Because we all need some Common Cause in our lives…

Places are being snapped up for the workshop to be held on 28 February. Folk have booked from across York and the north of England; and here’s your chance to join them.

It’s the first Common Cause workshop to be held in the north of England, on Saturday 28 February at Clements Hall. The workshop is facilitated by the Public Interest Research Centre, and hosted by Planet South Bank.

The workshop comes personally recommended: I’ve attended the equivalent workshop in London and found it really inspiring, so I was really pleased when the facilitators accepted Planet South Bank’s invitation to bring the workshop to York.

The workshop looks at why some campaign messages reach their audiences so successfully, and how to inspire greater community engagement when raising awareness of social or environmental issues.

So whether you’re trying to influence the council, or looking for signatures on a local petition, or trying to get your neighbours interested in a local issue, this workshop is an opportunity not to be missed.

Open to everyone in York; entry by donation.

More details and tickets at

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Here’s your Saturday night sorted

Singing to a Greener Tune – an evening of entertainment at the Winning Post on Bishopthorpe Road. This Saturday, 7 February, 8.15 start; doors open 7.30.

There will be 4 acts, including terrific local band ‘Karno’s Circus’.

Free admission, though it may cost you a bit to get back out…. Expect a great atmosphere, some excellent music, and maybe one or two surprises.

All proceeds to Planet South Bank – it’s a fundraiser event. Planet South Bank is a voluntary group, helping local residents to learn more about climate change, reduce their carbon footprints, lead greener lives – and have fun doing it.

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Two delicious events – a winter-warmer, and a unique workshop opportunity

Singing to a Greener Tune, Saturday 7th February, The Winning Post, doors open 7.30 for 8.15. An evening of excellent local entertainment (featuring RB, Karno’s Circus, and special guests) in support of Planet South Bank.

Common Cause workshop: a unique opportunity in the north of England – a chance to learn about the Values and Frames insights into shaping campaign and communication messages. A must for every activist, campaigner and resident. Saturday 28 February, Clements Hall.

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Hold the date – exciting workshop at Clements Hall, 28 February 2015

Update February 2015: tickets now available at

On Saturday 28 February Planet South Bank will be hosting a unique opportunity to take part in a Common Cause workshop, which will introduce the pioneering Values and Frames approach to inspiring social and environmental engagement.

The Values and Frames approach is relevant to building connected and resilient communities, as well as to crafting messages which inspire commitment, creating compelling marketing communications and advocacy messages, and building stronger local relationships.

More details about the workshop will be available in the new year, but in the meantime please put the day aside. We are anticipating high demand for places. Information about a previous equivalent workshop can be found here

If you’ve not already signed up to follow the Planet South Bank blog (see the link on this page), please do so in order to receive immediate notification of booking details when they are released.

More detail about Values and Frames – adapting a few sentences from :

“We cannot build a durable and connected movement of citizens through appeals to people’s fear, greed or ego. Such motivations tend to produce a shallow, short- lived types of engagement. They are also likely to backfire, actually reinforcing values that undermine social and environmental concern.

“What values help create today’s social norms and institutions, and what, in turn, shapes these values?

“Fostering “intrinsic” values—among them self-acceptance, care for others, and concern for the natural world—has real and lasting benefits. By acknowledging the importance of these values, and the “frames” that embody and express them; by examining how our actions help to strengthen or weaken them; and by working together to cultivate them, we can create a more compassionate society, and a better world.”

Planet South Bank looks forward to welcoming you on 28 February.

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Recycle event this Sunday – maps now available

Have a September sort-out!

Though the deadline has passed for getting on the map (we had to get the maps printed in time for this weekend), swapping is allowed!

So if you’ve stuff to clear out, take it along with you on the trail and see if you can negotiate a bargain.

Maps are £1 – available from Pextons, Sainsburys, Cycle Heaven and the Good Food Shop. All funds raised through sale of the maps will go towards the activities of Planet South Bank.

Here’s a pic and the story in the York Press:

See you on Sunday!

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Gardening through the drizzle

The Nose was one of the participants in Edible York’s Open Gardens event on Saturday, and the Yorkshire weather was certainly not co-operating. In the intermittent drizzle, a grand total of 5 people called by, including a baby (hello, Abigail!), over the 3 hours. Although it was lovely to see those who did make it, let’s hope for better weather next time!

I suppose it is sort-of becoming autumn, but the community gardening will continue until it becomes too wintry to be pleasant … and the next massed gardening session will be next Sunday 14th September, from 2pm. Come and join us, to find out what’s in season (still lots and lots of rocket), and what our plans are for the next year.

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Street re-cycle

The next event to be organised by Planet Southbank is the Street re-cycle event on Sunday 28th September from 11am to 4pm.

Have a September Sort-out!

Display your stuff outside your house, then swap it, give it away or sell it!

Items may include books, DVDs, CDs, clothes, bric-a-brac, that piece of shelving you’ve been hanging onto, extra light bulbs and even new stuff you’ve made.

Join in with a Community Event, meet your neighbours, have fun, raise funds.

To be listed on the map, or to buy a map contact, and leave contact details. Thanks!

£1 charge, to be on the map (or to buy a map). All funds raised through sale of the maps will go towards the activities of Planet Southbank

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