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We will be holding our Annual Network Meeting on 19th June 7:45pm at the Cube,  Select here for a map.

The main talk will be by Jon Halle, who is the co-founder of Sharenergy Co-operative, which has helped over 100 community energy groups across the UK to get up and running - from solar in Somerset to wind on Shetland. The talk is Sustaining the Energy, How to keep building community renewable energy in turbulent times.

There will also be a talk on the latest Zero Carbon Britain report by Robin Coates.

Select here to download the PDF of the poster.

For the formal part of the Annual Network Meeting here are:

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Transition Malvern Hills are putting on a course of 6 workshops led by Richard Preistley on Sustainable Malvern and Where Do We Go From Here?

The course is open to all with an aim of investigating how we, within the Malvern Hills district, approach making changes within our community  that can create a more sustainable and resilient society.

The course will be six sessions:

Thursdays 14th, 21st, 28th April, and 12th, 19th, 26 May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Manor Park Sports Club, Vaughan Hall, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2TL

The cost of these workshops will be £45 for the six workshops.

The poster for the workshops can be downloaded here

with Robin Coates

An invite to all Transition Malvern Hills members from the Inner Transition Group.

Monday October 26th at The Cube, 7.30 to 9.30pm (Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF)

What is the connection and complementarity between the Inner Transition Group and the other Transition Malvern Hills (TMH) projects?

And what is the connection and complementarity between our Inner Transitions and the Outer Transitions that we would like to see in the world?

This session will explore this question - hopefully with members representing many aspects of TMH activities present.

This session fits with our theme of Recovering the Wisdom of Gaia in the sense that Gaia is a complex interconnected system of apparently enormously different life forms and physical systems. 

So we will look at our similarities and differences and how they can/could complement one another. Part of the process will be using the idea that we are all part of a learning and adapting system.

This event is open to all members of TMH - we hope as many as possible will attend.

ballot-158828_1280If you've ever wondered how to compare parties on their  environmental policies, here are some ideas on question to ask.

Guiding principles

What importance does the party give to environmental issues?

Economics

Are any steps being taken to encourage the thrifty use of finite resources?
Is endless growth the only way run an economy?

Food

In what ways are you looking at land use to ensure support for local farming and a sustainable food supply?

Waste

How will your party significantly reduce the amount of waste produced through encouraging waste reduction at source?

Energy

How will your party reduce society’s dependency on oil?
How can less energy be used?
How will the production of renewable energy be encouraged?
(NB oil and gas are cheap now, but the market is volatile)
How would you run the Green Deal to make it easier to understand?

Transport

What policies does your party have improve transport infrastructure and to integrate public transport?

Tax

How do tax breaks/subsidies for renewable energy production compare with breaks/subsidies for fracking/conventional energy?

Housing

As a high percentage of the UK’s current housing stock is ageing and poorly insulated, would your party introduce a nationwide affordable home insulation programme help reduce fuel poverty?

Rural issues and rural poverty

To what extent does your party recognise rural poverty and how does it perceive its policies may have different impacts town and in the countryside?
(eg bus passes, fuel duty, cavity insulation)

Where to look

Party websites, publications, meetings, canvassers… Good luck!

This article first appeared in our March to June 2015 Newsletter

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.

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 [sf_email]greenleafjan@gmail.com[/sf_email]