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Happy New Year everybody! This is the Second Grassroots Wirksworth E-Newsletter, keeping you in touch with what the Transition groups are doing in Wirksworth.

For once Climate Change has been a major news item for some weeks…  Appallingly damaging though the floods have been in so many parts of the UK, as well as elsewhere in the world, its been very heartening to hear the examples of people helping each other out effectively and with great kindness and generosity – Transition in Action!

Also the example of Pickering, one Yorkshire town that didn’t flood, because they developed their own flood management strategy. This involved slowing down the water flow with heather dams and planting more trees on the uplands, amongst other things……


Wednesday 10th of February – Transition Wirksworth Annual Meeting at 7.30pm in Waltham House Restaurant, where we hope it will be much warmer than last year! Drinks and nibbles will be provided! After feedback from different transition groups and news of events we will be putting on next year, there will be a talk and open discussion on the International Climate Talks in Paris, ‘Paris and After’, led by Rosemary, who went to Paris in December.


THE COMMUNITY GROWERS – Main Contact: Rosemary Blenkinsop:

Workdays at the Community Garden:1st Sunday of the month, from 11 a.m (and other Sundays and/or Thursdays as well.) Contact Rosemary on 07904 783818 to check when the next workday is or what needs doing if you want to go up there on your own. All are welcome!

Workday This Sunday 10th and Sunday 24th January 11am -3pm. The soil will likely be too wet to get on but there are various other tasks that could be done

Next Planning Meeting: Tuesday January 12th 2016 7-9 p.m. at Vally’s, 68 the dale, third past the play park.

Next Garden Trip: Tuesday 16th February 2016, is to Felley Priory in Nottinghamshire  to see the carpets of snowdrops, and is open to all Growers and Friends of Growers (Phone Rosemary for shared car arrangements)

To become a Grower, or a Friend of the Growers, Contact Rosie .

Members can get 45 percent discount on seed orders from Kings seeds

THE RUBBISH GROUP (WASTE AND RECYCLING) Main Contacts: Judith Green 01629 825675 and Richard Finnigan

We meet bi-monthly and welcome new members. Please contact us to see when the next meeting is.

Our ever- popular ‘Give or Take’ is in the spring…. Dates for your diary soon!

We are currently talking to the Co-op to provide recycling facilities for plastic film (plastic bags, plastic food wrapping etc)


Main contact – Mary Ann Hooper: 01629 820937

We have added Housing to our objectives because of the importance of getting new houses built to use zero carbon for heating and lighting.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, 19 January, 7.30pm at John Horak’s, 3 Blind Lane, Wirksworth. DE4 4EZ. All Welcome!

ACTIVISTS SUPPORT GROUP Main Contact: Glennie Kindred: 01629 825675

The Activists Support Group share campaigns and information by email. We meet when we need to.

Next Meeting : Monday 18th January 7 -9 pm at Gino’s Restaurant. (Not for food! Dress up warm!!) Fracking in N. Notts and the proposal to frack in National Parks high on the agenda. All welcome!

Fracking – Keep up to date with what is happening in N. Notts through the Frack-Free Notts Facebook page and website


Sunday January 17th at 6pm – Wassailing at the Community Orchard. (Old Twelfth Night) This is a very old custom where we wake our fruit trees up in the Community Orchard by making lots of noise!  Also involves drinking cider and a short ceremony! The Community Orchard is half way up Stoney Wood, or accessible from the Footpath that leaves Greenhill on the right about half way up (by its steepest bit).

Bring something to make a loud noise with!

Saturday 30th January – Community Orchard Pruning and maintenance day. Bring lunch. Tools and hot drinks provided.

Wednesday 3rd Feb Stoney Wood AGM at the Town Hall with a showing of Phil Richards amazing photos of the history of Stoney Wood!

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This month’s theme is ‘Balance or Burnout’… a reminder for all to take time out for doing the things that make us happy and restore our equilibrium!

 The Transition Wirksworth E-Newsletter team meet in Scrumdiddly on the first Tuesday of the month 11am -1pm. Do pop by for a chat and to bring any items for inclusion (or email them to glennie (

Next Newsletter Meeting: Tuesday 2nd February Scrumdiddly 11am-1pm. Hope to see you there!


All Good wishes from Glennie Kindred and Rosemary Blenkinsop on behalf of Grassroots Wirksworth


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