#12MonthlyChallenges

October is Harvest month: Sustainable food choices

How did you get on with cutting down on car journeys?  Incidentally, October is walk to school month, so keep going!

In October we celebrate harvest so what better topic for our monthly challenge than food and our choices in that regard.  Check out our October challenge here.

And it’s not too late to vote!

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!

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!)

 

Dirt! The Movie!

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Continuing Transition Wilmslow’s film series

Tuesday 25th March 7.30 Wilmslow Library

 “Floods, drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

‘Dirt! The Movie’ takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. ‘Dirt! The Movie’ will make you want to get dirty!

Watch the trailer

Film Night

Edible City: Inspirational Film

Tues 28 January: the film showed how San Francisco Bay residents are growing food in urban areas;  Bringing healthy and accessible fresh produce to the inner city.  Much ‘food for thought’ in this film!

Closer to home we can be inspired by

  • Food4MaccDirect   – great local food from over 30 different producers and farmers

  • Incredible Edible Wilmslow replanting unloved plots in Wilmslow town centre with herbs, fruit and vegetables for everyone to enjoy

  • And of course our own Food Group – rounding up a successful year

Food Banks continue to feature in the news.  Wilmslow is no exception in having families and individuals who find themselves in financial difficulty.

Food Friend welcome your help with this: buy a few extra food items when you shop and hand them in to Wilmslow Parish Church.

Invitation to Apple Pressing

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.

A Sunshine Show!

Wilmslow Show Sunday 14 July

We were there!  What a fantastic day for the 101st Wilmslow Show.  Lots of happy people enjoying the sunshine.

We had lots of visitors to our stall.  Children planted bean seeds in pots they made from strips of newspaper. What better way to promote the great taste of home-grown fresh produce than to raffle two hampers filled mainly with veggies picked from our Community Garden at ‘The Temp, Gravel Lane, Wilmslow.

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Transition's Stall

Transition Wilmslow Stall

What you could have won!

What you could have won!

Down at the veggie garden….

our veggies are growing – and we are adding more; leeks, beans,, beetroot, celery, radishes and lots more!  The fruit trees are in blossom.

Come and see for yourself.  Gravel Lane Wilmslow between Cottage Grove and Beechfield Avenue.

Community Garden planted out!

Saturday 27th April saw the completion of the first stage of planting out the Community Vegetable Garden at ‘The Temp’, Gravel Lane.  Many thanks to all who came along to help, swap seeds/seedlings and chat to us about vegetable growing.  We were pleased that Local Councillors paid us a visit immediately after they had officially opened the new swings in the park, adjacent to the Garden.

Take a look at the photo slideshow.  Why not go along to the Temp to see for yourself?  Try out the uniquely shaped log bench seat!

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