30 April 2011

Transition Wiv at the University's Green Fair

Come and see Transition Wivenhoe and Transition Colchester at our stand at the University of Essex May Green Fair on Wednesday, May 4th from 10am ‘till 2pm, Square 5. We’ll have demonstrations and info about transition, energy and local food. Our bicycle generators will also be pedal powering a free-to-play Playstation (teaming up once again with local technology recyclers, ML-Solutions).

To cap off the day Transition Wivenhoe and the Revolutionary Bicycle Powered Cinema are transforming the University Lakes into a giant, outdoor cinema for a screening of ‘Home’, the awe inspiring film from the extraordinary photographer behind the Earth from Air series of books and exhibitions, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. If this fine weather we're enjoying holds the combination of outdoor cinema, film and beautiful location should make for a pretty special occasion.

The Movie spins into life at 8:30pm, it's all free and all are welcome.

(If you want to help promote the film you can download our poster pack at: www.transitionwivenhoe.org.uk/Home.zip)

Pedal Power Course, Part 2

Transition Wivenhoe hosted part 2 of our pedal powered course earlier this month which looked in detail into what makes our bicycle powered cinema tick using only ~100 Watts. We also built, christened and test rode a 'What-Watt' machine - a simple device that gives a uniquely tangible measurement of how much energy a cyclist can produce. We'll be using the 'What-Watt' at schools and events throughout the year.

The day drew to a close with a pint and some bicycle powered music on the Quay courtesy of local musician Tim Whitnell.

You can see our bicycle powered cinema in action at the University Green Fair this Wednesday and at the Sunset Cycle Cinema at this year's Wivenhoe May Fair.

17 April 2011

By the way, yes, it is free.

We're getting ready for this evenings big film. A few folk have asked, and I really should have put it on the poster, but yes - it is free, everyone is welcome, it's outdoors in the fresh-air and it's on a giant screen. You don't need to book tickets or RSVP - just turn up between 7pm and 8pm, it'll be great fun, The weather forecast is looking fantastic, we're finishing in time for trains and buses home if you're coming from Colchester, Essex University and elsewhere. lots of people are helping to organise the event so please come and enjoy the movie with us.

6 April 2011

Bike Gen' Building

Saturday’s Pedal-Power workshop at Wivenhoe Bookshop Shed was a success - we learnt how to build simple bike-generators, battery banks and a renewable energy system from recycled parts and reclaimed materials. Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating so we headed out in the evening put our efforts into action by teaming up with local tech-recyclers ML-solutions and hosted a cinema-sized, al-fresco, pedal-powered Playstation extravaganza at the King George V skate ramps.

This Saturday (9th April - 2pm - 5pm) we’ll look at how bike-power can (and can’t) be used to get things done and how it can be used to inspire and educate. And there'll be something fun and pedal-powered in the evening too.

Saturday's workshop is free, but filling up fast...

1 April 2011

Big Screen Pedal Powered Playstation - Saturday 2nd KGV

We can still squeeze a person or two into our pedal-power workshop tomorrow afternoon - Saturday the 2nd. If the weather stays fine we'll head onto the KGV field afterwards and set up a cinema sized pedal powered Playstation extravaganza with Wiv based technology recyclers ML-Solutions - eco gamers might like to head to the skate ramps for about 7:30pm...