Lindow Moss Exhibition

Thanks to all who voted for us in our bid to win funding in the Skipton Building Society’s ‘Grass Roots Giving’ community programme. We were successful!

We are grateful to Skipton’s generosity, enabling us to follow up the successful Lindow Moss Day School at Wilmslow Guild with an exhibition at Wilmslow Library. This is showing on the gallery during Library opening hours until Saturday 31 January 2015.

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The exhibition launches Transition Wilmslow’s ‘A New Vision for Lindow Moss, highlighting its historic and environmental importance.

It is one of the most significant peatland landscapes in Britain, yet it remains abused, neglected and officially unrecognised. Transition Wilmslow and our partners are coming together as the Lindow Moss Partnership, and creating a vision to restore, conserve, and celebrate this unique landscape.

Why not take a break from your shopping, enjoy the warmth of Wilmslow Library and learn more about Transition Wilmslow and our Vision for Lindow Moss!

See the report on the Day School at http://tinyurl.com/ofue6fu

Wilmslow Library opening times here http://tinyurl.com/prlqesp

We Want Your Vote For Wilmslow!

 Two Wilmslow groups shortlisted for community funding

Great news!  Skipton Building Society ‘Grassroots Giving Campaign’ have 161 grants of £500 each for projects that enhance local communities – and Transition Wilmslow and Wilmslow Community Archaeology have been shortlisted for entry into the final voting stage!

Voting opened on 1st September and runs until mid October.  You can vote for any of the shortlisted projects by clicking on http://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/ and see the amazing work going on across the country.  Vote for both of the Wilmslow contenders and you will be supporting their work to improve our local environment.

If successful, we at Transition Wilmslow would use the funding to help local people understand more about the amazing landscape on their doorstep, in particular Lindow Moss, an area of exceptional archaeological and ecological significance. The funds would help to pay for a mobile exhibition of photographs with explanatory text that could tour schools, churches and community spaces. This would support a campaign to restore the moss, to protect the landscape, provide access for walkers, cyclists and those with disabilities, and provide an educational resource and a green lung for Wilmslow. Transition Wilmslow have already held a workshop for interested groups, and had a very successful Dawn walk on 2nd August with more than 40 local people to celebrate the discovery of the body of Lindow Man.

Vote for Transition Wilmslow on http://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/whos-applying/north-west/transition-wilmslow/.

Thank you!

Also why not book your place on the Day School ‘Lindow Moss: Origins and Future Prospects’ at the Wilmslow Guild with Professor John Handley, Saturday, 18 October 2014?  For more information and booking details see page 62 of the Wilmslow Guild Prospectus

12 Monthly Challenges

Our monthly challenges have begun!

Join us each month on a new challenge, a year-long journey towards a more sustainable way of life.  We are more than half way through June with the WWW challenge: Why Waste Water?  Check out our simple water saving tips, and send in your stories and anecdotes.  And keep it up!  Next month, it’s the first part of a Rubbish Diet: reduce food waste!

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Successful ‘Big Weekend’

Thanks to all who came to our Skills Share Event Saturday 14 June and learned how to knit, do patchwork, make herb tea, make raised beds for growing vegetables, pedalled the bike to power a blender to make smoothies, drank tea, ate homemade cakes…and much much more.  Look out for our next Skills Share event later in the year.

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The following day Transition Wilmslow was out again, this time at the Wilmslow Artisan Market.  The main feature was the family bike ride, setting off from our stall with 25 cyclists participating in the eight mile route, taking in the new multi-use path through The Carrs.  The pedal powered smoothie maker was once again a crowd puller.  Thanks to Wilmslow Sainsbury’s for providing the fruit on both days.

The smoothie maker will be making another appearance at our stall at the Wilmslow Show, Sunday 13 July.

See you then!

Transition Wilmslow’s Big Weekend!

We kick off on Saturday 14th June with a Skills Share Event.

Come to Wilmslow Methodist Church on Water Lane between 1.30 and 3.30pm and learn life skills such as bike maintenance, re-using materials, building compost heaps, and making cordial.  Bring old jeans for special crafts, and clear out unwanted wearable clothes to raise funds.  Children’s activities include scarecrow making for Transition Wilmslow.

There will be a charge for teas and cakes, but we will be giving away the recipes so you can bake them at home!

And…..try pedalling our bike powered smoothie maker! Skill share June 2014

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There’s more!

Transition Wilmslow once more have a stall at the Artisan Market. Visit us on Grove Avenue Sunday 15 June from 10am – 4.00pm. The pedal-powered smoothie maker will be making another appearance.

Family Bike Ride

Still in the bike theme, we have a family bike ride leaving from the stall at 1.30pm so make sure you register from 1.00pm. The route will take in the new path at the Carrs. Enjoy handmade cakes at the Transition Wilmslow stall on return!

 

 

 

Seedy Saturday Success!

Seed & Seedling Swap Event 26 April 2014

Despite all our anxieties about the weather the sun shone on Saturday morning and the stiff breeze just added to the fun of getting the Gazebos up!

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We were delighted with the number of families who came along and a great time was had by all. The “Welly Hurling” was a great hit with the children and kept them busy all morning. When they were taking a rest from that they planted up the raised beds with a selection of veg plants under the direction of Garry Olson or with Chris Frankland’s help practised the art of log stacking.

While the children were busy the adults were able to concentrate on the serious business of swopping plants and seeds, gardening experience and much else.

As always the home made cakes went down very well and we were able to have hot spiced apple juice using the swedish candles supplied by Chris to heat it.

We were very grateful to Primrose Cottage Nursery for bringing along a selection of plants to sell and giving advice on gardening matters.

Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes, plants, seeds, time, effort, and to all who came to support us in making the morning so enjoyable.

Film Night Tonight

We are showing the Film ‘No Impact Man’ at Wilmslow Library, Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 7.30pm.  (Suggested donation for tea & cake – £2.00)

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No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem?? Can Colin Beavan and his family do this?

See the trailer here

(warning: colourful language!)

 

Anything but a Bog Standard Landscape…

A New Vision for Lindow Moss

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On Thursday 3rd April, Transition Wilmslow hosted a workshop to bring people together and discuss a new way forward for Lindow Moss.  Over 50 people attended, from local councillors, to English Heritage, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Manchester Museum, Environment Agency, and other interested parties.

Professor John Handley talked about the formation of the Moss (a much bigger area than that known as Lindow Common), and how the exploitation of the peat for fuel from the Middle Ages onwards created distinctive field boundaries called moss ‘rooms’. He described it as “one of the best preserved landscapes of its type in Britain and yet, astonishingly, it is not protected by designation of any kind.”

Tony Evans, Chair of the Saltersley Common Preservation Society (covering Lindow Moss), also addressed the group.  We heard about the apparent infringements of the planning conditions by the peat extraction companies, leading to a lowering of the water table, and effects including near-disappearance of wildlife such as water voles, and subsidence of houses in the area.

Groups looked at education, landscape restoration and heritage, access and usage, and ecology to identify possible steps to restore the Moss and were reminded that this year is the 30th anniversary of the finding of Lindow Man. The building buzzed with lively conversation.

The participants agreed a New Vision for Lindow Moss and that we would try to work collaboratively to bring about the project.

For Transition Wilmslow, the project brings together many of the strands that they are about: local community, biodiversity, food, education, carbon, resilience and legacy for future generations.  For more information please visit the Lindow Moss pages.