Transition West Gateshead
Meeting notes 21st October 2015 St Joseph in Blaydon
Present: Nick Ball Di Cadman Lesley Mountain Garry Jenkins Mick Marston Gwenola Ninon and Steve Pardue
Apologies: Gueno Capp Steph Brandon Laura Burlison
Notes of the meeting 8th October 2015: were accepted as an accurate record.
We quickly introduced ourselves and the group to Steve Pardue who came to share elements of design for our flier going to print before the end of the year.
File storage: we were awaiting advice from David and Sarah based on experience but have had no response. As some members are already familiar with it, we decided WIGGIO was as good an option as any. ACTION: GC to set up an account
Consolidation of mailing list: LM and DC have between themselves all the names of the core group and people who are interested, participate or signed up at event.
ACTION: DC and LM to create 2 lists
Generic Email: an will be created and anyone who writes to it will receive an automated reply while DC and NB will both receive their request and forward it to the relevant person if they cannot reply themselves.
ACTION: GC to create email and GN to write automated response
Packaging: On its way.
Website: All to decide which role they want to take on. All admin was suggested but carries a danger of simultaneous modifications creating problems.
An informal training will be given by GC on how to add to the blog.
ACTION: GC to send list of roles available ALL to choose a role
ACTION: GC to send a survey to decide on training dates
Discussion of our TwiG leaflet with Steve Pardue:
LM summarised our current situation:
showed our existing leaflet
we want a 2-sided A5
showed out current logo
distributed the latest leaflet with highlighted bits are important to her
SP suggested the following from his experience and what we said:
change the wording to make it easy for a newbie to understand
make the logo more flexible and adaptable for different media
make attracting members and eliciting interest in the transition movement a priority
use the front to attract and the back to explain who we are and the network we are part of
The group went on to have an animated discussion about the logo and whether it was misleading
ACTION: ALL to define transition and our group in their own words and define what we think is our offer
SP enquired about how much we put in our bid for printing the leaflets and banner. It became evident we had not included design fees. SP explained his fees amounted to £150 minimum for each, leaflet, logo and banner designs. SP left at this point to let us discuss this as it was obvious we had a misunderstanding.
LM indicated that we didn’t have that amount of money and that there was no excess in the grant received from LEAF. NB said we have some money from events, maybe over £300. We had understood that Steve was being approached to do this work as a favour but Steve had not known this. We discussed whether to use Steve’s services, and thought it best to wait to see how much money we raised at the next event.
Leaflet, banner and logo will be discussed at the next meeting. Care needs to be taken to avoid misunderstanding of this nature in the future.
ACTION: LM to gather visions of what Transition is from wider group members.
Cakes and Bakes: DC indicated she cannot make the event any longer. She has organised for friends to help with the baking.
GN’s friend will make a carrot cake
Laura offered apples for any bakers wanting to include them in their baking
GJ will make 3 wholemeal loaves
ACTION: LM will ask hopgarden for bread contributions
Banner: DC added some wording to last year’s banner
ACTION: GN to hang banner midweek before event
Publicity: GN gave some new leaflets including laminated ones for harsher outdoors posting
Tyne Valley Express has agreed to publish pubilicity for our group and our events when they have space – for free.
Winlaton Men’s’ Sheds – coming
DV Car Club not coming now.
ACTION LM to remind them we’d like leaflets.
Groundwork will do a crafts activity
Gateshead Council will have a recycling info stall
Blaydon jewellery and crafting club – Di to pursue further
Gwen upcycling stall OK. Needs old orange t-shirts and wool
Biochar – Tynedale man is coming – stall but no demo.
Veg & fruit swap table OK – Laura to run
Eggs, Laura will give 50p donation per box to TWIG
Main swap table – Lesley to co-ordinate – labelling it as a “Give and Take” table. Both swap tables need to be next to each other to facilitate cross border swaps.
Johnathon Wallace. Laura has contacted him. Lesley to ask him to put 4Rs event on his blog – no answer
Compost corner – Sarah from the Hop Garden will make recycled paper pots and give compost advice.
Freegle – Di to contact Theo Gibb, Gateshead moderator – not available on day
Quiz – Nick and Gwen to co-ordinate. The plan is to have one line of fact relevant to each stall – like a treasure hunt.
TWIG stall and Tombola stall. These will also be on the same stall. Eco prizes please to Garry for the tombola, early in the week beforehand so they can be prepared on Friday. Lesley will put a request for prizes out to contacts. 20 plus prizes required, quite a lot of small prizes so lots of winners.
Entry stall. This will be by ticket (raffle type) to work out numbers who come through. NB to count
Green Party – Andy B may have a stall
Soup, bread and kitchen. LM will make 2 soups GN will make 1. LM to co-ordinate soup making. We will ask for a donation for each serving.
Teas and coffee – DC’s friend Jean and LM’s friens Jane will help run on the day
18th of November at the White Swan in Greenside
“AGM” and end of year celebration social
DC booked December 6th in Greenside Community Centre from 2-6pm for the group and interested people to have a discussion followed by food, drinks and merry making.