The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture

The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture, 10th October 2016

We had a full house for our very first Transition Wilmslow Lecture!

We thought an Annual Lecture  might be a way of appealing to a wider audience, demonstrating that Transition towns are not just about “green” issues but about sustainable communities in general. The Transition Network has set up a website “Reconomy”  http://www.reconomy.org talking about different ways of thinking about the economy, and of course a number of Transition Towns (Lewes, Totnes, Brixton, Bristol, and even…at one point in history..Ambridge!) have their own currency. We invited Derek Whyte, Deputy CEO of Preston City Council, to talk about the work they have done with CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) in Manchester, and a European Consortium, to look at how they procure goods and services, and ways in which they can procure more locally. It was good to hear they have significantly increased their local procurement, with benefits for local businesses and jobs.

We were delighted to have an expert discussion panel, with Dominic Oakshott from CEC, Richard Jones who was Director of Social Services for Lancashire and now undertakes consultancy work in social care and the charitable sector, and Catherine Mackenzie, Chair of Wilmslow Business Group. Dominic told us that CEC have been working to get more local procurement, and are up to around 25%; Catherine pointed out the challenges for small businesses in negotiating procurement challenges (large companies may have groups of lawyers negotiating these which makes it difficult for small enterprises) and Richard pointed out the real problems in local authority funding at present which make any economic model difficult. There was a lively discussion with the audience  which, as always, raised more questions than it answered, but we agreed that there is a tension between local procurement and having processes in place to ensure fair tendering.  There were lots of positive comments from the audience so we’d like to organise another lecture for next year: any suggestions for speakers gratefully received!

 

The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan

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

Take the survey

Join us for some interesting events!

Transition Wilmslow have planned some really interesting and unusual events during the summer and into the autumn!

  • See us at the Wilmslow Show, find out more about Lindow Moss: 10 July 2016

  • Atmospheric Dawn Walk on the Moss: 30 July 2016

  • A walk on ‘the other side’ of the Moss: 17 September 2016

  • A food foraging day with expert James Wood –  a wild food experimentalist: 8 October 2016

  • The first Transition Wilmslow Lecture: 10 October 2016

All the details of these events are on our ‘diary’ page HERE

 

20’s Plenty and Safer Roads Petition – Relaunched!

Getting petitions distributed and signed is a piece of cake in comparison with 2012!

Hopefully attitudes have also come round with people realizing how important this is for our quality of life: we want our roads to be and feel a whole load safer in order to encourage more walking and cycling around our town.

So join us by signing this petition, which gives an example of just how dangerous even our smallest residential roads can be and how fearful we’ve become as a result… I should add that the events and people described here are real and have not been invented…

Thank you!

WSR Petition

 

Cheshire East’s Local Plan – TW Response

Cheshire East Council ran a consultation in April this year on their Local Plan Strategy Document submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Transition Wilmslow has participated in each consultation round and commented on updated versions of the Plan since its Vision for Wilmslow.

A summary of our latest comments can be found here.

Happy New Year!

What is Transition Wilmslow up to this year?

We already have quite a few events happening in January.

Join us for our first Film Night of the year:

Tuesday 28th January, 7.15 for 7.30 at our usual venue – upstairs room of Wilmslow Library.

We are showing a fast paced, quirky and fun feature length documentary called “EDIBLE CITY”. It is about the local good food movement that is taking root in San Francisco Bay and across the world, including here in Cheshire!

More information including trailers at www.ediblecity.net

No charge, but donations to cover costs will, of course, be welcome!

We are busy with our Groups and Meetings too:

  • Lindow Moss Group is meeting on 7th January at 8pm Quaker Meeting House to discuss plans going forward

  • Green Drinks our social get together on 14th January from 8pm, usual venue – Coach & Four, Wilmslow

  • Steering Group meeting on 15th January at 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House.  Come along and help us plan our activities for the coming year

  • Energy Group meeting on the 16th January at 15 Hawthorn Lane at 7.30pm

For more information on all of the above, follow the link below:

January 2014 Events Newsletter

What did we do in 2013?

It was a busy year for Transition Wilmslow.  It’s all in the 2013 Round Up Newsletter

And also….

Introducing a new cinema concept in Macclesfield from Cinevangelist– see films for free!  Interested? You can find out more on our Film & Cinema Page

Response to Planning Application for extention of peat processing on Lindow Moss

Transition Wilmslow have submitted a response to the planning application by Croghan Peat Industries.  From the point of view of Transition Wilmslow and the residents of Wilmslow there would appear to be no justification for any continuation of peat excavation on Lindow Moss. This represents the worst possible investment for local taxpayers. It is a poor business doing harm to the environment.  The Moss has some unique features, in that it has well preserved field systems around it from the time of medieval peat extraction in addition to the ecological features of the moss itself. It is also one of the green lungs of Wilmslow and has been highlighted as one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Wilmslow in our on-going Landscape Character Assessment.

Read the full text here  Response to Lindow Moss Planning Application