More upcoming events – Rob Hopkins, daubing, Activlives and more..

First there’s a talk to be given by Rob Hopkins, founder member of the Transition movement.

(Read on below for details of new events and happenings at The Chantry Walled Garden site run by Activlives and the People’s Community Garden team and workshops and volunteer sessions at Orchard Barn.)

Rob Hopkins event

This is an invitation to an evening with Rob Hopkins at The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham on Thursday 4th July at 7pm. Please feel free to send this invite and poster far and wide – we would like to welcome people from all over Norfolk to this important event.

Rob will be launching his new book “The Power of Doing Stuff” and engaging in a Q&A. We will also be building a picture of the stuff we are all doing in Norfolk so do come and help us fill in the maps! This is a really important opportunity for us to come together and think about how we can create a positive vision and transition for this great part of the world. If you are interested in helping out before the event, or on the night, please e-mail John Knock at

There will be refreshments available and this will be a great chance to meet other like-minded people from around Norfolk.

We hope to see you there!
Ben Margolis
[event being organised by Transition Swaffham, Transition Downham Market and Transition King’s Lynn]


Activlives and the Chantry Garden: A message from Susannah –

Chantry Walled Garden plant nursery to open for sales
This beautiful garden will be opening its gates on Tuesday each week, 10am until 3pm, for members of the public to come and buy plants.
ActivLives staff and volunteers, together with students of Lapwing Suffolk, have worked hard in the garden all year to make the borders bloom and produce an extensive range of plants in the glasshouses.
The walled garden in Chantry Park, with a heritage dating back many centuries, is part of a horticultural project teaching skills to young people with complex barriers to learning.
All proceeds from sales will go back into supporting ActivLives charity, which is about building communities in disadvantaged areas of Ipswich.
Access to the walled garden is via the orchard gate, beyond the bowls pavilion and former rose garden. Nearest car park is off Hadleigh Road – turn right at the end of the drive, with the mansion in front of you. Please visit for further directions. For more information, please call 01473 261112.

Susannah Robirosa

Development Officer

01473 261112
07530 407302


Orchard Barn is still running volunteer sessions. I’ve now had a go myself at a spot of hazel splitting with a froe… there’s now daubing to be done in the next couple of weeks so if you are free on a Wednesday, take a look. Here’s the message from Sarah:

Dear All

We made GREAT progress yesterday with our daubing. So much so that we exceeded all expectations and completed daubing of the toolshed roof.

Just to let you know that there will be another fun project to get involved in next Wednesday. Now that the roof daubing team is in full daub, we are looking at tackling the wattle and daub on the lean-to roof at the back of the barn. This will involve some hazel cleaving and fitting as well as daub-making and fitting. Those of you with some experience of removing and re-laying Suffolk pantiles are also very welcome.

As usual, if you are planning to come and lend a hand (or foot) please let me know. I am especially keen to hear from those of you in the Ipswich area as there are 3 people who would like to come but need a lift.

Just a quick reminder that we will be at Ringshall Medieval Fete with our Working with the Wood workshop, so if you’d like to come and have a go, please drop in, or if you’ve got experience of greenwoodworking and would like to come and help others learn, your support is also welcome.

Whatever you’re doing, many best wishes for a grand weekend.

Working with the Wood workshop
Saturday 29th June at Ringshall Medieval Fete at Ringshall Village Hall,
and Saturday 6th July at Combs Fete
For more information about the Orchard Barn project and how you can get involved, please email or phone 01473-658193 / 07766-054042


About Rona

I'm interested in orchards and in improving cycling facilities so that more people feel safe to cycle more of the time. I would also like to help exchange skills for green living. I helped start and continue to help run a community orchard on one of the allotments in south Ipswich. I also run a website on green living - This is a worldwide website and anyone with a skill to share or an insight into green living methods and ideas is welcome to submit articles.
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