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Member Survey still open

Transition Stratford Member? Have you completed our online member survey yet? We’re leaving it open until the end of December to give you a chance to have your say.

Need the link again? – email and we’ll re-send it.

Can you help us?

We’ll be spreading the word about Harvestshare and all our other great projects this weekend – 26th and 27th September 2015 – at Mary Arden’s Farm at Wilmcote near Stratford. We still need help picking apples in their lovely orchard on Saturday morning and on the stall, especially on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to meet folk, have a go at apple pressing, sell some cloth bags, juice and jams and generally have a good time.

So if you think you can help please drop us an email at IMAG0101

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Plastic getting on top of you?

For those of you interested in reducing your plastic and finding out more about its impact on the environment the Plastic is Rubbish site is an interesting read. If you get inspired to try your own plastic challenge pop over to our own list  of hints and tips.

On Saturday 26 May 2012 we created scupltures from the plastic collected during the Plastic Challenge fortnight. This shows a plastic "growth" on a tree on the Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon, with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the background

On Saturday 26 May 2012 we created scupltures from the plastic collected during the Plastic Challenge fortnight. This shows a plastic “growth” on a tree on the Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon, with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the background


Join us at our Summer Meeting 26th July 2015 at 2pm, Lifeways CV37 6PG.

Come along to our members’ meeting to find out what we do and how you can get involved.

We have a guest speaker, organic gardener and keen advocate of environmentally friendly gardening Judith Conroy who’ll be joining us at 2pm .

We follow our meetings with a shared tea, so why not bring a plate of something shareable and join garden harvest

Come to the Repair Cafe!

Don’t throw things away if they can be repaired! That’s the message of Stratford’s first-ever Repair Café which is taking place next Saturday 28 March as part of the Warwickshire Week of Thrift.

Repair Cafes are places where you can get things repaired, find out how to do repairs yourself, and have fun as well as coffee and cake! Since the first Repair Café opened in Amsterdam in October 2009, hundreds have been run around the world – showing people how simple repairs can give things a new lease of life.

The Stratford Repair Café will be held in the Ken Kennett Centre on Justins Avenue, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0DA from 11.00 am – 3.00pm on Saturday 28 March. There will be volunteer repairers on hand with expertise in sewing, knife sharpening, simple electrical and woodwork repairs, and general household repairs. All repairs will be carried out free, though owners may be asked to pay for new parts if these are needed.

“Too often we throw things away if they stop working when a simple repair might keep things going for a long time to come,” says Tanya Butchers of Transition Stratford, who has been organising the event. “A Repair Café offers simple repairs for free as well as showing owners how things might be fixed in the future. There’s also an opportunity to learn and to meet with others over a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake.”

A Repair Café is not a substitute for a professional repairer, says Tanya. “If the repair is beyond the capacity of our volunteer repairers, we’ll try to advise where it might be fixed,” she said. “The Repair Café is not competing with specialist repair businesses: in fact we want to encourage people to use local professionals. That’s why Transition Stratford has compiled a list of local repair businesses which will be available free at the Repair Café.”

For more information about the Repair Café, contact Transition Stratford on 01789 298503. Continue reading

Discover the lost arts of thrifty (and low carbon) living

Transition Stratford’s next Quarterly Meeting on Sunday 25 January will be looking at some of skills needed for low carbon living.

One thing we know about low carbon living – and that is that we need to repair things rather than throw them away. And this is not difficult, as it’s how we all lived until a few decades ago, when it was called “thrifty living”!

So from knife sharpening to trouser patching, from repairing bike punctures to changing plugs, the meeting will be inviting people to share their skills with others. And if you don’t think you’ve got skills to share – then come along and tell us what you would like to know.

The meeting is the beginning of work in preparation for running a repair cafe in Stratford at the end of March as part of this year’s Warwickshire Week of Thrift, so if you have skills you would like to share but can’t make the Sunday’s meeting, why not get in touch on 01789 298503.

Sunday’s meeting will take place at the Ken Kennett Centre, 100 Justins Avenue, Stratford-upon-Avon, starting at 2.00 and ending with a bring-and-share tea around 4.00 pm.

Harvest Share gets under way

Transition Stratford’s Harvest Share, which collects fruit that would otherwise go to waste and puts it to good use, has started its fourth season of harvesting.

The scheme, which is one of the largest of its type in the country, launched at the beginning of August, and collected a quarter of a tonne for fruit in its first two weeks. Harvest Share will run until late October, and during that time will be making regular deliveries of boxes of free fruit to local care homes and children’s groups, and processing other fruit into juice, jams and chutneys.

To take part – either through picking or helping to sort and distribute fruit, contact Harvest Share on 01789 298503 or e-mail Jam makers especially welcome!

Transition Stratford meeting hears extreme energy warning

Transition Stratford is setting up a contact group to keep in touch with local “extreme energy” developments after hearing that an announcement is likely in the next two months of the award of licences to explore for oil and gas in the western part of Stratford on Avon District, up to and including the town of Stratford upon Avon itself.

Independent environmental researcher Paul Mobbs told a meeting organised by Transition Stratford that the Government had invited bids for licences over a large part of the country in 2010. It seemed that decisions on the award of licences have already been made, but the Government was delaying announcements until after the European elections towards the end of May.

Paul’s talk on “extreme energy” – the unconventional extraction of oil and gas, like fracking – identified a greater local risk in plans for underground coal gasification (UGC) to the north-east of Leamington Spa. Here Cluff Coal has made an application for the first on-shore UGC site in Britain. Paul said that though UGC was first piloted in the 1930s, there has yet to be a successful commercial scheme anywhere in the world. And from the point of view of pollution, UGC is arguably worse than fracking.

Paul’s well-attended talk was focused on the different ways in which oil and gas companies are seeking to tackle the long-term decline in conventional oil and gas production with unconventional new extraction techniques. All were more expensive than conventional production – so they would not bring down fuel costs. And all increased the risks of pollution, which would damage land and adversely affect people’s health.

Paul said although politicians and business leaders are unswervingly positive about extreme energy, those working on the subject professionally are much more cautious. There is an increasing volume of high quality research, mainly from the United States, showing the environmental pollution and the effects on health of extreme energy projects. This research also showed that our understanding of the nature of the problems caused by techniques like fracking need to change. In the case of fracking, for example, the significant problems with pollution tended to arise not from drilling but from the difficulties in disposing of the large volumes of polluted water used in the extraction process.

To join Transition Stratford’s group to stay in touch with these issues, contact us at