What Shall We Eat? considering carbon, welfare and wellness.

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Powys Transition Towns and Low Carbon Communities network (PTLCC) invite you to our 2016 conference, on the subject of food, in all its glory. How can we ensure that our diet nourishes us, our communities, our land, our fellow creatures and our planet?

Our keynote speaker is Patrick Holden CBE of the Sustainable Food Trust, and past Director of The Soil Association (1995-2010)  We also welcome Mark Williams,(local farmer and columnist); Emma Maxwell (Cultivate – community gardening); Pamela Mason (Nutrition author and researcher),  Helen Porter, (Animal welfare), Annie Levy and Jane Powell (Food values and social change); Alan Fay (on flexitarianism)

The conference will aim to consider the broadest possible view of Food. There are very few things more fundamental to our well being than food. And the way that we grow and relate to our food affects all our other well being needs – it impacts on the quality of our environment and our relationship with it, on our communities and families, and on our livelihoods.
Celebrating the power of the earth to nourish and delight us, we’ll look at many important matters relating to food production, distribution and consumption.
This will be an exciting day of speakers, workshops, networking opportunities and much more. Come along and join the discussion!

There will be a full day of talks, workshops, displays, networking and a panel discussion to conclude.

The ticket price (£10 waged, £5 unwaged, bursaries available) includes lunch and refreshments, but not the non-refundable booking fee.

Book early to avoid disappointment and for an enjoyable and thought provoking day.

For more information contact Sally Owen – admin@powystransition.org.uk

and to book –Book Here

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Spring Update

Well, here we are, the days are getting longer, and everything is greening up, despite the chilly weather.

A big welcome to Cultivate in Newtown, who are now the newest member of Powys Transition and Low Carbon community network.  Find out all about them on their website

The videos from our conference, Powys REconomics, are now available to watch – just click on the links below.

The Winter school was a great success – we had very positive feedback from the participants.  The Media Resource Centre looked after us very well, and the tutors were excellent.  I will be posting lots of photographs and resources here and on our facebook page shortly.  In the meantime, here are a couple of photos…..Group_photo2Naresh-Change_model2

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Prospectus 2015/2016

 Permaculture for Transition (2 days)

Date: Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th March 2016

Trainers: Marina O’Connell & Ros Bedlow, Transition Network

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Have you ever wondered what Permaculture has to do with Transition? This weekend should help to define that relationship and how to use permaculture in your transition work. This weekend will be both practical, taking the design principles of permaculture and helping you to see how to apply those to projects and enterprises, as well as taking a look at the theory of permaculture.

Permaculture is a creative, ethical approach for designing any process so that it flows with rather than against nature. Traditionally applied to land-based projects, modern permaculture embraces all the community driven projects undertaken by the Transition Towns movement. By designing our actions to encompass the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares, we can make our work in Transition more effective and harvest a greater yield of energy and participation from our communities.

This course covers

  • What is Permaculture?
  • Applying the Permaculture Principles and Ethics to Transition.
  • Using Permaculture “Zones” and “Sectors”.
  • Inner Transition and Permaculture “Zone 00”.
  • Permaculture Design Tools applied to Community Projects.
  • Practical Design project: design your own event or social enterprise.
  • How to Improve communication
  • People Care in your local Initiative

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Real World Economics (2 days)  (This course has already taken place)

Date: Saturday 6th / Sunday 7th February 2016

Trainer: Inez Aponte, Transition Network

 

 It’s the end of ‘business as usual’. The time has come to weave together a new social reality in alignment with our values, and to create an economic system that benefits us all – a system that breaks through the false dilemma of austerity and consumption.

This course is one of the products of the Well & Good Project and is designed for community activists and organisers, policy makers, development workers, advocates for the ‘new economy’ and anyone interested in sparking community-led change.

We explore a new approach to creating local economic change based on real life needs, increasing wellbeing, and taking effective action led by community groups.

The course includes practical tools to engage your community, thought provoking presentations, group discussions and fun interactive exercises that will equip you to be an effective change-maker in your community

 

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Service of Remembrance for Diana Greaves 11th December.

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It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that the wonderful Di Greaves passed away, at home, peacefully, with her family around her, on the 25th November. She will be very very sorely missed and fondly remembered, and leave a huge gap. Her kindness and energy were unparalleled. She was buried on Friday 11th December at a green burial site near to her first Powys home and there was  a Service of Remembrance at 3:00pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Llandrindod, followed by refreshments at the nearby New Life Church. Many people from all walks of life came together to celebrate this extraordinary, wonderful, lady’s life.  We were very blessed to have known her.

 

 

2015 PTLCC Conference

 

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Powys REconomics

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REthink! RElocalise!   DEcarbonise!

Saturday 17th October 2015

at The Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells

10:45am – 3:30pm (doors open at 10:00am)

Conference fee includes lunch & refreshments: £10 waged, £5 unwaged  (plus booking fee **), see also Bursaries below*

Advance booking essential

Book here

The conference hosts:

The Powys Transition & Low Carbon Communities network (PTLCC) and the REconomy Project are both part of the Transition Network, a global grassroots movement of communities seeking to strengthen their resilience to problems including climate change, rising energy prices, economic uncertainty and inequality.

What the conference is about:

More and more people are recognising that we need to move away from the ‘business as usual’ economic model based on perpetual growth in consumption and towards something that helps build resilience rather than destroy it.

This conference will focus on the exciting possibility of local communities transforming the economic destiny of rural mid Wales and offering opportunity and hope despite the challenges.

We will consider the ways in which rural communities can create new sustainable livelihoods and enterprises and exert real influence on their local economic systems, as we look at systems of trade and exchange that are more sustainable, equitable and anchored in wellbeing, rather than economic growth at any cost.

How do we make the local economy more vibrant?

What are the ways we can ensure sustainable livelihoods?

Where are the examples of doing business and community differently?

How can we continue to learn and support each other locally and regionally around jobs, services, education and training?

Who should attend:

The conference is aimed at everyone interested in learning more about sustainable rural economies whether from personal, community, business, local government, or academic point of view.

Attendees can expect to take home inspiration for their own next steps as well as ways to bring about strategic change in rural economies and support the development of sustainable communities and livelihoods.

Programme:

There will be plenary speakers in the morning and a choice of workshops/case study sessions in the afternoon. Full details of the programme to be published in due course.

Topics include:

  • New ways of looking at money: Positive Money and Green Economics

  • REconomy and local economic change, 20 Key Enterprises & the Transition Enterprise Handbook

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell cars and a circular economy model of private transport provision

  • The potential role of the railway in rural economies

  • Social Enterprises and Cooperatives

  • One Planet Housing and Community Land Trusts

  • Community Renewable Energy Cooperatives

Speakers/Presenters include:

  • Mike Membery, Powys Transition & Low Carbon Communities network

  • Anna Lodge & Fiona Ward, REconomy Project, Transition Network

  • David Edwards, Heart of Wales Line Forum

  • Andrew Fryer, Llangattock Green Valleys

  • Martin Goulder, Calon Cymru

  • Hugo Spowers, River Simple

  • Nicholas Wilson, Wales Cooperatives Centre

  • Mick Brown, Robert Owen Community Bank

  • Tao Wimbush, Lammas ecovillage project

*Bursary places available

A small number of free places are available for Powys residents in need. Please contact Sally (admin@powystransition.org.uk) to apply.

**(Booking fee £1.25 waged, £0.96 unwaged.  Eventbrite applies a percentage based booking fee to all money transactions. However it provides a free service to all free events, and this includes a wide range of socially useful events.  So, part of your booking fee is supporting this service)

The event is generously supported by:

PAVO –  One Powys Connecting Voices

Friends Provident Foundation via REconomy Project

Renew Wales

The Hotel Metropole

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PTLCC Survey and Free Prize Draw

We have a winner!  

Sue Stickland, renowned organic gardening author, was the lucky winner of our £250 prize draw.

Here you can see PTLCC chairman Mike Membery presenting her with her cheque.  She told us…. ” I plan to spend some of the prize money on some energy saving measure (yet to be decided) for us here at Rose Cottage, and some of it on the Newtown community garden – maybe something for their kitchen which feeds all the volunteers on work days.”

 

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The survey will run again next year.  There will be another chance to win, watch this space, take part, and you might be next year’s lucky one.

 

The survey is now closed for this year.

Many thanks to all who took part.

 

 

 

 

The PTLCC network has been working with researchers (A Sustainable Place CIC) to develop our questionnaire survey, which is now live and can be found here
http://www.tinyurl.com/ptlccsurvey2015
The survey is a chance for you to tell us about the issues you think are important and what you would like us and the Local Service Board to be doing to make your community a better place.
Everyone (over 18 and living in Powys) who completes the survey can enter our FREE £250 PRIZE DRAW!!!!
Closing date – 31st May (12 midnight)

Your local Transition or Low Carbon Community will be helping to run the survey, so if you need help, contact us to help find your nearest group.

Members of the PTLCC network will be attending Llandrindod Well’s May Fair on the 4th May, http://www.transitionllandrindod.org.uk/joomla/community/54/241-llandrindod-may-fair-monday-4th-may-2015 and the RWAS Spring Festival on the 16th and 17th May, http://www.rwas.co.uk/spring-festival/ so if you’d like to know more about the survey and our other work, why not come and find us.

Zero Carbon Powys – an excellent day with wonderful speakers and participants.

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A few pictures – find some more soon in the photo gallery on the events page.

A REALLY full day in a FANTASTIC venue, with wonderful food and diverse and fascinating people.

 

Who could ask for more?   Before we bring you more excitement – why not engage some more with the topics that  Nick Talbott from Transition Llandrindod has very kindly produced for us from the sheets produced on the day.- coming soon, watch this space.

ZERO CARBON POWYS PTLCC CONFERENCE Nov 8th

“We have everything we need to create a positive future.”

Paul Allen. www.zerocarbonbritain.org

 Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities invite you to their forth-coming conference “ZERO CARBON POWYS: Rethinking the Future for our Rural Communities” on Saturday 8th November 2014,from 10.00 to 16:00 at the beautiful new venue “Wales Institute for Sustainable Education,” within the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth.

This conference will discuss the latest Zero Carbon Britain report, which shows that it IS possible to protect our planet without hardship!

The keynote speaker will be PAUL ALLEN the Zero Carbon Britain project leader, and our conference will be of great interest to everyone who is concerned with building sustainable and resilient communities anywhere in rural Britain.

 Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities Network (PTLCC)

PTLCC links and supports the many groups in Powys working actively towards building thriving sustainable communities.

Zero Carbon Britain “We have the technology to power ourselves with 100% renewable energy, to feed ourselves sustainably and to leave a safe and habitable climate for our children and future generations. Using only current technology and acting in line with the current climate science, we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero whilst maintaining a modern standard of living. We can provide a reliable energy supply for the UK with 100% renewable energy sources and flexible carbon neutral back up, without fossil fuels, nuclear power, or gambling on the promise of future technology. We can grow the vast majority of the food we need for a healthy, low carbon diet, and manage our land to capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and increase the health and resilience of our ecosystems. We can create 1.5 million jobs, improve our wellbeing, and help ensure the future we leave for our children and generations to come is safe and sustainable.”

The ticket charge of £5 has been made possible through the support of the Connecting Voices programme; concessions and group discounts are also available. We want to make this conference affordable to all, so please do not hesitate to contact our administrator Sally Owen admin@powystransition.org.uk for details.

If you would like to offer or find a lift share to the event contact Sally Owen, as above.

Supported by PAVO, the BIG Lottery Fund and RENEW Wales

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Charts from Spring Conference2014

The charts (linked to below), were produced in “open space” workshops at our Spring Conference in March.

These produced lively discussions about climate change and people’s attitude to it, a wide ranging exploration of food systems, the support available from Transition Network, the challenge of encouraging and supporting volunteers, and the potential of  linking wind power and electric biking.

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Click on the links to view the charts.

 

Climate Change facts

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