End of year round-up!

The Transition Wilmslow December Newsletter is out now!

Read it here and find out what we have been up to all year.

Like to join us? See here for details

And finally………..

Come to the Wilmslow Christmas Festival.

Our Transition Wilmslow Christmas Tree will be one of many being displayed as part of the Festival

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What’s happening locally?

A Show: ‘Baked Alaska’

About climate change

Commissioned by Christian Aid and others to promote awareness of the effects of global warming, it is to be performed by Riding Lights Theatre Company of York in over 40 towns nationwide.
“The sketches and stories are based on the lives of real people struggling with the effects of man-made climate change. The cast’s comedic antics deliver this important message through satire and metaphor with both humour and impact.”

“It seems incongruous to call a show about climate change fun, but Baked Alaska is.

More information here  See this show locally at:

Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Chapel Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7DU. Monday 19 October 2015

St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, Brownley Road, Wythenshawe, M22 0DW. Friday 13 November 2015

Both performances start at 7.30pm

A Film: ‘Growth Busters’

The first of Transition Wilmslow’s 2015-2016 film season

A film exploring the forces that fuel our worship of growth everlasting!

It tackles millionaire real estate developers enriched by public growth subsidies and economists who spin pro-growth propaganda.

More information and links to the trailer on our Film & Cinema section

Friends Meeting House, 1a Bourne St, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD

Thursday 29 October 2015, 7pm for tea and cake, 7.30pm showing, £2 admission

 

The day we won Rob Hopkins

We were honoured to host the founder of Transition Wilmslow last week… here’s what he wrote about his visit, complete with podcasts:

https://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2015-05/day-transition-wilmslow-won-me-competition

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Rob’s talk to a packed room on election night… local artisan beer is more exciting than corporate imports.

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The Brixton Pound: one of many examples of how a local currency has been adopted encourage local spending.

Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral – Open Day 9 May

The Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project is a community-led initiative that is aimed at making Ashton Hayes the first carbon neutral community in England. Since January 2006 carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced by 23% as a result of the community working together, sharing ideas and through behaviour change. They are about to start work on a community owned renewable energy power station.

They are holding an open day on Saturday 9 May to show what they have achieved since their project began in 2006. Please get in touch if you would like more information: transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

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For more information about the project see their website: http://www.goingcarbonneutral.co.uk/background/

Annual Seedy Saturday, Seed Swap Event

We will be holding our annual seed and seedling swap event at the Community Garden and Orchard at The Temp on Gravel Lane. Between 11am and 2.30 pm on Saturday 25th April. There is an opportunity to bring along surplus vegetable seeds and seedlings to swap for someone else’s surplus! Children can get involved helping to plant out the raised beds that were so productive last year. There will also be plant stalls, practical composting advice and activities for children and adults – try welly throwing, log stacking, bug hunting and much more! Cake and refreshments will be available.

Plant Stall 2014

Seed Stall 2014

Getting ready for planting 2014

Getting ready for planting 2014

Zero Carbon Britain?

Can we do it? Yes we can!

This was the main theme at ‘Love Wilmslow, Love Our Planet’, a joint venture with Churches Together in Wilmslow and Transition Wilmslow at The Wilmslow Guild on St Valentine’s Day 2015.

What do we have in common? It’s a wish to look after our planet, to keep it for future generations too, and to take steps to reduce climate change.

We started the morning session with Paul Allen, one of the authors of Zero Carbon Britain who gave an uplifting and rich presentation about how reaching zero carbon emissions was very possible:

  • We could rapidly reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2030, using only currently available technology.

  • We could reduce our energy demand by around 60%, with particularly large savings in heating buildings and transport.

  • It is possible to meet 100% of the UK’s energy demand with renewable and carbon neutral energy sources; without fossil fuels and without new nuclear.

Read more here and download the latest report.

 After a bread and soup lunch Professor John Handley gave a talk entitled ‘Lindow Moss; Making Sense of the Planning Application, followed by discussion.

 Meanwhile there were craft and recycling activities to learn – composting, biscuit decoration, crochet, knitting, making gift boxes from Christmas cards to name a few. A highlight was a ‘stomp’ – a musical and movement performance using scrap material, organized by Wilmslow High School students.

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Participants were also alerted to many local initiatives to reduce climate change. Some are recycling tools through Work Aid, raising money for solar lights and cookers for slums in Nairobi through Kibera in Need and cutting down on food waste through Waste Watch. If we don’t do a lot to cut our energy consumption, the future for our children will be very different with climate change.

 So how do we get there? Part of the way forward must be to strengthen our community. We need to encourage one another, and the town council could be a leader in this. Perhaps we could have electric cars and bikes as a greener part of the Wilmslow Motor Show!

Most of all it should be fun!

See what Low Carbon Lymm is doing. Also…..

Ashton Hayes going carbon neutral

A talk by Professor Roy Alexander

Friday 13 March 7.30pm-9.30pm

Wilmslow Guild, Bourne St, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD

Ashton Hayes, a community of about 1,000 people, is aiming to become England’s first carbon neutral community. By working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change they have reduced carbon emissions by 23% since 2006.

RGS-IBG members free, non-members £5 donation on the door.

Film Night

Our 2014-2015 winter film series is here!

12 November 2014: 7.30pm. Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Alderley Road.

(Please note change of venue)

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice 01The story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. The film received the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming.

 Watch the trailer here

£2 suggested donation – includes tea & cake!