Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Updates May 2014

Friday May 16th - Volunteering Day
Join us at the Apple Avenue, Gilroy Allotments and witness the RED BARROWS in the making!
Transition has arranged for 12 apprentices from Scottish Power, Hoylake to come for the day on 16th May to help with maintenance and protection of the apple tree avenue and spiral.
To show our appreciation for the young people, and to make it a celebratory community occasion, we would like as many as can make it, to bring along some food to share and maybe also help a little with the mulching, weeding and staking.
Come along any time between 10am and 3.30pm.
Some of us will be giving the final touches of paint to the Red Barrows which will star in the Festival of Firsts Festival on July 12th.

Incredible Edible Transition Town West Kirby
We now have two new edible sites in West Kirby centre.
We have been given permission and public funding by Wirral Borough Council to transform 1 of the big concrete Concourse planters and 1 unused bed at Sandlea Park.
For Sandlea Park we have had help from 7th West Kirby Brownies (who did all the planting!), support from the Soroptimists group who help with litter picking and the neighbouring social club, who are doing a great job with watering. The Brownies have written a message for all people who want to know more:
"There are potatoes, raspberries, currants, broad beans, peas, onion sets, salads,herbs, rhubarb and edible flowers. The Brownies have made a Brownie badge shape in the centre. They will grow marigolds there soon. The Brownies and Guides are celebrating the 100th Birthday of their foundation. They want you to know they are here in West Kirby and helping out in the community. Incredible Edible Transition Town West Kirby is planting areas in West Kirby with edible plants. If you want to use them, please do so. Please take care with the plants and leave some crops so others can enjoy them, too."

Incredible Edible dates for your diary:
The next Grange park orchard maintenance dates are as always every 2nd Saturday 3-4 pm and every 4th Friday: 10-11 am.
Therefore: Friday, 23rd May 10-11am and Saturday, 14th June 3-4 pm
Meet inside Black Horse Hill entrance of Grange cemetery at the fan- plum tree and find high vis. volunteers in the fields.

Next IE planning/ town maintenance session: Thursday 22nd May - start 1.30pm in West Kirby library.

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Local producers bringing local food - direct to you - Saturday 24th May 9am to 1pm

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Road CH48 5DE
We send out a monthly e-newsletter with a seasonal recipe, local food news, what's new at the market, special offers, and to remind you that it's market week. Take a look at last month's newsletter here - if you'd like to sign up to this drop us an email at

Homegrown Bananas
Thursday 29th May at Lattetude (Dee Lane) from 6pm to 8pm
Come along, bring a song or a poem if you want to take part, or just come along and enjoy the great community atmosphere.
Providing musicians, poets and other performers with opportunities to perform at various events.

Transition Free Press
You can read the recent issue of this online here . There's something for everyone, Including articles on community power schemes, local currencies, fracking, local food projects, education, technology and much, much more.

Rob Hopkins
Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement, gave a talk in West Kirby in June 2008.
Download his powerpoint presentation from here (12MB).

Listen to TTWK on 7 Waves Radio Community Hour

(broadcast 2008).
7 waves radio
( 80 Mb mp3 track - may take a few minutes to download.)

To get a grip on your carbon footprint visit our own helpful calculator:


Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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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.

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West Kirby Farmers' Market

A regular monthly Farmers' Market every 4th Saturday of the 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

FREE Adult Cycle Training and Maintenance

Organised by Merseyside Travelwise
Click here for more details.

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 Council launches CRed
CRed Wirral
This encourages residents and businesses to cut carbon emissions. There is a helpful website that includes news such as:
  • Help for community renewable energy projects
  • funding for tree planting
  • Green Schools Revolution
Why not sign up on the CRed website to make you own pledge to Wirral's Carbon Reduction campaign.

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

Sunday Bike Rides 8.30 am
Join a friendly group of intermediate cyclists on their weekly Sunday bike ride. They leave about 8.30 am from West Kirby, at the junction of Church Rd and the Prom. The ride lasts 4-5 hours, to destinations such as Delamere Forest, Cheshire plains, Mold and LLangollen. For more details tel Graham on 625 2246 or email