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

How to Prune Fruit Trees

A great opportunity to learn more about pruning fruit trees – and it’s entirely free!

Come along to the orchard in Meriton Park, Handforth on Saturday, 21st Jan, 2017 from 10-11am for some advice and ‘hands-on’ practice organised by Transition Wilmslow.

Access from the gate behind Handforth Paddock and walk to the far end of the Park to meet up. Secateurs optional. Sensible footwear and warm clothing recommended.

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

 

Green Infrastructure Plan Published

This important document, Making the Transition: A Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow and Handforth, was rolled out to the public at the Artisan Market on Saturday 18 May.

Despite it being a cold day, the interest displayed was encouraging and many people stopped at our stall to hear more. Transition Wilmslow’s Environment & Planning Group were especially pleased that the Manchester University students – Jake, Becky, Simon and Matt – who had researched and written the report for their MSc course, were on hand to explain their project.

The report highlights how important our gardens are in making the area a green and pleasant place and additionally underlines their role in protecting against climate change, so we handed out a leaflet Top Tips for Wildlife Gardening giving information on capitalising on this asset and encouraging wildlife in our gardens.

Click the link for more information and to read the full report http://wp.me/P2mX4O-dg

Public Launch: a green plan for Wilmslow & Handforth!

Visit us at Wilmslow Artisan Market Saturday 18th May.  At our usual spot on Grove Avenue we will be launching ‘Making the Transition; a Green Infrastructure Plan for Wilmslow‘.  Manchester University students have completed their audit of local green spaces and made recommendations on how we can capitalise on and develop our green infrastucture.  This is a really important document that can make a significant impact on future plans for Wilmslow and Handforth.  Come along and find out what it’s all about!

“Share a Skill Coffee Morning” Saturday, 11th May, 10am – 12noon at St Chads Church, Handforth

Can you bake bread? Knit simple things? Make paper plant pots? Mend a hole in a pipe? Service your bike? Sew a patch or make a quilt?

Come along and have a go at some of the above to save money, develop skills, and have fun too.

We want people to work as a community, to do more to be sustainable in all sorts of ways, and to reuse rather than throw away. It’s been a challenge to think of what simple things we’d like to know and to find people who might share them on a Saturday morning, but we know people across Wilmslow, and Handforth, might appreciate the chance. Most of us seem to fail to ride that rusty bike parked outside, would love to reuse some old fabric, or learn to make something instead of buying a cheap but not good ready meal. If this works, watch out Wilmslow!

There will be a small charge – £2 for coffee, biscuits, and all the above activities, free for children with parent.

TW Film Night “The Economics of Happiness” Wed 6th March

The-Economics-of-Happiness-1-300x220Award winning documentary the Economics of Happiness is getting its Wilmslow premiere at an event at the Wilmslow Library on Wednesday 6 March at 7:30pm.

The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalisation and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future.

Both hard-hitting and inspiring, ‘The Economics of Happiness’ demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already engaged in building a better world. The film shows that countless people are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.

The hour-long documentary features stunning images, as well as a powerful chorus of voices calling for systemic economic change, including Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, and Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile. The screening will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for discussion.

The Economics of Happiness is a project of the International Society for Ecoology and Culture. It has received widespread acclaim and has won several awards, including best in show at the 2011 Cinema Verde Film Festival. Renowned eco philosopher and author Joanna Macy said: “It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as ‘The Economics of Happiness.’ This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering – stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localisation movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalisation, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.”

Entrance to the event is free, but donations to Transition Wilmslow to help cover costs and fund future events will be very welcome.