Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Updates October 2014

Now fully in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, we remember fondly the activities of the summer months and look forward to celebrations of harvest and peace! We hope you were able to join the Pomona apple pressing and festivities this weekend ... and that you will join us in our film night, harvest share, good old-fashioned sing-a-long, apple planting, lantern making and lantern parade, to mark the autumn season.

Friday, 24th October at 7.30pm
Local Food Roots - a Film show and discussion
"Food really matters, how you eat, how you shop, crucially affects how the world is." Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4.

From the first pioneering organic box schemes in the early 1990s to feeding cities and local food culture today, this inspiring documentary chronicles the emergence of an innovative UK local food movement and what this might mean for the future.
Plus a Singalong at 8.30pm with Homegrown Bananas
St Bridget's Centre, West Kirby.
If you have spare food produce please bring along to share.
Contact for further details

West Kirby Farmers' Market
West Kirby's monthly Farmers' Market is on
Saturday 25th October 9am to 1pm
There is a lot happening at the market this month - new producers, 'Halloween goings on', Wirral Food Bank (please bring a food donation), and a visit from the Mayor of Wirral.
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Road.
Sign up for the newsletter to find out what goodies await you each month ( And spare a thought for the outside stall holders and volunteers on the gate as the weather turns colder. A warm smile is always welcome as the wind and rain whip round your ankles ...

Our annual Lantern Peace Parade is nearly upon us.

Every year, this parade aims to bring the community together in peace, reconciliation and sharing. The 11th November is St Martin's Day, or Martinmas, and St Martin is known for sharing his cloak with a beggar in a snow storm and so saving the beggar's life. We share German St Martin's biscuits round a bonfire to emulate his gift. We invite you to bring a lantern or a torch and to join us in song, music, parade and firelight. There may even be dancing round the bonfire! Every year we make large lanterns to inspire this year we are making angel wings on a human scale ... come and join our Parade Guardian Angels in the celebrations.

Lantern making workshops, for Travelling Light Peace Parade
Make your own lantern from willow and
Lantern makingpaper ... a small lantern takes roughly 2 hours to make, which by lucky coincidence is the length of each of our workshops! Or help us make life-sized angel wings at the Wednesday workshops for our four Travelling Light Guardian Angels... they are already looking fabulous.

  • Wednesday evenings 22nd and 29th October 7.30 10pm
At the West Kirby Arts Centre / Old Unitarian Church, Brookfield Gardens
(if you choose to drive, please do not park in Brookfield Gardens free parking in Carpenters Lane).

  • Tuesdays 21st and 28th October and 4th November 10.30am 1pm
At the Drop-In Centre URC Church Hall, Meols Drive, West Kirby

  • Mondays 3rd & 10th November 12.30-2.30pm
At Wirral Mind Fountain Project, 90 Chester Street
(Market St corner, near Hamilton Sq). Please book: 512 2200

If you can - 5 donation per lantern.
More information: 625 9974

Travelling Light Peace Parade
Travelling Light Peace Parade
Tuesday 11th November begins 5.30pm
From Coronation Gardens, West Kirby
Our annual lantern parade for all the family, to celebrate peace and sharing. With drummers and Cantemus at Calday Community Choir.

Homegrown Bananas
Our monthly family friendly songs, poetry and stories event, hosted by Mellow Yellow. Everyone is welcome to bring something to share or, if you prefer, to sit back and enjoy the fun.
November's Homegrown Bananas will showcase the music of The Kirk Owls, who recently released their debut album Fledgling Fables. Date and venue are TBC so please keep an out for more information.

West Kirby Christmas Festival
Keep a look out for a programme of Christmas family events happening in West Kirby this year - a treasure hunt, workshops, music & lots more. There will be community events around the Concourse on Saturday, 20th December following the Farmer's Market at St Andrew's Church Hall.

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.

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Enquiries, offers of help, add your address to our email list etc:
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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

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.


Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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West Kirby What's On
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