September Newsletter

Welcome to the first Transition New Mills newsletter, straight to your inbox as requested by the vast majority of people in our survey earlier this year.
It will also be posted on Facebook and the blog for those who would prefer to access it this way.
Here’s the top stories for September:
New Mills Primary School Edible Garden nominated for New Mills Community Award!
Transition members who worked with New Mills School to create the fantastic Edible Garden have been recognised in the New Mills Honour Awards. The project, covered on the Incredible Edible New Mills facebook page, has been really well received by the school and the children, who have grown some fantastic vegetables and used it as a learning resource. Many thanks to all the wonderful Transition New Mills members who made this happen; we look forward to further developments next year.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved in the next stage of the Incredible Edible project, please drop us a line at
Incredible Edible at Apple Day
Transition New Mills Incredible Edible have been invited by the New Mills Community Orchard to have a stand at the annual Apple Day celebration in the High Lea Orchard 2-4pm on Sunday 25th September. The event is part of the Festival, and is a very popular, family oriented occasion.
It’s a great opportunity to encourage people to get involved with the Incredible Edible project in the town’s premier example of local community food production, but we need your help to make it happen.
If you can help create or man a stall, or have any good suggestions for fun interactive activities, please let us know on
Quizit for Transition – Thursday 15th September
Transition New Mills will be the beneficiaries of the popular New Mills Pub Quiz at 9pm on Thursday 15th September, at The Pride of The Peaks.
Really hope you can get a team there, or join ours if you want.
Hope to see you there!
Reading Group Date
The Reading Group will meet at 8pm on Monday Sept 12th, for another round of stimulating discussion based on books that some members have read recently, including ‘Inventing the Future’ by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek, and ‘Postcapitalism’ by Paul Mason.
All are welcome, please email for details.
Local Giving site
As you know, membership of Transition New Mills is now free, but we’re encouraging donations of as much as you want to give, through our LocalGiving site. This has a number of advantages – they will match your donation using lottery money so it’s got twice the value, it’s easy, and secure. If you haven’t got round to donating yet please do, as we rely on this income to get projects off the ground. we’re concentrating on getting Incredible Edible off the ground, and continuing tree planting and the balsam project as funding priorities this year.
You can donate quickly easily and securely here (and double your money!):
Free Seeds!
Here’s a couple of free and easy things you can do to help biodiversity:
  • We planted hundreds of trees last year at Thornsett School. This year, we’d encourage you to collect a few tree seeds such as acorns, ash, beech or conkers that you see lying around, and plant them in a bit of compost in a small pot. Keep them outside over winter, they’ll start to grow in Spring and then we can plant them out.
  • Grow Wild are giving away packets of wildlife seeds, so if you’d like to transform an area of your garden and benefit wildlife, register for some here:
Another Type of Balsam Bash
Calling everyone who has kindly helped bash the balsam this year – we are celebrating the end of the season with a curry – probably the weekend of 1st/2nd October. Pencil it in your diary for now and we’ll have more details nearer the time.
Our friends at New Mills festival help us with insurance for balsam bashing events. As the festival gets into full swing, they are really keen to get volunteers for the famous Lantern Parade 24th September 6.30-9pm. If you can help, please let them know on
Feedback: we’d love to know what you thought of the newsletter, and what sort of things you want to read about in future editions. If you have any comments, or suggestions for future articles, please let us know on

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