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.

Transition Wilmslow Goes Foraging!

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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.

 

The Great Wilmslow Get Together and Bike Ride!

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.

Open House Energy Meeting: How can we reduce our carbon footprint in Wilmslow and save money?

Transition Wilmslow are hosting an open meeting to discuss how we can use energy in our homes more efficiently and the exciting possibility of a green energy generation hub in Wilmslow and Macclesfield.

Andrew Backhouse of Transition Wilmslow will talk about what we have learnt from doing energy surveys in Wilmslow and how we can reduce energy use in our homes

Mike Rance from Go-Lo Macclesfield will talk about the exciting potential of green energy generation and battery storage based on experience gained in an ongoing project to evaluate battery storage in social housing in Macclesfield and Knutsford. The potential for larger scale green energy storage hubs will also be discussed

The speakers will then be joined by Frances Hill (Centre for Alternative Technology) and Geoff Levermore (University of Manchester) on a discussion panel, chaired by Anthony Jones (Manchester University)

The meeting will take place on Thursday 9th March 2017 at the Friends Meeting House, Bourne St., Wilmslow, 7.30-9.00 pm.  Entrance is free with donation for refreshments.  All are welcome.

Mike Rance of Go-Lo-Macclesfield said ‘The potential is there to establish community energy hubs by installing solar arrays on the roofs of local amenities with associated battery storage to provide lower cost energy for the benefit of the local community’

Andrew Backhouse said ‘We can do so much by making lots of small savings in energy use in our own homes and its fun thinking about these things’

For more information contact transitionwilmslow@gmail.com