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Transition Towns initiatives are springing up all over the world, aiming to build local resilience and community co-operation as a practical and creative community response to climate change, and to reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels and tackle the issue of peak oil. We all know we can’t rely on oil forever, so it might be a good idea to plan what we do instead.

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Transition Town Cheltenham aims to empower ourselves and others to improve the quality of life in the town and make a reduced impact on the outside world, whilst looking after the environment and each other.



Edible Park

Edible Park Project

TTC have worked with Cheltenham Borough Council to convert the Annecy Garden in Sandford Park (at the top of the Strand) into a public edible garden.

See the Annecy Gardens Blog (part inserted below) for the latest info and updates.

Blind Dates!

The In-stitches and Energy groups organised a workshop when people could make their own thermal blinds. This meant they could re-use a fabric they had, or buy new, but making yourself is a lot cheaper than buying ready-made and the thermal lining is a very efficient way of saving heat-loss in the winter.

Thermal Blind

The organiser, Pat Dannahy, helped out right from the beginning, advising on what to buy and how much, even measuring the windows as necessary, and then each participant made his/her own blind with any help needed.

Thermal Blind

Here are photos of my finished blind made during the workshop. I had not done any sewing for a long time, but found the whole experience very interesting and am now very proud of my blind. It exactly fits the window, which a ready-made blind might not have done.

If you would be interested in making your own blind, please email Transition Town Cheltenham. Sophie



27 - 30 March - Can it be true? Swedish people came to Cheltenham to learn from us on environmental initiatives

Members of the Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-operative have just waved ‘farväl!’ to 10 Swedish visitors who came to learn from us about local environmental initiatives. We may think that the Scandinavians are way ahead on sustainability issues, but we discovered that we actually had a lot to learn from each other.

The ten visitors represented four villages in Sweden that are involved in a European Transition project to encourage more sustainable living. They found out about the Gloucestershire Energy Co-operarative online, and contacted us to ask if we could arrange a three day study visit for them. Richard Walter, who happens to be treasurer for four local environmental and social initiatives – Gloucestershire Community Energy Co-operative, Transition Town Cheltenham, Cheltenham Green Doors and Global Footsteps – took on the challenge of organising their trip to Cheltenham.

As part of their study tour the Swedes visited our large solar panel array at the CityWorks building in Gloucester and were interested in how our co-operative model of funding and share ownership worked. It seems we have much more support from the UK government in the form of tax advantages and feed-in tariff than they have in Sweden. While touring the building they were so impressed by the colourful items in the Scrapstore, which recycles material that would otherwise go to landfill, that the visitors decided to buy some of the ribbons, rattles and rag dolls to take back home to Sweden! The talk from Reyaz of Gloucester Fairshares Timebank was particularly interesting, comparing the approach to volunteering in the two countries and the tax treatment voluntary work in Sweden.

Another highlight for the visitors was a trip to St James’s City Farm in central Gloucester. Here, the Swedes were able to share their experiences of ‘pig-sharing’ where a few families jointly own and care for a small number of farm animals and benefit from local, fresh food. It’s certainly a step on from the ‘car-sharing’ that happens in this country.

The group also visited and learnt about many other local initiatives, including Cheltenham Green Doors open homes group, Cheltenham Community Composting site, Vision 21′s Reclaim furniture recycling project and the Global Footsteps charity and cafe. For a break from having to speak English (which they did very well) we also arranged for them to have a meal with the Cheltenham Swedish Society at SVEA, Cheltenham’s very own Swedish cafe.

Upon arrival home the Swedes sent us their thanks (and mentioned that it was a bit colder at home than here) and said they had been inspired by the trip. Hopefully a small part of Scandinavia will be a bit greener thanks to lessons learnt in Cheltenham and Gloucester!

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Transition Free Press,the new national tabloid newspaper, is continuing in 2014. It contains a mix of news, reviews and features, dedicated pages to energy, the land, people, economy, food, well-being, the arts, cartoons, sport and a unique Transition agony column.

Copies are just £1 each from Global Footsteps.

Spring 2014 issue available soon

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Vision without action is merely a dream.

Action without vision just passes the time.

Vision with action can change the world.

Joel Barker

Anyone can get involved by coming along to one of our awareness-raising events or by joining one of our specialist action groups. Currently there is a Sewing group “In Stitches” which makes new things from old and aims to teach people these skills, a Food&Growing group, looking at local sustainable food production and an Energy Group looking at ways householders can meet their future energy needs in sustainable ways. Our Heart & Soul group provides the inspiration and meaning behind all we do.

We can also give a talk or show a film on the issues to your local organization, to see how we can work together.

Contact Alison by email or ring 01242 577671 for more information or to be added to the mailing list.

Got skills to share? Or looking for some help? Try our Skillshare list, and add yours to the mix!
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