Welcome to Transition Chesterfield! We're an inspiring community group aiming to make Chesterfield more resilient and sustainable. We want to create positive local solutions to the twin challenges of 'peak oil' and climate change, and make our town a better place to live. You can catch up on our latest news on this home page, or have a look round the rest of the website to to find out about upcoming events, general background, useful links, contact details and more.
We've decided to try a different approach to our monthly meetings; instead of simply discussing events or campaigns, we will have speakers or specific events at each one. At the same time they will move from being monthly to bi-monthly; the last of our regular Core Group meetings will be the March one, on the 13th at The Assembly Rooms (Meeting Room 2), between 7 and 9. The one after, on April 10th, will be in the same place but Paul Rea from Energy4All will talk about the Local Renewable Energy Co-Op, and their plans for wind turbines near Chesterfield and Barnsley.
Growing your own food is an important way of helping to lessen your personal carbon emissions, is fun to do plus being hugely rewarding - and it makes sound economic sense. If it's something you've considered but been put off by lack of knowledge, Rhubarb Farm are holding a course which could be what you need to get started:
On Saturday (25th Jan) we held our annual Potato Day in The Pavements. We sold over 700 kgs of potatoes, 37.5 kgs of onion sets, 25 kgs of shallots and about 9 kgs of garlic bulbs, so it was very successful. However, we still have a fair amount of potato stock left so we will be holding another Potato Day; it will be at Loundsley Green Community Centre on the 16th February, between 2 and 5. We have varying amounts of 34 potato varieties, plus garlic. If you or your gardening friends couldn't make the main day put the date in your diary and we hope to see you there.
This Sunday (ther 12th) there will be the annual Wassail (blessing of fruit trees) in Inkerman Park. These are trees we've helped to pay for and plant; there will be mulled cider (and plain apple juice) made from apples picked by our Abundance campaign, plus cake (please bring some along if you can). Cock and Magpie Morris will dance, there will be music and party poppers! If the weather is kind (and it always has been before) this is a fun event; 2:30 on.
As you can see on the right, there are several events prior to Potato Day itself; an apron making workshop, where we'll make aprons to wear on the day itself; bag stamping and pre-packing with onion sets and shallots and lastly making up the pre-orders the evening before. We'll need as much help as possible for all these, as well as on the day itself; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to volunteer.
We've moved the location of our meetings to the newly re-furbished Market Hall. We've been aware for a while that holding them in a pub can make some people uncomfortable, so from now they will be in Meeting Room 1 (which is at the far end, on the left) of the Assembly Hall; the entrance is directly opposite the Post Office. They will continue to be on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7 and finishing at 9; all are welcome.