Thursday, March 31, 2016
It is quite alarming to realise that we are losing our soil very quickly. The global human population is rising and to house all these people, towns and cities are getting larger and do not provide food for this increased population. The remaining land – about 15% of the Earth’s land area – is being degraded by mismanagement, carelessness or ignorance.
Soil, and in particular, peat, is a major store of carbon in the form of organic matter. To lose this is detrimental to soil quality and therefore to soil fertility, stability and air and water retention. Digging or ploughing soil and mining peat releases carbon into the atmosphere. It is thought that agricultural ploughing releases more carbon every year than deforestation.
The best way to keep our garden soil healthy is to add ordinary garden compost which we can all make at home and we don’t need spades but earthworms to take down, digest and incorporate it to give us good, productive soil.
So as our gardening year begins in earnest we should all endeavour to improve our soil by adding compost for the worms to work on, cut back on the digging – or stop completely! – and choose the right plant for your soil.
Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Kingsdown Beach Annual clean is on Sunday 3rd April
10.00am -noon meet by Zetland Arms for registration
organised by Ringwould & Kingsdown Parish Council
All volunteers are requested to wear suitable clothing, gloves and footwear
Litter picks and Rubbish Sacks provided
All will be made aware of published risk assessment
No unaccompanied children can participate
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
April 9th – St Peters Methodist Church Hall, Canterbury
09:00 Set up for stalls – local groups
09.30 Arrivals and orientation
10:00 Plenary Session - The State of the World – global to local issues. The Perfect Storm?
Linking the local and global issues, making abstract issues relevant
10:30 The ladder of involvement
Group workshop on activism – how it works, what it means – Facilitator: Huw
11:00 Skills Workshop #1: Now listen to me…
Street/Local/Personal campaigning: how to approach the public/friends/colleagues, communication training, (Break out groups) – Facilitators: Sue, Jean
11:45 Skills Workshop #2: It’s all your fault!
Persuading the decision makers; local MP/Councils (Break out groups) – Facilitator: Tim
12.30 Skills Workshop #3: Tune in, turn on…
Using Social Media and communication: how to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, How to get on TV, writing letters and articles etc. to make your case (Break out groups) – Facilitator: Paula
13:00 Lunch and Soapbox
Bring your own lunch
Includes the soapbox - An opportunity to get things off your chest for a minute
13:30 Skills Workshop Session #4: Let’s Get Organised
Choose one of:
I can’t do this by myself!: recruitment and retention, leadership development (Break out groups) – Facilitator: Julie
You have got to be kidding me!: dealing with Monckton et al (combating those self-interested views). Don’t rely on logic and evidence! (Break out groups)- Facilitator: Roy
14:15 Skills Workshop Session #5: Work for idle hands.
Choose one of:
Mucking about: Recycling skills with Polka Dot Arts, knot tying, banner making, props etc (Break out groups)
Give me your money!: Fundraising to keep us going (Break out groups)
15:00 Tea Break & Cause Bazaar
15:15 Skills Workshop Session #6: Then they come for you…
Non-Violent-Direct-Action training; Occupy the High Street, how to deal with arrest – just for fun – Facilitator: John
16:00 Roundup, feedback and pleas for help
How can you help? Leaving with new group members, enthusiasm and determination.- Facilitator: Sadie
Thursday, March 17, 2016
|Holiday Club is on from 4-8 April and places are going fast! |
Holiday Club will be held down the road at The Pines Garden in St Margaret's Bay this Easter. There is plenty of parking and 6 acres of organic parkland for your kids to enjoy. It's just 9 min drive from Rippledown towards Dover via the A258. Take the turning for St Margaret's. The Pines Garden is just before you reach the bay.
Read more about Holiday Club here
Kids from 7-11 can join us. Pick up and drop off at:
The Pines Garden
Beach Road, St Margaret's Bay, Dover
Please call 01304 851 737 to book.
£25 per day or £100 per week
We look forward to seeing you!
The Rippledown Team