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Birmingham Green Drinks

CONTACT: Malcolm Currie      info@globallylocal.net

MEETING PLACE:

LOCANTA RESTAURANT

31, LUDGATE HILL

ST PAUL’S SQUARE

B3 1EH
food and drinks from 6.00p.m. - guests and/or main topic introduced at 7.00/7.15p.m.  See further background information at bottom of page.          Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month.

We are the Birmingham Green Drinks, part of a global network with over 600 locations around the world.   We are using the old "Cafe Society" title and format which served us so well at the end of the last century.   

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Tuesday JUNE 14th

We'll be providing an update on what could become one of the most effective cross sector sustainability developments in the Midlands, "The Uplands Project", based on the largest allotments site in UK and located in Handsworth

With government DECC funding for a feasibility study into solar energy development on site; the water borehole given the green light; artisan pizza/bread oven being built, with energy transfer and rainwater harvesting additions; vision launched for a child centred educational zone; therapy garden design approved - there's much to capture the imagination.  One of the latest developments is a link with Top Barn Farm, Worcester, where the Bon Terre project introduces disengaged young people to farming and horticulture.

We'll report also on the outcome of an afternoon meeting with the London based Mela Foundation regarding the potential for funding an upgrade of the site club house for use as a Visitor and Education Centre.

Malcolm Currie
Globally Local

email:  info@globallylocal.net

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BRUM GREEN DRINKS / CAFE SOCIETY - GENERAL GUIDELINES

Of course, you don't have to have a meal in order to join in, although it helps us to have an idea of meal numbers in advance.  Erkan, our host,  provides an excellent special menu, plenty of choice, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Meals and/or drinks are available anytime from 6.00p.m.; and any "guest" for the evening is introduced at about 7.00p.m.  There's no closing time; people stay for as long or as short a time as they wish.  As a guide, the main discussion usually lasts about an hour and a half, after the guest's initial 5 to 10 minutes [maximum].   

The role of the guest speaker is to promote discussion; to challenge, rather than deliver an after dinner speech!   Just 5 to 10 minutes is all they are allowed as an introduction.

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GREEN DRINKS/CAFE SOCIETY

“A NEW VERSION OF AN OLD IDEA

"...a place where anybody can come, alone or with friends,

to enjoy a meal...

a place to air and share opinions, in a friendly and

convivial atmosphere... - about the issues facing us all;

The local restaurant becomes a focal point where people can go for a satisfying evening out, knowing that they will meet others who wish to talk about any of the issues - social, economic, cultural or whatever - they feel concerned about.”

“Who knows whom you might meet!

They’ll listen - they’ll answer back -

and together we’ll create

a new kind of

society..."

extract from Theodore Zeldin's "Intimate History of Conversation"