the Bees (Phil Chandler ‘The Barefoot Beekeeper’), Bees for […]

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