Our Community Garden at The Temp looked a picture for the Wilmslow in Bloom judges this week! Thank you to Garry and the TW Food Group for all their efforts over the last year, to all the Brownie, Rainbow and Beaver groups and their leaders and parents who helped with planting and caring for the garden this spring, and to everyone who has helped with tending and watering. We await the judges’ report with interest!
It was a real pleasure to have a walk with the “Time Out” group last week, as one of our CEC supported “Wilmslow Walks”. We started at the group’s headquarters, in The Paddock in Handforth, walked through the gate in the car park into Meriton Park and down to the Transition Wilmslow Orchard. This is a little orchard that we planted a few years ago, and it was lovely to see the apple and plum trees really developing well with plenty of fruit, surrounded by long grasses and plants good for butterflies and insects, including hogweed, rosebay willowherb, nettle and goosegrass.
Thank you to Jo and her team for allowing us to share a walk in such beautiful sunshine with the group. If you know of anyone who would like a walk arranged, let us know.
On 17th June, Transition Wilmslow joined forces with Wilmslow Quakers, Cycle Wilmslow and the Artisan Market to put on The Great Wilmslow Get Together. This was one of many events that took place that weekend to remember Jo Cox MP. Over 100 stall holders entered into the spirit of the day, many wearing the red and white gingham theme, and decorating their displays. A Great Wilmslow Family Bike Ride including cyclists from 8 to over 80 took place in the afternoon. The day engendered a spirit of love and peace and hope for our communities to go forward in harmony and understanding. Visitors to our stall signed a book which will be sent to the Jo Cox Foundation (https://www.jocoxfoundation.org) and took photos with messages reflecting Jo Cox’s words: “We have more in common than that which divides us”. Thank you to everyone who came along and in particular to Denise and all the stall holders on the Market who helped to make it such a lovely community event. Special mention for Hoopers who transformed one of their windows! A full set of photos are on our Community Connections page.
On 2nd July, a Transition Wilmslow working party spent a sunny afternoon in the Community Garden at the Temp in Gravel Lane. Thanks to our helpers from Wilmslow Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Beavers (and their leaders and some very enthusiastic parents) the newly expanded garden is looking stunning. Thank you to everyone who came along, especially Garry who has introduced the pleasures of food growing to more than 70 children this year. We are looking forward to Wilmslow in Bloom this month, and then helping the children enjoy the fruits of their labours. If you would like to help us, or if you know of groups of children who might like to get involved next year, let us know at email@example.com
Professor John Handley led another wonderful walk exploring the Mobberley side of Lindow Moss. We looked at peat from different levels, with the remains of ancient vegetation, observed the contours of ancient paths, saw Sundew and cotton grass, and explored the Quaker graveyard. It was lovely to see an old cottage being lovingly restored by its new owner. We stopped by the place where Lindow Man was found and as always, wondered when we might finally see a sympathetic restoration of this place of historical, archeological and ecological heritage. Thank you to John as always for such an informative and enjoyable walk; and to everyone who came and shared this special place with us.
James Wood from Totally Wild Foraging took us on a Foraging walk in The Carrs on 21st May. We tasted grasses, yarrow, daisies, hogweed seeds and stems, knotweed and hawthorn flower, and talked about rose bay willow herb asparagus. We learned what to do with elderflowers and elderberries when they are available, and ended up with a fantastic picnic of nettle soup which even the youngest children really enjoyed! Who knew what delicious treats there are hidden in The Carrs! James’s Cookbook, for those who are interested, (The Foragers Cookbook) is available on Amazon, and his blog is a great source of seasonal tips.
Join us with James on a Mushroom Day on November 4th: details will be on the website in due course.
We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us:
Jo Cox MP, murdered a year ago, was a passionate campaigner for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. A campaign was recently set up in her name to tackle the silent epidemic of loneliness, and in her memory, her family are supporting the Great Get Together Initiative (www.greatgettogether.org). On the weekend of 17/18 June, communities all over the country are holding events that bring people together in harmony and friendship.
Here in Wilmslow, Transition Wilmslow with the Wilmslow Quakers, Cycle Wilmslow and the Artisan Market, with support from Cheshire East Council, are celebrating with the red and white gingham Great Get Together theme. So come along to the Wilmslow GGT stall on Saturday 17th June at the Market (from 10am), say hello to your neighbours, have a selfie taken with our Wilmslow GGT team, follow us on twitter (@GGTWilmslow) and most importantly, join our GGT bike ride: fun for all the family, leaving from the Library at 2pm, registration from 1.45pm. Bring your bike!!
We do hope you can come along and join us any time during the day on the stall and certainly on our bike ride. It should be great fun! wear something red and white if you’d like.
We are looking for volunteers to help on the day or in advance, if you can help out we’d love to hear from you: contact us on the Transition Wilmslow email account.
We hope this will be a fun event to demonstrate that we are one community in Wilmslow: please do join us.