Our next meeting is on Thursday 16 May 7.30pm (tea from 7.15), Friends Meeting House Bourne Street. John Handley will give an illustrated talk on “Change and opportunity in our local countryside – the Wilmslow Landscape Character Assessment’ with opportunity for discussion: do come, it is a great opportunity to hear more about the amazing work that has gone into the Landscape Character Assessment and the Neighbourhood Plan. It links with a walk exploring the Bollin and Dean Valleys on Saturday 18 May (see our diary page for details and eventbrite registration: no charge).
Repair Cafe: would you like to attend a repair cafe? Would you be able to share your repairing skills? We are organising a repair cafe at St Chad’s in Handforth on Saturday October 9th 10.30-1 pm during International Repair Cafe week and would love to hear from anyone who would like to participate or has suggestions as to how to make it as successful as possible.
Plastic Free Wilmslow:
The PFW group continue to work towards Plastic Free Community status. This involves working through a portfolio of commitments to reduce single use plastics, mainly from businesses. If you would like to get involved, or if you can suggest businesses that might be interested in pledging to reduce single use plastics, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wilmslow Community Shop planning team came to our March meeting to update us on their plans to date. An enormous amount of work has gone into scoping ideas for a community shop that would be a co-operative venture aiming to provide fresh fruit and veg and local produce, with minimal packaging and waste. The team are looking for people who would like to be involved or who might like to help run the shop. If you are interested please contact email@example.com
Thursday March 21st
7.30, Friends Meeting House. Bourne St. Wilmslow.
At this meeting, we will be hosting the steering committee of the Wilmslow Community Shop project who will talk about what it means to be a zero waste shop, about the co-operative model and bringing about sociocracy.
There will also be a collection for Surfers against Sewage, the charity which is responsible for the plastic-free communities network
Everyone is welcome.
We have planned three foraging walks with TotallyWildUK for this year. TotallyWildUK are expert foragers, who lead a really fascinating and informative walk, followed by some delicious food!
Ideal for the whole family, children love these walks!
We start with our early spring walk on Saturday 2nd March 2019 on Lindow Moss. Cost: £25 per adult, under 18s free.
Book now on Eventbrite: Eventbrite – Foraging Walk March
Tickets for the summer and Autumn walks are also now available, with an early bird ticket offer of just £20, children (18 and under) are free.
Summer walk – Saturday 6th July 2019. Early bird tickets available until Friday 31 May. Book now at Eventbrite – Foraging Walk July
Autumn walk – Saturday 2nd November 2019. Early bird tickets available until Monday 30 October. Book now at Eventbrite – Mushroom Foraging Walk November
You’ll have heard about the idea of a community shop in Wilmslow: there seems to be lots of interest and enthusiasm which is fantastic! Details of the first meeting are on the Wilmslow Hub Facebook page and on our diary page.
There has also been talk in the press of “Right to Repair” ….hopefully a move away from built in obsolescence to the idea that when something breaks we try to fix it (when did we ever decide that wasn’t a good idea?). Repair Cafes have been around for a few years (and are a not uncommon feature in Transition Towns) so we wondered how feasible it would be to set one up in Wilmslow. A group of us went to visit the Chorlton Repair Cafe this week to see how it works. It’s based in StitchedUp, a not for profit organisation that mostly runs sewing workshops and teaches ways of reusing material that would otherwise go to landfill. The monthly Repair Cafe brings together volunteer experts with people who need things repairing…and the idea is to show you how to repair things (more like a skill-share than a place where you just expect someone to fix something for you). There are clear house rules that cover aspects like safety, insurance etc, and they have helpfully provided a guide to setting up your own, which you can see online: https://stitchedup.coop/projects-repair-cafe-roadshow/
There are also repair cafes in Levenshulme and Salford, and plans for one in Stockport. We will put the contact details on our Community Connections page, and if you’d be interested in getting involved with a Repair Cafe in Wilmslow we’d love to hear from you!