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The SGO’s ‘From Home, With Love’ recipe card: British Cream Tea Scones

Greetings, students of CCCU and beyond!

Today is Father’s Day and in dedication to all those fathers out there, we present to you our delightful (and delicious) British Cream Tea Scones recipe.

After that scrumptious (but filling) home-made lunch (made by you, of course), his stomach is probably still quite full. So what better way to treat him by presenting him with a cream Tea Scone? The perfect supper for that special father, step-father, god-father, grandfather or any special guy in your life!

British Cream Tea Scones

British Cream Tea Scone

This recipe is perfect for plain, fruit or cheese scones. Discovered a scones recipe with different flavours? Let us know in a comment!

Interested in creating your very own recipe card for the SGO? Email m.cork630@canterbury.ac.uk to let us know, and we’ll help you create the most awesome, delicious recipe card imaginable!

Find other recipe cards and more at https://futurelifehappiness.wordpress.com.



Meg & the SGO xxx

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep!

We all know how hard it can be to fall asleep sometimes. Those restless hours of tossing and turning in bed, willing you mind to please sleep, please sleep. Add exam stress to the mix and getting a good night’s sleep can seem practically impossible. But no worries, here are our top tips to getting a good night’s sleep, so you can feel good in the morning, revise to the best of your ability, and ace your exams like you know you deserve to!

1) Nightcap


Ever heard the phrase you shouldn’t eat before bed? It’s true. For most things. Yes, you should avoid sugar and caffeine. So drinking a red bull or a cup of coffee, or eating a bag of Haribo: Minion edition before hitting the sack probably isn’t sensible. But if you’re feeling thirsty and need something a little more substantial than a glass of water, try a natural tea, or a hot chocolate sweetened with honey. They work wonders.

2) Ditch the Phone


Yes, we know it’s very exciting that your best friend just got back from her holiday to Santorini and you just have to take a look at her photos. Yes, we understand that the new Taylor Swift video is out tonight, and you just have to be one of the first people to view it. And we accept that you forgot to send that important email to your boss that should have been sent earlier. But using your phone and laptop before going to sleep might overstimulate your brain, making it tougher for you to sleep. So turn it off, put it in a drawer and don’t touch it until the sun rises

3) Bubble Bath


Professionals recommend taking a bath for 20 to 30 minutes a couple of hours before sleeping. Your temperature dips a couple of hours before sleeping, so bathing helps raise your temperature. The rapid cool-down after your bath will relax you and is more likely to put you in a deep sleep. So invest in a quality bubble bath, a lovely scented candle and a nice woolly dressing gown to step into afterwards

4) A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

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… To this

Let’s call the ‘spoonful of sugar’ having a tidy and the ‘medicine’ a good night’s sleep. Believe it or not, a spot of cleaning before bed can be very therapeutic and can help you fall into an easy sleep. A tidy room means a tidy mind, and a tidy mind means more sleep. So tonight before you go to bed, organise your revision into a pile and make your bed. And if you do nothing else, tidy up those bottles from last night’s pre-drinks. If nothing prevents a good night’s sleep it’s that delightful smell of a mix of leftover vodka, tequila, jaeger and Worcester sauce.                

5) Pleasant Aromas


Take a moment to consider your favourite scents. Honey, vanilla, lavender, mint. Now imagine smelling them moments before you fall into an easy sleep. Invest in a sleep spray, spray it on your pillow, and you can! They come in a variety of scents and can be bought in most major supermarkets. Febreze has released a ‘Sleep Serenity Bedding Spray’ in scents such as Lavender, Milk and Honey, and Jasmine.

6) And they lived happily ever after…


Try reading an easy, relaxing and funny book before you to sleep. Reading makes you feel tired and sends signals to your mind, telling it it’s time to sleep. But try and avoid Stephen King and ghost stories, if you don’t want to get nightmares!

7) Listening to Music


For some people, listening to ambient sounds such as the ocean, rain forest or rain helps them relax enough to fall into an easy sleep. Or popping on a podcast or listening to the radio. Do what works for you, but make sure to either listen through speakers or remember to take your headphones off before you sleep to avoid the risk of ear damage.

8) Meditation and Relaxation


Meditation can help relax your body and clear you mind. Tensing and untensing each part of your body, trying different breathing techniques, and visualising yourself lying on a quiet, clean beach on the Seychelles are all technique that can help you sleep- it works for me every time! Equally, focus on a rhyme or chant, such as counting sheep or Hey Diddle Diddle. By doing this, you’re training your mind to forget all those mundane anxieties keeping you awake at night.

9) Dream Diary


Professor Trelawney may have been as mad as a Hatter, but keeping a dream and sleep journal isn’t such a bad idea. Write about the day’s events before you go to bed, and in the morning write about how well you slept and the dreams you experienced. If you’ve experienced sleeping problems for a while, you might start noticing patterns to help you identify the cause.

10) Keep to a Routine


You can help your body recognize when it is time to sleep by sticking to a routine. Take a bath, lay your clothes on your bed, and listen to wave sounds, repeating this routine every night, and soon your brain will be in sleep-mode before we can say ‘good night’! By following these ten simple steps, you’ll soon be in the land of cows jumping over moons and dishes running away with spoons! Any techniques you use to help you sleep at night which we’ve forgotten? We’d love to hear them! So post them in a comment below, and share your good night’s sleep advice with other sleep-deprived students!

Love, Meg and the SGO xxx

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Jess’s Last Day

It’s been a week since the SGO said an emotional farewell to Jess, one of its wonderful founders. She has just completed her final year doing a BA in History and has successfully started a career in Media. We are sorry to see her go and wish her all the best for the future. She will be remembered for years to come as one of the first people to bring the SGO to life and that, without whom, the SGO would not be what it is today.

Here are some last words from Jess: I can’t believe it’s been a year since the creation of the Student Green Office (SGO) and what a busy year it has been! With the start up of the office, our first trip to the Green Office conference in Berlin (most memorable moment getting lost and walking around for two hours to find the venue- best way to see Berlin), Fresher’s Fair and endless Allotment Blitzs’, all of which have made the SGO the success it is. I’m sad to leave and will miss everyone in the SGO but wish them all the best for the future. See you all at the Whole Earth exhibitor in October. You can’t get rid of me that easily!

Jess enjoying her last day in the office:

Jess's last day

Interested in getting involved with the SGO, and creating a legacy just like Jess? To find out more, email us at: studentgreenoffice@canterbury.ac.uk 


Meg and the SGO xxx

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Future Leaders Challenge!

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The SGO is working with the future’s initiative team to create a new programme for both staff and students to participate in, called, Future Leaders Challenge.

The Future Leaders programme is a project which aims to recognise and extend the personal and professional development opportunities afforded by engaging with sustainability at CCCU.

It is being launched to support CCCU’s strategic commitment to sustainability and to facilitate delivery of its Framework for Sustainability. The framework requires each school, department and faculty to demonstrate how it will contribute to its aims and actions. Central to this are sustainability leads; individuals who can co-ordinate and develop sustainability activity within a school or department.

What does it involve?

As a participant in the programme, you will:

  • Have the option to attend a facilitated residential and other related events to develop your leadership skills and characteristics for change
  • Work collaboratively as part of an inter-disciplinary team working on a sustainability issue of strategic significance to CCCU
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of sustainability to enable you to co-ordinate and develop activity within your school or department.
  • The programme runs from April to April and will be run and managed jointly by the Futures Initiative and Student Green Office. You would be expected to offer between 50-100 hours of time over the course of the year to develop and deliver activities.

Why should I participate?

  • If you are a student, time spent on the programme can also be used towards the Christ Church Extra Award, the Honeycomb Project, the Volunteering Passport and/or towards specific module requirements.
  • For staff, participation in the programme will give you some of the preparation you need to become a sustainability lead within your department, and may count towards your contribution pay.
  • This new programme offers a unique personal and professional development opportunity. At the end of the programme, you will be awarded a Future Leaders certificate, and will have developed skills, knowledge and experience within sustainability and leadership.
  • For 2015-16 the Future Leaders team will be asked to develop a programme of activity to widen and deepen engagement with sustainability using the Whole Earth exhibition as an initial focus (http://www.hardrainproject.com/index).
  • Receive ongoing mentoring and coaching via the Sustainability Office.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact us and we will send the application form to you or contact Nicola Kemp directly at: Nicola.kemp@canterbury.ac.uk.

Or for more information about Mark Edwards and his projects please contact the SGO: greenoffice@canterbury.ac.uk


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Home-made Spicy Parsnip Soup

I love a good soup at any time of the year and i prefer to make them rather than buy them as i find it lasts longer, fresher and you know exactly what went into it.

This recipe is something I found online from a student food site and I couldn’t wait to try it and wanted to share it all with you.

I always try and and buy seasonal food, but this can be expensive especially when buying fresh, so for this recipe it requires frozen parsnips and an onion and very little else.

How to make Spicy Parsnip Soup:

10 medium/small (if large parsnips use 6-7 ) Frozen Parsnips

1 onion

Mild Curry Powder (to taste- if you like spicy food i suggest adding more but start off with a little curry powder and add a bit each time, as you can add spicy but you can’t take it away).

Vegetable bullion granules.


1. Place parsnips in a saucepan and add water until nearly a top of the parsnips.

2. Bring to a simmer until parsnips are soft.

3. Add the onion and curry powder to taste. (Two to Three teaspoons of curry powder is best)

4. Mix up the vegetable bullion granules according to packet instructions.

5. Use a stick blender for a nice smooth soup. Don’t get disheartened it may take a little while to get it completely smooth, but stick at it.

6. Serve with bread and say goodbye to any hunger pains.

For me to make this soup it cost: £5 including the stock and curry powder.

Hope you enjoy this lovely soup and share your versions with us on twitter: @StudentGoffice.


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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Chicken Kebabs!

The lovely Savannah-Jade has created another lovely recipe for this month.

This recipe was requested by many of the students involved with the Student Green Office and its a perfect meals for those sunny days. This recipe is great for BBQs, as an alternative to a boring chicken dish or just as a treat after a long day at uni or work.


Let us know what recipe you would like to see next month and tweet you versions to us at @studentGoffice.


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Home-made Swedish Meatballs!

This recipe is one of my favourites, it’s super easy to make and very filling. I originally found it this recipe on The Londoners blog (here) and I try and make it at least once a month.

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How to make Swedish Meatballs:

500g meatballs (pork or quron if your a vegetarian)

knob of butter

1 tbsp plain flour

300ml chicken stock

1 tbsp mustard

1-2 tbsp Worcester sauce (i love it so i usually add more but do it to taste)

1 tsp honey

300ml double cream

salt and pepper


1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Drop a knob of butter in and melt it until it covers the bottom of the pan.

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2. Sprinkle salt and pepper over your meatballs.

3. Fry and keep moving the meatballs around until brown all over.

4. Preheat your oven to 100c when your meatballs are cooked transfer them to an oven-proof dish and keep warm in the oven.

5. Using the fat left in the pan, tilt to one side, add the flour and stir until you have a smooth paste. Add your stock, turn the heat up and bring to the boil.

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6. Let it bubble away and thicken (this may take sometime, don’t give up or add extra flour just keep stirring)

7. Add your mustard, honey and Worcester sauce. Turn down the heat (medium).

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8. Remove the meatballs from the oven and pour the cream into the sauce. Stir all together and add the meatballs.

9. Let it bubble away for a few minutes till its warmed through.

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10. Serve with mash potato or my personal favourite a nice tiger roll.



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Will We Ever Understand The True Value of Nature?


Tomorrow Jonathon Porritt will be visiting Canterbury Christ Church University and holding a public lecture on the topic: Will we ever understand the true value of Nature?

It seems as if we’ve been talking for ever about different ways of valuing the natural world. Concepts like ‘natural capital’ and ‘valuing eco-system services’ have become commonplace for a small professional élite, but it’s still difficult to detect any profound change in the business-as-usual mindsets that still prevail amongst developers, economists and politicians. How can we ensure that such a critical body of knowledge and insight is embedded as the norm in all key economic development and planning decisions?

Who Is Jonathon Porritt?

  • He is the Founder Director of Forum for the Future
  • Eminent writer, such as: The World we Made: Alex McKay’s story from 2050 & Capitalism As if the World Matters
  • Broadcaster and commentator on Sustainable development
  • Co-Founder of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme which runs seminars for senior executives around the world.
  • Non-Executive of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Advisor.
  • Formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90)
  • Co-Chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member
  • Chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96)
  • Chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001)
  • Jonathan received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
  • A Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005)
  • Member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008)
  • Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012.

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If you would like to attend the public lecture tomorrow (Thursday 26th March 2015). Book Here.


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