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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



Saturday 3rd May, from 10am-1pm

The Annecy garden team will be holding a plant sale at the garden (Strand entrance to Sandford Park) on Saturday 3rd May, from 10am-1pm. There will be a good variety of things for sale at very reasonable prices, including veg plants and a range of unusual annuals and perennials.

If you have any plants to contribute that would be really welcome. Please let Lorraine know, or bring them along on the Saturday. If you have a number of things and no transport she could pick them up beforehand.

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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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Core Team Alison, Lorraine, Beth , Sophie& Richard
In Stitches Lorraine
Food&Growing Lorraine
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Heart & Soul Beth
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