31 July 2013

Wiv Scouts Own The News Cycle

We've been working with the Wivenhoe Scout Group, learning about circuits & energy while making a bicycle powered scalextric set, which they've taken to the regional jamboree - and now Wiv Scouts are plastered all over the newspapers and on the radio. Top job Wiv Scouts \o/

30 July 2013

Bicycle Brakes, learn all about 'em!

Erm, just step away from the bike, Rosie...
Bike Kitchens are where you get to learn bike stuff guided by our friendly and experienced bike mechanic. And there's coffee and cake - bring nibbles to share too if you like.

Next one is all about yer brakes. Saturday 3rd August 11am to 12.30.

Get in touch to reserve a place or try your luck and just turn up (no-one's been turned away so far). £5 suggested donation.

3 Meredith's Close, CO7 9GD 07926 463568

Track Pump hosted by Wivenhoe Library!!

TTW hand the track pump over to library supervisor Glenda McCoyd.  Library members cycling to the library can use the pump to check their tyres are pumped to the correct psi (this is written on the side of the tyre), making cycling even easier and more fun :)

If you are unsure how to use the pump, get in touch and we'll arrange to meet you there and show you! hello[at]transitionwivenhoe.org.uk 07926 463568

The library is open:
Tuesday and Thursday 2pm to 7pm
Friday 10am to 1pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

13 July 2013

TTW blitz the allotment

The grass is cut back...
Raspberries are planted out, along with beans, leaks and salad...
And there's usually some weeding to do. We'd probably manage a better crop of strawberries if we didn't keep eating them...
More next Friday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

8 July 2013

And here they are...

After a few false starts I finally manage to pluck up the courage and prepared the bees for a journey to Bennisons farm in my car.
When I arrived at the farm the good weather was beginning to break and summer was here, good for the bees. I sited the hive in a slightly exposed area and left them to settle in. The next day an early start at work meant I had an even earlier start with the bees 05:45. When I released the bees it was a sight to see, they poured out of the hive to investigate their new surroundings. I left the bees to do just that and I went off to work. All day I was worrying about the bees, my fear was the bees would swarm and I would loose them.

To my delight the bees have decided to stay and help pollinate the fruit trees and alike. So we now have bees on the farm, phew!

If anyone would like to get involved with the bees please get in touch I would very much like to share my interest with you.

7 July 2013

Wivenhoe chickens get a 'haircut' and rogue chicken is returned home

Yesterday Maureen and I had lots of fun with the chickens at the community chicken project coop. We thought - mistakenly as it turned out - that one of our girls had been escaping over the fence and taking herself on adventures about the village. So we postulated that it must be time to re-trim all those flight feathers (which allow them to take off). After trimming nearly all our birds however, we realised that we had an extra one which was not ours! Almost identical to ours, but definitely not ours! It then 'clicked' that this was probably the one which had been spotted wandering around the village - and taken for one of ours - and that we had trimmed the feathers unnecessarily. However, no harm done as it doesn't hurt them at all. We eventually tracked down the owner of the rogue chicken and returned her to her rightful coop. Apparently she really likes to go on walks and seemed to enjoy her time with our girls. Which was interesting, because we'd been led to believe that any new birds arriving in the coop are usually picked on terribly and bullied by the existing flock. It's nice to know that our girls extended a truly "Warm Wivenhoe Welcome" to the visiting bird.

So please do not be alarmed if you see lots of feathers on the floor of the coop - it was not a fox!

Many thanks to the Station Pub and all those lovely members of the community who at various points reported the wandering bird and put it into our coop. We are happy to receive any lost chickens as a 'holding pen' until rightful owners are found if it happens again in future.