Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Updates November 2014

Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade
On Tuesday, 11th November, we had our annual Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade. The parade brought together people in peace and reconciliation, combining German St Martin's Day celebrations and Armistice Day. There were lanterns great and small - many of them made by children at St Bridget's and West Kirby Primary Schools - illuminating the peace gathering and choirs at Coronation Gardens, the walk down the Parade to the rhythm of drums and brass, and the fun by firelight on West Kirby beach. There were large lanterns created in the October Lantern Workshops and this year, for the first time, our parade was graced by the presence of four Guardian Angels ... with their willow and paper wings illuminated by lights, they brought a bit of magic to the evening. A number of people commented on how special it was this year. We had songs from Cantemus and Bluebird choirs, a bespoke composition for brass instruments from Luke Moore, drums from La Bomba and the Yukele Orchestra performed by the bonfire. Highlights were St Martin's story enacted on the beach (with a real horse) and, as always, the sharing of German St Martin's biscuits. Thanks to everyone who came. We hope to see you next year on Wednesday, 11th November!

Apple Avenue has 12 new trees
On Thursday and Friday Mellow Yellow and Crass Roots collaborated again to extend the community orchard along the path by Gilroy Road Allotments. We also offered a sewing workshop, to make prayer flag bunting for the apple tree spiral.
Transition works on many levels, and this project is no exception. It is a privilege and a joy to work with people in recovery, as we laugh (and cry) together, sharing our journeys and inspiring change in our own lives as well as in the community we live in.

Perhaps some or all of the following will inspire you, too ...

TTWK Community Energy Project
This week saw the launch of the Urban Community Energy Fund
Transition Town West Kirby is interested in bringing together a group to explore the potential for setting up a 'CIC' (community interest company) to deliver community energy projects locally. To get a better idea of what this means you can see details of a similar established project Southern Staffordshire Community Energy. There are great opportunities to benefit, not only in terms of ecological energy production but also generating income for community projects.
Please drop Tony Woof a line if you would be interested in getting involved:

Incredible Edible West Kirby
We meet on Wednesdays at 10.30 am by the planter at the Concourse, usually equipped with gloves and a trowel (can be loaned if you don't have your own). We then go off to tend the planters around town. Sometimes we meet inside the library when we are planning winter planting, funding etc.
We also help maintain the community orchard at Grange Park/cemetery. If you have your own fruit tree you're unsure about, this is a great place to learn how to prune. Normally we meet for 1 hour every 2nd Saturday 3-4 pm and every 4th Friday 10-11 am. Starting point: Cemetery entrance from Black Horse Hill, at the fan plum tree.
You can just turn up, but if you want to be sure, please ring Carola on: 07724175779

West Kirby Farmers' Market's 2nd birthday: Saturday, 22nd November, 9am to 1pm.
In our second busy but wonderful year of great local food, we've:

  • Helped support local farmers - Bryn Cocyn organics, Acres Farm ice creams, Dolwen Farm meats, Pen-y-Lan Pork sausages, Bourne's Cheshire cheeses, Tiresford
  • Farm cheese & yoghurts, John Jones Market Garden fruit & veg, Crosslea Farm eggs Grange Farm Red Poll beef.
  • Provided a platform for new local businesses - Aunty's Kitchen (Oxton), Funky Flapjacks (West Kirby).
  • Helped other small local businesses to expand - paté makers Truly Scrumptious (Chester), Find Inspiration in Food (Hooton), Flaming Bean coffee roasters (Neston), and West Kirby-based Little Eye Bakery, Wirral Countryside Bees and Yasmin Limbert.
  • Helped a local educational cooperative which meets weekly in Hoylake, to learn about running their own business and having a stall.
  • Welcomed a not-for-profit community cookery club, aiming to bring people together to learn how to cook family meals with 'real' seasonal ingredients.
worked with 12 community groups and charities to help them raise a total of 2,500.

Our sincere thanks go to our loyal local producers, our enthusiastic volunteers and the support from St Andrew's Church, Graham Road neighbours, local retailers, various voluntary groups and, of course, the local people who come to shop at the market.

We are delighted to be part of the first West Kirby Christmas Festival.
A whole programme of events is being arranged to mark Christmas in West Kirby this year. The full programme can be found in the West Kirby Messenger and at the Festival website:
Our Transition groups are involved in the following Festival events:

Homegrown Bananas: Saturday, 22nd November, 3-5pm, Curio, 119 Banks Road, West Kirby
November's Homegrown Bananas event combines a CD launch for local group The Kirk Owls, who recently released their debut album Fledgling Fables. This is a family friendly gathering with an emphasis on providing a space for beginners and children to perform songs, poetry and stories.

Christmas present/decoration workshop: Wednesday, 3rd December, 7/7:30pm
OUCH/West Kirby Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby
A skills sharing evening organised by our Mellow Yellow Group. Make some decorations or presents for Christmas. Bring along things to make or come and learn from others. 7pm for pre-meeting meditation and reflection; 7:30pm for the skills share.
Out of respect for the local residents we ask that, if you must drive, you do not park in Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. There is parking available at The Concourse or in Carpenter's Lane. Call Marko on 625 9974 for more information.

Christmas Farmers' Market: Saturday, 20th December, 9:00am - 1:00pm.
West Kirby Farmers' Market

Wirral Creatives Christmas Fair: Saturday, 20th December, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
West Kirby Library Concourse
Over 20 stalls selling hand made goods prefect for those last minute Christmas presents. Our Homegrown Bananas group will be hosting a music stage at the Fair. There will be entertainment all afternoon and into the evening with local choirs and musicians bringing a feast of seasonal flavoured music with a modern twist.

New Year Walk to Hilbre Island: Saturday, 3rd January 2015, 11:30am.
Meet at West Kirby sea front . More details in the next newsletter.

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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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.
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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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