There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional and some new wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00 – 9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue. Cost £5 per person to raise money for the orchard. All welcome — songs will be taught by ear so no singing experience or ability to read music required. Children and young people welcome providing they are able to concentrate and join in. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.
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Sorry today’s event is unfortunately cancelled due to persistent rain.
You are all invited to the wassail at PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Saturday 25th January at 2pm — 4pm.
January is wassailing time. This is traditionally the time for singing rowdy songs in orchards to celebrate the harvest from the previous year, chase away evil spirits and so ensure a good crop in the coming season. Please bring noise making equipment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spirits that may be lurking…
There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00 – 9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue. Cost £5/£3 per person to raise money for the orchard. All welcome — songs will be taught by ear so no singing experience or ability to read music required. Children and young people welcome providing they are able to concentrate and join in. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.
Local microbiologist Dr Lorna Fyfe will be telling us about her recent research which revealed some amazing qualities in our local honey. We’ll also have a run down of what’s happened over the past year and some of our plans for next year.
If you’ve been involved in any of the working groups or are keen to get stuck in to some practical project work, please do consider applying to become a board member. Fill in the nomination form below and send it to Neil, our secretary before the 5th of January (his contact details are on the form).
WDM Edinburgh is holding the Forum on Natural Commons to stand up to global finance and share ideas to protect the our natural world for the benefit of all.
Why? Because the United Nations, governments and global financial institutions will be meeting at the same time in Edinburgh to plan how to put a price on nature so it can be bought and sold as a commodity. So far this practice has utterly failed to stop the destruction of our forests, climate and biodiversity. That’s why we’re coming together to discuss alternatives to selling off the global commons.
We’ll be sharing good food and ideas with some of the worlds leading thinkers on radical global ecosystem protection, including Brazilian activist Camila Moreno, with more speakers to be announced.
Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
EH1 1EL Edinburgh
PEDAL is holding its fourth apple day celebration on Saturday 26 October from 2 – 4.30 pm at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard, Brunstane Road South. We will be pressing apples to make our own delicious juice — please bring a bottle to take some away in. We also hope to have some of our own tasty apples for you to taste. There will be a bonfire, refreshments and home baking, plus fun and games (including apple dooking and bat the rat!).
Please bring any spare apples you may have.
- Wear fancy dress!
- Bring a Porty grown apple and show it off
- Also apple juice & home baking to buy.
All welcome — we hope you can join us.
Charles Eisenstein will be visiting Scotland for the first time in November 2013.
He will be offering two public lectures – one in St Andrews and another in Edinburgh; one full day training event in Edinburgh; an open-meeting in Findhorn Comunity; he will also be a guest speaker at a training course at Findhorn Community, ‘Transition to Resilience’
The aim is to make these events accessible to as many people as possible, and throughout Charles will discuss the varied aspects of his work, his philosophies and the ideas behind his latest book out in November called ‘The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible’
Full details of all events here: http://
One day workshop — 16th Nov 10 — 5pm, Serenity Cafe Edinburgh
This workshop will has extremely limited seating and will be of particular interest to change agents, permaculture practitioners, earth activists, transition workers, community workers and folks engaged in work designed to enrich not just their lives, but the wider Earth community.
Our planet, our bodies, our very lives have come to us as a gift. Having “earned” none of these things, our natural tendency is toward gratitude and the desire to give in turn, to serve something greater than ourselves. But we all have habits and beliefs that interfere with fully living in the gift. In this gathering, we will clear those blockages so that we can be more effective as change agents. Through dialog and experiential processes, we will discover keys to living in a state of flow, to giving and receiving more fully, and creating things beyond our understanding of cause and effect.
Full details here: http://
Bookings now being taken, tickets: http://
Edinburgh evening talk plus Q & A session with Charles Eisenstein, 17 Nov 7 — 8.45pm, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh
We live in an abundant world. why do we experience such scarcity, anxiety and insecurity around money? Why are we driving the planet to ruin and how can we change course? Join the visionary author Charles Eisenstien for an exploration of practical solutions, starting on the personal level and extending to the political. At stake in today’s crisis, says Charles, is nothing less than the driving narratives of our civilisation. Everything is changing — including our relationships, our worldview, our inner lives, as well as our social and economic systems.
Date: Sunday 17th Nov
Time: 7 — 8.45pm
Bookings now being taken, tickets: http://
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a delicious free meal from ingredients that might otherwise have been thrown away.
Time: October 5, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Bristo Square and Potterrow
Organized By: Nourish Scotland
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a delicious free meal created by volunteers, celebrity chefs and community groups from ingredients that might otherwise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm.
This will be the very first time that Scotland has hosted a Feeding the5000 event (http://www.feeding5k.org) and follows events in cities around the world including London, Sydney and New York.
This event is being co-ordinated by Nourish Scotland in close co-operation with several partners including the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste Scotland.
The festival will raise the public’s awareness of the whole food agenda and provide everyone with an opportunity to contribute to a big conversation about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the coming years and decades.
You can find out more about Edible Edinburgh at: http://www.edible-edinburgh.
If you would like to volunteer, there are 3 different volunteering opportunities. Please apply through EUSA’s volunteering website to the volunteer role that you would like to take on using the links below.
NOTE: If you are not a student at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volunteering website but look at the different roles listed and instead please e-mailsustainability.department@ed.
Which role you are interested in
Availability for that role
Whether you can attend the training if applicable for that role
3 Volunteer Roles:
Social researcher - http://volunteering.eusa.ed.
Steward - http://volunteering.eusa.ed.
Practical volunteer (setting up the event) - http://volunteering.eusa.ed.
If you need further information about the event, please email mailto:F5K@nourishscotland.
We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this exciting event!
- From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway
An annual celebration of apples. The Saturday will feature apple advice and identification from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tasting. See and taste a wide selection of apple varieties from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them yourself.
This event is also running from 10am — 4pm on Saturday 5 October.
With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.
We’re all connected to institutions that claim to be looking out for the public good, from local councils and governments, to universities, public banks and religious institutions. Many of these institutions, however, continue to support the fossil fuel industry whether we know it or not. Given that we have to leave 80% of the proven reserves of coal, oil and gas in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic changes to our climate, these institutions have a responsibility to stop supporting an industry whose business model is based on wrecking our future.
This autumn Bill McKibben, the 350.org crew, and a wide range of climate leaders will hit the road to help build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis. The Fossil Free Europe Tour isn’t your typical lecture – it will include speakers from across social movements, powerful videos, and music from the ground-breaking artist Filastine. Grab a ticket and be part of a unique and complete experience, unlike any talk you’ve been to before.
7-10pm, 30th October,
Asembly Hall on the Mound
Here’s the link to book a ticket:
Please join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver
on Tuesday, 24 September
from 18:30 to 20:30
Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower
11 Crichton St
Our world depends upon energy — energy to drive our cars, energy to heat our homes, energy to transport our food, energy to fabricate our consumer goods. Our dependence upon petroleum resources, and the variable difficulty it takes to get these resources, will therefore have implications well beyond fuel prices.
In this lecture we will look at both petroleum resources and renewable feedstocks as sources of our chemical needs, and the relationship between energy and sustainability.
We will discover that the tools chemists have been inventing for centuries are now inadequate: using the field of polymer chemistry as an example we will examine the new paradigm of chemical sustainability.
Doors open at 6.15pm.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.
For any further information please contact the administrator: Lauren Sandford, Lauren [dot] Sandford [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk.