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.

Energy in the home

Before you read about the energy saving tips below…

…put Sunday 16th February in your diary as the day you will visit our Energy Group stall at Wilmslow Artisan Market off Grove Street from 10.00am.  Come and chat about energy issues and sign up for an energy survey to see where your home is leaking heat!

What’s happening in Lymm to address reducing energy consumption?  Hear & see local people talk about the changes they have made.

Low Carbon Lymm

Why did the Victorians wear lots of clothes at home? And why are you sitting at home in winter wearing thin clothing with the heating on high?

Simpler Ways to Stay Warm

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

TW Film Night Wednesday 3rd April

Transition Wilmslow welcomes you once again to a film night.  The venue is Wilmslow Library, Wednesday 3rd April 7.30pm.

This time we are showing two thought-provoking short films; ‘The Story of Stuff’ and ‘The Story of Change’.  Please join us for these viewings – it may just change forever the way you look at all the stuff in your life!  Discussion afterwards with tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Click here for more information Story of Stuff

Cheshire & Warrington Low Carbon Communities Meeting

Wilmslow will be hosting the January meeting on Monday 21st January 2013 at 6.30pm –  8.30pm.  This is a great opportunity to network and find out what other groups are doing around Cheshire and further afield, please come along and give a warm Wilmslow welcome to our visitors.   There will be a number of speakers at the meeting:

– Transition Wilmslow will give a presentation on their recent work.

– Simon Kention and Sarah Burns will be joining us from Community Action Groups in Oxfordshire.  CAG is a network of over 50 local voluntary groups in Oxfordshire at the forefront of community led climate change action. They organise events and initiatives to raise awareness and take action on climate change issues including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues to live a more sustainable and less resource dependent life in their local community.  The 3 members of the CAG support team provide hands-on, day to day help and advice for groups, and liaise with local and national government to ensure community responses to climate change are kept on the agenda. As the CAG Project Impact Modeller Sarah is working with a new community impact modelling tool which estimates the impact community led activities have on carbon and waste reductions, and the associated financial savings.  Over the next year the project will involve collecting and inputting data from community groups into the model whilst testing its underlying assumptions, in order to produce a robust model that will help do what has not been done before and quantify the impact of community action.

 – Mike Taylor from Congleton Sustainability Group will be sharing with us an exciting new project the Group launched in Congleton last year called Sustainable Living in Congleton.

  – Peter Bulmer from Cheshire West & Chester Council will be discussing their Resilient Communities work.

Sandwiches and tea & coffee will be provided. The venue is The Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 1a Bourne St, Wilmslow SK9 5HD (next to Wilmslow Guild).