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Walks, Cycling and Outdoor Activities Page here. Are you up for a guided nature walk, womens’ only cycle ride or fancy seeing an ancient Iron Age fort or taking part in a community litter-pick?
Children and Young People’s Events Page here. Choose from family walks, story-telling or arts and crafts. There is an inspiring young people’s Green Careers Fair and the Green and Ethical Fashion exhibition. Also see the Sustainable Schools Training Day for schools or Tots playgroup/Real Nappies session.
Film and Art Exhibition Page here. Film buff? There are four films and a unique art exhibition.
Food & Drink Events Page Perhaps an evening vegetarian bistro, locally sourced meal, visit to FoodSmiles or discounts on coffee or beer?
Talks, Tours and Events Page for something serious. Choose from the Sustainable Business Breakfast event, Natalie Bennett’s talk, the mini-reading group on ‘This Changes Everything’ or the discussion on creating a local sustainable economy or the Repair event.
Faith-related events here: talks, films,walks and more.
All Week Events
All week exchange rather than buying new: donate a children’s book and take another away for free. 9am – 5pm at Oxfam, 11 Chequer Street, St Albans AL1 3YJ Free
All week display about Sustainable St Albans Week by Global Justice St Albans and all week display for children on carbon footprints around the world, prepared by 9th St Albans Cubs. Library opening hours St Albans Central Library, Maltings Shopping Centre, St Albans AL1 3HS. Organised by Global Justice St Albans and 9th St Albans Cubs
All week customers who bring their own reusable bag, or purchase one of our reusable bags, receive 10% off any bottles purchased. Opening hours: Tue – Thur 11am – 7pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 8pm, Sun 11am – 4pm. 71 London Road, St Albans AL1 1LN. Organised by The Beer Shop.
All week find out what Charlie does to keep her business as sustainable as possible. Present this programme to get 15% off her range of reusable coffee cups. Opening hours: Tues – Fri 11.30am – 4.30pm, Sat 8.30am – 12.30pm. 87 London Road, St Albans AL1 1LN. Organised by Charlie’s Coffee and Company.
All week enjoy the food in St. Albans’ new veggie café and read the display about permaculture. 9am – 4pm Mon/Thur/Sat 11am – 4pm Sun 419 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL4 0XP. Organised by The Green Kitchen.
The menu all this week will include home-grown vegetables and homemade jam from Transition St Albans members. Come and find out more about growing your own! Tues – Sat 8.30am – 5pm 11 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR. Organised by The Courtyard Cafe
All week visit this flagship park of test houses which showcase sustainable buildings, landscape designs and innovative low carbon materials and technologies. To book, email email@example.com stating date and time you wish to attend (tours approx. 1 hour). Quote ‘Sustainable St Albans’ to get free admission. See more here: http://www.bre.co.uk/eventdetails.jsp?id=14186 Organised by BRE. Free
All week Aylett Nurseries are holding a plant pot amnesty – bring in your unwanted plastic pots! They are also giving away coffee grounds from the Dhalia Coffee Shop for your compost.
Thursday 26th November Events
Networking Breakfast and Collaboration Event at the Celtic Harmony camp – 26th November 2015 from 8am
The Green Triangle are about to embark on an exciting collaboration with Environmental Population, and to assist in this process we are holding a transition event in order to bring the members from both organisations together, along with other businesses who are interested in all things green. See: http://www.thegreentriangle.org/events.html
Attend workshops and share ideas for sustainability work in schools. For pupils from primary and secondary schools in St Albans and District and their teachers. Open to all schools in the district. Places must be pre-booked; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Annabels Farmschool, Kinsbourne Green AL5 3PR Organised by Sir John Lawes School. Free
Thurs 26th Stories of Then and Now 3 -4 pm
Come listen to tales for adults: tales of destruction; tales of hope for the future. In the (back) Dining Room at The Courtyard Café, 11 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 Organised by Davina Malcom Transition Streets Kimpton 3RR Free
Environment Matters will be on air just after noon, as part of the Local Life Show. Free
The Green Kitchen invite you to their bistro evening with delicious plant-based food, using as many organic and UK – sourced ingredients as possible – at St Albans’ new veggie café. To book call 01727 753661. 7pm – 10pm 419 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL4 0XP. Note this is not a free event.
Come along to find out about practical actions that individuals and households can take to cut their carbon footprint, including training to use our Harpenden thermal imaging camera. Talk and discussion. Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden AL5 2LX Organised by Transition St Albans. Free
From the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today, this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis. 7.30pm – 9.30pm The Octagon, St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL1 3HG Organised by St Albans Diocese. Free
Friday 27th November Events
Fri 27th: Real nappies – Tots Playgroup special session 9.30-11am.
Tots playgroup with information on using real nappies – Ask questions, find out more and get £50 cash reward against the cost of buying cloth or free starter kit worth over £100 with 6 nappies and all you need to know to get started. Brought to you by Waste Aware, the partnership of councils in Herts 9.30-11am at St Paul’s Church Office, Blandford Road, St Albans, AL1 4JP www.wasteaware.org.uk/realnappies
A film about climate change – provocative, compelling and empowering.The film asks: is confronting the climate crisis the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? After-film panel and Q&A on Climate Change: How should we respond? Organised by the Divest Herts campaign. Book online https://v1.bookwhen.com/this-changes-everything. £6/£3 conc.
Saturday 28th November Events
Trade your homegrown/homemade produce for something different at our friendly food swap. Make use of surplus, avoid waste, share skills, try something new! All welcome. The Foragers
@ The Verulam Arms, 41 Lower Dagnall Street, St Albans AL3 4QE Organised by The Trading Post. Free
Everyone who has organised an event for Sustainable St Albans Week is invited to this celebration and networking event. Come prepared to be inspired, to share what you’ve achieved, and make connections with all sorts of useful and interesting people. Mid morning cuppa and cake included.
For information, email email@example.com. Venue: St.Albans Council Chamber Civic Centre, St Peter’s St, St Albans AL1 3JE Organised by Transition St Albans, Friends of the Earth St Albans. Free
Finding inspiration for arts, value self and environment. Harpenden Quaker Meeting House,
12 Southdown Road, Harpendend AL5 1PD Organised by The Baha’i community of St Albans and District Free
Zapped a zip? Your toaster’s toast? Laggardly laptop? Broken bike? DIY disaster? Don’t despair – repair! Bring along anything you can carry for our experts to examine, offer advice, and if possible, repair. Experts in needlework and DIY will be on hand, experienced fixers from The Restart Project will be undaunted by anything electrical or electronic, or get a free bike check from Cycle Tech Herts. Refreshments available. 10am – 1pm in the Foyer, St Albans City and District Council Offices, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL1 3JE. Organised by St Albans City and District Council’s Waste and Recycling Team, Cycle-Tech Hertfordshire and with volunteers from The Restart Project. Free
How Wood/St Albans Abbey Stations A linear walk (approx. 5 hours): How Wood to St Albans for Ver Valley wildlife. Bring lunch and suitable outdoor clothing – wellies are recommended as it is muddy in several places.Meet at the western end of Hyde Lane in How Wood. Return to How Wood from St Albans by train (£2 with group save). Alternatively, meet at St Albans Abbey station (parking £2.50 all day) at 09:55 to catch the 10.02 to How Wood (£2 with group save). No need to book, but call Call Joe Gray on 01727 790666 ”
(7 – 9pm) if you have any questions. Organised by the British Naturalists Association Free
A simple 2/3 mile walk, led by one of Sopwell’s most knowledgeable residents, Chris Pudsey,visiting Sopwell’s historic pointers of interest. Participants will discover how this area of St Albans has been able to maintain a strong ‘rural’ element whilst being part of the residential area of southern St Albans. Meet at Mandeville Drive next to Mandeville JMI School, AL1 2LE. If you intend to come, please contact Jennifer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01727 835747 Organised by Sopwell Residents Association. Free
A feature-length environmental documentary uncovering the most destructive industry facing the planet today. To book, go to http://odysseypictures.co.uk/ Morning screening at 10.45am The Odyssey 166 London Road St Albans AL1 1PG Organised by Susan Leggott with the support of The Odyssey. FREE
This will be a facilitated discussion, lead by BRE, for an invited group of individuals from local voluntary, public and private sector organisations. All the groups invited already contribute
towards the sustainability of our city and district, in different ways. By networking and collaborating we will find links that help us all achieve more, and move us towards a vision of a
more Sustainable St Albans. By invitation only. Apply: email@example.com. Organised by Sustainable StAlbans Week. Free
Community Garden, Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TT (Next field to Earthworks) To book, please email Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by CDA Herts. Free
Advent Workshop, Cafe and Thanksgiving on the theme of recycling. 2.30pm – 5pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, 1 Sherwood Avenue, St Albans AL4 9QA. Organised by St Mary’s Marshalswick. Free
Music and readings on the environment to reflect upon Sat 28th Nov 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Friends Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans AL1 3UD Organised by The Baha’i community of St Albans and District. Light refreshments with conversation to follow. Free
The Mayor opens the week at 10.30am.
There will be stalls on water-saving; GreenSpaces and allotments, and recycling. We also expect an electric car display and a stall from Population Matters further down the street.
Nude Tin Gallery Art Exhibition, Talks and Give-aways 12.30 – 5pm. ‘Don’t Forget to Flush’ exhibition looks at how a lack of sanitation affects us globally and what solutions can be implemented. Talks at 1pm and 3pm on water-saving; 2pm on innovative compost solutions. 12.30pm – 5pm at The Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4JS Kids Art competition Leaflet 2015 click here FREE
Sat 21st November Events
Sat 21st: A Sustainable St Albans needs a Sustainable Population – Stall 8.30am – 4.30pm
St Albans Market, St Albans AL1 3JE – Population Matters organising this stall, raising awareness about population and its effect on sustainability. Visit the stall and have some fun with the new population counter. See if you can keep up with the speed at which the world’s population is growing! Small prizes for anyone who can keep up Free
Alban Arena, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3LD
Electric cars offer an exciting, efficient and more sustainable alternative to petrol and diesel. This is your chance to find out what they are and have a go in one! Organised by Autovolt Free
Sat 21st: Five Miles to Fabulous – women only cycle ride 9.30am
The final Five Miles to Fabulous Ride of 2015 will celebrate Sustainable St Albans Week with a cycle ride on Saturday 21 November, 9.30am from Morrisons, Hatfield Road – meet by the cycle stands. This is a gently paced women only cycle ride, organised by South Herts CTC. Route will include the Green Ring, the cycling and walking circular route around St Albans that is now nearing completion. We will try and feature other sustainable features of interest too.
You don’t need to be a member, or book in advance, just turn up with a roadworthy machine, and at this time of year, warm and waterproof clothing. Also some money for the coffee stop – although the rides are gently paced, the group likes to stop for refreshment, typically at a café, jumble sale or garden centre. The leader does like to find interesting places to visit: the September ride visited an Open Studio and the October ride took in a local orchard. Distance is nominally five miles, can be more or less, and the route uses traffic free routes and quiet lanes as much as possible. Most of the rides start from St Albans, but there are occasional rides from Harpenden too. For more information about the rides contact the ride leader Rona Wightman on 01727 836470 or to read about previous bike rides visit www.southhertsctc.org.uk/Cycle/five-miles-to-fabulous. Organised by the local group of the national Cyclists’ Touring Club.
Sat 21st: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust AGM & Members Day 10-3.30pm
The Trust works to create an environment rich in wildlife for everyone across Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The AGM is a chance for members to learn about our plans for the future and our achievements this year. Registration from 10.00am and for those who wish to explore our reserve book a place on our 1.30pm guided walk: Book online click here Wilstone Village Hall, Tring, HP23 4PE
Sat 21st: Constructing a Bug Hotel 10 – 12pm
Join us as we begin the construction of a bug hotel in the grounds of St Julian’s Church, 3 Abbots Avenue, St Albans AL1 3HY. Organised by The Paris of St Stephen and St Julian – All Welcome! Free
Get together in the fresh air and do something for the good of our community! Cllr Chivers provides the bags, gloves and pickers, or bring your own. Verulamium Park St Albans. Meet at the top of the causeway (the stretch of footpath that leads from the lake to the King Harry Park entrance). Organised by Cllr Chivers. Free
Finding inspiration for arts, value self and environment. 10.30am – 12.30pm Friends Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans AL1 3UD Organised by the Bah’ai Community St Albans Free
Find out how the Park is managed sustainably. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07587 632379. 2pm – 3.30pm Meet at Verulamium Museum, St Michael’s, St Albans AL3 5SW Organised by John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Free
All are welcome to bring a vegetarian dish to share and to try other dishes. Families welcome. To book, go to: www.stalbansfoe.org. Please pay for your pre-reserved ticket on the door, which
includes a glass of local organic apple juice and dessert cooked by St.Paul’s Transition Group. St Paul’s Church, Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4JP Organised by Friends of the Earth and St Pauls Transition Group £3
Imagine a world without fish. ‘The End of the Line’ is a wake up call to the world. For more information on film click here – end of the line Full bar and snacks available. To book, email email@example.com. 7.30pm, bar open until 10:30pm St Albans Sub Aqua Club, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans AL1 1HJ Recommended donation £5 7:30pm
Sunday 22nd November Events
Heartwood Forest, Sandridge AL4 9DQ (Meet at the Heartwood Forest car park)
Come and be a part of the creation of Heartwood Forest! Please dress appropriately – it can be cold and muddy. Refreshments are available to buy. No need to book, just turn up on the day and please bring a spade if you have one. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Woodland Trust Free
Park Street Recreation Ground AL2 2NE . Meet at the carpark Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Please bring gloves and appropriate clothing. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, check with email@example.com. Organised by Park Street Pickers Free
The ethical and spiritual dimension of climate change – and then a practical discussion of what we need to do to make a difference. St Luke’s Church 46 Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans AL1 5QJ Organised by St Luke’s Church. Free
The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are inviting you to explore the lakes with various winter birds to see so bring your binoculars! No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 01462 623667. 10.30am – 12.30pm Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits, Colney Heath, AL2 1QA
(Meet by the church) Free.
Jersey Farm Woodland Park, Sandridge. Join us for a 5km family walk around the beautiful areas of Sandridge. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07789 485052. Meet opposite Woodland House, St Helier Road, Sandridge, AL4 9LQ. Organised by Sandridge Parish Council.
Harpenden Farmers Market and Christmas Lights. FoodSmiles St Albans stall. 12pm – 6pm Harpenden Free
Live acoustic music by local artists. Family friendly activities: come and turn recycled stuff into Art. Explore what you can do with everyday junk: invent, create and play! Refreshments available. 2pm – 5pm Trestle Arts Base, Russett Drive, St Albans AL4 0DU Organised byTrestle Arts Base and Kathryn Holt from Story Tent Free
For our own members and people living in the vicinity of the Friends Meeting House. Free tea and coffee. 12.30pm – 1.30pm Friends Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans AL1 3UD Organised by St Albans Quakers. Free
Hammonds End Farm, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden AL5 2AY FoodSmiles members work together to grow veg and share everything they produce. Come and see the organic growing site, find out about their aims and visions, ask your own home-growing questions. Organised by FoodSmiles St Albans. Refreshments available. Free
Monday 23rd November Events
Come along to find out about practical actions that individuals and households can take to cut their carbon footprint. Talk and discussion. 7.30pm – 9.30pm The Parish Centre St Michael’s Street,
St Albans AL3 4SL Organised by Transition St Albans. Free
Verulam Golf Course. Help to clear vegetation blockages and overhanging trees in the
river channel. To book please contact Sue Frearson, team leader (email sue.frearson@ which.net). Organised by the Ver Valley Society
Health and happiness is one of the 10 Sustainability themes of the Week. Come along to try out yoga! 6 – 7pm beginners class or 7:15pm – 8:45pm intermediate class. Organised by The Yoga Hall. Free if you bring a copy of this Programme.
Mon 23rd: Community Voice on Design in St Albans 7pm – 9pm
Informal discussion on how the Look! St Albans Charrette process helps develop well-designed, beautiful buildings in StAlbans City Centre. 7pm – 9pm The Peahen, 14 London Rd, St Albans AL1 1NG Organised by Look! St Albans Free
The Soroptimist St Albans group are hosting a talk with Charis Jennings from Lush Cosmetics – she will explain Lush sustainability policies, ethics and products (e.g. sourcing, providing work for women in a safe environment and recycling). The evening will come to life with hand and arm massages using Lush massage bars. As if that’s not enough – there will also be an opportunity to purchase some Lush products (fab Christmas gifts!). Also if anyone has been collecting the coloured plastic milk bottle container tops please bring them and Lush will take them for recycling. All welcome please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to expect you. Chiswell Green United Reform Church, Watford Rd, St Albans AL2 3HG £2.
Join the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Mid Herts Local Group for a talk by David Brown – The Disappearing Bee and its Life History. David is a bee keeper with over 15 years experience with the Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association. At Howlands Baptist Church, Welwyn Garden City, Herts , AL7 4RS No booking required. Free
Tuesday 24th November Events
Best practice presentations and panel Q&A by local experts; AECOM (Building, Environment, Transport and Water groups). This event is targeted at local businesses but interested individuals are welcome to attend. To book please email email@example.com. AECOM House, 63 – 77 Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3ER Organised by AECOM Free
Environment Matters on Radio Verulam 92.6fm will be on air just after noon, as part of the Local Life Show.
With a sustainability theme A fun-filled hour of professional storytelling and captivating craft. For pre-school children (ages 2 – 5 yrs) and their parents/guardians. No need to book, but helpful if you can text your intention to come 07758 667624. Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ Organised by Story Tent £6
Global Justice St Albans – Join us as we discuss ‘This Changes Everything’ by Naomi Klein.
Choose a chapter to concentrate on and share your thoughts with others. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are thinking of coming. 7.30 – 9.30pm The Speckled Hen Pub, Hatfield Road, St Albans AL4 0XG Organised by Global Justice St Albans. Free
Tues 24th: Natalie Bennett: ‘How can we make climate change a political priority?’ Doors open 7.30pm
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett talks and takes your questions on how to get politicians to do more about climate change. Refreshments. No Booking required. Free Doors 7.30pm Start 8pm. End 9.30pm Trinity United Reformed Church, 1 Beaconsfield Rd, St Albans AL1 3RD Organised by St Albans District Green Party. Free.
Wednesday 25th November Events
Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18 7LG (Meet in the car park at the end of Gade Avenue) Walk and optional pub lunch. Cassiobury Park is the largest public open space in Watford. To book please email email@example.com and say whether you would like to car-share to get there (preferred). Organised by St Albans RSPB Group £1
Bricketwood Common, Bricket Wood AL2 3XT (School Lane entrance) Find out how the Common is managed sustainably. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07587 632379. Organised by John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Free
A fun-filled hour of professional storytelling and captivating craft. For pre-school children (ages 2 – 5 yrs) and their parents/ guardians. 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ No need to book, but helpful if you can text your intention to
come 07758 667624. Organised by Story-Tent.
Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn AL3 7AF A walk promoting our local sustainability by showcasing the history that lies within our local area. Free refreshments and
cake on arrival. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact Ruth to confirm 07860 357355. Organised by Aubrey Park Hotel and Redbourn Museum. Free
Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden AL5 2JQ An engaging and interactive event covering the past, present and future uses of willow. The event includes a walk to the National Willow Collection, so wrap up well.
The event, which is free to attend, will begin in the Fowden Hall of Rothamsted’s Conference Centre with a tale of the past, present and future uses of willow. Guests will then be led on a winter’s walk of Rothamsted’s farm estate that will also include a visit to the National Willow Collection. During the walk guests will hear about the Institute’s long standing and on-going research on willow for bioenergy and biofuels, willow breeding and willow chemistry. Guests will then return to the Plaza of the Conference Centre to enjoy hot drinks and teatime treats.
Book a free ticket via the Eventbrite link http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/events/teatime-tales-willow. Organised by Rothamsted Research. Free
Careers event organised by St Albans Youth Council aimed at secondary school pupils and their parents. Hear from dynamic young adults making careers in sustainable roles -university lecturers to house designers. Hear what they do, how they reached their goals and advice for following in their footsteps. Information stalls, including Youth Connexions, University of Hertfordshire and Oaklands College. Committee Rooms St Albans City and District Council, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3JE Free. More information on Youth Council website here
St Albans Youth Council and Harpenden Youth Council with Youth Connexions are inviting young people aged 11-25 years to enter this competition on Green Fashion and Accessories. See the final exhibition on Wed 24th November at the Civic Centre, St Albans 6 – 8.15pm.
To find our more about the competition see Youth Council website click here
A talk by Barney Leith O.B.E., Chair of the Faith Based Regeneration Network UK . Friends Meeting House, 7 Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans AL1 3UD. Organised by the Bah’ai Community St Albans. Free.
How can we take an alternative approach to our local economy for the benefit of St Albans District? Talks and discussion. 7.30pm – 9.30pm Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans AL1 3XQ Organised by St Albans Sustainable Economy Group. Free