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This issue includes the Annual Gathering on 15 November, the Parish Rooms funding application, Haarlem Artspace talks, our Energy & Housing Group and the next bi-monthly Open Meeting in January.

Transition Wirksworth Annual Gathering

Come to our Annual Gathering on 15 November at 7pm in Wirksworth Memorial Hall. Bring finger foods to share!

We will start with brief reports from our groups – the Activists, Energy & Housing, Growers, Waste & Recycling.

There will be a brief business meeting for the Treasurer’s report, to elect the Treasurer, and to elect a new Communications Officer. Glennie Kindred is having to stand down from the post due to other commitments. So far, no one has come forward to take it on. Might you be interested? (Manage emails received on our email account, create newsletters, update website. Contact Mary Ann on 0169 820937 if you want more details.)

We have also invited members of a number of local organisations to join us to talk about mutual interests and our programme for next year.

After refreshments, we will welcome Hattie Kerr, a local resident with a knitwear business, talking to us about Crafting the Landscape – on the relationship that a craft person has with their craft and how much their craft is rooted in the landscape. Hattie put on a beautiful exhibition at the Festival, with garments she has made, photos and a video.

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This newsletter includes items on the Re-wilding talk, activism against fracking, recycling in Wirksworth, a Transition Network survey, the Transition Regional Network project, setting up a Renewables company in North Derbyshire, and APPLES!

Wolves in Wirksworth?

You may already have seen Moira Knowles’ visionary poster around town, but just to remind you – please come along on Wed. 18th October 7pm to Memorial Hall to find out more about local attempts to preserve and protect other species in our local landscape…and to contribute you own ideas!

We also need;

Meeters and greeters to be there about 6.30 pm; one or two people to bring apple cake and serve cake and soft drinks – elderflower cordial etc – at the break.Please contact Rosemary on or on 07904 783818 if you can help. See you there!

Frack Off!

Our next anti-fracking action is in Sheffield on Saturday 14th October, as part of a global day of action against fracking.

We are travelling by the 8.40am bus from Wirksworth and the 9.10 X17 bus from Matlock bus station. The demonstration is at Barkers Pool, Sheffield, from 10.30am to 12noon. Why not join us?

A small group from Bakewell, Bonsall, Matlock and Wirksworth travelled together to join hundreds of others in the anti-fracking marches from Mosborough, Eckington and Coal Aston to the proposed drilling site at Marsh Lane on 16th September, followed by a rally in the field adjacent to the proposed site.

Of special interest was a speaker was from the renewable energy company, Ecotricity, who have decided to set up a fund to help finance anti-fracking protests [many protesters are being prosecuted as they have been left with no choice but to take direct action]. Ecotricity will put £50 into the fund for each new customer. If you are still with one of the major energy suppliers but want to support the renewable energy industry and the anti-fracking protests, why not change to Ecotricity, who not only sell but also generate green electricity and some “green gas”. [Many so called Green energy suppliers are merely retailers and do not actually generate any renewable energy at all].

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You are invited to the Quakers’ Green Day on Saturday 7 October from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Chapel Lane, Bakewell.

See how local Quakers take positive action for the planet

Bakewell’s contribution to Quaker Outreach Week –
a national event.

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Open Meeting coming up

The next bi-monthly Open Meeting will be on Friday 15 September at the Eco Centre on Porter Lane. It will be from 6pm to 7.30, and we will welcome Robin Stokes, from Traidlinks, who is coming for an hour to talk about the traders’ campaign on Shop Locally in Wirksworth, and to discuss how Transition might help, since it is a key aim of the Transition movement.

We will go on to have a business meeting until 7.30   PLEASE SEND ITEMS FOR THE AGENDA to Mary Ann, facilitator, on

After the business meeting, we will have our Bring and Share Social with finger foods/ drink that people bring, and a chance to network. (Although apparently there is a Festival event that some might want to go to). We have to be out of the Eco Centre by 9pm. Please come by bus if you can.

Annual Gathering on Wednesday 15 November

Our annual meeting will take place at the Memorial Hall from 7pm to 9.15pm. Please put it in your diaries. There will be:

  • reports from our interest and events groups
  • election of officers
  • refreshments
  • a speaker to be announced.

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This consultation is relevant to Transition Wirksworth because the plan being proposed will make it necessary for everyone to travel further for many health services – whereas Transitioners point out that it’s important for services to be as local as possible. It’s also important for all of us in Wirksworth.
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Exploring ways to feel empowered

in a changing world

We are all deeply concerned at the backward steps our government has been taking on the environment and fracking, and many of us are also reeling from the election of Donald Trump as president of the USA. What he stands for threatens our efforts to make the world fossil-free, sustainable and safe from runaway climate change, but we draw hope from the world-wide solidarity of last weekend’s demonstrations which showed that if the new president tries to turn the clocks back, Read more »

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“Exploring ways to feel empowered in a changing world”

 Editorial by Glennie Kindred

What is a Transition Town? I am often asked and find it hard to define it in a few words……. The very best place to see what the Transition Town movement is all about is the website of the Transition Network  A visit there always fills me with hope and inspiration…..

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“Exploring ways to feel empowered in a changing world”

Sally Tresidder as rhubarb at the Carnival 2016Did you go to the fabulous Wirksworth Carnival procession on Bank Holiday Monday? It had more floats and participation from residents than it’s had for years. Our Transition ‘Grow Your Own Local Food’ entry was a great hit, with amazingly inventive costumed fruit and vegetables! Everyone had a wonderful time together – a real celebration of our diverse and creative community!

Or didn’t you know it was happening? Finding out ‘What’s On’ in this town is a matter of luck. Wouldn’t it be great if and its calendar of events were working properly? Read more »