Transition Wilmslow Goes Foraging!

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James Wood from Totally Wild Foraging took us on a Foraging walk in The Carrs on 21st May. We tasted grasses, yarrow, daisies, hogweed seeds and stems, knotweed and hawthorn flower, and talked about rose bay willow herb asparagus. We learned what to do with elderflowers and elderberries when they are available, and ended up with a fantastic picnic of nettle soup which even the youngest children really enjoyed! Who knew what delicious treats there are hidden in The Carrs! James’s Cookbook, for those who are interested, (The Foragers Cookbook) is available on Amazon, and his blog is a great source of seasonal tips.

Join us with James on a Mushroom Day on November 4th: details will be on the website in due course.

 

The Great Wilmslow Get Together and Bike Ride!

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.

Pruning Workshop

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We were pleased to have 18 ‘budding’ tree pruners at our workshop on Saturday 21 January 2017 at the Transition Wilmslow Orchard in Meriton Park Handforth.  Thanks to hands-on instruction from Gavin and Chris, attenders gained confidence to try the skill for themselves.  Result? All the apple trees were pruned sucessfully (the plum trees must be left until later in the spring).  Thanks to all who turned up.

If you missed this session and would like to have an opportunity to practice, Mobberley Community Orchard Group invite you to join a work party at Fieldside Close, Mobberley on Saturday 4 February 2017 from 8am til noon.  More information from Nick Eadie 01565 872306

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!

 

Rainbows on the Moss!

Thank you to Lindow Rainbows and their leaders who joined Transition Wilmslow on a special Lindow Moss Walk on 5th July 2016

We were blessed with evening sunshine and discussed how you work out the age of a tree, squeezed water out of moss, looked at sundew plants and enjoyed splashing about in the mud. This seems a great way to let children know a bit more about the wonderful heritage on their doorstep and we are hoping to do more walks with groups of youngsters in the autumn.  Contact us for more information here

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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

Transitioners Down Under!

News from a Wilmslow Transitioner now living in Western Australia

Living smart

Transition is really taking off in Australia.  Of course they have very similar problems to those in the UK but there are some stark differences too:

  • the weather – it’s a lot hotter and good for generating solar power
  • there’s a lot less water – months of no rain and bush fire problems
  • the soils here, particularly here in Western Australia are very poor, in fact Perth is really one big sand dune
  • it’s BIG so things are very spread out and people drive a lot more

The Living Smart Programme

The whole idea started out in Fremantle 2002.

The Living Smart course is a 7 week affair (3 hours every Tuesday evening) consisting of ten key modules:  Water     Power    Waste    Simple Living    Gardening for Food     Transport   Healthy You    Gardening for Biodiversity   Healthy Homes    Community

It’s about training people to understand what can make the difference to living sustainably. Importantly, it includes behavioural change techniques that provide participants with the skills and knowledge to take action in their own homes to improve their quality of life and reduce their environmental impact – so critical to getting more of what people learn in the course implemented.  See more at the Living Smart Website

Here is Marianne’s account of one of the sessions.

Tonight we did a great ice breaker – called “Sustainability Bingo” where we had to find people who did something in each of the categories (these were things like “use your own shopping bags” “cycle to work or shops” “drive a small economical car” etc.).  Then we were asked in small groups to declare why we were there (and write it down) and then assess which things individuals in the group had in common.  This was followed by an interesting discussion about behavioural change and how important goal setting is (a way of talking to your subconscious as well as a way of recognising and breaking down barriers to change).  The course involved being very hands on with lots of activities, tonight mostly focused on what we wanted to know, why we were interested and the behavioural change stuff.

We hope to bring you more news from Marianne soon.