The Transition initiative for the communities in and around the Malvern Hills area is gathering pace. This website has ideas, information and action.
To get involved or see what is happening locally check the Events section, or read about/contact the Working Groups, where the practical action takes place.
Find out more
If you are new to the ideas behind transition, read our Introductory article, and also take a look at the Reference section for where it came from and how it is developing elsewhere.
Get in touch via our general contact form to join the mailing list or to send a message on anything. TMH also has a Facebook group, and there is a bunch of videos from events on YouTube.
Events coming up
Mon 18th August, 7:45 pm at Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern. WR14 2YF
Short clips from the Professor David Mackay talk at the Institution of Engineering and Technology Clerk Maxwell Lecture, discussing the energy and climate challenge from a UK perspective, followed by discussion. Practical workshop using the 2050 calculator tool.
Thursday 28th August, from 7:30 pm at The Morgan, Clarence Rd, Malvern, WR14 3EQ
Come and enjoy a drink and a chat – everyone welcome.
Sat 6th September, 10am to 1pm, at Malvern Vale Community Centre, Swinyard Road, Malvern, WR14 1GU
Do you want to save time and money? Don’t throw items away before you visit the Repair Cafe. This session at Malvern Vale Community Centre.
Friday 19th September, 7 pm for 7.30 start, Friends Meeting House, 1 Orchard Road, Malvern WR14 3DA
Polly Higgins calls herself “a lawyer for the earth” and over the last four years has built a global campaign to make ecocide the fifth crime against peace, to be tried alongside crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. This year she is giving the Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture and has just won Campaigner of the Year and Overall Champion Award at the People and Environment Awards in London. The Ecologist named her as one of the top ten environmental thinkers today.
After the talk, there will be a discussion about how we educate for earth rights.
All welcome, donations towards costs appreciated (up to £5).
See the calendar grid elsewhere on this page, or go to the calendar list for more events plus venue details.
..to its own new, very exciting and interesting website: malvernhillsfoodalliance.org.uk and we look forward to seeing you all there!
Big thanks to Transition Malvern Hills (TMH) for hosting us for the first 18 months of our existence!
Any correspondence specifically for TMH Food Group should continue to be posted here.
An entertaining history of ‘Growing your own’ in song, verse and humorous sketches! On Friday 14th March at Malvern Cube.
The show is a light-hearted ‘potted’ history of ‘growing your own’ and is a fast moving, humorous and engaging production involving narration, songs, poetry, music and sketches. Digging for Victory, The Horticultural Show, slugs, pests, neighbourly rivalries and even a bit of romance are all there – for those who enjoy a ‘sing’, there is also plenty of opportunity to join in.
‘Merry Tiller’ features a cast of eleven talented local actors, singers and musicians and lasts approximately seventy minutes.
Friday March 14th, doors open 7pm, at Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2YF. Tickets £5 (from The Cube 01684 575363 or on the door). Pdf Flyer for Merry Tiller (191KB)
Bar available with local beer and cider. A light supper will be available before the performance (not included in ticket price).
Come and browse exhibits by local food and growing groups.
Evening organised by Transition Malvern Hills and Malvern Hills Food Alliance.
Community vegetable growing at the Cube
At the Cube we have the first community vegetable growing project in Malvern with 10 raised beds. Community growing makes it lighter work, shares knowledge well and handles gluts as many people can benefit from the produce. TMH have several other food based initiatives and are also partners with the Malvern Hills Food Alliance. Food growing and preparation have enormous potential for not only lowering our Carbon Footprint but improving our health, fitness and wellbeing.
In a previous article we set out the case for Local Community Energy Co-operatives as a valuable way forward in reducing our reliance on damaging fossil fuel energy sources. Now Malvern Community Energy Co-operative (MCEC, set up by Transition Malvern Hills) is offering you the opportunity to invest in this attractive, ethical investment in community renewable energy generation.
There are now examples in the UK and a very large number of community schemes in the rest of Europe. To see some of the UK schemes visit www.sharenergy.coop, local examples are Leominster Solar PV panels on the leisure centre, Woolhope Woodheat Biomass boilers and wood supply and Neen Sollars Community Hydro.
MCEC has a team of 10 volunteers determined to make this work locally. We are now completing the Share Offer document so that local people can decide whether they want to join us as members of the Co-op by subscribing/investing in our first project to put Solar PhotoVoltaic panels on the Malvern Cube.
We have chosen the Cube as our first building because of the additional social value we can create by reducing the Cube’s electricity bills, as well as being capable of delivering a modest return to MCEC’s members/community subscribers. Could you be one of them? The minimum shareholding is £250. We are still finalising the sums but we expect the average annual rate of return to be in excess of 3% for non tax payers and more than twice that for tax payers.
There will be a Launch meeting for the Share Offer at the Cube at 8pm on the 10th March. We are collecting details of people interested in investing so we can keep them up to date.
If you are interested or even excited about this new and very important venture, contact at www.malverncommunityenergy.org
MCE Poster for circulation and display (pdf).
UPDATE: link to share offer information
Malvern Hills Green Party is holding its annual fund-raising Burns Night Ceilidh on Friday 24th January from 7.30 pm to midnight at Malvern Cube. The popular Canon Frome Community based group, The Loose Canons, are playing again after their success at the 2013 event, and the move from West Malvern Village Hall to the Cube ensures that there is more space for dancing!
The ticket price of £8.00 (in advance), £10.00 on the door, £25.00 for a family of four includes a light ploughman’s meal. Draught local ale, cider, wine and soft drinks will also be on sale. You can reserve tickets in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 1st February 9.30 am to 4.30pm.
Venue: The Fold. Bransford. Worcester
A powerful one day workshop to reflect on what’s really important for you to live a more satisfying life.
By the end of the day you will feel clear to make changes and decisions that truly support who you are.
Whilst farming the delightful land around here for around 40 years I have become increasingly concerned for the state of our wonderful earth. We live on this amazing planet and yet whilst science tells us that business as usual is not an option, society as a whole often seems like rabbits caught in headlights unable to act or change.
This work brings us into contact with what we are truly grateful for and what we most struggle with. Bringing these polarities into consciousness clarifies our perspective and from this new place we can make more powerful decisions. And whilst we come to terms with learning to live with uncertainty we see a far more positive possible outcome.
Cost: £60.00, £40.00 or £20.00 subject to income including lunch.
Early booking recommended. Pre-booking essential - please contact Kirsti on T 01823 662934 M 07798 67 67 96
For more information see:-
http://www.joannamacy.net/ – This powerful workshop is based on Joanna Macy’s life affirming ‘Work That Reconnects’, a tried and tested approach for exploring our lives in relation to the state of our world.
Repair Cafe is on third Saturday in each month. See Flyer for Repair Cafe_Oct13 for details.