Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2017


Monday, 20th February, 6 - 8pm
Homegrown Bananas Open Stage Session
Kirby Park Cafe, Sandy Lane (in the old village), West Kirby
Come and enjoy a cosy new venue! Join us from 6pm for an Open Stage Session of music, storytelling and more. All welcome, especially children and beginners just starting out in the performance world. 3 donation entry.

Tuesday, 21st Feb, 10.30am 4pm.
Hedgelaying skills share
Grange Community Park
You are invited to join Wirral Countryside volunteers, members of the Friends of Grange Community Park ( FroG) and TTWK to learn hedge laying skills.
As this is half term school holidays, families with children are also welcome to help with light maintenance work in the park and community orchard.
We meet at the end of the cul-de-sac of Somerset Rd, CH48 6EJ.
More information 0151 625 9974

Sat 25th February, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Markettwitter logofacebook logo
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food. This month we'll be joined by Britman Brewery. Based at Burton Manor, they make great beer the traditional way using simple natural ingredients - barley, hops, yeast and water - nothing else! www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Transition Town West Kirby Talks
West Kirby Arts Centre*, Brookfield Gardens
All talks start at 7pm.

TTWK Energy Group talk
Energy Talks
Friday, 3rd March
Dr Jenny Brown
The Consequences of Climate Change at the Coast.

Health and Well-Being Talks
Friday, 17th March
Claire Owens
Developing Emotional Resilience in Young People.... Best Foot Forward.


*There is no parking in Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road as it is a residential area with limited space. You can park in the Concourse car park, which is a 5 minute walk from WKAC. People with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre. Thank you. www.westkirbyartscentre.org.uk

Friday, 10th March, 3pm 8pm
Making Workshop and Mellow Yellow AGM
Making Space, 1 Coronation Buildings, Gilroy Road, West Kirby CH48 6DP
Join us for a making session followed by the Mellow Yellow AGM at 7:30pm. Donations welcome to cover costs.

Friday, 17th March at 10.30am
New Composter Trial
Wirral Environmental Network is looking for people willing to trial a new composter for garden and kitchen waste. It looks rather like a small traditional compost bin but is claimed to be smell free and rodent proof. As material in it breaks down it fertilises the surrounding soil as well as producing compost. A meeting for those interested in taking one free of charge to test in their garden or allotment is to be held at The Making Space, 1 Coronation Buildings, Gilroy Road, West Kirby CH48 6DP. The number of places and composters is limited, so if you wish to come along, please contact John Barnett (jpbarnett@talktalk.net). He would also like to hear from you if you wish to try out a composter but cannot attend the meeting.

Saturday, 25th March, 6 10pm
Transition Town West Kirby AGP
West Kirby Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens
Join us for the annual Transition Town West Kirby Annual General Party. Following the AGM business we will have some music from Strong Medicine and an acoustic session of Homegrown Bananas in the dark for Earth Hour (8:30pm 9:30pm). Come down for 5pm to help set up and from 6pm for the matters of business and music! Donations welcome to cover costs.
[Please do not park in Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road as it is a residential area with limited space. You can park in the Concourse car park, which is a 5 minute walk from WKAC. People with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre. Thank you.]

Incredible Edible Group


Incredible Edibles

An allotmenteer has retired and presented us with a small collection of fruit trees. These have been successfully transplanted to the Concourse where best of all, their former owner helped with planting and will keep an eye on them in their new home.
Meanwhile we are joining with Wirral Environmental Network to try out novel composting methods (more details above).

Community Orchard
The Friends of Grange Community Park and Incredible Edibles meet to maintain this orchard on the second Saturday afternoon and fourth Friday morning of every month.
Meet us at the Scout hut in Grange Cemetery- Lang Lane entrance.
Our next sessions are-
  • Friday 24th February from 10-11 a.m.
  • Saturday 11th March from 3-4 p.m.
  • Friday 24th March from 10-11 a.m.
  • Saturday 8th April from 10-11 a.m.
- meeting at the scout hut inside Grange cemetery, Lang Lane entrance. For more information ring 625 9974.

Flower of the month - Primula. After bad weather at this time of year they may be the only perennials in our planters to come between us and the bare earth. The faint but definite perfume is aromatic in baking, the traditional yellow primrose can be crystallized, maybe on your Simnel cake, floated in drinks or used to garnish a salad for a spring event.

A primrose curd has many uses such as a filling for meringues. In the past the flowers were crystallized right on the plant, and the children sent out to find "flower sweeties".

If you would like to join in with Incredible Edibles, please ring 07724 175779 or 625 9974.

Litter Picking Group


Please join us for monthly litter picking sessions around West Kirby. Each session is a 90 minute litter pick followed by a short meeting to hear where people want us to litter pick in the future.
The next litter picks are:
  • WEDNESDAY, 1st March, 9.15 a.m., Cemetery (Meet at Lang Lane Entrance)
  • TUESDAY, 14th March, 9.15 a.m., Grange War Memorial
  • TUESDAY, 28th March, 9.15 a.m., Mariner's Column Telegraph Road
  • TUESDAY, 25th April, 9.15 a.m., Gilroy Nature Reserve

West Kirby Drop In Centre


Tuesdays, 10.00am - 1.30pm.

United Reformed Church Hall, Meols Drive, West Kirby.
The Drop In meets every Tuesday morning throughout the year. Its aim is to provide a friendly meeting place where anybody can find a Welcome, a cuppa and a chat. Lunch is provided at 12 midday for anybody who wants it, cost 3. We occasionally arrange days out together to places of interest. Relaxation Massage sessions are available for a reasonable cost.
What people like about the Drop In is finding friendly familiar faces, a chance to socialise and meet people, good food and support if life gets difficult.

West Kirby Messenger


In case you want to support our community magazine and have a little spare time four times a year, we would welcome you to our crew!For more information or offers of help you can call 0151 625 9974 or email ttwk.food@gmail.com.

We also would like to hear from you, if you want to advertise your business / services. We try to keep advertising to a minimum but still need some revenue to cover printing costs for our not for profit venture.




Pictures from Wirral Earth Fest 10th September 2016
Abyssa drummers
grinding corn
sign and ttwk table

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November 2015
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk




February 2017 Round Up



The Earth is waking up, with lovely displays of snowdrops and crocuses and the odd daffodil to delight us. With that in mind we invite you to join us in marking Earth Hour (8:30 9:30pm) on 25th March at our Annual General Party, when there will be an acoustic Homegrown Bananas session in the dark! More details below.

We have had two fascinating talks this month. On Thursday, 2nd February, Lee Rollason of Dong Energy talked about the evolving offshore wind energy sector, using Burbo Bank Extension as a case study. On Friday, 17th February, Professor John Hunt talked us through the possibilities and challenges of using stem cells to regenerate diseased and damaged parts of our bodies, and the ethical and moral challenges of doing so.

On Friday, 10th February volunteers from Incredible Edibles planted four apple trees and two plum trees in the grassy spaces around the Concourse. Thanks everybody for helping plant them! Many thanks, especially, to Patricia for donating the trees, pruning and giving invaluable planting instructions. Thank you too to WBC apprentice Jacob (good at donging the stakes and a quick learner), and WBC Curly with the van for getting the trees and equipment down. And to WK Library for hosting us and our refreshments. Very good teamwork! We hope you enjoy the trees.


Who are we?



...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

Read more about Transition Town groups


What are our plans?



People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.


Contact us - stay informed



Principal contact: info@transitiontownwestkirby.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to be added to our email mailing list (we will not to release email addresses to anyone else).

If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.


West Kirby Farmers' Market



A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk


TTWK national allotment report



Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.


Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide



In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Downloads



Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

Download leaflet, recipes, fact sheets

Our Constitution


West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.


To measure your carbon footprint visit our own helpful calculator: www.carbonindependent.org