Juliet Merrifield of HKD |Transition served up a delicious apple and almond cake at our last committee meeting. Here is the recipe




Community Food Symposium

Cooks, educators, growers, social activists and foodies came together in Eastbourne for an annual community food symposium
Food For Thought
Here is a summary of the day:

What are we up against – Robin Van Creveld

Food security 
60% of all food consumed is imported and reliant of fossil fuel transportation.
Only 2% of the uk workforce are employed in primary food production.
64% of Uk Population are overweight or obese (HSCIC)
Britain spends £6 billion a year on the medical costs of conditions related to obesity and a further £10 billion on diabetes
Vested Interests
Last year the food industry spent £256 million advertising unhealthy foods while the government spent £13 million on the Change4Life programme
Food poverty
460 registered Trussell trust food banks and an estimated 1000 non affiliated food banks. 500 000 emergency food parcels were distributed in Nov/Dec 2015.
Food Waste
We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
Wasting this food costs the average household around £60 a month.
Social isolation
40% of UK population over 52 feel socially isolated – Age Concern
Mental health
In 2004 10% of  children between 5 and 16 years treated for clinical mental health issues. In 2014 – 20% this is a 100% increase in 10 years (MIND)
Cookery statistics
90% of UK adults feel confident preparing a ready meal, 52% able to prepare a meal from fresh ingredients. 50% of Uk families eat a meal together more than twice a week, but 67% of these are in front of the TV. We as a nation spend more time watching cookery on TV than cooking . . .
Food For Thought!

Tackling Food Poverty – Howard Wardle

Howard Wadle set up and directs the Eastbourne Food Bank
In five years they have provided nearly 300 000 meals. Last month they supported 850 people – he estimates that the use of the foodbank will rise exponentially unless serious measures are taken to alleviate poverty. Eastbourne is one of the most affluent seaside towns in the country yet  3500 children are living in gross poverty and cases of scurvy and rickets are being reported weekly.
Food for Thought!

Let’s Get Sugar Smart – Anna Card

Anna Card, is a health improvement specialist from East Sussex County Council working on obesity, healthy eating and physical exercise.
She updated us on the latest obesity statistics which make for grim reading .
You can download the latest report  and read for yourself.
Anna also introduced Sugar Smart – a Change4Life app which helps people to know how much sugar is in the processed food they buy.
Here is  a link to the government’s latest report on Sugar
Here is a link to the Public Health Outcomes Framework

 Parallel workshops

Real Junk Food Cafés

A practical solution for tackling food waste, food poverty and social exclusion – Sarah Betts,
Here are 10 top tips for reducing your food waste: 
  1. Make stock with veg off-cuts, it can even be frozen.
  2. Make a meal with leftovers in your fridge before doing the next shop, with a little imagination, good food can be created from the most basic ingredients.
  3. Bulk cook and freeze or refrigerate extra portions.
  4. Set up a real junk food project in your area! There is lots of help and support to help you do this.
  5. Visit your local community centre and see if you can set up ‘tea parties’ or lunches for those that may be socially isolated.
  6. Invite your friends round for dinner, create a theme..e.g, a country and guests invited to bring a dish from that country, take turns going to each other’s houses.
  7. Juice any excess fruit you have, involve the children, a great way to use fruit that may be starting to look a little tired.
  8. Chat with your neighbours about setting up a community composting scheme for all your fruit n veg peelings.
  9. Plan your shopping in advance and buy only what you need.
  10. Donate any unwanted food to the real junk food project or to local food banks.

Baking Therapy

How community baking and mindfulness improve mental health – Simon Cobb,
Here are Simon’s top 10 tips for aspiring community bakers:
  1. Learn your trade – get some training, trial shifts and mentoring from an experienced baker
  2. Start small, get some advocates
  3. Do a few breads really well. Keep a limited range
  4. Gain the support of a few key local businesses/community organizations
  5. Look after your supporters and volunteers
  6. Don’t be shy – ask for what you need and shout about your success
  7. Get the idea out into the community through social media, print, community events.
  8. Look for small local funding for individual pilot projects
  9. Look for a venue which allows you to store flour and bake
  10. Get a copy of the Real Bread campaign’s Knead to Know: the Real Bread Starter – it’s a brilliantly helpful book

Creating Communities

Using cookery, art and craft to engage hard to reach people
 Clare Hackney-Ring,
Here are Clare’s top 10 tips for engaging hard to reach people:
  1. Research your project well-find out where your client already goes and when.
  2. Base your project where they already go, at a realistic time(no mornings for teenagers, not at school run time etc)  Do not expect people to come to you, particularly in an indoor venue.
  3. Tailor your activity to suit the venue – put up a sign that tells them it’s FREE
  4. Think your plan through carefully for each session, work out timings of what will happen when. Then be prepared to be flexible when the situation demands it, to make it more inclusive.
  5. Get people involved straight away, don’t make them wait around, or talk too much at the beginning. Talk as you go along.
  6. Provide things to make them comfortable, cushions, gloves, aprons, wipes.
  7. Make it fun, enthusiastic delivery is contagious, have a laugh…it’s good for you!
  8. Content needs to be hands on and inspirational with additional aids supplied to make good results   easily  and quickly achievable , with extra levels that those that get really into your activity can progress onto.
  9. Consider running a free crèche alongside to allow families with young children to take part.
  10. A rainy day can mean no people. Don’t think it’s you! Finally…..There will always be some who really don’t want to know, be friendly, and they might think about it and come back another day.

Social Enterprise for Foodies 

How social enterprises can change the world
Johnny Denis,
Here is a link to Johnny’s how to change the world  take away

Menu and recipes

This is what we ate:

Golden vegetable soup with Stoneham Bakehouse bread
Roasted garlic hummus  & cheese and chive pate with crudités
Frittata with feta, leeks and sweet potato
Pizza with roast butternut squash, thyme, walnut and blue cheese
Lentil, spring greens and pomegranate salad with ginger and mint
Red cabbage salad with fennel and orange
Mixed green salad with celery and sweetcorn with cider vinegar dressingHere is a link to some of the recipes

Networking and consultation

45 people took part in the networking activities and helped shape the format for a community food network.
Watch this space . . .