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USEFUL LINKS

Swansea Vegans 
on Facebook

Eat Out Vegan Wales 
Listings of places to eat out in Swansea and elsewhere

History of Swansea Vegans 
by George Barwick 
(the group's founder)

Environment Centre
Local events list


Other vegan groups in South Wales (Facebook groups)


Cardiff Vegans
 
NOTMAD (Carmarthen area)
Pembrokeshire Vegans
Vegans of Aberystwyth

National groups (UK)

Vegan Society
Vegan Life Magazine

Local vegans are active in the groups below
Vegan Organic Network
Vegfam
MCL Movement for Compassionate Living






SWANSEA VEGANS

A social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002

We're also on Facebook, with around 500 members at present, and much lively discussion. Vegans, vegetarians, or anyone interested in the vegan way of life, are all very welcome at any meetings or events, or in our Facebook group. If you'd like to go on our EMAIL LIST to receive occasional news of future events please email us at  

Events, News, Notices

Snowdon Vegan Party 2015  31st July - 2nd August, a Vegan Organic Network event. Sponsored walk up Snowdon is on Saturday 1st. Details here.
Eating out in Swansea  Eat Out Vegan Wales list many places for vegans to eat out in the Swansea area and elsewhere in Wales - please email them if you can help by updating or adding to any of the information they give. They have also published a free Vegan South Wales guides, as well as a very detailed guide to organising free vegan food fayres which is based on their experience over the past ten years. See also Vegan Café 4 the Day at the bottom of this page (an event organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales in Mumbles in 2012).

Cakes

Naturally Kind Food is a small business in Swansea selling delicious vegan cakes and treats. See their website or Facebook page or contact Andrew Norton 01639 699185. The photo shows Black Forest cheesecake.

Fancy That Bakery is another small local 100% vegan business, run by Karen McCloy. See website or Facebook page or contact her on 07891 040393. Karen is also one of the Swansea VegFest organisers. Fancy That!

Mr Nice Pie (previously Fruits de la Terre) have stalls at various markets in Swansea and South Wales, selling very popular vegan pies, burgers, etc. See their Facebook page

Lots of Nice Things is Helen Rossiter's blog, packed with new vegan recipes. Helen (who worked for Viva! before moving to Swansea) is involved with The Parsnipship, based near Bridgend, which sells vegan and vegetarian food at various events and also runs cookery courses. 

Events in general  In the recent past Swansea Vegans have put on a variety of events - the usual social meetings with pot luck meals, occasional discussions/talks, picnics/walks in the summer, and so on. And now and again we've tagged along with other existing environmental-type events, or connected with other local groups. In 2011 we also showed the new Vegan Society film Making the Connection at the Environment Centre, and visited Tony Martin's forest garden in Ystradgynlais.
    At the moment we're arranging fewer meetings, but if anyone has
suggestions about future events (or anything else), or would like to organise something, then please do get in touch. 
    Check our Facebook group regularly for occasional small get-togethers or other events/meetings that may be of interest. For example, a few Swansea Vegans Facebook members have been meeting up in Llanelli now and again, while others arranged a small Christmas meal at Govinda's last December, and others arranged transport to go to the World Day for Animals in Laboratories protest day in Cambridge in April 2015.

Information

The UK Vegan Society is the place to go for basic and more detailed information on veganism - see for example their publications & video page (which includes a useful catering guide for hospitals should you ever find yourself in one, see downloads section).

The Vegan Society's film Making the Connection can be seen online at the 
Environment Films website. It's 30 minutes long, and features a variety of vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP, dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others). It's also on YouTube, where it's split into eight chapters. If you're interested in showing the film to a group of people you can get a free DVD from Environment Films (or from the Vegan Society).

Vegan Life Magazine (the first vegan magazine available on the high street) launched in 2014, and is available in WH Smith and some supermarkets. Food and recipe oriented but with features on other vegan related topics too.

Some local vegans are also active in national groups, including the Vegan Organic Network (growing food the vegan way), Vegfam (a charity based near Llandovery, feeding the hungry without exploiting animals) and MCL (Movement for Compassionate Living, based in Ystalyfera and promoting environmental veganism).  

Past Events

Picnic 2013
Swansea Vegans summer picnics 
Around 20 people came to our 'potluck' picnics in Clyne Gardens in both 2013 and 2014. Photo (by Robyn Godfrey) is from the 2013 picnic.
Saving the World with your Knife and Fork  About 35 people attended the talk and cookery demonstration at the Environment Centre in Swansea in March 2013. Tony Wardle from Viva! gave the talk, and Helen Rossiter and Jane Easton the cookery demonstration. Photos below by Dave Martin.
Tony, Helen & Jane

Viva! meeting
Helen and Jane

The photos below were taken at the Vegan Café 4 the Day event in Mumbles in July 2012, organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales, at which Swansea Vegans had a literature stall run by George & Shirley Barwick (photo on right). Around ten volunteers from the Eat Out Vegan Wales group worked hard all day, serving an estimated 200-300 people (mostly non vegans) with free food and drinks. This was their fourth Vegan Café 4 the Day event, following on from successful days in Bangor, Aberystwyth and Llangollen in 2011/12. 

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Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude - as far as is possible and practical - all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.