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Open Meeting coming up

The next bi-monthly Open Meeting will be on Friday 15 September at the Eco Centre on Porter Lane. It will be from 6pm to 7.30, and we will welcome Robin Stokes, from Traidlinks, who is coming for an hour to talk about the traders’ campaign on Shop Locally in Wirksworth, and to discuss how Transition might help, since it is a key aim of the Transition movement.

We will go on to have a business meeting until 7.30   PLEASE SEND ITEMS FOR THE AGENDA to Mary Ann, facilitator, on

After the business meeting, we will have our Bring and Share Social with finger foods/ drink that people bring, and a chance to network. (Although apparently there is a Festival event that some might want to go to). We have to be out of the Eco Centre by 9pm. Please come by bus if you can.

Annual Gathering on Wednesday 15 November

Our annual meeting will take place at the Memorial Hall from 7pm to 9.15pm. Please put it in your diaries. There will be:

  • reports from our interest and events groups
  • election of officers
  • refreshments
  • a speaker to be announced.

What can do for Grassroots Wirksworth?

We gave a donation to the development of the new website because we believed our efforts to build a sustainable local community in Wirksworth were hampered by not having a central hub for electronic information about the town. The website in Wirksworth has been live for about four months. Has it made a difference? It is beginning to but slowly, as people get to know it’s there and what it can do for us.

Anyone can add an event using a form from a link on the Home page under Residents (you submit the form to be published). You can also find out about ongoing events and classes from the Residents page. Under About our Town click on Weekly Events, where you will find links to the calendars of the Leisure Centre, the Coach House Studios, Town Hall venues’ events, Town Council meetings and some other weekly and monthly events. Please tell people about it! Here are a few more useful items on the website.

  • On the Home page, there is also a Menu at the top. Click on it to go directly to Visitors, Residents, Events, Business Directory, or About.
  • Below the blue Menu is a very useful Search this site.
  • On the Residents page, click on Community Groups and you will find details for about 75 local groups under a variety of categories, sometimes under more than one category (so guess if it isn’t obvious).
  • On the Residents page, under Civic, click on Transport and you will find (near the top) a link to the county map of current roadworks. Check it before you head out!

Have a look at the links on the Residents and the Visitors pages. A lot of the information on the website is available from both pages, but organised for the different needs of the two groups. There is also Emergency information which includes where our four defibrillators are and a contact for vets.

If you have any queries or suggestions, 

Transitioner Mary Ann Hooper is on the support group (of four people) for the website worker, Alice Munro, who is now paid for just five hours work a week, all the money available at this point.

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the site, to promote it and to begin to develop more interactive material, like quizzes and human interest tidbits. Work needed includes easy admin work that would take only as much time as you offer. Do contact Mary Ann to say what you might be interested in doing and to find out more.

The electric car re-charging points are now installed at the Co-op, thanks to the initiative of our Recycling & Waste Group.

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