- 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: https://www.growwilduk.com/content/claim-your-free-packet-wild-flower-seeds
Membership of Transition New Mills is now free; but you can donate online and we’ll double your money!
At our recent Annual General Meeting, we voted to make it easier for people to become members of Transition New Mills. So we scrapped the annual charge and made membership free, as we felt that this was a fairer and more inclusive way of doing things.
Being a member needn’t mean doing anything more than what you do already as a supporter of Transition New Mills. Of course we hope that you’ll get actively involved in some projects, and vote at the AGM, but if you’re just interested in what’s happening and nothing more, that’s fine.
We’ll be checking with all our supporters on our contact list, and any new contacts, to make sure they’re happy with this and still want to be kept in touch with a new monthly newsletter. We’ll also check that they’re all still eligible: basically, as long as you either work, rest or play within New Mills, then you can be a member.
We have also made donating to Transition New Mills much easier and fairer. Now you can donate online whenever you want, for whatever amount you are comfortable giving. And in a fantastic introductory offer, we have teamed up with charity Localgiving and the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery to match any online donation, doubling our income at a stroke!*
We’d really love to take maximum advantage of this offer, so that we can do more of the things you want to see and do, such as:
- expand Incredible Edible New Mills – more outside classrooms, more planters around the town and more edible plants
- more organised balsam bashes and equipment
- more visiting speakers
- keep the website running and up to date
- improve publicity
Many thanks for being a supporter; together we can go from strength to strength to make the town stronger and greener. Please do check out the Localgiving page at:
* Up to £500, and until April 2017
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at transitionnewmills.org or facebook.com/transitionnewmills