Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2016


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TTWK Energy Group talk
Thurs 1st December, 7pm
Transforming Biomass to Biofuels & Chemicals Using Catalysis, Microwaves and Light
A talk by Dr Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez
Senior Lecturer in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and Director of the MicroBioRefinery, University of Liverpool
A discussion of the need to ensure that biomass is produced and transformed sustainably, and how emerging new technologies present exciting new opportunities to a greener future.
A Transition Town Energy Group presentation
At West Kirby Arts Centre www.westkirbyartscentre.org.uk
Free entry with bar, tea and coffee
No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use Concourse car park.

Sat 17th December, 9 - 1pmtwitter logofacebook logo
West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food. Normally the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby. www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk
West Kirby Christmas Fair
Saturday 17th Dec 11am - 5pm
West Kirby Christmas Fair
Join us at West Kirby Concourse and Library for a day of seasonal community activity as local makers bring their arts and crafts just in time for that special time of year. There will be programmed live music, including an open stage session from Homegrown Bananas where YOU get to join in and show off your performance. We especially welcome performers who are just starting out and trying out new material and younger performers. The day starts from 11am and finishes at 5pm. Free entry, bring all the family and make sure to tell all your friends to come along!

Incredible Edible Group


One of us has produced some lists of edible plants-
a) from the Royal Horticultural Society, www.rhs.org.uk - enter "edible flowers"
b) from Thompson and Morgan, www.thompson-morgan.com/edible-flowers.
This will stimulate us to new plantings in the town, and contain many ideas you could try for the price of a packet of seed. Cheerful to look at, these flowers are often aromatic, and the smell deters pests from your crops.

Community Orchards
Thank you to a generous West Kirby resident, who has donated several nut and fruit trees to incredible edible.

The Friends of Grange Community Park and Incredible Edibles maintain this collection of fruit trees in regular sessions on the second Saturday of every month from 3-4 p.m. and the fourth Friday of the month at 10-11 a.m. The next sessions are -
Saturday, 10th December 3-4 p.m.
Friday, 23rd December 10-11 p.m.


Meet us at the Scout hut in Grange Cemetery - Lang Lane entrance. For more information ring 625 9974.

We are also proud owners of a new scythe now, which will become very useful when new maintenance sessions at Apple Avenue will commence soon.

West Kirby Messenger


Look out for the Winter edition of the West Kirby Messenger which will be out shortly.

If you are involved in community activities happening in or around West Kirby and would like them to be publicised in future editions, please let us know.

For more information or offers of help you can call 0151 625 9974 or email ttwk.food@gmail.com
We also would like to hear from you, if you want to advertise your business / services.




Pictures from Wirral Earth Fest 10th September 2016
Abyssa drummers
grinding corn
sign and ttwk table

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November 2015
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk




November 2016 Round Up



On Friday, 11th November we had our annual lantern peace parade, Travelling Light. Travelling Light combines Armistice Day with the German St Martin's Day celebrations to promote peace and reconciliation. The lanterns were bigger and brighter this year, including the giant peace dove first seen at Earth Fest and the beautiful peace poppy lanterns made by the children of St Bridget's Primary School. In fact, it was one of the best Travelling Lights we have had! The weather was calm and dry just long enough for the parade and there was a palpable feeling of happy camaraderie around the fire ... with some very silly dancing to boot.

The parade started in Coronation Gardens with a minute of silence and St Bridget's School leading the singing of traditional German St Martin's Day songs. From there, we were led down the Parade by the drums of La Bomba, with the Guardian Angels (Lettie, Celia, Boo and Sue) taking up front and rear positions. As always, the rhythm of the drums was joyful and enticing. This spirit carried through all the entertainment around the bonfire at the beach with songs and strumming from The Travelling Brass Monkeys, more drumming from La Bomba, poetry from Emelia and Craig and toe tapping music from The Final Nail. And Katherine lit up the night with her fire poi juggling.

For the last few years, the celebration has included a re-enactment of the story of St Martin getting off his horse, cutting his cloak in half and sharing it with a beggar beside the road who was freezing on a dark winter's night. This year was no different ... but this time the horse was a beautiful lantern sculpture. Thanks to Paul for playing both St Martin and his horse, and to Steve for playing the beggar.

It's a tradition at St Martin's Day celebrations to share biscuits in the shape of his cloak with someone you don't know. The biscuits were plentiful and especially delicious this year, so thank you to Nataschja, Dorothea and helpers for making the biscuits and providing warm drinks.

A huge thank you to Giff Turner for opening his shop for teas and coffees and for sharing his electricity with us, to Tony from West Kirby Arts Centre for fire, transport, stage and PA, and, of course, Marko for running lantern workshops and bringing his special gift of gentle kindness to the organisation of it all! Finally, thanks to all the volunteers, the people who came along and everyone who helped to make it a very special night.

Also this month, and in collaboration with The Friends of Grange Park and the Wirral Countryside Volunteers, we hosted a skills share in event in the form of a hedge laying day at Grange Park. John Barnett of Wirral Countryside Volunteers said: "I thought [with the hedge laying day] was a great success; with the hedge completed and looking good, and several "trainees" quite keen to do more and develop their skills." Photos from the day can be found here: www.facebook.com/wirralcountrysidevolunteers/posts/1057858357661061

Last but not least, a big "thank you" to everyone who voted for the TTWK application, "Love Where You Live", to the Wirral West Constituency Community Fund. We have been awarded 985.00 for 12 maintenance sessions for community orchards and three art workshops. The grant will pay for co-ordination and facilitation fees to organise the maintenance work on community trees and replacing / repairing vandalised stock and protective stakes. It will also fund an artist-facilitator for screen printing and painting workshops. Participants in the workshops will learn to paint t-shirts and signs promoting the Incredible Edible and Transition message.


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.


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.


Downloads



Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

Download leaflet, recipes, fact sheets

Our Constitution


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


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