The Transition Wilmslow Inaugural Lecture 2016

Keeping Money Local: What Can Councils do?

Speaker: Derek Whyte, Assistant Chief Executive, Preston City Council

We are delighted to invite you to the Transition Wilmslow Lecture 2016, to be given by Derek Whyte, Assistant Chief Executive, Preston City Council, and the leader of the Community Wealth Project in Preston.

Councils, like governments, spend a great deal of our money, but using that money differently can be a way of generating social change and improving communities.  Using money locally is good for communities; just diverting £5 a week per adult from non local to local shopping in a town like Wilmslow would generate more than £5m a year invested in the town, and generate local jobs. The spending power of local authorities is huge, and research on their spending shows that for every £1 they spent with a small or medium-sized local business, 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p if they spent with a larger non local business. There are ethical and social reasons for investing locally too, and councils have the power to generate social change through their spending choices.

This lecture will show how Preston City Council have looked at the collective procurement of not just the local council but other local “anchor” organisations to reduce the money leaking from the local economy so that more can be invested locally. This lecture will be of interest to anyone who cares about their local community and who would like to see more investment; there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion to consider how we might do something similar here.

Date: Monday 10th October 2016, 7.30pm,

Venue: Friends Meeting House, Bourne Street, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD.

Admission free, £2 donation for coffee and cake.

Dawn on Lindow Moss

Dawn Walk 30 July 2016

All who rose early on Saturday morning to experience dawn breaking on the Moss were not disappointed!  We started out at 4.30am in darkness and made our way around Black Lake, across Lindow Common, Newgate Lane and onto the Moss in time to experience an atmospheric sunrise with mists hanging low over the peat bog.

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Along the way we stopped to hear readings about the landscape now and in the past.  One of the guests on the walk was Rick Turner, a leading figure with the British Museum on the exhumation, examination and preservation of the body of Lindow Man.  Rick gave a reading that he had been inspired to compose – a diary entry as if it had been written in 1st Century AD by this bog man in his last hours leading up to being sacrificed at first light.   This focused our thoughts as a bouquet of flowers from the bog was laid on the water in commemoration of Lindow Man.

Transition Wilmslow has another Moss walk planned for 17 September 2016  – at the more reasonable hour of 10am!  See our Diary Page for this and other events.

Rainbows on the Moss!

Thank you to Lindow Rainbows and their leaders who joined Transition Wilmslow on a special Lindow Moss Walk on 5th July 2016

We were blessed with evening sunshine and discussed how you work out the age of a tree, squeezed water out of moss, looked at sundew plants and enjoyed splashing about in the mud. This seems a great way to let children know a bit more about the wonderful heritage on their doorstep and we are hoping to do more walks with groups of youngsters in the autumn.  Contact us for more information here

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Living Smart in Australia

The ‘Living Smart’ programme

Once again, Marianne (our Wilmslow Transitioner currently living in Australia) gives us news of the ‘Living Smart’ programme she is attending.  Here is Part 4

Water and Biodiversity

The focus was on water which is a big deal for the world, but a particularly acute problem here in Western Australia (WA).  The graph of rainfall for this part of the world was a worry (it is going down… a lot… decade on decade) whilst the population is increasing dramatically (it has doubled since I came to WA in 1999.)

We discussed what activities are most water intensive (watering gardens in WA!) and ways to save water from the very simple (showering standing in a bucket then using that to flush the loo etc.) to collecting rainwater from your roof in a tank and all the things you need to consider for that.  Ecoburbia (4 “apartments” sharing a house and utilities) can survive for most of the year in WA on only the rain water they collect!  Lots more interesting stuff about Ecoburbia at

We also discussed Biodiversity.  Perth’s population is set to double over the next 40 years.  Will wildlife manage to survive?  Perth straddles the Swan and Canning Rivers which wildlife need to access.  We discussed how to create habitats and corridors for native species.

‘Transport’ is the theme for Week 5