Cycling in Devon

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Training for the Exmouth Exodus is well underway. Mark took the opportunity to put in some hard graft on the hills of South Devon before enjoying the views and sea air in sunny Teignmouth. He found it hard to pull himself away from the ice creams and 2 penny slot machines before cycling off into the distance!

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Can anyone guess where Mark’s bike has ended up in the 2 pictures above?

Keep an eye out on the TK website for more updates from Mark and David’s training. If you would like to sponsor them you can do by following this link.




Guerrilla gardening, Downfields, Sat 29th 2pm

Okay so it’s raining as I write this, but the according to the weather forecast it’s set to improve … So why not come and join us as we need a bit of help to get the Downfields veg patch looking good. If you would like to get involved please meet us there at about 2pm with tools. You can find the Downfield patch near Staple Grove, BS31 2HD for more information please email


Training is underway

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Training for the Exmouth Exodus overnight bike ride is fully underway. With David and Mark taking on this difficult challenge to raise much needed funds for TK you may seem them on your travels around the Chew Valley, Mendips, North Somerset or further afield.

This weeks training concentrated on Burrington Combe, the longest hill on the overnight ride. It was conquered, just and after the 42.5 mile round trip a well earned cake was in order!

Follow David and Mark’s training on the TK website with regular blog updates and pictures from their travels.

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Can you guess where Mark’s bike has ended up this week? No prizes, just a bit of fun and proof that we haven’t just been sitting on the sofa watching TV!

If you would like to sponsor David and Mark on their challenge please follow this link. All monies raised will be used to fund current and future TK projects in Keynsham.



Film showing – Playing for change, 2nd July, 7pm the Fear Hall

Playing for change

‘Playing for Change’ is a music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson, which seeks to bring together musicians from around the world to promote harmony and change for the better.

This amazing film synchronises leading world musicians playing a selection of songs simultaneously all over the planet. If you haven’t seen it you probably need to. If you have, here’s a chance to see it BIG with great sound.

‘Playing For Change’ also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation which builds music schools for children around the world.

Doors open at 7pm and until 7.30pm Transition Keynsham will be serving refreshments for you to enjoy whilst watching the film.

The screening is free but a suggested donation of £3 would be wonderful to help cover the hall costs.  Any profits will be donated to the playing for change foundation.

You can watch a trailer here and find out more about the foundation here

Young families wanted to join the Keynsham Caterpillar Group

The Keynsham Caterpillar Group is a community group run on a voluntary basis under the umbrella of Transition Keynsham. It is aimed at local families with young children (0-8 years old) who would like to share their experiences about the trials and tribulations of green(er) parenting, or who would like to get in touch with like minded people to help set up initiatives and events!

The Group aims at:

  • Promoting a positive approach to eco-friendly parenting by sharing experiences and setting up local initiatives within the community
  • Teaching our children about the natural environment and how we can minimise our impact on it by organising events and activities
  • Taking positive action against the commercialisation of childhood by setting up exchange and share initiatives
  • Reducing waste by promoting moderation for traditionally wasteful events such as Christmas and birthdays

I am seeking group members to help set up and run events and initiatives! If you are interested in helping get this exciting group moving please email Monica on

You don’t have to commit to the group on a full time basis – we’re all busy people! – but if you can help out with a brilliant idea, or set up an event, or provide support in any way you can you’re very welcome!

Once we get enough people interested we can get together and start organising fabulous initiatives.

Suggestions of Caterpillar events and initiatives we could run to reach our aims

Activities for the half term and holidays

It is sad that sometimes we find there’s not much to do with young children in Keynsham during the school holidays, so why not set up our own events?

  • Mini-foraging classes, Outings to local City Farms, Walks in the woods, Yogabugs sessions, Mini Wombling sessions, Planting in community plots, the list of fun eco awareness activities we can organise can be endless!

Party Share

  • Birthday parties have become big and expensive, and children as little as 3 will easily demand professional entertainers and party bags full of plastic tat. I believe this is wrong, please tell me I’m not alone!
  • The idea of the Party Share is to offer something good you wish to share and lend out to participating families – handmade bunting / decorations, cake making equipment, small tables/chairs, trampolines, fancy dress, a skill to teach or share with the children (juggling, storytelling, singing, face painting?), etc
  • This way good quality equipment and supplies can be shared, minimising costs and waste for participating families, and reviving the dying art of throwing a fantastic home party
  • If you can bake amazing cakes why not run a baking class to teach the rest of us how to do it?
  • If there are no existing resources amongst us we can always find ways to raise funds to build up the stock with shiny new stuff, or make things from scratch!

Caterpillar Toy Library

  • Setting up a toy library can free up space in your home, and children in the group can share their friends’ toys by borrowing them on a weekly or fortnightly basis
  • The library can be set up offering existing toys to loan to group members, or can be built up by organising fundraising and donations
  • A shared toy library would strengthen children’s community and social skills. It would be their opportunity to learn that sharing new and different toys on a short term basis is more fun than owning many toys that end up forgotten in a pile

 If you are interested in joining the group or to help set up any of the initiatives above please contact Monica on

Satish Kumar Talk

A date for your diary…  On Friday the 5th July Satish Kumar will be giving a talk at the Keynsham Music festival.  The evening starts at 6.30, with Satish talking from 8.15 and music from AfricaEntsha.

For more information and where to buy tickets please go to:

See you there!, Team TK

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