Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2015

West Kirby Incredible Edibles
Although summer is over, work on our planters continues.

In conjunction with the Friends of Grange Community Park, the next maintenance sessions for the orchard in Grange Community Park are -
Friday 23rd October 10-11 a.m.
Saturday 14th November 3-4 p.m.

New Helpers are very welcome. We start at the main cemetery entrance on Black Horse Hill to care for the fan plum tree and then work our way round. If you come later, please look out for the high visibility vests.

The new outside tap for the Concourse planters has been installed. A big thank you to Helen Gallagher from WBC's community engagement team, who also helps with the watering.

If anyone has a spare hose or hose trolley they would like to get rid of, we could offer good use for it. Please contact 625 9974 if you would like to donate such items or even help with our planters.

Production is winding down in our planters and beds as the growing season ends. But before we pull them out, why not take some nasturtium flowers and leaves for-
  • Adding a peppery jolt to salads
  • Nasturtium pesto, using the leaves and stems, garlic, toasted pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan
  • Stuffing nasturtium flowers with cream cheese and herbs (also from planters)TTWK Lantern Workshops

Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade lantern workshops
Our annual Lantern Peace Parade is a month away and it's time to make a lantern! Whether you are a novice or an old hand at this craft there are a number of workshops in the day or evening to get your hands...sticky!
There will be lantern-making sessions at the following times. Please come and join us!
The Wirral Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens:
Fridays 16th/23rd/30th Oct 7-9pm and Wednesdays 21st Oct/ 4th Nov. 11am-1pm
The URC Church, Meols Drive:
Tuesdays 20th/27th Oct and 4th Nov. 10.30am-1pm
West Kirby Library:
Wednesday 28th Oct. 11am-2pm

Apple Avenue at Gilroy maintenance and planting sessions.
There are a few exciting developments coming up at Apple Avenue, to which you are invited, involving Mellow Yellow and Incredible Edible West Kirby:
22nd October
Apple tree maintenance session followed by the installation of a sculpture in memory of Simon Wallis, 'Mr Bike-it'. There will be a stillness exercise at 12.30pm followed by a shared lunch and some ground-work at 1.30pm.
18th November:
Preparation for tree planting
21st November:
Planting Day. A stillness exercise at 10.30am will be followed music, shared lunch and planting.

West Kirby Farmers' MarketWest Kirby Farmers' Market
Saturday, 24th October, 9am to 1pm
30 stalls. Fresh local fish & meat, cheese & eggs, seasonal fruit & veg, cakes & bakes, and lots more. Sold to you by the producer. On the 4th Saturday of every month - you can subscribe to a monthly email if you need a little reminder! (email
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, CH48 5DN. Free entry.

Reflective walk to Hilbre Island
Saturday, 24th October
Join us for a reflective walk to Hilbre Island. Meet at the slipway by the Sailing School at 12noon to leave at 12:15. Bring lunch to share. We'll return about 3pm.

Fungus Foray
Sunday 25th October 10.30am - 2pm (approx)
A guided walk with herbalist Jesper Launder.
Discover the fungi on Caldy Hill and find out what's edible and what's not. Followed by mushrooms on toast! Suggested donation of 12.50 per head to cover costs. Numbers limited, so early booking advised.
Contact or 625 0608.Baked Alaska

Monday, 2nd November, 7.30pm
Baked Alaska - Time to Change the Temperature

Towards the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris and beyond, from the Riding Lights Theatre Company
Vivid, sharp and deliciously entertaining, BAKED ALASKA serves up the realities of climate change with flair and clarity about the temperatures involved. In the high-energy, seriously funny style for which Riding Lights is well known, BAKED ALASKA is something we can all look forward to... unless we do something about it. Extra-ordinary theatre for these extraordinary times.
Hoylake Chapel, Station Road, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 4AA. Tickets: 12 / 9 (concessions) / 7.50 (under 18s in groups of 8+) Box Office: 01904 613000 / 0151 678 6201 or online:

Friday, 6th November, 7.00pm
Solar Electricity
A talk by Professor Ken Durose, Director of Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.
TTWK Energy Group Lecture Series on Energy & Climate Change. Free entry, donation to cover costs welcome.
Venue: Wirral Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, CH48 4EL. For more details visit the Energy Group website or email (Please note there is no parking available on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. We recommend that all visitors driving to the Centre park at the West Kirby Concourse. People with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Arts Centre before the car is parked elsewhere.)

Saturday, 7th November 2015, 5-7pmTravelling Light
Homegrown Bananas at Lattetude

Homegrown Bananas starts again with an event encouraging younger performers to share a song, story or poem in addition to a focus on inter-generational appreciation in the spirit of honouring our elders.
Homegrown Bananas will also feature as part of the Christmas Market at West Kirby Library on Saturday, 7th December.

Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade
Wednesday, 11th November
Meet 5.30pm at Coronation Gardens, West Kirby
Our annual lantern parade for all the family to celebrate peace and sharing. Bring a lantern or a light. We will walk down the Prom to the beach where we will share St Martin's biscuits, a drink and music by firelight. We will let you know of lantern workshops as we lead up to the parade.

Sunday 29th of November, 7:00am
Wirral Earth Fest Climate Change Walk

Mellow Yellow and many other groups will be joining the Wirral Earth Fest Climate Change Walk as part of the many global walks being staged prior to the UN Climate Change talks in Paris the next day. See the following:

Friday, 4th December, 7.00pm.
Christmas Cake, Muesli and Hovering Helicopters (What is Energy and Carbon Footprints in the Sand)
Gareth Padfield and Margaret Campbell will be hosting.
TTWK Energy Group Lecture Series on Energy & Climate Change. Free entry, donation to cover costs welcome.
Venue: Wirral Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, CH48 4EL. For more details visit the Energy Group website or email (Please note there is no parking available on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. We recommend that all visitors driving to the Centre park at the West Kirby Concourse. People with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Arts Centre before the car is parked elsewhere.)

October 2015 News

It has been a month since the third Wirral Earth Fest at St Bridget's Church, Centre and fields, 11th and 12th September, in partnership with St Bridget's. Yet again we were blessed with sunshine on the Saturday (eventually) and the fields, Centre and Church were busy with people enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and community of the festival. Thank you to everyone who took part, came to visit and to the volunteers who were wonderful in helping us out on the day. You helped to create another warm festival that we continue to cherish. So much so that we plan to keep the Earth Fest momentum going with a number of Earth Fest inspired events throughout the next 12 months. The first of which will be a walk to Hilbre Island on the 29th November to coincide with the UN Climate Change talks in Paris (see Events & Activities, left, for more details).

We were very fortunate this year to have John Ashton, climate change activist and former UK Government special adviser for climate change, as our key note speaker at Earth Fest Launch night. John did a fascinating talk combining poetry, personal reminiscences, his key messages about climate change and extolling us all to find our own authentic voice. He also made himself available for a Q&A session at the TTWK Energy Group on Thursday, 10th September, an event that was very well attended and led to some thoughtful discussions about climate change issues. John was also to be seen wandering around the festival on Saturday and we are very grateful to him for the time he gave to us and our event. Thanks also go to Operation Lightfoot and The Kirk Owls for their contributions to the Earth Fest Opening night and Saturday festival. Both groups performed original compositions at the launch night inspired by Hilbre Island and the Dee Estuary. Operation Lightfoot also took inspiration from St Bridget and the Kirk Owls included a poem by local writer Lisa Brown, read by the writer and set to music by the Kirk Owls and sung by a local choir.

Other highlights since our last newsletter include another excellent performance by Mikron Touring Company at Gilroy Road Allotments. This year's play was a very funny yet poignant potted history of the Women's Institute. Close to 100 people came out to join us on a lovely sunny afternoon.

The most recent Energy Group meeting was on Tidal Power, a talk by Professor Richard Burrows. This was another well attended and informative talk. Look out for the next talk on the 6th November.

After a relatively quiet month, things are hotting up again in the TTWK camp. We have lots of activities coming up over the next few weeks. Please make sure you read down to the end of the list and we hope you will find something that you will want to join in with. It is, of course, the lead up to and event of our annual Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade. Make a lantern and join us on the 11th November. It's a great night for all the family.

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.

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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 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

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