PTLCC Conference/Gathering 2017

ROUTE MAP TO A LOW CARBON FUTURE –….what shall we do about transport?….


Saturday October 14th @ Clyro Court, nr Hay on Wye

Powys Transition and Low carbon Communities network invite you to our final OPCV lottery supported Autumn Conference.

Put the date in your diary now! Two keynote speakers – Paul Allen of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain and Mike Woolacott of the National Low Carbon Centre, and useful workshops, on the subject of lowering the carbon footprint of our transport. Rob Cummings will give an update on Riversimple’s hydrogen car.

Tickets include lunch and refreshments.

In keeping with this year’s theme, there will be a FREE return bus from Machynlleth to Clyro, picking up on the way at Llanidloes, Rhayader, Llandrindod, Builth, (Llyswen).

~~~~~~~~~~~Book here Eventbrite booking page~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AM -Speakers

Paul Allen Zero Carbon Britain, Mike Woolacott National Low Carbon Centre

PM- Workshops, demonstrations and discussions

Paul Allen …Mike Woolacott,…. Andrew Capel Llanidloes Car Club; Jon Hodges Electric bikes; Paul Evans Neil Lewis  Electric cars, Alan Fay PTLCC Chair……..

Can we travel less? • Future of electric cars • Public Transport options • Methane buses? • Cycling • Waterways • Community car clubs • Local Food • Repair Reuse Reduce • and YOUR ideas

  • formal talks in the morning •informal gathering in the afternoon (open informal “roundtable” workshops) • take a look at electric cars and electric bikes • varied transport related displays.

We have a planned programme but there will be an opportunity to vary it to fit.

You can extend the discussion, while reducing your carbon footprint, by taking the opportunity to travel to the conference on our FREE minibus.

Conference fee includes lunch and refreshments (£10 waged, £5 unwaged)

Book here Eventbrite booking page

Clyro Court, Baskerville Hall, Clyro, nr Hay on Wye HR3 5LE

Powys Transition Winter School 2017

We have a great programme of training days for you coming up now. Starting with Storytelling for Changemakers with Inez Aponte (fully booked – but if enough people request, we will repeat this) this weekend, and continuing on every Saturday in March. Subjects include Community Orchards, Setting up Repair Cafes, Community Woodlands and Vegetable Fermenting with Annie Levy. Find more details here

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

Here is a report of one experience of the day from Transition Tywi ,  Watch this space for videos…


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? Continue reading

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

Powys Transition Winter School 2015-16

Prospectus 2015/2016

 Permaculture for Transition (2 days)

Date: Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th March 2016

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

Marina O’Connell
Ros Bedlow

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


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



Service of Remembrance for Diana Greaves 11th December.


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



Powys REconomics

RP_2x_web_logo PT-logo-purple-on-white-email_opt
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.


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 ( 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



















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.”


Mike and Sue

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
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, and the RWAS Spring Festival on the 16th and 17th May, 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.





Is this switched onMike


George and slide


Zero Carbon Powys

Zero Carbon Powys

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.