Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!

Transition Wilmslow Community Fund Application

We have submitted this to the National Lottery Community Fund Call for community groups to do something about climate change. We are unlikely to be shortlisted but it does at least give us a template for planning future work. Please read it and tell us what you think.

We are all devastated by what is happening in Australia but we can only do what we can in our own corner of the planet. Let’s hope world leaders wake up to the canary in the mine.

On a more cheerful note the famous Transition Wilmslow Repair Cafe is back!


Come along and get your repairs repaired by our talented team of volunteer repairers. And there’s cake!

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday 16 January, 7.30 pm Friends Meeting House. Please come along and help us plan our strategy for 2020.

Monday 20 January 7.30pm, Macctastic Meeting Meet Rod King from 20s plenty and hear about the benefits of 20mph in speed limits in residential areas. Many places have adopted these but not CEC as yet. http://www.20splenty.org/

Thursday 6 February 8-9.30 Undercroft URC Climate Conscious Wilmslow Meeting. Our very own Professor Sarah Bridle! Change Your Diet: the easiest way to combat climate change.

Change Your Diet: The Easiest Way To Help Reduce Climate Impact

Wilmslow’s Professor Sarah Bridle has been studying dark matter and dark energy for the last 20 years, but when her kids started school she started to think about our own planet in the next 20 years and beyond. She learned about climate change properly for the first time, how it threatens worldwide food production, and how food causes about a quarter of all global warming.

Sarah wanted to know how much each of her food choices was contributing, and why. She delved into the academic research literature, and summarized the results in simple charts. The charts make it easy for the non-specialist to see the impacts of different meal options, and show that some easy food switches can reduce food greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent.

Most of us make many food choices every day, and by changing these we can significantly reduce climate change caused by food, and free up land that can be used to help reduce climate change overall.


Christmas 2019 Update

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy new year. We hope you’ll be able to join us in 2020 and help make Wilmslow a more sustainable and greener community. Please note we will not be having a monthly meeting in December; our next meeting is Thursday 16th January 2020, Friends Meeting House, 7.30pm.

Our next Repair Cafe is Saturday 18th January at the URC, 10am. We need volunteers! So if you can make a cake, repair small items of furniture, fix small electrical, bikes, toys….please contact Ken Wallace ken.wallace0111@gmail.com

Our response to the CEC draft environmental strategy is now on our Consultation Responses page. Individual responses are most welcome: respond on https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/111PX/ by 11.59pm on Sunday 1 December 2019.

We had a really interesting talk last night from Chris Widger on the Riverlands project, which is a restoration project involving the whole community. It’s horrifying to hear how polluted our rivers are, and how human interference has caused rivers to flood, but this is an opportunity to improve our local rivers. You can attend the Riverlands Project first Wilmslow Community Conversation, 7-9pm Parish Hall, Monday 2nd December.

Professor John Whitelegg gave a fabulous lecture on Sustainable Transport at our Transition Wilmslow lecture last week, and it was great to welcome Suzy Akers-Smith, CEC Commissioner for walking and cycling, who chaired the discussion. The comparison between UK transport policies and those in the rest of Europe were depressing to say the least, (trams waiting for trains… hourly buses in even the smallest villages…) but it is great to hear that Suzy has plans to really push sustainable transport across the borough.

Don’t forget the hustings on Saturday 30 November, 2-3.30pm, URC: meet the candidates! Submit questions to wilmslowhustings2019@gmail.com

Don’t forget the Sustainable Market on 28th November: an opportunity to have a greener, more sustainable Christmas and to get all your Christmas shopping done in one go!

Seasons greetings to you all and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.




Great News!

Congratulations to everyone who has helped with our Community Garden this year!  We won “Outstanding” in the RHS “In Your Neighbourhood” awards and were part of Wilmslow’s entry into Britain in Bloom. The town was NW Large Town winner with a Gold and won Silver Gilt at National Level http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/19607/wilmslow-in-bloom-adds-a-sixth-gold

Not only that, but Wilmslow was awarded Plastic Free Town status! Congratulations to Ruth Menlove, Andrew Backhouse and the team. The real work starts now! to build on the progress that has been made so far and to continue to reduce single use plastics across the town. http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/19564/wilmslow-awarded-plastic-free-community-status-as-it-takes-action-on-single-use-plastic


The 4th Transition Wilmslow Annual Lecture.

Booking is open for this year’s Annual Lecture. Booking and attendance is open to all. We look forward to seeing you at this most pertinent and stimulating event.

Book via Wilmslow Guild at   https://www.wilmslowguild.org/courses/-21st-century-transport-a-vision-for-cheshire-friday-15-november-2019/1123/

or call on 01625 523903


Our First Repair Cafe is a resounding success!

St Chad’s Handforth was buzzing with lots of people coming in with things to repair, or just dropping in for coffee and cake and enjoying the fun of watching our wonderful volunteer repairers at work. From bikes and wheeled frames to teddy bears, clothes, furniture and electrics, our experts were on hand to fix, advise, sew, hammer and glue and do their best to Repair not Discard. Thank you to everyone who came along. We plan another, in Wilmslow this time in January, and then back to Handforth in April. Any feedback and thoughts most welcome, and do let us know if you’d like to be a volunteer repairer.

Many thanks to Jane Selva for some fantastic photos!Repair Cafe Collage1Repari Cafe collage2jpeg

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan passes the Referendum Test!

Well done to everyone who contributed to the Wilmslow NP: a great piece of work by a great many people which will inform the work of the Town Council and support better planning decisions. It has policies about developing better green links between the town and the countryside, strengthening the public right of way network with better crossing points, and very importantly, recognising for the first time the special importance of Lindow Moss as a historic and cultural landscape. Now let’s see some of these policies getting implemented!

Notes from Extinction Rebellion meeting: Old Dancer, Monday 30 September

Presenters Ed for the first part (whys) and Kayla for the second (what).  Chris Frankland and Lisa Johnson from Transition were also present.  Chris noticed a younger demographic than at the MEPs Climate Emergency Debate and commented that these looked like parents rather than grandparents.  There was also a sprinkling of 20 somethings.


Ed presented the case for non-violent direct action.  He explained that human release of CO2 was putting a thicker ‘blanket’ of atmosphere around the earth and showed the chart of near vertical rise of atmospheric CO2 since the International Panel on Climate Change was formed in 1988.  This he linked to a bell curve of average temperatures shifting towards the hotter.  Ed described feedback loops on land resulting in the release of methane and faster warming whilst in the oceans changes in  currents were causing those animals who could migrate to do so.  The result, Ed said was the 6th mass extinction of animals, particularly amphibians but also a loss of the plant life that holds carbon.  This he asserted, was happening unnaturally rapidly because of  the weight of human population, habitat destruction and pollution which cut down nature’s resilience.

Ed rested the case for non-violent action on the claim that governments have known about the lethal consequences of modern human activitiy since prior to 1988 and not acted to stem it.  He said that the Paris agreement was not binding on the countries who signed up to it and several significant countries such as Australia did not take part.  Ed mentioned a ‘collective denial’ on the part of governments which Extinction Rebellion aimed to counter.  Ed said that faced with the situation ‘doing is therapy’ to helplessness.

WHY – Kyla

Kyla made the following points in support of Ed’s expose:

  • Warming temperatures, desert advance and water scarcity would cause human migration but some people cannot afford to move.
  • We have a right to rebell because Governments are not acting in our best interests. Ours has scrapped renewable energy schemes, expanded airports and allowed fracking.  It has prioritised carparks and relief roads rather than collective transport and approved a new coal mine in Cumbria,
  • Local politics have been tried and made no difference. Current law does not force the change we need.
  • Earth day is in September. The problem is too big for individual action and the government is not on track to meet their climate agreements.

Because …

  • Democratic governments are short term playing to a 5 year popular vote.
  • Capitalism attributes costs to the now, not to the future.
  • The planet’s health is not costed nor are our own health and well-being.


The cause of stemming climate change and the ruination of the planet cannot be won by playing by the rules.  It takes 3.5% of the popultion to act to effect change.

Radically changing course requires the infliction of economic damage and disruption where the power is.  IE London.  This must be non-violent in word and deed, remembering that the emergency is no individual’s fault.  In this way Extinction Rebellion wish police response to seem disproportionate.


A Declaration of Rebellion was made in 2018 with the following three demands :

  1. Tell the truth about the Eco-Crisis and declare a climate emercency.  (Kyla said those already declared are not legally binding and Stockport’s for instance, has an economic clause.)
  2. Act now.
  3. Form a Citizen’s Assembly drawn from the general population to decide measures for climate and ecological justice that parliament would implement. This would be above politics.


Extinction Rebellion is a de-centralised movement with a loose co-ordinating team.  Anyone acting in their name should consult the 10x published principals and check with 2 other ‘rebels’.

There are local working groups including Stockport and Wilmslow who meet in the Brew House Wednesdays at 7.30pm.  Contact name: Tom.

Ways of contributing include art, music, legal, media platforms moderation and presentations.

Co-ordinating team organise actions which are disruptive such as die-ins, banner hanging and ‘arrestables’.

Kyla said ‘Arrestables are at the heart of our actions’ but she added that for every person arrested there are 20 ‘legal observers’.


London for 2 weeks from October 7th  Extinction Rebellion will take over Westminster.

It is illegal to be politically active outside Westminster but you have to be warned so those who move when asked will not be arrested.

The police have difficulty dealing with nice, non-violent people breaking the law.

There is no time to play by the rules.