Transition’s Orientation week plans 2015

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Orientation Week is a great chance to get involved in Transition related activities. As a collective of Students, University Staff and local residents we undertake a range of practical projects within the Transition Town agenda. All our events are open to students (new and returning) as well as staff and local community members so please encourage others to come along. You can use the  Facebook event links to share events with your friends and LIKE our FB page now to stay in touch as well as sign up to our newsletter for regular bi-weekly emails

MONDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

 

greenfair poster 2015The Big Green Fair
Come join the green societies for an outdoor festival celebrating the environment, with live music and great local food. Find out more about what our eco-friendly societies are up to this year and how to get involved in their activities & projects.
11am-3pm
St Katherine’s Lawn, in front of the Arts Building and Library, The Scores
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1589907581262054/

 

St AndRe-Use Big Give-Away
Our Legendary giveaway is back and bigger than ever thanks to the kindness of previous students. You can get, for FREE,  all your household items, kitchenware and stationery goods at this event! We’ve got thousands of coathangers, loads of cutlery, hundreds of mugs/plates/glasses, some musical instruments, sports equipment and oodles of plastic document wallets. In fact we’ve got over 1 tonne of free items up for grabs! Arrive early to avoid disappointment and don’t forget a bag!  (St AndRe-Use event)
11am-3 pm
Arts Lecture Theatre, The Scores
Facebook event: TBC

TUESDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 

Lunch at the Botanics with Edible Campus, Saint Exchange and Carbon Conversations.

Come and join us for lunch at the Botanic Gardens, and get involved with our Saint Exchange and Carbon Conversations projects. Meet at the front gate at 12pm and we will make our way to either the Glass class or outdoor classroom depending on the weather. After a social lunch provided by Transition we will disuss Saint Exchange, Carbon Conversations and show you the edible campus greenhouse:

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694588390769516/

Conversing about Carbon over Lunch in the Botanics

Carbon Conversations is a free 6-session programme run in St Andrews which looks at individual carbon footprints and what can be done to reduce them, through interactive sessions which include games and group discussions as well as individual reflection. This taster session will introduce you to some of the activities so you can decide if it is for you, while enjoying tea, coffee, and a variety of biscuits. Bring a friend and pick up some great energy and money-saving tips! (Transition University of St Andrews event)
12pm to 1.30pm
St Andrews Botanic Gardens – meet at front entrance at 12pm or Glassclass / learning den depending on the weather
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/942949215767327/

Edible Campus – Hot House Tomato Session
Come and join us for an Edible Campus session at the Botanic Gardens Greenhouse.   After  a group lunch we will be tending our bumper tomato crop and sowing winter salads.  (Edible Campus: Transition UStA event)
Tuesday 8th September 12.30-1.30pm
St Andrews Botanic Garden, Canongate
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/727102287417354/

WEDNESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

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 Growing your own food is a skill for life. With the University now having 10 food growing spaces that are open to students, staff and local people it’s also a very popular part of life here. Find out more and get your hands dirty at this special session in the St Andrews University Community Garden where we will be harvesting crops and enjoying some food made from the garden’s produce. Drop in at any time during this session. (Edible Campus: Transition UStA event)

Wednesday 9th Sept from 2-4pm

University Community Garden (opposite the Observatory on Buchanan Gardens)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1145078895519158/

 

THURSDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

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Bike Loan pick-up – For those people who have pre-registered for a Bike Pool Bike loan they can pick up their bike from Gregory’s Sheds at their pre-arranged time from 10am to 12.30pm

Guided Bike Ride around town

Whether you cycle for recreation, commuting, shopping or health its far easier to move about st andrews efficiently and safely if your bike is in good condition and you are confident on the road. This led ride will give you a good workout whilst negotiating some of the sights and traffic routes of st andrews. We will also look at your bike and make sure you are all set up for a safe ride.

Bike Pool Event:  Thursday 10th Sept from 1pm to 3pm

Starting from St Gregory’s Quad (off St gregory’s Lane near the war memorial on North Street)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469258870039703/

Freshers’ Week Green Drinks

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Join us for this regular monthly social where anyone interested in Green issues can met and discuss their ideas and projects. Usually held in the St Andrews brewery on the second Thursday of every month we are moving to the Byre Theatre for this orientation week special. Please join us to find out a bit more about Transition and how to get involved plus met other like minded people from across the town and gown.

Thursday 10th September from 5.30pm at the Byre Theatre, venue 2 (upstairs)

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 FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER

Wild Food Walk along the Edible East sands
Fife is a hotbed of edible algae apparently, and this short introduction walk, led by local Foraging expert Tony Wilson, will give you a sample of some of the “free” food that grows on our doorstep including shellfish, seaweeds and coastal plants. Ends at the Albany Park Garden in time for the Pot Luck Lunch! (Edible Campus: Transition UStA event)
10 am – 12pm
Meet at in front of the Sailing Club, East Sands
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/114446565560758/

Albany Park Garden Session & Pot Lunch

Come along to the Albany Park Garden for a Pot Luck Lunch followed by a garden session to learn the basics of how to grow veg, as well as harvesting the summer crop.   (Edible Campus: Transition UStA event)
12.30 – 4pm
Albany Park Garden
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/247679942107195/

 

Bikeworks Bike Sale & Free Bike Maintenance Workshop
Do you need an affordable bicycle for getting around St Andrews? Come early for Bike Work’s sale of discounted refurbished bicycles (limited supply). (Environment Team event)
Agnes Blackadder Hall Car Park, Friday 11th September, 10-12:30

First come first served so come early to ensure you get your bike.

Bike Pool will be on hand to give you advice on maintenance too

 

 

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Ali is project manager of Transition University of St Andrews.