Tomorrow The Film!

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41 people came along to The Old Dancer for fantastic food and drink (thank you to everyone at The Old Dancer!) and a showing of the inspirational film Tomorrow, featuring the Transition Network’s very own Rob Hopkins. We asked people to think about what they might do differently as a result of seeing the film, and they made these pledges:

Use small local traders more often               Buy less plastic packaging

if we can have a local currency (Wilmslow Pound) I will support it and use it wherever possible

find out about our nearest junk Food Cafes     buy more locally

grow stuff in my garden (try to!)    

Suggest to Heatons Sustainability Group that they organise a showing of this film

think small scale local and don’t dismiss my own efforts

create and work a vegetable patch in my own garden thinking of biodiversity and using eco friendly products

I will pass on the need for action now to my children to give them a better future and to ask them to do the same

make a veggie garden at my school  

intercrop the veg in my garden       Cycle Plan for Wilmslow

Support development of a local currency

be more community aware

take an active role in a community project

If you would like to host a showing of Tomorrow to your community group or church, contact the Transition Network or search the Tomorrow website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chilli Supper & Film: Final Booking!

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Final call to join us for a chilli supper and film, upstairs at The Old Dancer, Grove Street, Wilmslow on Thursday 18 January 2018.

The film ‘Tomorrow’ will show how lots of positive things are happening in communities in many parts of the world – today. Working together, people can help provide solutions that will make our planet a better place to live in for our children and grandchildren – ‘Tomorrow’!

Bar available; chilli supper at 7pm with film from 8pm.  Please register your preference ‘regular’ or ‘veggie’ chilli.

Tickets £12. To book (by Sunday 14 January, please!) and for payment details see Eventbrite.

 

Congratulations Pippa!

We are delighted to announce that Pippa, Chair of Transition Wilmslow has been awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours List for services to Stroke Medicine.  Pippa has recently retired from a distinguished career, engaged in pioneering work as Consultant of Stroke Medicine at Salford Royal Hospital and Professor of Stroke Medicine at the University of Manchester, researching developments in the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients.

But of course we know and love Pippa as our Chair of Transition Wilmslow!

We are ably led and encouraged by her enthusiasm for the aims of the world-wide Transition Movement – “communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world for a sustainable future.”

Pippa stresses the importance of participating in our local communities in both physical and social activity, coming together in common purpose to find ways to improve our environment, to make better lifestyle choices and so benefit our all round physical and mental health.

Here she is at work in our award winning community garden and orchard

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Save our oceans, anyone?

If you have watched Blue Planet 2, you will have seen the heart breaking scenes of mammals asphyxiating on plastic, and heard about the effect that micro plastics are having on our oceans. There seems to be some government action at last, with a World Ocean Summit in March, and a UK Government consultation on a plastic bottle deposit scheme. The effect of plastic bag reduction in the UK demonstrates that we can change our behaviour for the better,  with an 83% reduction in bag use since the 5p charge was introduced, so surely we can do the same with plastic bottles? Our friends at Transition New Mills are implementing a plastic strategy for New Mills, working with local retailers who offer to fill peoples’ own reusable water bottles for free….could we do the same here? Could you and your children cope without plastic straws? Are paper or biodegradable ones acceptable substitutes? We would like to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution, particularly from single use plastics here in Wilmslow….how should we do that? would you like to help? let us know if you have any ideas!

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Plastic Bottle awareness on a trip to Kenya!

Chris Baines gives the second Transition Wilmslow Lecture

We were delighted to host Professor Chris Baines at the Wilmslow Guild on 24th November. He gave a beautifully illustrated talk on wildlife gardening, green infrastructure and its importance in our towns and cities. We followed up with a workshop on green infrastructure  hosted by John Handley with Nerys Jones and Chris, where we discussed how we could improve green infrastructure within the Neighbourhood Plan. We have another brilliant speaker for our third lecture in 2018, so watch this space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Award-winning Community Garden!

Transition Wilmslow is thrilled to have won an award in the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ category from the Britain in Bloom judges – Level Four ‘Thriving’!

Our community garden at The Temp, off Gravel Lane, Wilmslow, has grown from a small orchard of ten apple trees and one cherry tree to our current nine raised beds with great growing capacity for vegetable crops.  When the RHS judges visited in late Summer the Garden was at its best with a large variety of healthy vegetables ready for picking.   We now have a great educational facility to show people how to grow vegetables, encouraging them to go home and grow their own. This very much fits in with our aim of tending towards sustainability at a local level and of promoting a healthy lifestyle.  Read more here

Interested in getting involved? Contact us at transitionwilmslow@gmail.com