28 May 2011

Show us your Shorts at the Wivenhoe May Fair

Come and see Transition Wivenhoe at the Cycle Powered Sunset Cinema Marquee at this year's Wivenhoe May Fair.

We're teaming up with Wivenhoe Community Cinema Moving Image once again and have compiled a programme with a whopping 6 hours (less a quick break for lunch and a pint) of top notch, locally crafted film - which we'll show using our super-smart cinema system that is capable of showing films to audiences of hundreds with big screen and big sound, all while using a fraction of the energy of a telly - which means we can do it without burning a drop of fossil fuel.

You can also get info on all our other projects food and energy projects too - sample locally made cake, find out how to get involved and more.

The May Fair is really easy to get to (and home again) on foot, bicycle and public transport.

Music Vids featuring Dragon Fruit, Puzzle Factory, Dingus Khan and others...
Hey Ladies

Out of Tune
View from Court 15

Re-Cycle - The Colchester based Bicycles to Africa Charity
Transition Town Wivenhoe - Open Space Workshops

Shorts made by Signals with local school groups

Wivenhoe Taking Up The Arts

14:30 LUNCH

My Tortoise
Human Story
Grey Mist

A film about films made by local schools
The One About The Sheep

Spoilt Broth
Love at the Garden Gate

Wild Man of Wiv

Smack Heads

A Grade Fan
Mother's Little Helper

Download the 'show us your shorts' poster.

Check at the Cinema Tent on the day or tune into Twitter (#transitionwiv) for updates.

19 May 2011

Training for Transition 4th & 5th June places available

Dear Transitioners and other friends,

Transition Town Wivenhoe are offering the chance to do the 2 day Training for Transition at the bargain price of only £10! - vastly subsidised by external funding from Community Alliance.

The course is delivered by the fantastic Transition Network trainers and comes highly recommended by many people, including two of us from TTW who did it in 2009. It's invaluable for those thinking about setting a group up, just starting out, or even if you are already on your way.

The course is at a venue on the waterfront in Wivenhoe, nr Colchester, Essex on Sat 4th and Sun 5th June. Places are available but please get in touch asap if you are interested. There is a £10 deposit payable on booking, returned if you attend.

Wivenhoe is on the main Liverpool St - Clacton line, and we may be able to offer free overnight accommodation if needed. Full joining instructions will be sent out on booking.

hello@transitionwivenhoe.org.uk 01206 827649 (Jo)

17 May 2011

Open gardens preparations - part 2

So preparations continue for the Open Gardens premier of the Station Community Garden (what do people think of this for a name? other ideas very welcome....).
Apart from the continued signpainting, we've also put up a third bean wigwam, but using driftwood gathered from the riverbank (thanks Jo and Jay) which allowed me to harness my mildly artistic side.
The mini scarecrow is also in development, Josh and Glyn enjoyed donating clothes and helping put him together.
So all is nearly ready for this weekend: 21st and 22nd May, make sure you come along and/or sign up to help out and get in touch if you fancy helping get things ready this Friday (20th).

14 May 2011

Open Garden preparations - part 1

Preparation is well underway for the station garden's inclusion in Open Gardens next weekend, we had a lovely day yesterday painting signs and sprucing things up with lots of help from 2 year olds Josh and Glyn.

So are we ready to shine alongside some of the best gardens in Wivenhoe?? - well, as someone who is erratic in my attendance at the gardening Sundays I feel able to comment on the look and state of the garden and I think that we have nothing to worry about: it won't be the tidiest or most developed garden, but does have a lot going on and will be well worth a visit!

Volunteers needed still to be there over the weekend (21st and 22nd May), Jo is drawing up a rota so please mail her: Jo and also we need some more help in getting the garden ready – scarecrow making tomorrow at 3ish, (Sunday 15th) plus bring ribbons and shiny things – and your imaginations!

And of course, come along on Sat 21st and Sun 22nd to check out the garden and hear what we are trying to do.


Transition Talk for Wivenhoe Ladies Group

Last Wednesday we had a lovely evening being welcomed (and listened to with great attention) by Wivenhoe Ladies Group

Bob covered the main ideas of transition (including a very light touch coverage of Peak Oil) and we both talked about our motivation and how we came to transition. For me, it was particularly good to be able to emphasise that it isn't just about dealing with a looming problem of the lack of oil, but also about creating a better world – both in the long terms and now. I really want my son to know that vegetables grow in the ground (not on the shelves of the Co-op), that it is possible to get around by foot/bike or whatever, not just by car, and to be part of a community of warm, caring people. We also explained about the projects of the Food and Energy Groups. 

We had a good turn-out of around 20, and got a lot of comments and questions at the end – including what turned into something of a discussion on the by-laws relating to chicken-keeping in some areas of Wivenhoe – anyone able to shed any light on these or whether they are enforced?

Get in touch if you want us to do a talk for your group.


9 May 2011

Bike Cinema will be at the May Fair!

News Release from the Wivenhoe May Fair Committee 6.5.2011:

Fantastic three stage music line-up announced for 2011 Wivenhoe May Fair

Indie boys Cav Ok and beat, surf, soul and rock 'n' rollers The B. Goodes are just two of the nearly 30 fantastic acts and solo musicians booked to thrill the festival crowd at this year's Wivenhoe May Fair.

The 29 year old free music and arts event, which is run entirely by volunteers, will feature 18 hours of jam packed music ranging from acoustic folk to rock, spread over three stages on the last Bank Holiday in May (Monday, 30 May).

The full line-ups are as follows (subject to possible change):

Main Stage:

Roots Radagon Out of Nowhere

Charley Bird Ady Johnson

Barringtone Housework

Kuru Smile Murphy's Lore

Cav OK

Sunrise Stage (previously known as the Acoustic Stage)

Ghost Train Porters Lou Terry

Drift_ Lady Bird and The Larks Choir

Hot Club Gitanes The Jazmine Ava Band

Three Beards The B.Goodes

Slots for the new Open Mic Stage will be assigned on the day to musicians who turn up on the day to play in front of the appreciative festival crowd. As the slots are expected to be quickly oversubscribed, those wishing to show their talents are urged to sign up with the open mic crew as soon as the festival opens at noon.

This year's May Fair will once again feature the popular Sunset cycle-powered Cinema showcasing the work of local film makers. A full programme will be announced in late May.

The popular beer tent selling real ale from a local award-winning brewery will be back on the field alongside fantastic food and market stalls, circus acts, face painting and other activities for children.

As in previous years the community-based festival, which has raised nearly £30,000 for charities since 2000, will be staged on the King George V Playing Field in the centre of the town.

Reflecting both the ethos of the May Fair and a total absence of parking in Wivenhoe on the day, organisers are also encouraging festival goers to leave their cars behind and cycle to the May Fair where plenty of bike storage areas will be available. Those who prefer to reserve their energy for dancing to the bands are also catered for with trains and buses offering a regular service to and from the event.

To make this year a 'no glass' event, while cans and plastics are welcome and re-cycling facilities will be provided, the organisers have asked that glass bottles are not brought onto the field.

More information about the May Fair is available on the website www.wivenhoemayfair.com, by emailing info@wivehoemayfair.com

Mike Freeman of the Wivenhoe May Fair said: "What a line-up! With three stages and nearly 30 acts this year's May Fair promises to be the best ever."


Media contact:

Ian Barrett T: 07949 422257

E: press@wivenhoemayfair.com

Notes to editors

The Wivenhoe May Fair is a community-based free festival which is entirely run by volunteers. In addition to supporting local music, crafts and visual arts it raises money for local, national and international charities. Nearly £30,000 has been raised since 2000.

Started as a peace festival 29 years ago, the Wivenhoe May Fair still aims to follow that ideal as well as promoting green, organic and sustainable lifestyles.

For more information visit www.wivenhoemayfair.com

3 May 2011

Uni Green Fair Cinema Update

A few quick updates for tomorrow (May 4th) evening's film:
  • You can read a recent interview with the film's cinematographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand over at The Observer.
  • Rowhedge folksters Dragonfruit will keep you and the set-up crew warm as the sun goes down. Turn up early (7:30 to 8:00pm ish) to catch the whole (pedal-powered) set.
  • Weather is set to be fine and dry with a slight breeze, perfectly clear starry sky and the tiniest sliver of a new moon forming (~2 - 3%) as the evening progresses - perfect for outdoor cinema, bring a warm jumper and a rug/blanket to sit on.
  • We show films for free, but we do normally rattle collection buckets - bike cinema runs on a shoe string, but still needs care and feeding and Transition Wivenhoe has to buy teabags and biros from time to time - but tomorrow we'll give any donations to the brilliant and imminent Wivenhoe May Fair.
  • The Uni is easy to get to including by bicycle and bus (we'll finish in good time for buses home to Colch and Wiv). Find us next to the the lake just east of the Lakeside Theatre and Square 5