2016 AGM Highlights

The Transition New Mills 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on 30th June. Here are the highlights:

  • Membership of Transition New Mills is now free to all. This was in response to relatively low paid membership levels, and to generate a wider sense of ownership and involvement. Most other Transition groups also offer free membership. All known supporters will be contacted and made aware of the change.
  • To counteract the loss of income for vital project set-up and routine administration costs, online giving is now possible at www.localgiving.com/transitionnewmills . This site has received lottery money to double any donation received in the first year, up to a total of £500.
  • Phil Frodsham and Julian Ashworth were elected onto the Administration Committee, leaving one vacancy. Sarah Brooks was subsequently co-opted as Treasurer until a replacement comes forward.
  • The reports on achievements, membership and finances (see blog post of 8th June) were noted.

The meeting was followed by an entertaining and inspiring talk from the successful New Mills Foodie Friends café. The aim of the café is to ‘fill bellies not bins’ by providing a cheap, sociable meal for anyone, using food rejected by supermarkets. It was particularly interesting to learn how they had delivered their project, and we will explore ways to work together in future. Many thanks to them all.

 

Transition New Mills July Dates

Here are the remaining dates for Transition activities in July:

Transition Drinks: Thursday 21st July, 7:30pm, Royal Oak

Come along whether it’s to talk about next steps for Incredible Edible, to float your latest idea or to preview the coming football season.

Balsam Bashing:

Sunday 24th July 10:30-12:30. Mousley Bottom. Meet at bottom of Station Road, working along riverside path area.

Monday 25th July and Monday 1 August 18:30 – 20:30. The Picker. Meet at bridge between Dye House Lane and  Hyde Bank Rd

Hope to see you at one or more of these!

Balsam Bashing New Dates

Happy bashers at the Picker

Happy bashers at the Picker

We are now well into our third year of trying to clear the New Mills area of the invasive alien weed Himalayan Balsam which is swamping our native flora. We are concentrating on 4 main areas : the Torrs, Goytside, the Picker and Mousley Bottom. We have already had 8 bashing sessions with over a dozen people involved.

We are really encouraged to find that there is a lot less balsam in the areas we have cleared over the last 2 years, and a variety of native plants are recolonizing the areas quickly – so we really are making a difference.

 Balsam bashes are easy and a great way to relieve stress! We would love to see you at one of the forthcoming events:

Sunday 3rd July   10.30 – 12.30   The Picker     Meet at junction of High St, Dye House Lane and Hyde Bank Rd    Leader : Chris Moore

 Monday 4th July  6.30 – 8.00pm  The Picker   Meet at junction of High St, Dye House Lane and Hyde Bank Rd  Leader : Chris Moore

 Sunday 10th July  10.30-12.30  Mousely Bottom  Meet at the bottom of Station Road  Leader: Julian Ashworth

 Monday 11th July  6.30-8.00pm  Goytside   Meet at Torrs Hydro  Leader: Julian Ashworth

Wear stout footwear. Long sleeves and gardening gloves are preferable (we can supply gloves if necessary)

If you can’t join us on any of these dates, please help by coming on a future organised bash, pledging to Pick a Patch of your choice or just pull as you walk. But please remember not to leave pulled and crushed plants on the path!

 Contact us on transitionnewmills.org or facebook.com/transitionnewmills

All Go with Transition New Mills!

The polls are coming to a close on the EU referendum, but there’s another chance to cast a vote next Thursday at the Transition New Mills AGM.

We are looking to elect 2 new committee members, and are seeking nominations for these posts. We rely entirely on the goodwill, time and enthusiasm of volunteers for all our activities, and without them, nothing will happen. So if you’re interested in getting involved in the running of the group, let us know by 18:30 next Thursday if you want to stand.

The AGM will start at 19:30, Thursday 30th June, at the Volunteer Centre on Union Road. Business will be completed by 20:00, at which point we are pleased to be able to bring you a talk and discussion by Father John Baines on the recently launched and very popular Foodie Friends Café, which uses surplus or rejected food from supermarkets to rustle up a great value 3 course meal in convivial surroundings for anyone who wants it.

The weekend before this, there will be a balsam bash at  10:30-12:30 on Saturday 25th June, in Mousley Bottom, around the riverside path. Meet at the DCC Rangers Hut.

And a few days after the AGM, on Saturday 2nd July, we will be having a stall at the One World Festival in High Lea Park, between 12:00 -17:00. We also need volunteers for this, even if you can only spend an hour or so – please let us know if you can help us out on this occasion.

Hope to see you at one or more of the above events!

AGM and Foodie Friends Cafe

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Our AGM this year features Father John Baines of St Georges Church who will talk about the recently launched Foodie Friends Café, a project which chimes strongly with Transition New Mills’ aims of bringing the community together to make our town fairer and more vibrant, whilst reducing waste.

The AGM will begin at 7.30pm, Thursday 30 June at the Volunteer Centre, Union Road. We’ll keep it short and from 8pm or before, we move on to the session with Father John. We’ll be out and finished by 9.30pm at the latest.

The AGM is the time to elect people to manage and facilitate activities for the group. We have an Administrative Group of 3 people, currently Julian Ashworth, Mike Daw and Angharad Hughes. However, both Mike and Angharad are stepping down this year so we have two vacancies. If you would like to nominate yourself for this group, please let us know. We can take nominations up to one hour before the meeting. If you’re thinking about seeking election to the Administrative group, do get in touch and one of us will be happy to talk with you about what’s involved (without any commitment!). Note that we’ll be asking each of the candidates to say a few words about themselves before holding the vote so, if you are nominating yourself, please come prepared.

Once again, the Steering Group aren’t proposing any changes to our constitution but if you wish to propose any, or any other motion, please let us know in advance so that we can make sure time is given to discuss and vote on them.

Everyone is welcome but you will only be able to vote at the AGM if you’re a member.

An agenda for the AGM plus this year’s reports are linked below. Please note that we have had to amend last year’s accounts because we uncovered a minor error relating to how much was allocated to grant expenditure so a new version is also below. The overall balances remain the same.

We hope to see you there!

AGM 2016 Agenda

Activity report 2015-16

Grants Summary 2016

Membership report 2015-16

Transition 2015 Accounts-Revised

Transition 2016 Accounts

 

Balsam Bashing June Dates

balsam bashers

We are into our third year of trying to clear the New Mills area of the invasive alien Himalayan Balsam which is swamping our native flora. We know it is going to be a long haul but we are already winning in some areas. So we need to renew and redouble our efforts this year

We are concentrating on 4 main areas : the Torrs, Goytside, the Picker and Mousley Bottom. We have already had 3 sessions and removed a lot of small balsam plants in the first three of these areas, allowing native plants to continue growing without getting shaded out. This year we have also been removing litter encountered at the same time.

The next organised bashes are scheduled for the following dates :

Monday 6th June  6.30 – 8.00pm  The Picker   Meet at junction of High St, Dye House Lane and Hyde Bank Rd  Leader : David Blowers

Monday 13th June  6.30 – 8.00pm  The Torrs   Meet at Torrs Hydro Leader : Jill Hulme

Saturday 25th June  10.30-12.30  Mousley Bottom  Meet at DCC Rangers Hut Leader: Julian Ashworth

Wear stout footwear. Gloves and long sleeves are more comfortable; we have some gloves for loan if you don’t have any yourself.

If you can’t join us on any of these dates, please help by coming on a future organised bash, pledging to Pick a Patch of your choice or just pull as you walk.

Pick up one of our new handy pocket guides on Himalayan Balsam from the Heritage Centre, Spring Bank Arts, or St Georges Parish Hall to help you.

Contact us at transition.newmills@gmail.com, or visit us at transitionnewmills.org or facebook.com/transitionnewmills

FREE RETROFIT ADVOCACY TRAINING OFFER

Transition New Mills is offering to cover the cost of training up to 4 New Mills residents to gain the knowledge and skills needed to motivate others in our community to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reducing carbon emissions, improving comfort and reducing fuel bills. The course is being hosted by the Carbon Coop, Manchester.
All we ask is that you undertake to help spread good practice back here in New Mills. Let us know if you’re interested before you book!
WHAT: Retrofit Advocacy Training
WHEN: 9.30-12:30pm, Sat 11th and 25th June 2016 (as this is a two-part course you need to attend both dates)
WHERE: URBED offices, 5th Floor, 10 Little Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1HR
COST: Members – FREE, Non Members – £10 (To be reimbursed by Transition New Mills)
LEADS: Helen Grimshaw, sustainability consultant, URBED and Julian Tomlin, consultant, Carbon Co-op committee member, and householder.
This simple, two-part, participatory course will enable local green volunteers to confidently discuss energy efficiency and inspire others to find out more about retrofit, whether on a stall at a local event, in a meeting or workshop, or with friends and family.
Delivered by a specialist retrofit consultants URBED and a householder with retrofit experience, the fun sessions will involve presentations, a quiz, group activities as well as a bit of homework.
The training has been designed to comply with the Carbon Literacy Standard and all successful completers will receive a Carbon Literacy Certificate
This training is for volunteers to provide first stop advice and support to other householders. It will not replace the technical expertise provided by industry professionals.
Please book early as spaces are limited.

Food and Climate Change

The next meeting of the Transition reading group is Monday June 27th, 8pm at Jill’s.
The topic will be food and climate change – here are links to some articles (most are short but with links if you’re interested in further research):
https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/livestock-climate-change-forgotten-sector-global-public-opinion-meat-and-dairy
It has been suggested that, for subsequent meeting/s, rather than all reading the same book we try something new! We each bring books we’ve found interesting to the June meeting, lend them out and then members of the group choose a book to read and present a ‘book report’ to the next meeting/s to provide the discussion topic. For example, Rick has several books on economics that he would be happy to lend out.
Please let Sue Cooper (suecoopernewmills@hotmail.com) know if you are planning to come to the June meeting.

Balsam Bashing Starts This Weekend!

Balsam Bashing 2016

We are into our third year of trying to clear the New Mills area of the invasive alien Himalayan Balsam which is swamping our native flora. We know it is going to be a long haul but we are already winning in some areas. So we need to renew and redouble our efforts this year.

We shall continue to concentrate on four main areas : the Torrs, Goytside, the Picker and Mousley Bottom.

The balsam is already popping up so we are starting to bash while it is still small. We hope you can join us on one of the first three organised bashing events :

Saturday 21 May  10-11.30am   meet at Torrs hydro

Sunday 22 May   10-11.30am   meet at Torrs hydro

Monday 23 May  6.30 – 8.00pm  meet at junction of High St, Dye House Lane and Hyde bank Rd

If you can’t join us on any of these dates, please help by coming on a future organised bash, pledging to Pick a Patch of your choice or just pull as you walk.

Please wear stout footwear, long sleeves are more comfortable

Contact us on transitionnewmills.org or facebook.com/transitionnewmills

Important Dates for your Diary

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There are 3 important dates coming up where we would really like to see you:

  1. New Mills Carnival; afternoon of Saturday 11th June
  2. AGM & Speaker(tbc);   7.30pm Thursday 30th June, Volunteer Centre
  3. One World Festival;  afternoon of Saturday 2nd July

We intend having a stall at the Carnival and One World Festivals, but we really need your help staffing it. If you are able to give even just an hour on these days it will help make this possible. It’s fun, and just involves finding out what people are interested in, telling them what we’ve been doing, and discussing what we’d like to do in future. And the weather has always been lovely!  Please let us know at transition.newmills@gmail.com if you can be of assistance.

This year’s AGM will be on the evening of Thursday 30th June, and we are lining up a topical speaker for the event. There will be 2 vacancies on the Administration Group, so we are keen to receive nominations from anyone who is interested in helping to run the group and make our town stronger, cleaner, fairer and more resilient. Let us know at transition.newmills@gmail.com to find out more or register your interest in these posts.

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