What do you want Wilmslow to look like?
Transition Wilmslow is taking a part in this initiative
Help to make a difference – have your say!
You are encouraged to ‘think big’ and make some creative and innovative suggestions
You are encouraged to ‘think big’ and make some creative and innovative suggestions
The Old Stables in Wilmslow is one of our few remaining historic buildings, and yet it has been unused for many years. Cheshire East Council has recently advertised that the building is available for rent. Members of the Wilmslow Trust and Transition Wilmslow visited the building, and have ascertained that the building is generally quite sound, but would require some renovation and repair to make it usable.
An outline bid has now been made to Cheshire East to transform the stables into a Community Hub. There is space for a meeting room that could seat 30-40 people, which would also be a fantastic exhibition space for information on our local heritage (Lindow Man and Alan Turing), a venue for the town’s very successful Art Trail and for local artists and makers to exhibit and sell their work. There’s even plumbing and a small kitchen area, together with room for an office and storage.
It is perfectly situated, on the walking route from the station to the town and has good access to buses and car parks. It is also on one level, so ideal for people with disabilities. It could form the focal point of a revitalised corner of the Rectory Fields/Alderley Road with opportunities for environmental improvement to adjacent areas and where there is also a proposal from the Wilmslow Trust for a memorial to Alan Turing.
The first question people ask is “where’s the money coming from?” Clearly local councils have no money for this sort of project, but there are good examples of community ownership and fundraising. People in Poynton recently raised a very significant sum for refurbishment of their community space by crowd funding, and Styal have a thriving community shop (Earlam’s) as a result of a similar strategy. One possibility is that we raise funds through Community Shares (www.communityshares.org.uk) .
An outline bid has been submitted by members of Transition Wilmslow and the Wilmslow Trust to Cheshire East Council this week in time for today’s closing date. The proposal will need further input from everyone in the community, who can contribute ideas, time and skills as well as funding. There may also be local organisations who might want to help with some of the building and restoration. Outline plans were presented to the Wilmslow Partnership meeting this week who are supportive because this proposal fits well with ideas for a proposed Neighbourhood Plan.
We’d really like to know what you think and hear your ideas for a Wilmslow Community Hub. This needs to be a real community initiative, with people contributing their ideas. It will only work if local people want it to. We will let you know how Cheshire East respond, and we will keep you informed of developments as they happen.
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.
For more information about the project see their website: http://www.goingcarbonneutral.co.uk/background/
Thanks to all who voted for us in our bid to win funding in the Skipton Building Society’s ‘Grass Roots Giving’ community programme. We were successful!
We are grateful to Skipton’s generosity, enabling us to follow up the successful Lindow Moss Day School at Wilmslow Guild with an exhibition at Wilmslow Library. This is showing on the gallery during Library opening hours until Saturday 31 January 2015.
The exhibition launches Transition Wilmslow’s ‘A New Vision for Lindow Moss’, highlighting its historic and environmental importance.
It is one of the most significant peatland landscapes in Britain, yet it remains abused, neglected and officially unrecognised. Transition Wilmslow and our partners are coming together as the Lindow Moss Partnership, and creating a vision to restore, conserve, and celebrate this unique landscape.
Why not take a break from your shopping, enjoy the warmth of Wilmslow Library and learn more about Transition Wilmslow and our Vision for Lindow Moss!
See the report on the Day School at http://tinyurl.com/ofue6fu
Wilmslow Library opening times here http://tinyurl.com/prlqesp
Pressure is growing for urgent action to be taken to preserve and restore Lindow Moss and provide a fitting memorial to Lindow Man, following a recent day school on “Lindow Moss: Origins and Future Prospects”. The event was organised by Transition Wilmslow and the Wilmslow Guild on 18th October. Photographs taken by Garry Kershaw, Heather Calderbank and Ali Berry.
Over 60 people including local residents and students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University were absorbed by contributions from a range of experts including Rick Turner, the former Cheshire County Council Archaeologist who found Lindow Man 30 years ago this year.
There was a special guest keeping watch over proceedings in the form of a reconstructed bronze head of Lindow Man which was kindly loaned for the day.
Presentations covered the evolution and history of Lindow Moss and the processes that could be used to restore the area which is currently used for peat extraction. Several speakers underlined why the restoration of this historic, ecologically important and recreation friendly local asset is now critical. During lunch attendees were able to explore exhibitions by local groups including a display from Wilmslow Library on local maps, books and other reference material; and experience, firsthand, investigative techniques such as peat coring, and pollen analysis.
Rick Turner, in an inspirational and amusing talk, recounted his involvement in the discovery of Lindow Man from his first telephone call from a local newspaper reporter through to his work with the British Museum on the exhumation, examination and preservation of his body. He reminded us of the local and wider significance of Lindow Man. It was an archaeological discovery of international significance, with some of the forensic techniques used to investigate him now evident in CSI Miami and Silent Witness! In his concluding comments Rick made an impassioned plea for Lindow Moss to be returned to an area that Lindow Man would recognise.
Attendees also heard from a volunteer on the restored Whixall Moss in Shropshire. His pride in what they had achieved in providing a valuable resource for local residents was evident to all.
Professor John Handley from Transition Wilmslow, who chaired the day school, thanked all speakers and presenters for their insight into the past and future of Lindow Moss. He emphasised the importance of Lindow Moss for its ecological importance both locally and as part of a wider network of mosses in the North West but also as a means of reducing carbon emissions and its importance to local residents. He urged that the momentum to restore the moss not be lost.
The overall mood of the day was aptly captured in the words of one contributor “Peat extraction has left little of the original peatland. We must act soon. Today has shown that there is head of steam from local people, agencies and academic institutions to restore this area. It is an enormous opportunity which we must grasp”
Great news! Skipton Building Society ‘Grassroots Giving Campaign’ have 161 grants of £500 each for projects that enhance local communities – and Transition Wilmslow and Wilmslow Community Archaeology have been shortlisted for entry into the final voting stage!
Voting opened on 1st September and runs until mid October. You can vote for any of the shortlisted projects by clicking on http://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/ and see the amazing work going on across the country. Vote for both of the Wilmslow contenders and you will be supporting their work to improve our local environment.
If successful, we at Transition Wilmslow would use the funding to help local people understand more about the amazing landscape on their doorstep, in particular Lindow Moss, an area of exceptional archaeological and ecological significance. The funds would help to pay for a mobile exhibition of photographs with explanatory text that could tour schools, churches and community spaces. This would support a campaign to restore the moss, to protect the landscape, provide access for walkers, cyclists and those with disabilities, and provide an educational resource and a green lung for Wilmslow. Transition Wilmslow have already held a workshop for interested groups, and had a very successful Dawn walk on 2nd August with more than 40 local people to celebrate the discovery of the body of Lindow Man.
Vote for Transition Wilmslow on http://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/whos-applying/north-west/transition-wilmslow/.
Also why not book your place on the Day School ‘Lindow Moss: Origins and Future Prospects’ at the Wilmslow Guild with Professor John Handley, Saturday, 18 October 2014? For more information and booking details see page 62 of the Wilmslow Guild Prospectus