Spiralling debt despite austerity, crises in our public services, traffic congestion, uncertainty over Brexit, major health problems, rising energy costs, pollution and degradation of the environment, flooding and Climate Change. These are some of the major issues facing us in 2017 and the coming years. The charity Home Grown Hornsea believes that as a community there are many ways in which we can tackle these issues and that we need to start straight away. That is why, this month, it is launching a two pronged initiative to set the wheels of transition in motion. On Wednesday 13th September the charity is teaming up with the Floral Hall Cinema Club to show the film ‘Tomorrow’ at 7.30pm. The film takes a look at some of the amazing initiatives that are happening around the world to help make it a better place for everyone. Anyone who has an interest in the future of our town and country is urged to come and see the film and be inspired. Entry is free (donations welcome) and there will be a short 15 minute meeting afterwards for anyone interested in taking the ideas further. The following day (Thursday 14th September) Home Grown Hornsea will celebrate the official launch of its new shop, Kelpies on Bank Street, by the mayor Anne Padgett. The hope is that the shop will become a hub and catalyst for a wide range of initiatives which will help to make our town more resilient, autonomous and able not only to meet the challenges that face us but also to become stronger and to flourish. A key element of this will be food. The charity believes that by producing and consuming our own food, locally and in its natural state, we will see great benefits both to our own health and to our environment, as well as helping to reduce traffic on the roads and alleviating pressure on the NHS. This is why the shop will be selling a range of wholefoods and organic groceries, all sourced as locally as possible. Local gardeners and allotment holders will be encouraged to bring in their surplus to exchange with others on ‘Local Food Fridays’ to help make sure that we make the most of all of our wonderful local produce. On the evening of the launch (14th) at 7.30pm the shop will host the first monthly discussion group with the theme ‘The future of our town’. Anyone who enjoys a good debate is welcome to come along and join in with what will be a friendly and informal social gathering. There are also plans to hold a weekly meditation evening. Details available at the shop. Phase 2 of the project will see the addition of a healing room for alternative and complementary therapists to use. Freddy Jacquin (Hypnotherapy), Heather Downs (Bowen treatment, Shiatsu, Reiki) Paris Senior (Aromatherapy Midwife) and Suzi Butler (Reiki and Ear Candling) will be offering their services. The group would like to hear from other practitioners who might like to join them. Any profits made will be used to fund further initiatives but before that can happen, the shop needs to make enough money to cover costs. The group is, therefore, appealing to the whole community to support the venture. Please pop in and try out some of the delicious products on offer. Volunteers would also be warmly welcomed. The group would like to give special thanks to the Yorhub Community Fund, the Hollis Trust and the Smile Foundation for their start-up support.