29 November 2009

Useful Links and Articles

Rob Hopkins on Transition - 29 November 2009
Here is a nice introduction to Transition video presentation by Rob Hopkins - it helps to answer that tricky "what exactly is Transition?" question.

9 November 2009

Transition Wivenhoe and the Low Carbon Communities Challenge

This blog informs about a partnership between Transition Wivenhoe, Wivenhoe Town Council and Colchester Borough Council to apply for funding to implement carbon reducing measures in our community.

8 October 2009

Bike Movie pic!

Here's a pic of the bike movie night!
We hope to use it again for a film showing, please check the website for updates on this.

7 October 2009

Blog lift-off

Just found out – thanks to Jo we've now got a really simple system for
using our blogspot – it's dead easy. And thank you, Mark, at the
Apricot Centre (in the Stour Valley Transition group), who spent
Monday evening patiently showing us what you can do blog-wise. And
Sunday night at the movies was great, with that pedal powered
technology that anyone can use, but credit to Jay for creating
it . . . that takes a bit more doing.

6 October 2009

bike powered movie on You Tube !

This is Jay's amazing Cycle Cinema we used for the films at the Greyhound last Sunday! In the clip The Story of Stuff is showing and the video is taken from behind the bike looking towards the screen. We had to use a little back up from the grid so we nearly managed zero carbon this time. This was the bike cinema's debut public performance so a useful trial for the inventor... While it might sound a little noisy - the camera was close up to the mechanism - the audience could hear the film just fine. Thanks to all the pedallers and Colchester Cycling Champions who supplied the bike freebies for them.

29 September 2009

Zero Carbon Bike Powered FREE Film Show!!

The next film showing is on Sunday 4th October upstairs at the Greyhound pub. It's a double bill: Peak Oil, imposed by nature* (30 mins) and The Story of Stuff** (20 mins). Entry is FREE, doors open at 7pm and the first film will begin around 7.30pm. Film descriptions are below. For more info call Jo 01206 827649 or email info[at]transitionwivenhoe.co.uk

The first 6 people through the door get a free PowerDown plug! (it switches off your peripherals automatically when you turn off your PC). For the full Transition Wivenhoe films programme up until mid December click here

Peak Oil * An excellent introduction to the causes and consequences of the terminal decline of global oil production as we reach the global Peak, expected in 2007 - 2010. Featuring world experienced geologist Dr. Colin Campbell, founder of ASPO, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and other experts.

Story of Stuff ** A fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. Exposing connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calling us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

27 September 2009

wild food and new friends

Here's a lovely pic of a fruit picking walk downriver at the end of August - blackberries and rose hips - organised thanks to Petra. We talked about jam making, bottling and preserving, rose hip tea and itching powder! Someone mentioned a jam that included 2 different fruits + fresh ginger and a vanilla pod.. sounded delicious. We chatted about the fact that much wild food goes to waste in and around our community and perhaps wild fruit and nut trees can be mapped/earmarked and the produce harvested and shared out next year? Any volunteers?

first post, new blog!!!

Welcome to Transition Wivenhoe's new blog!
Blogging is new to me, so there's lots of learning to be done...
Transition Wivenhoe has a website, but we are trying to find a way for more people to join in with the project, so hopefully this blogging idea might work; thank you to Mark at the Apricot Centre, part of the Transition (Stour) Valley project, for explaining to me how to do this! Our website is at www.transitionwivenhoe.co.uk

Here's a pic of Wivenhoe taken this summer....
more soon!