The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture

The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture, 10th October 2016

We had a full house for our very first Transition Wilmslow Lecture!

We thought an Annual Lecture  might be a way of appealing to a wider audience, demonstrating that Transition towns are not just about “green” issues but about sustainable communities in general. The Transition Network has set up a website “Reconomy” talking about different ways of thinking about the economy, and of course a number of Transition Towns (Lewes, Totnes, Brixton, Bristol, and even…at one point in history..Ambridge!) have their own currency. We invited Derek Whyte, Deputy CEO of Preston City Council, to talk about the work they have done with CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) in Manchester, and a European Consortium, to look at how they procure goods and services, and ways in which they can procure more locally. It was good to hear they have significantly increased their local procurement, with benefits for local businesses and jobs.

We were delighted to have an expert discussion panel, with Dominic Oakshott from CEC, Richard Jones who was Director of Social Services for Lancashire and now undertakes consultancy work in social care and the charitable sector, and Catherine Mackenzie, Chair of Wilmslow Business Group. Dominic told us that CEC have been working to get more local procurement, and are up to around 25%; Catherine pointed out the challenges for small businesses in negotiating procurement challenges (large companies may have groups of lawyers negotiating these which makes it difficult for small enterprises) and Richard pointed out the real problems in local authority funding at present which make any economic model difficult. There was a lively discussion with the audience  which, as always, raised more questions than it answered, but we agreed that there is a tension between local procurement and having processes in place to ensure fair tendering.  There were lots of positive comments from the audience so we’d like to organise another lecture for next year: any suggestions for speakers gratefully received!


Lindow Moss Dawn Walk: Report and photos

Lindow Moss is a site of immense archeological and ecological significance, and Transition Wilmslow is at the centre of an exciting venture to restore it as a place of recreation, exercise and learning for local people. As part of a series of events to raise awareness of the importance of the Moss, we had a Dawn walk on the 2nd August led by John Handley. As well as evocative readings about the Moss and Lindow Man, we joined the Wildwood seed group in their moving celebration of our Bog Ancestors, the people who lived and died on the Moss.

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Photographs from the Lindow Moss dawn walk taken by Chris Hill.

There’s more coverage of the anniversary of the discovery of Lindow Man (and our work) on And also a piece on the BBC website.

Next up is our Day School at Wilmslow Guild on 18th October! If you are interested in helping with the Lindow Moss work, please contact us.

Cheshire East’s Local Plan – TW Response

Cheshire East Council ran a consultation in April this year on their Local Plan Strategy Document submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Transition Wilmslow has participated in each consultation round and commented on updated versions of the Plan since its Vision for Wilmslow.

A summary of our latest comments can be found here.

TEDxManchester Sunday, 2 March 2014 What is it?

The TEDx programs operate at local level giving communities, organizations and individuals a platform to promote their ideas and stimulate dialogue.

One of the speakers is Pam Warhurst cofounder of Incredible Edible, an initiative started in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community, now gone global.

More about the event here  Follow it on the day, online live

What is the world – wide TED forum about?  Look here

Happy New Year!

What is Transition Wilmslow up to this year?

We already have quite a few events happening in January.

Join us for our first Film Night of the year:

Tuesday 28th January, 7.15 for 7.30 at our usual venue – upstairs room of Wilmslow Library.

We are showing a fast paced, quirky and fun feature length documentary called “EDIBLE CITY”. It is about the local good food movement that is taking root in San Francisco Bay and across the world, including here in Cheshire!

More information including trailers at

No charge, but donations to cover costs will, of course, be welcome!

We are busy with our Groups and Meetings too:

  • Lindow Moss Group is meeting on 7th January at 8pm Quaker Meeting House to discuss plans going forward

  • Green Drinks our social get together on 14th January from 8pm, usual venue – Coach & Four, Wilmslow

  • Steering Group meeting on 15th January at 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House.  Come along and help us plan our activities for the coming year

  • Energy Group meeting on the 16th January at 15 Hawthorn Lane at 7.30pm

For more information on all of the above, follow the link below:

January 2014 Events Newsletter

What did we do in 2013?

It was a busy year for Transition Wilmslow.  It’s all in the 2013 Round Up Newsletter

And also….

Introducing a new cinema concept in Macclesfield from Cinevangelist– see films for free!  Interested? You can find out more on our Film & Cinema Page

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

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!

The “Wilmslow Vision”

Posted by Andrew Blackhouse

Message from Christopher Dodson, Chairman of Wilmslow Trust and member of Wilmslow Town Council urging participation in the Wilmslow Vision Consultation.

Can I encourage you please to go to Wilmslow Leisure Centre before 30 April, look at the draft “Wilmslow Vision” and comment on it, and encourage any of your family or friends who live in Wilmslow to do likewise.

The document, which is deliberately provocative, sets out suggestions for what should happen in Wilmslow over the next 20 years, including the building of 1,500 more houses on one or more of several identified sites. (There are 9,500 houses in Wilmslow at the moment).

The “Wilmslow Vision” will form part of a plan for the whole of Cheshire East which will come into effect in 2014. All future planning applications in Wilmslow will be judged against this plan.

Although this is not mentioned in the “Wilmslow Vision” I believe that within the next month or so Cheshire East will also be seeking our views on a proposed major development near the centre of Wilmslow so please continue to keep your eyes and ears open and don’t succumb to “consultation fatigue”.

As I think Edmund Burke said, “all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”.

“Draft proposals for the future development of Wilmslow have now been published and are available to view here and those who care about the town’s future are being urged to have their say.

The public consultation for Wilmslow Vision, which opened at Wilmslow Leisure Centre on Friday, 30th March, sets out objectives and potential development opportunities as well as priorities for investment in the town’s infrastructure.

The people of Wilmslow are being encouraged to take a look at the draft Wilmslow Vision, which is an important document that will help shape the future development of the town for the next 20 years.

The Wilmslow Vision public exhibition will be available to view during normal opening hours at Wilmslow Leisure Centre until April 30th. Throughout this period the displays will be staffed by a mixture of Wilmslow Town Council members, Cheshire East Council officers, and representatives from consultants Broadway Malyan on the following dates:

  • Friday March 30th: 11am – 7pm
  • Saturday March 31st: 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday April 10th: 12 – 3pm
  • Wednesday April 18th: 2 – 5pm