Guest visit for the autumn: Geoff Harper

In the autumn, we will have Geoff Harper of BuyLocal 2U attend one of our meetings where he will tell us about their discount card scheme supporting small local shops in the area.

Anyone interested in attending please let us know: t.stourbridge@googlemail.com

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Low carbon journey begins…

After a successful evening with Simon Ross of Marches Energy Agency – Transition Stourbridge is starting on its Low Carbon Community journey.

We will start by understanding our own energy consumption and how we can reduce it, before we move on to
supporting others in the Stourbridge area who would like to do the same.

Simon will run a 2 hour workshop on Energy Assessment for us during July as an initial step in the right direction.

More Projects for Transistion Stourbridge

We’ve taken on some more new projects as a result of a planning meeting, these include:

Community newspaper:

We are planning to create and distribute a kind of Positive News for Stourbridge. Please send in your ideas for a name and look out for when we request articles in case you’d like to feature. We will also soon start looking for funding for the project, so any ideas welcome.

Contact person: Odilia

Landshare:

We will start investigating this idea that creates connections between those who have garden space they cannot or do not wish to cultivate with those who want to grow things but have no space.

Contact person: Rosanne

Bag swap:

Roseanne will host another ‘bag swap’ Saturday where she offers a free cotton bag in exchange for shoppers’ plastic bags.

Contact person: Rosanne

River Stour walks:

We will organise some riverside walks for over the summer holidays to enjoy the river, do a bit of litter picking and to discover where the Stour flows locally.

Contact person : Rosanne

How to get involved/informed:

Project groups will meet as and when, according to their particular requirements. If you’d like to join a specific project please let us know by sending an email to: t.stourbridge@googlemail.com

Project archive: Spring 2009

FILM SERIES “Our Planet, Our Community, Our Future”

(in partnership with the Glasshouse Arts Centre)

Four films about global issues that impact locally on Stourbridge that were shown between January and May 2009.

FILM: MESSAGE IN THE WAVES A moving portrayal of life on the Hawaiian islands showing how the proximity of the sea has given local people a close-up view on how our use of plastics impacts on the environment. Captivating and informative.

FILM: END OF SUBURBIA This film takes us through the scenarios that we would face in the event of oil being less accessible. It indicates how our addiction to oil and the availability of ‘easy energy’ has lead to unsustainable town planning and an expansion of the suburban lifestyle. Engaging and challenging to watch.

FILM: THE POWER OF COMMUNITY With the sub-heading ‘How Cuba survived Peak Oil’, this film documents the various ways in which Cubans transformed their urban spaces for food production during a time of scarcity. Inspiring and enjoyable.

FILM: THE NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION William Mcdonough’s film takes us to the cutting edge of responsible business practice and shows how corporations and products can simultaneously be profitable, innovative and good for the environment. You’ll come away with hope for the future of business and the planet.

Each event was followed by a discussion forum for anyone interested in exploring local solutions to the points raised in the film.

LOVE WHAT’S LOCAL

Transition Stourbridge ran six monthly litter around the area of Stourbridge between January and June 2009.          We have some great green spaces around our town – the parks, canals, the River Stour and the historic monarch’s Way footpath – which are spoilt by littering. Our aim was to make a small contribution to improving these local areas, by giving them a bit of love and raising awareness locally of Transition Stourbridge.

Stourbridge Local Exchange Trading System (LETS)

Have you heard of the Local Exchange Trading System?

What is LETS?

LETS (Local Exchange and Trading Systems) are groups of people whose members exchange goods, skills and services with each other. Doing something for another member earns them the right to have things done themselves. And not a penny need change hands!

Why are we starting up a LETS scheme?

With the current economic climate, Transition Stourbridge is keen to get a LETS group going in the area in order to improve local ties within the community and to provide a way for people to find ways of buying and offering local goods and services. The advantages of the LETS system is that it strengthens connections between people and also makes use of the skills and productivity of a local area, so strengthening economic confidence and community cohesion.

How it will work?

LETS does not replace normal currency, but works alongside it. The scheme works on a membership basis with each person having a LETS account which is kept up to date by the LETS administrator.  In practice, the following scenario shows how it might work: imagine you need vegetables which ‘Anne’ has grown in her garden and instead of doing a straight swap, when she gives you the vegetables and she acquires units of value which she then uses toward ‘buying’ services from ‘James’ to repair a broken light fixture.

How do I find out more?

Transition Stourbridge is currently finding how many people in the Stourbridge area would be interested in joining a Stourbridge LETS scheme and will be sending out updates of their progress for those who wish to be kept informed.

If you’d like to join or get involved email us at: t.stourbridge@googlemail.com