‘Wilmslow to Music’

Transition Wilmslow encourage you to attend the Lindow Singers 50th Anniversary Concert ‘Spirit of Lindow’ at Wilmslow United Reformed Church on the evening of Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Poems, by local poets, about Lindow Moss, the Bollin Valley and Alderley Edge have been set to music by Sasha Johnson Manning and will be performed on the evening.

This performance promotes Wilmslow, its wider community and its natural surroundings – Transition Wilmslow’s aim too!

Read more: www.lindowsingers.org.uk/lsnewscomm.htm

Plastic bag charge to be introduced in England!

This is good news!

The Break the Bag Habit coalition, which launched its campaign in August 2012, pressured the government for the introduction of a bag charge in England, as it’s good news for the environment.

The director of Campaigns and Communications at Keep Britain Tidy said last month, “This is a brilliant and significant victory for the work of the Break the Bag Habit coalition, the campaign led by four leading environmental charities – Keep Britain Tidy, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage. Proceeds from the charge, like in Wales where the measure already exists, are likely to be donated to environmental charities.”

Read more at http://tiny-url.org/miGIJ58H

Have YOU broken the Bag Habit?

“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.