TW Film Night “The Economics of Happiness” Wed 6th March

The-Economics-of-Happiness-1-300x220Award winning documentary the Economics of Happiness is getting its Wilmslow premiere at an event at the Wilmslow Library on Wednesday 6 March at 7:30pm.

The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalisation and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future.

Both hard-hitting and inspiring, ‘The Economics of Happiness’ demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already engaged in building a better world. The film shows that countless people are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.

The hour-long documentary features stunning images, as well as a powerful chorus of voices calling for systemic economic change, including Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, and Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile. The screening will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for discussion.

The Economics of Happiness is a project of the International Society for Ecoology and Culture. It has received widespread acclaim and has won several awards, including best in show at the 2011 Cinema Verde Film Festival. Renowned eco philosopher and author Joanna Macy said: “It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as ‘The Economics of Happiness.’ This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering – stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localisation movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalisation, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.”

Entrance to the event is free, but donations to Transition Wilmslow to help cover costs and fund future events will be very welcome.

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Open Space meeting Saturday March 2nd 2013

Come along to our Open Space meeting from 9.45am – 1pm with the aim of discussing “How can we make Wilmslow a more sustainable and beautiful place to live?” This is an ideal opportunity to let us know what changes you would like to see in Wilmslow and what our groups should be focusing on to make Wilmslow a more resilient community. The meeting will be held at the Quaker meeting house in Wilmslow.

Landscape Character Assessment Workshop

Following on from the successful strategy workshop in December which reviewed the overall aims and objectives of the landscape project, we are now proposing to get into the detail with some hands on work. At this workshop on 9th February we will draw on the full range of information from the desk study work that Jonathan Porter has assembled in the first stage of the project.

 The objective is to produce a draft landscape character map for Wilmslow (including Handforth and Styal) covering both the built up area and the surrounding countryside.  This will not only be a valuable template for our work in Transition, but will also help us in responding to the consultation on the Local Plan for Cheshire East.

 We are keen to have input from anyone who wishes to contribute, irrespective of whether you have previously been involved, and would particularly like input from a cycling perspective.

 Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available but we would ask if you could bring along a packed lunch as, due to the leisure centre rules, we are not able to provide any food in the meeting room. However you will be able to buy food at leisure centre cafe.  The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm at Wilmslow Leisure centre.

Cheshire & Warrington Low Carbon Communities Meeting

Wilmslow will be hosting the January meeting on Monday 21st January 2013 at 6.30pm –  8.30pm.  This is a great opportunity to network and find out what other groups are doing around Cheshire and further afield, please come along and give a warm Wilmslow welcome to our visitors.   There will be a number of speakers at the meeting:

– Transition Wilmslow will give a presentation on their recent work.

– Simon Kention and Sarah Burns will be joining us from Community Action Groups in Oxfordshire.  CAG is a network of over 50 local voluntary groups in Oxfordshire at the forefront of community led climate change action. They organise events and initiatives to raise awareness and take action on climate change issues including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues to live a more sustainable and less resource dependent life in their local community.  The 3 members of the CAG support team provide hands-on, day to day help and advice for groups, and liaise with local and national government to ensure community responses to climate change are kept on the agenda. As the CAG Project Impact Modeller Sarah is working with a new community impact modelling tool which estimates the impact community led activities have on carbon and waste reductions, and the associated financial savings.  Over the next year the project will involve collecting and inputting data from community groups into the model whilst testing its underlying assumptions, in order to produce a robust model that will help do what has not been done before and quantify the impact of community action.

 – Mike Taylor from Congleton Sustainability Group will be sharing with us an exciting new project the Group launched in Congleton last year called Sustainable Living in Congleton.

  – Peter Bulmer from Cheshire West & Chester Council will be discussing their Resilient Communities work.

Sandwiches and tea & coffee will be provided. The venue is The Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 1a Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD (next to Wilmslow Guild).

Landscape Strategy Meeting, Friday 14th December

Transition Wilmslow is holding a Landscape Strategy Workshop this Friday, 14th December from 7-9 pm in the Wilmslow leisure centre upstairs meeting room.  We will be holding an interactive workshop to plan our future approach and work on this project.

We would like to get as many people as possible involved  as we feel that the work could both impact on, and benefit from, contributions from a number of groups in the Wilmslow transition family. It is not an academic exercise as the applications from the work could help shape our views on proposals for furthering our Transition aims developing a sustainable town and lifestyle.  This is well illustrated  in an extract from a recent note from John Handley who was at a recent conference where Jonathan Porritt spoke:

Jonathan’s prescription for a sustainable 21st century town included:

1) Zero carbon;
2) “Incredible edible” with community supported agriculture and local sourcing of food;
3) Biodiversity rich;
4) Healthy living – planning actively for good health.
5) Sustainable transport.All of which fit well into the Transition model.

You may also have noticed from a two page spread the 6th December edition of the Wilmslow Express in an article about the Wilmslow Trust meeting on an alternative Wilmslow vision that Transition Wilmslow was mentioned as a possible partner group to  support this work.There are a number of threats and opportunities out there for us to consider and to allow us to put a Transition shape on this agenda and identify the future work we want to do to further our aims for both the Transition agenda generally and the town.  Part of the workshop will canvas opinions on what these opportunities and threats are and what we might want to do This is an opportunity for Transition Wilmslow members to have their input.

Please come along and give us your views.

Proposed World Logistics Hub at Sunbank Lane

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Plans are to build the World Logistics Hub at Sunbank Lane, just off of the M56 at the Wilmslow turnoff.  Here are some links to more information about the proposal

http://stopmanchesterairport.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/plans-to-concrete-former-greenbelt-land.html
 
http://www.airportcity.co.uk/master-plan/ 
 
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/content/worldlogisticshubplanningapp 
 
http://manchesterclimateaction.wordpress.com/tag/ringway-parish-council-world-logistics-hub/

This land was classified as green belt until June of this year when it’s status was changed.  The plans would involve eviction of residents, the destruction of valuable green space for local people, an increase in travel congestion, carbon emissions and noise pollution from the airports cargo services. 

The area to the south of the Airport is currently home to residential houses and greenfields and also borders onto Cotterill Clough – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Airport claim new jobs will be created. However, many of these jobs will not be ‘new’ but simply ‘displaced’ as existing firms re-locate from other areas of Greater Manchester to take advantage of the cheap business rates on offer.  Local residents at Ringway and Hale Barns are opposed to these plans.  They have also objected to proposals to demolish people’s homes at Hasty Lane nearby. 

The deadline for objections is fast approaching so if you are concerned with the development be sure to sign the online petition at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-sunbank-lane-from-manchester-airport-s-expansion-plans

TW and Cycle Wilmslow Bike Ride

Transition Wilmslow and Cycle Wilmslow are hosting another bike ride from the September market on Saturday, 15th September, and invite you to join in.  This month we will be heading out to the Airport Viewing park and stop for refreshments, a ride of approximately 10 miles. So why not dust down your bike and come and join us for a leisurely ride.

Registration will commence at 10am at the Transition Wilmslow stall on Grove Avenue and the bike ride will start at  1.30pm.