Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2017


Sunday, 23rd April, 1pm
Homegrown Bananas and other activities at Gilroy Allotments

Join us at Gilroy Allotments for a special edition of Homegrown Bananas. This will follow activities with the Countryside Volunteers, the Transition Town West Kirby Love Where You Live Litter Picking Group and others from 1pm. Its a chance to enjoy some music and an opportunity to join in the Open Stage Session if you feel like it. If you do intend to join in and would like a slot please send us a mail via wirralearthfest@gmail.com so we can prepare! You can also just turn up, but we do like to be ready for you!
Most importantly, wed like to see some new faces in attendance to share their work be it music, spoken word or other appropriate performance. We especially welcome younger performers starting out and looking for a chance to share their work and newer members of the creative community of West Kirby and beyond!
3 suggested donation for Homegrown Bananas.

Saturday, 6th May, 1:30pm
Dylan Hard Rain project in collaboration with LIPA

West Kirby Arts Centre / Ashton Park
This LIPA project brings together seven community groups to produce a promenade performance around Ashton Park that will include music and stories on the theme of the song. The community groups are: Blackburn House (two groups), West Kirby Girls Grammar School (two groups), Black Horse Hill Primary School, West Kirby Residential school, and TTWK. The performance commences at 1.30pm at the West Kirby Arts Centre and is part of this years West Kirby 'Bob Dylan' Festival.

Saturday, 13th May, 7pm
Homegrown Bananas with Abissa Percussion and more

West Kirby Arts Centre
A special drum themed edition of Homegrown Bananas sees us return to the beautiful setting of West Kirby Arts Centre with three guest artists: Abissa Percussion, Jim Pearson and The Kirk Owls. Bring your own drum to join in the fun.
This edition's theme will be drum based and Open Stage Session performers are encouraged to use this theme. Please let us know via email or private message if you would like to perform so we can prepare. The pay bar will be open and entry is a suggested donation of 3. Please remember that there is no parking available on Brookfield Gardens and you are encouraged to walk, cycle or use the parking facilities at West Kirby Concourse just a few minutes away.

Saturday, 27th May, 9am - 1pm
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St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food. This month we'll be joined by Chilly Stuff. Based in Bebington, they make hand made Sicilian style gelato by hand, using Jersey milk and real basic ingredients.www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Making Space - for creativity and wellbeing


Coronation Buildings, 1 Gilroy Road

Mellow Yellow will be offering sessions at Transitions Making Space, the empty shop at 1 Gilroy Road. Every workshop will include the opportunity for a brief meditative exercise, some space just to be. Sessions are free, but please book to avoid disappointment: 625 9974:
  • Wednesday, 26th April, 7:30pm
St Bridgets Cloak - an ongoing sewing project, part of the Hard Rain performance with LIPA students on 6th May.
  • Friday, 5th May, 10am - 1pm
St Bridgets Cloak and Sign Painting. Bring some lunch to share (12:30pm).
  • Wednesday, 10th May, 7:30pm
Green Footprints - sign painting and experimenting with basic silk screen printing. Bring a plain T-shirt, if you have one to spare.

Transition Town West Kirby Talks


West Kirby Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens
Doors open at 7pm; talks commence at 7:15pm
Admission free, donations to TTWK welcome.
[Please do not park in Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road as it is a residential area with limited space. You can park in the Concourse car park, which is a 5 minute walk from WKAC. People with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre. Thank you.]
TTWK Energy Group talk

Energy Talks


There are no energy talks scheduled for this month.

Health and Well-Being Talks


Friday, 28th April
David Owen: When is a Child not a Child
David Owen is on a journey from Liverpool crime to African child rights. He will entertain and inform you with tales from two worlds of courtrooms, prisons and inspiring people.

Friday, 12th May
Alex Scott-Samuel & Kevin Donovan: What is the future of our NHS?

The talk will cover the background and vision of the UKs NHS and what is special about it, before examining the initiatives by successive governments to introduce private sector funding and the response by concerned groups. Particular attention will be given to proposed health funding cuts and privatisation initiatives on the Wirral, as part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan. We want this to lead to an informed debate by folk of all political persuasions on this hugely important topic. This talk is likely to be popular so, while it is free entry, pre-booking is required. Reserve a place through the West Kirby Arts Centre website or by calling Tony Woof on 07950 041 498.

Friday, 2nd June
Marko Muller, Paul Smith and Mark Webster: Wellbeing: on the ground

[working title]
An evening exploring local action to promote and support mental wellbeing: Apple Avenue, yoga practice and Beyond Recovery. More details next month.

Incredible Edible Group


Incredible Edibles
Life is returning to The Concourse Planter and surrounding fruit trees- it was touch and go after the winter gales but the surviving growth is showing leaves and blossom, so we are cautiously optimistic for fruit later.

Grange Park Community Park
With the Friends of Grange Park we carry out maintenance on a collection of fruit trees. Our next sessions are:
  • Friday 28th April 10-11 a.m.
  • Saturday 13th May 3-4 p.m.
  • Friday 26th May 10-11 a.m.
  • Saturday 10th June 3-4 p.m.
Meeting at the scout hut, Lang Lane entrance. Tel 625 9974 for more information.
On Sunday, 23rd April, 1-3 pm we have a maintenance session at Apple Avenue, by Gilroy Allotments / Nature Reserve, along with Wirral Countryside Volunteers and the TTWK "Love Where You Live" litter pickers.
This work session will be followed by an outdoor Homegrown Bananas gathering inside Gilroy Community Allotments.

Incredible Edible information- ring 625 9974 or 07724 175779. Our next meeting is on April 20th at 2 p.m. in the Library, with some work on the Concourse planter before and after. We look forward to seeing you all at Ashton Park Fair.

Litter Picking Group


Please join us for monthly litter picking sessions around West Kirby. Each session is a 90 minute litter pick followed by a short meeting to hear where people want us to litter pick in the future. See our Facebook page for details and photos.
The next litter picks are:
  • Sunday 23rd April 1.00 p.m. Gilroy Nature Reserve, Apple Avenue
  • Tuesday 25th April 9.15 a.m. Gilroy Nature Reserve
  • Monday 8th May 9.15 a.m. End of Greenbank Road by the football pitches.
  • Saturday 20th May 9.15 a.m. West Kirby Beach (Meet at the Hilbre Tides Notice Board)
  • Wednesday 7th June 9.15 a.m. Outside Coronation Buildings, Gilroy Road
  • Sunday 25th June 9.15 a.m. Paths & Woodland starting at the junction of Bramhall Close & Grammar School Lane
  • Saturday 8th July 9.15 a.m. West Kirby Beach (Meet at the Hilbre Tides Notice Board)

West Kirby Drop In Centre


Tuesdays, 10.00am - 1.30pm.

United Reformed Church Hall, Meols Drive, West Kirby.
The Drop In meets every Tuesday morning throughout the year. Its aim is to provide a friendly meeting place where anybody can find a Welcome, a cuppa and a chat. Lunch is provided at 12 midday for anybody who wants it, cost 3. We occasionally arrange days out together to places of interest. Relaxation Massage sessions are available for a reasonable cost.
What people like about the Drop In is finding friendly familiar faces, a chance to socialise and meet people, good food and support if life gets difficult.

West Kirby Messenger


The WK Messenger team would like to thank all volunteer distributors for their time to get the 6,750 copies of the spring edition through letter boxes in West Kirby, Newton and Caldy.
In case you want to support our community magazine and have a little spare time four times a year, we would welcome you to our crew! For more information or offers of help you can email ttwk.food@gmail.com.
Please consider advertising in The Messenger, as all the money raised covers the cost of print the magazine, and the more advertising we sell the more pages of local news we can print. We offer great value to local businesses as we want to help them succeed and the local economy thrive.

Some Transition-related dates:



Sunday, 30th April 11am - 4pm, Open Day at New Ferry Butterfly Park
The Butterfly Park have been to Earth Fest and work with the Wirral Countryside Volunteers, who work with us! Looks like a good day out over the bank holiday weekend.

Tuesday, 30th May, an evening of storytelling with Hannah McDowall.
More details next month.

Saturday, 10th June Storyfest workshop at West Kirby Library
Come and learn the basics of how to tell a story from memory.
More details to come.

On Saturday, 22nd July, West Kirby Arts Centre will be holding their Summer Fair as part of Festival of Firsts. If you are interested in taking a stall to sell your arts and crafts, or to promote your community / charity work, then contact Tony Woof on 07950 041 498.




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




April 2017 Round Up



On Saturday, 25th March, we had our Annual General Party at West Kirby Arts Centre. It was a delight to see so many of our growing TTWK family represented during the AGM, with updates from Drop In, the Messenger, the Talks Group, Incredible Edible, the Food Group, Homegrown Bananas / Earth Fest and Mellow Yellow. The Core Group members were re-elected as a group, and Bill (TTWK Treasurer) entertained us with a presentation of the accounts (really). Following the business part of the meeting, we had a Homegrown Bananas open mic session, featuring stories, poetry and music, with additional music from The Final Nail. A big thank you to Alison from The Final Nail for serenading the clean-up team with the accounts, sung Blues style! Thanks to all who helped set up, brought food and/or helped to clean up ... and those that came.

Professor Denis Hall delivered an updated talk on fracking shale rock to release fossil fuels on Friday, 7th April.

The Love Where You Live group is growing and went into double figures for the first time at the last litter pick. They have started to plan future litter picks in areas nominated by the volunteers. They are encouraging volunteers to send photographs of problem areas to the
Facebook page . A big thanks to Matt Thomas for his work on this, and thanks to everybody who has helped.

Do you have some time to spare on Tuesday mornings? The Drop In Centre is looking for help with cooking lunch every other Tuesday. Volunteers would need to be at United Reformed Church Hall (entrance on Meols Drive) from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm. Let us know via info@transitiontownwestkirby.org.uk if you can help.

Wirral Earth Fest is coming in September and performance artist applications are now OPEN! The deadline is the end of June and we particularly encourage applications from artists who havent previously appeared, although we do also welcome applications from those who have previously appeared. Please fill out the form at
this link and click Submit. Were open minded on genre and style so please let anybody who may be interested know!

Should you wish to encourage the Liverpool City Region Mayoral candidates to prioritise people and planet, you can do so through this
Friends of the Earth link

Finally, we were able to remember and say goodbye to Beryl, a stalwart supporter of TTWK, at Beryls Shindig on Saturday, 1st April. Beryl learned to walk her beautiful and considered path the hard way and will remain an engaging and generous role model in our hearts. Our condolences to her family and friends.


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.


To measure your carbon footprint visit our own helpful calculator: www.carbonindependent.org