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    July 2016

    eBulletin July 2016

    Oakwood Farmers’ Market

    This Saturday, shop at the Oakwood clock, 16th July 9am to 12:30pm. The farmers market is a food market of local producers.

    Regular stall holders include fresh bread, organic meat, bacon, gammon and highland beef, fresh fish (occasional lobster and crab), a huge variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, cheese and butter, pies and pastries, soups and sauces, juice and preserves.

    Guest Stalls this month include:
    Chutney, what I call “Savoury Jam” –  Natalie St John

    Strawberries and Asparagus – Woodside Farm Fruits

    Vegan Cakes – That Old Chestnut
    Natalie St John
    Variety of local chutneys. Natalie has had a guest stall before, so some of you will have tasted her delicious savoury jams. Here are sixteen ways to eat chutney.

    Woodside Farm Fruits
    Normally a ‘pick you own’ farm, but today they’ve picked it for you! If you fancy a visit, they’re close to Yorvale Ice Creams in York.

    That Old Chesnut
    They are here to prove you don’t need eggs, milk, cream or butter to make damn fine tasting cakes. But Why Go Vegan?

    Artists and Craft workers
    Each month a different artist or craft worker will attend the market to share their passion. This month we have Margaret Chalmers who will be making simple felt pieces using sheep’s wool. Traditional “wet felting” predates spinning and weaving in the making of textiles – the oldest known pieces of felt, found in a burial mound in Siberia preserved by the permafrost, date from around 450 BC.
    Margaret has been using the traditional wet felting method for several years, and will also have some of her work on display. She makes 2D and seamless 3D pieces – accessories, garments and items for the home, functional or decorative.

    Link to Mongolian felt making (large scale – like for a yurt!)

     

    REAP Garden Group

    The REAP Gardening Group will be at the Farmers’ Market as usual. As well as working on the Edible Bed, the group will be showing you how to keep your plants well watered whilst away on holiday and have some useful tips on successful composting. Come and chat to us and join our growing community.
    Our Oakwood Community Edible Bed is flourishing. Remember, the plants are all edible – either leaf, shoot, root or fruit. Before picking, just check the label by that plant invites you to do so. Some of our plants will take a few weeks before they are ready to harvest.
    Information Stalls

    The REAP stall has information about Roundhay Environmental Action Project.

     

    The Roundhay Live Stall is hosted this month by Roundhay Women’s Institute – so much more than Jam and Jerusalem! Having celebrated the centenary of the WI movement last year Roundhay WI will be showcasing the sorts of activities WI’s currently  get up to. Drop by and have a chat with our members, find out what’s in store for future monthly meetings,  as well as the wide variety of social groups we have.
    The market dates for 2016 are as follows 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December
    You can download the leaflet at oakwoodfarmersmarket.com.

    Green Tips for July
    How to holiday without breaking the planet – Green Choices – Eco Holidays

     

    Events in Roundhay Park*
    Once again, thanks to the Friends of Roundhay Park for this monthly round-up of events in the park.

    To receive the monthly round-up of events that John Ferguson compiles for FoRP, contact: Messages@forp.co.uk.

    June 2016

     

    eBulletin June 2016

    Oakwood Farmers’ Market

    Come to the Oakwood clock this Saturday, 18th June 9am to 12:30pm for the stalls, the company and the cake (let’s face it there is always cake).

    The stalls are genuinely local and the stall holders are also the actual producers, which means you can find out a bit more about how the food is produced or how you might serve it.

    The market is community run and not for profit. Email us or come and have a chat, if you want to get involved or have an idea for the market. We always want to welcome new team members so don’t be shy – come and chat to us in the hi vis jackets!

    Regular stall holders include fresh bread, organic meat, bacon, gammon and highland beef, fresh fish (occasional lobster and crab), huge variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, cheese and butter, pies and pastries, soups and sauces, juice and preserves.

    Guest Stalls this month include:
    Fresh, Italian Cuisine – Mario Olianas

    Strawberries and Asparagus – Woodside Farm Fruits

    Melt in the Mouth Marshmallows – Art of Mallow

    Local Cured Salami – Reliance
    Gusto Italiano
    Doesn’t sound very local, but after 15 years living here it feels like home. Ask him about his cookery clases.

    Woodside Farm Fruits
    Normally a ‘pick you own’ farm, but today they’ve picked it for you! If you fancy a visit, they’re close to Yorvale Ice Creams in York.

    Art of Mallow
    Just discovered that toasting these beauties only improves them. Nice end to a BBQ or addition to a campfire. Perfect roasting instructions.

    Charcuterie – The Reliance
    Britain is taking back the crown for excellence in curing meats and The Reliance are doing it in style. Go and have a try, with some fresh bread – Little treat. Add a bit to a fish dish – Fine Dining. See more about British charcuterie heritage.

    Artists and Craft workers
    Each month a different artist or craft worker will attend the market to share their passion. This month we have Margaret from The Braid Society. They cover everything from loop manipulation to hair braiding. Come along and maybe discover a new hobby!

    REAP Garden Group

    Launch of Greening Grey Britain in Roundhay

    Walking around many parts of Roundhay you may have noticed that many of our front gardens are disappearing. Trees and shrubs are being grubbed out and green spaces that once housed urban wildlife are being concreted over.

    Nationally a survey in 2015 revealed that three times as many front gardens in Britain are now paved over compared to ten years ago, a total increase of 15 square miles of ‘grey’, and that plant cover in front gardens has decreased by as much as 15%. Over five million front gardens now have no plants growing in them (that’s one in three for the UK) and four and a half million front gardens (one in four) are completely paved over, often to provide parking for several cars.

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched a campaign, Greening Grey Britain, following evidence of this alarming trend of Britain. They recognise that many people want to have a hard surface in their front garden to park on, and have demonstrated that, with good garden design, there are lots of ways to achieve this with minimal environmental impact.

    We in REAP are adopting the Greening Grey Britain call to action to raise awareness of the extent of this trend and the resulting harmful environmental impact. We believe it is vital to reverse this trend for our residents’ health, for wildlife, to help mitigate pollution and heat waves, and contribute to protecting shops and homes in Leeds from flooding.

    Come along to the REAP stall at the Oakwood Farmers’ Market on June 18 and hear more about this trend, what the impacts are, and what we all can do to help Green Grey Britain.
    Roundhay Open Gardens Sunday 26 June 1 – 5pm

    16 gardens will be open to the public.  Come along for ideas for your garden or just to see what your neighbours are growing.  Route maps with garden descriptions are now available.  Pick one up at this month’s Farmers’ Market, in local shops, libraries and churches around Roundhay or download one. The gardens are open to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice.  Make one donation in your first garden and then visit all the others.  Refreshments are available en route.  Join our growing community!

     

    Our Oakwood Community Edible Bed is going to be even better this Spring.  Remember, the plants are all edible – either leaf, shoot, root or fruit.  Before picking, just check the label by that plant invites you to do so. Some of our plants will take a few weeks before they are ready to harvest.
    Information Stalls

    The REAP stall has information about Roundhay Environmental Action Project.

     

    The Roundhay Live Stall is hosted this month by Leeds Cycling Campaign. After the excitement of the ITU World Triathlon and our roads being cleared for two wheels and two feet, come and talk to these guys who are working for everyday improvements for cyclists.
    The market dates for 2016 are as follows 18th June, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December
    You can downlown the leaflet at oakwoodfarmersmarket.com.

    Green Tips for June
    Try the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) green tips
    Annual Friends Gledhow Valley Wood (FGVW) Family Fun Day*

    Saturday 18 June 2016 (1.30-5pm) – that’s same day as the market

    The event will be held on the grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.

     

    The event brings local people together for an afternoon of fun, activities and entertainment focussing on the local woodland and the plants and wildlife that live there.

     

    Fun Day Activities include:

    Animal visitors from Morley Exotic Animal Rescue

    Live music from Corpus Christie Brass Band and Bassa Bassa

    Talon Falconry birds of prey

    Children’s Magic Show from Jonty the Magician

    The Conservation Volunteers

    Bees and beekeeping, Plant sale, Book stall, Face painting, Parachute games, Circus skills, Grand raffle, Tin Can Alley, Firefighters, Clay modelling, Bird box making, Start birdwatching and Home-made refreshments

    Find out what the Friends are doing to enhance your local woodland

    FGVW gift stall including coasters, mugs, postcards, greetings cards, badges
    Bird Fair in Leeds*

    The first Leeds Birdfair on Saturday 25th June 2016 will be held at Rodley Nature Reserve, Moss Bridge Road, Leeds LS13 1HP from 9:30am to 4pm.
    Many conservation organisations, local groups and businesses will be attending and there’s a reserved gazebo and table for the ‘Friends’ groups in Leeds. It’s very important that your groups have a presence at the Birdfair to promote the work that is done by all of you. You’ll be able to display leaflets on the stall to highlight your group and promote wildlife events.

    As part of the event, we’ll be running a series of outdoor events and indoor talks.
    If you would like to get involved contact Linda from Rodley Nature Reserve linda.startbirding@gmail.com or call Linda on 07778 768719
    Events in Roundhay Park*
    Once again, thanks to the Friends of Roundhay Park for this monthly round-up of events in the park.

    To receive the monthly round-up of events that John Ferguson compiles for FoRP, contact: Messages@forp.co.uk.

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    The REAP eBulletin is produced by Judy Summerhill and Kari Walker for REAP members and anyone else interested in local, community and environmental issues in Roundhay and more widely. Please let us know if you come across anything local and/or environmental that you think we should include.

    To find out more about REAP and the other work we do in the community, go to www.reap-leeds.org.uk or email us at info@reap-leeds.org.uk

    If you are not yet a member of REAP, there is an application form on the website.

    *These events are not organised by REAP

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    May 2016

    eBulletin May 2016

    Oakwood Farmers’ Market

    Its our birthday, they’ll be a party coz its our birthday at Oakwood clock this Saturday, 21st May 9am to 12:30pm. Steel band, Face painting, a Treasure hunt (one for adults and one for the kids) and a huge big CAKE!

    Treasure hunt Adult prize is market hamper – – –  Treasure hunt Kids prize is pottery painting at Jackrabitts Pottery

    Guest Stalls this month:
    Specialist Cheese from Todmorden – Pextenement cheese

    Strawberries and Asparagus – Woodside Farm Fruits

    Jam Specialists – Seasonal Larder

    Go Wild, Msitu Foraging – Mina Said-Allsopp
    Pextenement Cheese
    High on the hillside at Eastwood above Todmorden, the 17th Century Grade II listed barn, Pextenement Farm was returned to its original use as a dairy in 2009.

    Woodside Farm Fruits
    Normally a pick you own farm, they’ve picked it for you today!

    Seasonal Larder
    Jams, chutneys and cordials all made in Leeds, with seasonal local produce.

    Mina Said-Allsopp
    Mina is a wild food specialist, who creates master pieces with her finds. Who knows what she’ll bring to market, but it will be worth a try. She also runs foraging experiences!

    Products you can buy every month at the Market include meat, fish, fruit and veg, eggs, cheese, pies, pastries, soups, sauces, juice and preserves.

    Artists and Craft workers
    Each month a different artist or craft worker will attend the market to share their passion. This month we have a Japanese Calligrapher

    Japanese Calligrapher
    Keiko Harada has been practicing calligraphy for more than 50 years. She has taught calligraphy to children and mature pupils for many years.

    Fu Ku Fu Jo: 不 垢 不 浄
    Meaning : Neither pure nor impure. This is the nature of Ku(垢) and of all that exists. Most people look for purity and reject impurity. Originally, all phenomena and all beings in the cosmos are neither pure nor impure. They have the same essence.
    The REAP Garden Group is holding the Annual Spring Plant and Seedling Swap.  Pot up and label your excess veggie and flower seedlings and plants and bring them along to the market to swap with your community for something different.
    Our Oakwood Community Edible Bed is looking good this Spring.  Remember, the plants are all edible – either leaf, shoot, root or fruit.  Before picking, just check the label by that plant invites you to do so. Some of our plants will take a few weeks before they are ready to harvest.
    Information Stalls

    The REAP stall will feature Play Streets. Gledhow Wood Grove will be at the market, to share their experience of using Leeds City Council’s Play Streets scheme to temporarily close their street for play sessions, giving children freedom, fresh air and fun. With Leeds Play Network, they can help others do the same on their streets. More information is available at the Playing Out and Leeds City Council websites.

     

    The Roundhay Live Stall will feature St Gemma’s Hospice who aim to spread awareness about what they do and how people can get involved. Contact person is Emily Clark Fundraiser (Community and Events) St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds
    Tel: 0113 218 5559
    The market dates for 2016 are as follows 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December
    You can downlown the leaflet at oakwoodfarmersmarket.com.

    Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods
    Thanks to all who have helped raise 70% of £28,500 to aid Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods purchase a field threatened with development off Gledhow valley road Leeds for community use. Still chance to help them here

    A date for your diary. Roundhay Open Gardens Sunday 26 June. Don’t miss this very popular community event. Lots of interesting gardens to see in your neighbourhood. Plus opportunities to stop off for tea and homemade cakes, too.

    Green Tips for May
    Why not follow the Earth Day checklist which highlights the following 5 simple shifts in individual behaviour which can make a worthwhile difference:

    • stop buying one-time-use items eg paper towels
    • keep refusing plastic bags
    • be meat and/or dairy free for one day per week (or more)
    • shop for second-hand and buy natural fibres
    • carry a reusable water bottle

    Why not give it a try?
    Exhibition at St. Edmund’s Church April 30th to May 29th
    A group show, exploring Blake’s Jerusalem, Sir Hubert Parry’s 1916 musical adaptation of William Blake’s short poem, ‘And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time’. More detail.
    Events in Roundhay Park*
    Once again, thanks to the Friends of Roundhay Park for this monthly round-up of events in the park.

    To receive the monthly round-up of events that John Ferguson compiles for FoRP, contact: Messages@forp.co.uk.

    **********************
    The REAP eBulletin is produced by Judy Summerhill and Kari Walker for REAP members and anyone else interested in local, community and environmental issues in Roundhay and more widely. Please let us know if you come across anything local and/or environmental that you think we should include.

    To find out more about REAP and the other work we do in the community, go to www.reap-leeds.org.uk or email us at info@reap-leeds.org.uk

    If you are not yet a member of REAP, there is an application form on the website.

    *These events are not organised by REAP

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