Looking Back. Looking Forward: ROUND UP OF THE 2011


Sustainable Bungay is one of 400+ Transition initiatives in towns and bio-regions of the UK. All of us are about creating a localised, low-carbon culture, in the face of peak resources, climate change and the economic recession. We work towards making our communities more resilient in times of change, in areas ranging from energy reduction to local food distribution. In Bungay we have a core group and several small working parties and everyone is welcome to join any of our enterprises. Here’s a month-by-month look at our 2011 events and projects.

JANUARY We set the theme for the year at our Green Drinks on Shifting Cultural Values. Rupert Read talks about the individual and community response to cuts in public services.

FEBRUARY SB joins forces for tree planting day at the co-operative GreenGrow in Ilketshall, Bungay Community Bees plans a busy year ahead. Biodiesel group process their first oil! Save Bungay Library campaign starts with 200 people at a Read-In. Hazel screen installed at the Library Community Garden.

MARCH Six members of SB have follow-up talks with Peter Aldous MP for the Stop Climate Chaos national lobby about climate change and discuss fuel poverty and feed-in tariffs. Green Drinks highlights Zero Waste in advance of our spring Give and Take Day. Library campaign hosts A World Book Night and Telling Tales event.

APRIL Second film night in partnership with Waveney Greenpeace shows The Economics of Happiness. BCB’s hand-crafted top bar hives are ready for installation. Green Drinks discusses Social Enterprise.

MAY Give and Grow seedling swap at the Library courtyard – plants and seeds, vegetables, flowers and fruit bushes. Wild Flowers for Butterflies and Bees bed comes into bloom. First Happy Mondays at the Community Kitchen gets off to a delicious start. Film of the month, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, sparks a lively debate. BCB teaches bee-awareness at Bungay Primary School.

JUNE Sustainable Bungay joins forces with Beccles and Bungay Cycle Strategy for Bike Week. Green Drinks goes on the road to St. Peter’s Brewery to discuss Community Transport. Filmgoers discuss Gasland and the dire consequences of  gas “fracking” (now being trialled in the UK). Musical Midsummer evening to celebrate the Library Community Garden.

JULY Bungay Beehive Day on Castle Meadow is a great success! Hundreds of people come to stalls, talks and bee walk round the town. We gather under the lime trees of the Grammar School Playing field for our annual Summer Picnic and rounders game. We bring our new-look stall to All Under One Roof at Emmanuel Church.

AUGUST We eat wonderful curries at Happy Mondays at the Community Centre and take home veg from the Abundance table. Bungay Community Bees takes part in the Co-op Family Fun Day, which raises £1142 for our work to ensure a sustainable future for bees (many thanks everyone!). Seeds are sown for Bungay River of Flowers project. Elinor McDowall and Eloise Wilkinson report back from the first Natural Beekeeping Conference.

SEPTEMBER SB’s Nick Watts heads up a great Transition Tea Tent crew at the Greenpeace Fair and we sell a LOT of cakes. We host our fourth Give and Take Day at the Chaucer Club and divert van-loads of furniture, clothes, books, pots and pans from landfill. Plants for Bees’ first wildflower meadow is sown at Flixton.

OCTOBER Abundance project is in full swing at our Autumn Produce Exchange, with boxes of local fruit for swapping and pressing. Sewing Sundays begin again at the Library. Visit to St. James’ Village Orchard, followed by film about eco-communities in Europe, The New We. Dividing roots and winter preparation at the Library Community Garden. Happy Mondays! cooks autumn fare. BCB bakes honey cakes.

NOVEMBER BCB’s first honey harvest and film night with Waveney Beekeepers. Happy Mondays has its first “official” evening, and serves 44 people at one table. SB travel to Norwich to hear Rob Hopkins talk about the new book, The Transition Companion and see film, Norwich in Transition, featuring SB’s own Josiah Meldrum (Norwich FarmShare) and Charlotte Du Cann (communications).

DECEMBER Mark “Plants for Life” Watson gives a salve making workshop with medicine herbs and beeswax from the community hives. We celebrate the year together at our annual Christmas Party and plan ahead for 2012. Thank you to everyone who came to our events and took part in our activities. See you soon!

Charlotte Du Cann