We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us:
Jo Cox MP, murdered a year ago, was a passionate campaigner for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. A campaign was recently set up in her name to tackle the silent epidemic of loneliness, and in her memory, her family are supporting the Great Get Together Initiative (www.greatgettogether.org). On the weekend of 17/18 June, communities all over the country are holding events that bring people together in harmony and friendship.
Here in Wilmslow, Transition Wilmslow with the Wilmslow Quakers, Cycle Wilmslow and the Artisan Market, with support from Cheshire East Council, are celebrating with the red and white gingham Great Get Together theme. So come along to the Wilmslow GGT stall on Saturday 17th June at the Market (from 10am), say hello to your neighbours, have a selfie taken with our Wilmslow GGT team, follow us on twitter (@GGTWilmslow) and most importantly, join our GGT bike ride: fun for all the family, leaving from the Library at 2pm, registration from 1.45pm. Bring your bike!!
We do hope you can come along and join us any time during the day on the stall and certainly on our bike ride. It should be great fun! wear something red and white if you’d like.
We are looking for volunteers to help on the day or in advance, if you can help out we’d love to hear from you: contact us on the Transition Wilmslow email account.
We hope this will be a fun event to demonstrate that we are one community in Wilmslow: please do join us.
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!
We were honoured to host the founder of Transition Wilmslow last week… here’s what he wrote about his visit, complete with podcasts:
Rob’s talk to a packed room on election night… local artisan beer is more exciting than corporate imports.
The Brixton Pound: one of many examples of how a local currency has been adopted encourage local spending.
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.
Transition Wilmslow encourage you to attend the Lindow Singers 50th Anniversary Concert ‘Spirit of Lindow’ at Wilmslow United Reformed Church on the evening of Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm.
Poems, by local poets, about Lindow Moss, the Bollin Valley and Alderley Edge have been set to music by Sasha Johnson Manning and will be performed on the evening.
This performance promotes Wilmslow, its wider community and its natural surroundings – Transition Wilmslow’s aim too!
Read more: www.lindowsingers.org.uk/lsnewscomm.htm
Saturday 19, Sunday 20 October 2013
Chris and Philly Frankland invite anyone who would like to press apples to Hillside, Mill Lane, Ashley WA15 0RD on Saturday 19th from 10.00 ish to 5.00 ish and on Sunday 20th from 10.00 ish to 4.00ish.
If you would like to bring your own apples to press – feel free. If you don’t have many or any but would still like to join in, come along as we have more than enough for everyone.
You will need to bring plastic bottles for your juice. It freezes well.
We will provide everything else.
Following on from the successful strategy workshop in December which reviewed the overall aims and objectives of the landscape project, we are now proposing to get into the detail with some hands on work. At this workshop on 9th February we will draw on the full range of information from the desk study work that Jonathan Porter has assembled in the first stage of the project.
The objective is to produce a draft landscape character map for Wilmslow (including Handforth and Styal) covering both the built up area and the surrounding countryside. This will not only be a valuable template for our work in Transition, but will also help us in responding to the consultation on the Local Plan for Cheshire East.
We are keen to have input from anyone who wishes to contribute, irrespective of whether you have previously been involved, and would particularly like input from a cycling perspective.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available but we would ask if you could bring along a packed lunch as, due to the leisure centre rules, we are not able to provide any food in the meeting room. However you will be able to buy food at leisure centre cafe. The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm at Wilmslow Leisure centre.
Wilmslow will be hosting the January meeting on Monday 21st January 2013 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm. This is a great opportunity to network and find out what other groups are doing around Cheshire and further afield, please come along and give a warm Wilmslow welcome to our visitors. There will be a number of speakers at the meeting:
– Transition Wilmslow will give a presentation on their recent work.
– Simon Kention and Sarah Burns will be joining us from Community Action Groups in Oxfordshire. CAG is a network of over 50 local voluntary groups in Oxfordshire at the forefront of community led climate change action. They organise events and initiatives to raise awareness and take action on climate change issues including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues to live a more sustainable and less resource dependent life in their local community. The 3 members of the CAG support team provide hands-on, day to day help and advice for groups, and liaise with local and national government to ensure community responses to climate change are kept on the agenda. As the CAG Project Impact Modeller Sarah is working with a new community impact modelling tool which estimates the impact community led activities have on carbon and waste reductions, and the associated financial savings. Over the next year the project will involve collecting and inputting data from community groups into the model whilst testing its underlying assumptions, in order to produce a robust model that will help do what has not been done before and quantify the impact of community action.
– Mike Taylor from Congleton Sustainability Group will be sharing with us an exciting new project the Group launched in Congleton last year called Sustainable Living in Congleton.
– Peter Bulmer from Cheshire West & Chester Council will be discussing their Resilient Communities work.
Sandwiches and tea & coffee will be provided. The venue is The Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 1a Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD (next to Wilmslow Guild).