News and recent activities
Feel free to comment on any of the topics mentioned in the News section – you may already be involved in similar discussions or activities.
Learning opportunities and inspiration
We know that many people have been engaging with other groups and organisations online during lockdown and there really have been some excellent events and learning opportunities for all. Here are some more for you:
Each month, we want to focus on one of the community groups or enterprises. This month is the turn of:
The Repair Café has been going for around two years, with monthly repair sessions held at Curborough Community Centre on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 2-5pm – when there isn’t a pandemic happening!! The idea is to bring together volunteer repairers and ‘skill sharers’ to help the community to reuse and recycle items, as well as share skills that could result in a new pastime for someone. Each session has resulted in the repair of around 15 items, anything from electrical items, clothing, pushchairs and toys.
As the sessions are not currently taking place, the Facebook group page has been the forum for people to request repairs or support and this has been working well. At least items are still getting repaired. As soon as the lockdown rules ease, the Repair Café sessions should be back up and running, with an idea to also hold pop-up sessions in the town centre at the Hub in St Mary’s or in empty units in Three Spires so keep your eye on the Transition website Events page.
If you have items that are broken or not working – get them repaired – it will save money and the resources.
Local recycling options:
Get in touch if you would like to help.
The ‘20’s Plenty’ Campaign
We have been contacted by Michael Barr from “20’s Plenty for Staffordshire” who are starting a County-wide campaign that aims to see 20mph as normal for most roads (that are now 30mph), predominantly by using signs rather than engineering. Many councils in the UK have already committed to 20 mph limits. They have only limited local volunteer coverage for Lichfield and are looking for more volunteers to help with their campaign. Could you help? Email Michael on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tree and wildflower planting
Feel free to contribute to this discussion (mentioned in our ‘News’ section), especially if you already have experience of organising planting – wildflower meadows as well as trees. When we do find a project we will certainly need volunteers to help out!
Dates for your diary
3rd to 20th March - The transition Network’s ‘What’s Next Summit’. Three weeks of workshops, events and networking to build community power across the UK.
15th March 1-2pm – Regular Transition Zoom Catchup. Link available on the website Events listing.
18th March 6pm – LDC Economic Development and Environment Scrutiny Committee meeting where they will be discussing their climate strategy/NetZero plans. Watch the meeting on YouTube.
We welcome your suggestions for newsletter content, for Transition group projects, for groups that should be listed on our website and for useful connections. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Stay safe! We look forward to engaging with you.
Thank you for reading.