What’s happening locally?

A Show: ‘Baked Alaska’

About climate change

Commissioned by Christian Aid and others to promote awareness of the effects of global warming, it is to be performed by Riding Lights Theatre Company of York in over 40 towns nationwide.
“The sketches and stories are based on the lives of real people struggling with the effects of man-made climate change. The cast’s comedic antics deliver this important message through satire and metaphor with both humour and impact.”

“It seems incongruous to call a show about climate change fun, but Baked Alaska is.

More information here  See this show locally at:

Alderley Edge Methodist Church, Chapel Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7DU. Monday 19 October 2015

St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, Brownley Road, Wythenshawe, M22 0DW. Friday 13 November 2015

Both performances start at 7.30pm

A Film: ‘Growth Busters’

The first of Transition Wilmslow’s 2015-2016 film season

A film exploring the forces that fuel our worship of growth everlasting!

It tackles millionaire real estate developers enriched by public growth subsidies and economists who spin pro-growth propaganda.

More information and links to the trailer on our Film & Cinema section

Friends Meeting House, 1a Bourne St, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD

Thursday 29 October 2015, 7pm for tea and cake, 7.30pm showing, £2 admission

 

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20’s Plenty and Safer Roads Petition – Relaunched!

Getting petitions distributed and signed is a piece of cake in comparison with 2012!

Hopefully attitudes have also come round with people realizing how important this is for our quality of life: we want our roads to be and feel a whole load safer in order to encourage more walking and cycling around our town.

So join us by signing this petition, which gives an example of just how dangerous even our smallest residential roads can be and how fearful we’ve become as a result… I should add that the events and people described here are real and have not been invented…

Thank you!

WSR Petition

 

September’s Challenge is in!

How did you get on with “plastic free”? Email us now to tell us your experience!

walking and cyclingIt’s time for our new challenge…  This month, as it’s back to school, we decided on looking at our travel choices so September is all about getting around.  See if you can make a difference by walking, cycling and using public transport more, and cut your car journeys by 50% this month.

#12MonthlyChallenges

Happy travels!

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!

Smooth Weekend

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!

 

 

 

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.

Transport News

Great news about the Government’s planned investment in making cycling safer and more accessible in Greater Manchester.

Our council could make it safer for our community too by spending as little as £2-3 per head in introducing 20 mph limits.  We have over 150 signatures in Wilmslow so far in support of this – without leafleting!

If you haven’t done so already please sign the petition at:

20’s plenty for Wilmslow

Also, see Gorsey Bank’s travel survey results.  We would love to hear from other schools and institutions about their travel habits and needs – do get in touch!

Don’t forget our next family bike ride at the September Artisan market!

20's plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride

20’s plenty cupcakes at the family bike ride