TTT free Skillshare sessions, offered by individuals to boost the community's resilience, continue to delight! We've recently enjoyed a weaving workshop lead by Chris Hart, who runs the Totnes Spinning Group, and learnt how easy it is to turn an old T-shirt (or even plastic bags) into a yarn, and this into all kind of things – bags, scarves, rugs, etc. More sessions planned when Chris gets her health back (our best wishes, Chris!).
A GALGAEL GRACE
We’re cast into a crazy world
Wi’ many a sore disgrace
Where greed o’turns compassion
And respect is laid to waste
Nae wonder then I linger here
Wi’ bretheren mare distinguished
Who’s grasp on human kindness
Will never be relinquished
And share a cup and give a hand
Tae those who share this greeting
To be a kent face and earn a place
At GalGael’s weekly meeting
So before we eat, let all think well
On the value of this clan
That feeds our bodies, hearts and minds
To help us make our stand
by Jethro JefferyRead More →
Inner Values & Outer Action in Transition - a One Day Conference
On May 12th, three members of the Inner Transition Reading Group attended the Conference on "Inner Values and Outer Action in Transition", organised by Tim Gorringe, Professor in the Theology Department at Exeter University. We had to be intrepid to find it because it was not in the campus location indicated on the leaflet, however our efforts were rewarded not only by the quality of the speakers but by being offered a reduced entry fee which included lunch, due to our involvement with TTT.Read More →
The group was formed after Easter with expressions of interest from several people who were interested in co-reading and discussing books relevant to the values of Inner Transition.
The first book we are reading is Karen Armstrong’s “ Twelve Steps to a More Compassionate Life”. I had been inspired by Karen’s talk at Dartington’s ‘Ways with Words Festival’ last July when she spoke about her world wide project ‘The Charter For Compassion’ (www.charterforcompassion.org) which she is funding through the grant given to her by the TED Talks foundation.
She suggests that being able to open our hearts to people we like is not that difficult and that the book is intended as a resource to help us do so in relation to people who are very different from us and who have different values, cultures and faiths.Read More →
Sunday 20th May - I don't think we could have asked for a better day!! The sun shone, everything went to plan and the whole day was just joyous! The atmosphere created by the live music was spectacular, the good food market was, as ever, a fantastic array of deliciousness and everything we hoped for of the day, and more unfolded.
On the final day of the coffee festival - we assembled at 8am and set to work helping the fair-trade stall set up, the Beanbug take it's postition and to decorate and prepare the poultry walk and the part of the Civic Square the Good Food Market kindly let us use. Coffee West set up (after a few minor electrical logistics were resolved) and by 10am the festival was in full swing! We had the wonderful Matthew and Me startin g the days musical play list, which totally lifted the mood and I'm sure was great for the nervous barista's to make coffee to. The Beanbug coffee machine is different from anything the nine competing baristas had used before so they were really valiant in their quick learning and getting used to it, under the fantastic guidance of Jamie Banwell from Base Coffee.