Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2015


West Kirby Incredible Edible
Our Incredible Edible team have kept up our planting, sowing and weeding around the village, and the fruit trees in the new planters outside the Library are flourishing. We harvested our first delicious cherries from the tree in the big planter at the Concourse a few weeks ago. It is good to know that others are making use of our fruit and vegetables, such as the peas and beans at Sandlea West Kirby Farmers' MarketPark, as they are there for all to enjoy.

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Saturday, 22nd Aug, 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 ttwk.food@gmail.com)
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, CH48 5DN. Free entry.
www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

TTWK Energy Group - Lecture Series on Energy & Climate Change

The TTWK Energy Group is hosting a series of talks over the coming months:
Love where you live
  • A discussion evening with John Ashton - Thursday, 10th September, 7.00pm. An evening with John Ashton (Climate Change Diplomat and Negotiator), prior to his performance at the Earth Fest opening night. Tickets 6.00 (limited numbers so please book early to avoid disappointment), available from the www.wirralartscentre.org or Lattetude Café West Kirby.
  • Could the Dee provide sustainable tidal energy? - Friday, 9th October, 7.00pm. Professor Richard Burrows will be speaking on Tidal Power. Free entry.
  • Solar Electricity - Friday, 6th November, 7.00pm. A talk by Professor Ken Durose, Director of Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. Free entry
  • Christmas Cake, Muesli and Hovering Helicopters (What is Energy and Carbon Footprints in the Sand) - Friday, 4th December, 7.00pm. Gareth Padfield and Margaret Campbell will be hosting. Free entry.

All talks will take place at Wirral Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, CH48 4EL. For more details visit the Energy Group website www.ttwk-energy.com or email ttwk.energy@gmail.com. (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.)

WIRRAL EARTH FEST - Love where you live



TTWK and St Bridget's Church come together bring you the third Wirral Earth Fest. The theme of this year's festival is "Love where you live". We hope to inspire visitors to the festival to deepen their commitment to the place where they live, its community and natural environment, and to this stunning planet that we all live on. Matt Thomas did a lovely little film of last year's event.

Earth Fest Launch Night: Friday, 11th September, 7pm
At St. Bridget's Church, West Kirby

The festival launch event introduces two Love where you livenewly composed, bespoke pieces of music and a very special talk/performance by our invited speaker, John Ashton, the former UK government special advisor for climate change.

Many of John's talks can be seen on YouTube where he displays a considerable knowledge of world energy and environmental issues and the intergovernmental responses to them. The Energy Group evening with John on the 10th September will be an opportunity to explore some of these issues with him. However, he has been moving towards other forms of communication that uses the arts as a means to enlighten and change hearts and minds in the face of these global challenges. John is developing a new piece for our festival and we are honoured to have him with us.

The new music compositions are inspired by Hilbre Island. Liverpool/Chester based multi-media arts collective Operation Lightfoot will be joining us for the second year running. This year they will lead us across the sands with their composition 'Far from the Shore'. Local New Folk duo, The Kirk Owls, will present their own tribute to the Dee Estuary and Hilbre Island, 'Sketches.'

Tickets 6, from Eventbrite, or for local ticket sales call: 0151 625 4109

Festival Day: Saturday, 12th September 11am - 5pm

A day of local music & street theatre, food Wirral Earth Fest& real ale, stalls & activities, storytelling and magic... the festival will take place at St Bridget's Church, Centre and Fields.
Entry is free, although we would welcome a donation to help us cover costs.

Highlights this year include a sizeable camp of Scouts and Guides, Tam O'Shanters Urban Farm with some of their animals and volunteer team, the Rangers from Dibbinsdale promoting forest skills and crafts, woodcarving, pop-up storytelling and performances, musical and non-musical, over two stages and in the Church. A specially commissioned 'Commitment Tree' made by Dibbinsdale folk, and local artist Marko Müller, will challenge us to make a small change in our daily lives for the good of others and the environment.

This year we are aiming to make the festival the greenest so far, with a specific recycling area, non-bottled water and compostable "plastic" cups. We hope you will support us in this by using the bins provided.

To keep up with Wirral Earth Fest activities see our Facebook page.

Other dates for your diaries:

Theatre on the Plot
Raising Agents
with Mikron Touring Company
Sunday 27th September 1pm
Raising Agents - 100 years of the Women's Institute
Bunnington WI is a bit down-at-heel. Dwindling membership means they can barely afford the hall, let alone a decent speaker. So when a PR guru becomes a member, the women are glad of new blood. Initially...
Gilroy Community Allotment Site
Gilroy Rd CH48 6DG.
Bring a garden chair!
Suggested donation 12/10 concessions.
ttwk.food@gmail.com - 625 0608.
www.mikron.org.uk

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 12 to leave at 12:15. Bring lunch to share. We'll return about 3pm.
Travelling Light
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 ttwk.food@gmail.com or 625 0608.

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.





August 2015 News


Take a look at our new TTWK Energy Group Blog www.ttwk-energy.com

We've had a busy time of late. In addition to our involvement in the Farmers' Market, Apple Avenue maintenance and leading a reflective walk to Hilbre Island, we've had a number of activities in collaboration with the Wirral Festival of Firsts (FoF) and the Wirral Arts Centre.

The Wirral Arts Centre hosted Storyfest, a Mellow Yellow event that celebrated the art of storytelling, 21st - 30th June. In three storytelling workshops led by Andy Johnson, a regular at Homegrown Bananas events, and Tom Goodale, the workshop participants learned how to identify the "bones" of a story and how to construct "flesh" around those bones to develop their own telling of a tale. Andy, Tom and workshop participants then had the chance to tell their stories to an audience at an evening event as part of FoF on 30th June. Supported by the jaunty songs and music of medieval band, Maranella, I can attest to the fact that it was a truly frightening but brilliant experience.

We had three Homegrown Bananas (HgB) events in conjunction with FoF in June and July. As part of Sounds by the Sea on 27th June we had a HgB open mike session and bike decorating workshop at West Kirby Library. On 4th July, the HgB team helped to organise the Big Seaside Sing Song at the Wirral Arts Centre. As the name suggests, this was an opportunity for the audience to blow the sand out of their lungs by joining in with songs performed live on the night. Finally, on 12th July, HgB ventured to Hoylake for the first time, hosting an open mike session on the Prom as part of the FoF Art on the Prom day. We were all delighted and moved when two very brave children read the poems they had written for their mother.

Saturday, 4th July saw the second Festi-Velo, a bicycle parade organised by TTWK and FoF. This year nearly 200 cyclists joined the parade, up from the 130 cyclists that joined in last year. The Festi-Velo parade started at Coronation Gardens in West Kirby and rode to Goose Green in Meols, drummers marking their passage down Banks Road. Lettie's exquisitely decorated (entirely from recycled materials), sea themed bike sadly didn't win the best dressed bike prize, but did leave her with a bit of a damp bottom! The prize went to Andrew and Family for their Earth Fest themed rickshaw.

Finally, on 17th July the newly formed TTWK Energy Group hosted their first talk, held at Wirral Arts Centre. Professor Dennis Hall talked to the title "Fracking: The facts". Not surprisingly, the hall was full. If you missed it, you can read (and comment on) a summary of the talk: www.ttwk-energy.com/2015/07/31/talk1


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.

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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.


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Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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


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