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A new group to support and encourage a compassionate, cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle. We hold cooking sessions, tasting sessions, information sessions on everything from cruelty-free moisurisers to leather-free walking boots; vegan textiles to the best dairy-free cheese for cheese sauce!

Vietnamese spring rolls, as demoed at the Incredible Festival of Ideas

 

Plate of delicious food at IFI
A plate of some of the wonderful food offered by volunteers at Todmorden Learning Centre. See top-left for a spring roll

Hilary demonstrated how to make Vietnamese spring rolls at the Incredible Festival of Ideas future of food event. They are very easy to make, healthy and tasty. You can experiment with different fillings as you wish.

Ingredients

  • Rice wrappers
  • Thin batons of carrot, cucumber and peppers
  • Beansprouts or cooked thin rice noodles.
  • Chopped coriander
  • Thin strips of tofu
  • Soy sauce / chilli sauce etc

Method

Rice wrappers can be small or large, square or round and can be bought from Asian / Chinese shops or the lady selling Chinese food on Todmorden market.

Tofu should be marinated in soy sauce beforehand or cooked ’til crisp.

  1. Soak wrappers, one at a time, in a shallow bowl of water until just soft enough to roll.
  2. Put wrapper on a dry surface and place strips of tufu, veg, herbs and noodles etc in a small pile in the centre, lower half, of the wrapper.
  3. Roll wrapper from the bottom, folding sides in as you go and press firmly to seal at the top.
  4. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with a dip of choice … soy sauce, chili sauce, tahini sauce etc.

Experiment with different fillings and sauces. Better still, watch this video!!

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26 Aug: Pot luck picnic in #Todmorden Centre Vale Park

Bandstand by Betty Longbottom
Bandstand – Centre Vale Park
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Betty Longbottom – geograph.org.uk/p/540474

Come and join us for our annual pot luck picnic!

  • Sunday, 26th August at midday.
  • Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden OL14 7DE. (*)
  • Meet at the band stand (see photo).

As usual, everyone is welcome to come along, we just ask they you only bring vegan food or drink to share (thank you for respecting the wishes of our vegan members). Please bring your own cutlery and plate. We will probably be sitting on the ground, so you may wish to bring a portable seat or blanket.

If you want to come, please send us an email. Dogs are welcome too.

Here are some photos from previous years. See you there!

(*) Quoting from Calderdale Council:

Centre Vale Park is located on the A646 Burnley Road, Northeast of Todmorden town centre, adjacent to the cricket ground. A car park is situated off Ewood Lane, West-side of the park and adjacent to the Sports Centre. Pedestrian access to the park, is by one of the six entrances surrounding the main park area. The town centre, bus and railway stations are a 5 minute walk away.

23 Jun: Healing day at the Old Co-op

Situated in the stunning building of the Old Co-Op in Todmorden and set up in conjunction with Incredible Edible as part of the Festival of Ideas.

Please join us on Saturday 23rd June, 10:00am-4:30pm for our Healing Day At The Old Co-Op (Rochdale Road, Todmorden).
This event is for anyone and everyone.

It is all totally free of charge and is a great opportunity to trial and find out about new therapies, life balancing techniques, wellbeing exercises and hearing new ideas to enable us to adopt a healthier lifestyle and discover ways to connect at a deeper level with our inner self.
The focus is to look after ourselves inside and out, mentally and physically. To be more in tune with our everyday environment in the most positive way possible and become more mindful of other people and the lives surrounding us.

It promises to be very interesting and varied with lots of things to get involved in.
There will be lots going on throughout the day.
There are numerous well-being practitioners, various alternative therapies, natural therapies, natural product businesses and wellbeing charities who are all participating.
So there will be many free little mini taster treatments, reflexology, massage, free physio to determine problems and diagnosis, natural beauticians and also various information stands.

Interactive events, activities and talks are scheduled, with many that the public can get involved in if they wish.
These include demonstrations ranging from Tai Chi, Pilates, Sports stretching exercises , reflexology, yoga and a 20 minute Buddhist Guided Meditation session.
There will be a short inspirational video presentation from Words of Peace, showing the teachings of world renowned Prem Rawat who talks about peace being available to all and who offers the possibility to help you connect with your inner self.
Healthy Minds who deal with depression and suicide will also be available and will be doing an interactive workshop.
There will also be a talk by 3 Valley Vegans offering an insight into why increasingly more people are adopting this lifestyle and what impact it can have on you, animals and the environment.

There will also be a delicious cafe on site selling drinks and refreshments throughout the day.

Here is a list of the wellbeing businesses, groups and therapies that will be involved on the day:

1) Foulger’s Chen Style Thai Chi
2) Buddhist Meditation
3) Physio & Therapy- Lynne Midwinter
4) Reflexology- Diane Palliser
5) Homeopath – Kim Irwin
6) Sports Massage Therapist
10) Trager/Somatics – Chris Halliday
11) Words Of Peace
12) Natural Skincare & Makeup
13) Natural Nails – Jezebel
14) Friendly Soap – Rob Costello
15) Psychosexual somatic – Michelle Harland
16) Craniosacral Therapist – Annabelle Howard-Simpson
17) Yoga
18) 3 Valley Vegans Talk – Kim Ashworth
19) Pilates

Hope to see you all at this extravaganza.
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23 Jun: Incredible Festival of Ideas

Food – the Heart of a Sustainable Community

  • Todmorden Community College, 44 Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 7BX
  • 10am-5pm,
  • Saturday 23rd June 2018.

We will have a stall for 3 Valley Vegans – please let us know if you can volunteer a couple of hours to help out!

Read more on the Incredible Festival of Ideas website.

Incredible Festival of Ideas timetable

We ran a demonstration, showing people how to make  summer rolls (top-left of image below).Plate of delicious food at IFI

A plate of delicious food offered by the volunteers of TLC Cafe at the Incredible Festival of Ideas

21 May: Healthy eating on a budget

You are invited to another 3 Valley Vegans cookery demo.

Healthy eating on a budget (flyer)

Healthy eating on a budget

Learn how to make nutritional and tasty meals for less. Enjoy taste testers throughout the evening. We will have an opportunity to share tips about eating healthily while saving money.

Limited places are available! Book now: kim@3valleyvegns.org.uk

  • Free entry
  • Gluten-free options
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Burnley Road, main roundabout in Todmorden

Funded by Todmorden Town Council and 3 Valley Vegans.

budget cookery demo

Review, by Phil D

Meet new people, learn some things and get free food; what more could you ask for from an evening out?

Healthy Eating on a Budget was the first 3 Vally Vegans event I have attended and I’m happy to say I’m sure to come back again.

The cookery demo had a variety of interesting dishes being prepared by Hillary, Kim, Rob and Sandy with each of them sharing their own insights into how to eat healthy while not spending a fortune.

The hosts presented great tasting vegan dishes such as mushroom risotto, vegetable stir fry and lentil dahl with plenty of useful hints and tips, even for those meat-eaters present who were looking to start ditching the dairy as well as helpful dietary guidance for the recently converted like myself. Even the vegan veterans in the audience got a few “I never knew that!” moments of culinary inspiration. Personally I was most tempted to try the homemade oat mylk (astonishingly easy) and frozen banana-based “nIce cream”, while other audience members were keen to start wild foraging for dandelions and lovage for their next salad. Free recipe cards and leaflets to take made it even easier to try out these new ideas at home.

With a welcoming and inclusive vibe, audience participation through sharing recipe tips and a great debate on how exactly do you pronounce “tabbouleh”, this evening was fun and informative and I look forward to the next event.

 

21 Apr: Visit “Pigs in the Wood” Animal Sanctuary

Pigs in the WoodSaturday 21st April 2018

3VV have arranged for a group of us to visit the Pigs in the Wood pig sanctuary in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire. This is a sanctuary for pigs that promotes veganism and provides talks to schools and groups about pig welfare. The visit will involve meeting the pigs and observing them behaving naturally in their environment. We may be able to feed and or massage the pigs and have a walkabout in the woods with the pigs (if the pigs want to!). We’ll be provided with information about pig welfare and may even be able to have a picnic in the wood with the pigs (weather permitting).

It’s going to be (very) muddy so wear suitable footwear e.g. wellies.  The sanctuary needs funding to keep going so there is a minimum donation of £5 for adults.  Please bring a vegan lunch and drinks with you for our picnic.

We’re meeting at the sanctuary at 10.30 and will be going by car. We’d like to car share so if anyone is happy to drive then please let us know. We’ll be leaving Todmorden at 8.45 am. and Hebden at 9.00 am. If anyone would like to make their own way to the sanctuary the address is: Highbridge woods, Wakefield Rd, Scissett, HD8 8SZ.

See the facebook icon 16Pigs in the Wood Facebook page for more information about the sanctuary.

Thanks to Kim for the photos of the event, above, and Rob, below.

We met two new, shy but inquisitive pigs called Lottie and Dottie. They were very interested in meeting us but did not want to come too close. They have been given the opportunity to flourish somewhere they can feel safe. We have proudly adopted them and feel privileged to be able to help them settle in their new home.

Dottie
Dottie
Lottie
Lottie

Help by donating to Pigs in the Wood.