We’re going to the One World Festival!

Transition New Mills will be having a stall at the One World Festival on Saturday 6th July at High Lea Park, 12-5pm.

Our aims that day will be:

  • to raise awareness of the group and what it aims to do
  • to encourage participation and actual delivery of projects through a ‘Win Your Project’ competition
  • to increase membership
  • to promote Clock New Mills sponsored walks for the Solar Schools project

The ‘Win Your Project’ will encourage people to suggest practical projects they would like to see happening in New Mills. Members will then be able to vote for their preferred one from a shortlist, and Transition New Mills, along with the project’s sponsor, will endeavour to make it happen!  So get your suggestions ready!

We will also be taking new and renewed membership on the day, so if you haven’t yet joined up this would be a good opportunity.

See you there!

Visit New Mills!

Visit New Mills is a group formed to promote the considerable natural and cultural assets of New Mills and foster the sustainable development of the local economy of the New Mills area for the benefit of the local community.

Transition New Mills member Barry Bate is an active member of the group, which has just produced its constitution VisitNewMillsconstitutionfinal.  They have also begun to formulate ideas for creating a Visit New Mills web site and (very recently) have developed a working relationship with the Friends of New Mills Stations group. Their work has strong connections with the local economy and transport themes that transition New Mills is keen to support.

The group hopes to be able to produce, and distribute for comment, a comprehensive Action Plan within the next few months.

We’ll keep you updated with progress as it happens!

Workshops about low carbon projects

I attended a excellent workshop a while ago that provided training and guidance on how to execute low carbon projects and bring your community with you. The workshops are being held again. So if you have a hankering to erect a wind-turbine, give Archie some company or slap some solar panels around the town, you’d do worse than attend one of these events. Here’s the info I got emailed. If you go, do let us know how it went and if you want to apply your new-found knowledge in New Mills…

Have booked your space at the next PlanLoCaL community energy event?

Are you involved with a community group through work or in a voluntary capacity which would benefit from resources and guidance on low carbon projects?

The four events in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Bristol will explore community approaches to energy efficiency and the Green Deal, showcasing the brand new PlanLoCaL toolkit and featuring some excellent guest speakers. You can sign up via the links below.

The different events will feature speakers from DECC, Green Deal Advice Midlands Ltd, Carbon Co-op, Energise Barnet, Bristol Green Doors, Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network, Co-operatives UK Community Shares Unit, as well as more to be confirmed!

And workshop sessions will include: Exploring roles in Green Deal; Understanding your area; Identifying funding; Managing Risk; Writing a community engagement strategy; Planning permissions; Housing Assessment Tool; Energy efficiency game.

We are able to offer travel bursaries to community group volunteers, and all attendees will get a free copy of the new PlanLoCaL pack. But sign up soon as places are filling up quickly!

Friday 5 July | The Priory Rooms, Birmingham | http://planlocalbirmingham.eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday 6 July | Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester | http://planlocalmanchester.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 12 July | Roots and Shoots, London | http://planlocallondon.eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday 13 July | Create Centre, Bristol | http://planlocalbristol.eventbrite.co.uk

Please feel free to pass these details on to your contacts. There’s more information in the attached flyer.

Best wishes

CSE Communities team

See www.planlocal.org.uk/planlocal-energyefficiency-and-community-green-deal  to view the new toolkit.

Email communities@cse.org.uk for more information.planlocal_EE_dissemination_event_flyer_2013