Farlands Outing

Transition Wilmslow have  booked a 2-hour tour of a small holding in Hayfield called Farlands, run by James and Sarah Ellson   http://farlandsholidaycottagepeakdistrict.blogspot.com/p/the-cottage-is-part-of-smallholding-of.html

James Ellson emailed TW offering to present a lecture for us. We thought we should meet and visit him first, and enjoy a guided tour of his venture . At our last TW meeting, the best date for those of present and interested seemed to be Sat 4 May, so we have booked 10.30 – 12.30 and paid £60.00 for this. If we fill all 12 places, that’s  £5 each. There’s parking for 5 cars, so we can arrange to share lifts.

James describes his venture as    ‘a smallholding of several acres that we are developing, where possible, on permaculture principles. There is a vegetable garden, a bee hive, and plenty of bird activity. We make our own marmalade and other jams. We are keen on recycling, and renewable energy. Our aim is a greener, more self-sufficient way of life’.      So as you can see very much in keeping with our area of interest.

If there’s enough interest  perhaps we could plan a walk and a picnic afterwards. Do let us know at transitionwilmslow@gmail.com  as soon as possible if you’d like to come.

Dawn Walk in memory of Rick Turner

P1020145-minTransition Wilmslow’s Dawn Walk this year, on 22nd September will have certain poignancy as the group remembers Rick Turner, the archaeologist who recovered Lindow Man – the best preserved bog body in Britain.   Rick died earlier this year and the walk will be an appropriate time to reflect on his work.

He gave the keynote presentation at a Transition Wilmslow Day School about Lindow Moss in 2015 and had been supportive of the group’s Lindow Moss planning applications.

 Rick took part in the Dawn Walk organised by Transition Wilmslow in 2016 and gave a memorable account of what he imagined might have been Lindow Man’s last journal entries before his death.  He also underlined the importance of the cultural landscape of the Moss extending back thousands of years.   It is still in a condition where it can be recreated as a lowland raised mire.

Join Transition Wilmslow on this special Autumn Equinox walk on Saturday 22nd September 2018, starting from Lindow Common at 6:30am.  More information on our diary page.  The event is free, but please book via Eventbrite

Foraging Walk

Transition Wilmslow has put together another fabulous foraging walk in Wilmslow with expert forager James Wood from Totally Wild UK

Saturday June 2nd, 2018, 10am-2pm

Meet at 10am prompt at The Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA.

Bring a foraging basket or bag to take your goodies home.

Includes tasters on the walk and a wild food lunch for participants at the end of the course – which is seasonally dependent but can range from nettle soup to wild inspired salad.

Tickets via Eventbrite

Early bird ticket offer of £20 per adult until 30 April 2018 increasing to £22 from 1 May 2018. All inclusive price – no extras. Children free.

A Good Result!

It was a good day for ‘Plastic Free Wilmslow’ at the Artisan Market Saturday 21 April 2018.  Many people visited the stall, saw the alternatives on offer and wrote pledges to cut their consumption of single-use plastic items.  It was encouraging to hear from market goers who are already cutting their use of plastic. Some stall holders came on board too with palm leaf plates, cardboard cartons and wooden cutlery.  All proving that it can be done.  We just have to set our minds to doing it!!

Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!Plastic Free Artisan Market Stall 2018-04-21

 

Make Wilmslow ‘Plastic-Free’!

Good News!

Many groups in Wilmslow are agreeing that we have to do SOMETHING to reduce the amount of single-use plastics.

We all know it is bad for the environment, bad for our wildlife – in fact

A TOTALLY BAD IDEA ALTOGETHER

 to throw away plastic items used just once.

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Worthing Pier wrapped in plastic: courtesy of plasticisrubbish.com

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Transition Wilmslow is leading the campaign locally and have many voluntary groups on board as well as Wilmslow Town Council.

Come to the meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018, 7:15pm, at Wilmslow United Reformed Church and you will meet up with other like-minded residents wanting to achieve full accreditation as a ‘plastic-free’ town.  We would like to form a ‘Plastic-free Wilmslow Steering Group’ and also make plans for our stall at the Artisan Market on 21st April 2018 to publicise the adverse impact of plastics in our environment.

We are sure people will have lots of ideas!

Many campaign groups are now enjoying greater publicity since the BBC series ‘Blue Planet’ highlighted the amount of plastic waste in our oceans.  You can find out more at:

Surfers Against Sewage If this doesn’t convince you – nothing will!

Less Plastic  – plenty information here with an on-line shop to buy water bottles, sandwich bags etc.

Transition Wilmslow have raised the plastics issue in the past

Can you live plastic free?

Save our Oceans anyone?

Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!

The Great Get Together in Wilmslow

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! Messages 25A full set of photos are on our Community Connections page.