This is the report given by our chair, Ginny Lee to our Annual Network Meeting 28th, September 2016.
This year has been a reflective 12 months. The core Transition Malvern Hills group, (Myself, Robin, Ian and Dinah) has been investing the time in looking at ‘where next’ for TMH. We started this process by organising 6 weekly workshops, to discuss potential new projects, these were led by Richard Priestley, who has a wider vision and knowledge of low energy projects that are happening on a global as well as a local scale. The idea of the workshops was to reconcile the work of TMH within the Malvern area with the initiatives that have happened in the area. The conclusion was that many of us are now working on existing successful initiatives not leaving the manpower to begin new projects.
Our next step was to take an overarching view of our work since the grassroots Transition movement was brought to life in Malvern in 2007. Some of us remember those early days when we had a blank slate to work with – The question being ‘What was to be our first low carbon initiative?’ Much of it was about creating a medium to highlight the issues we will be facing with Global Warming being very much a reality that would affect us all. Hence the creation of the TMH calendar, this was distributed throughout Malvern advertising films, talks and projects led by founder volunteers. In 2009 our calendar had the following events:
- Transition Roadshow
- Pudding Club – Bring your favourite pudding to share & swap recipes
- Transition Drinks
- Breakfast on the Beacon
- Colwall Car Club meeting,
- Malvern Community Forest: Nest boxes for Spring
- Malvern Mulchers
- Network Meeting
- Gardener’s Question Time
- Malvern Community Forest: Nature Trails and Footpaths
- Alternative Energy Talk
- Transition Quiz
- Transition Tavern – Open Mic – Food & Drink to Share
- An illustrated talk on the problems caused by light spillage from poorly designed street lighting, floodlighting and security lighting,
- Fun activities for the young people at Malvern Youth Centre.
This stirs up a dose of nostalgia.
Ok, so where are we now?
Within Malvern we have, a Car share club, Electric bike hire scheme, Gas Lamp project to upgrade and reduce their gas use, a community centre (Malvern Cube), Raised Vegetable Bed project, Community Energy Company, Energy Tracers, Garden Share, Inner Transition, Repair Cafe, Malvern Food Alliance, Malvern Community Forest, Abundance, could there be more…
Next door in Colwall we have, Colwall Orchard Group
The work and energy that has gone into these sustainable projects is something we should all celebrate. Transition Malvern Hills is proud to have initiated some of these ideas and have supported the others that have grown from the need to recognise that a low carbon life style will benefit us all as well as protect our environment.
TMH would like to continue as a mouthpiece to promote and inspire others to continue to develop and grow new low energy projects, also to sign post existing and new initiatives.
How will we do this in the coming year? By continuing with our newsletter. We need help with this… Please let us know if this idea is something you would like to offer some of your time to help with and support.
Ginny Lee (Chair Transition Malvern Hills)