Notice of Transition Tynedale Limited AGM 2016/2017

VENUE & DATE CHANGE

Now at The Heart of Northumberland, Hexham on Wednesday, 14th March

Transition Tynedale Limited will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th March, 2018 in the back room of The Heart of Northumberland, Hexham.

Registration from 7:00pm, AGM starts at 7:30pm and aim to finish by 8:30pm

Voting Process and Agenda

This page explains the processes that we follow when electing our Directors, and Officers.

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Vertical Veg Talk – 20th June

Rearranged to 20th June

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Come to a free talk by a well-known expert on growing veg in tight outdoor spaces.

For a windy balcony or concrete yard, get all the best tips on nurturing your crop. Mark Ridsdill-Smith lives in Newcastle and has been featured in the Guardian.

Tuesday 20th June 2017 7pm – 8pm

Hexham Trinity Methodist Church, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS

Donations are invited and all are welcome.

Free refreshments.

www.verticalveg.org.uk

 

Download the poster here

Wassailing the New Year in the physic garden

dilstonYou’re invited to join our wassail on Saturday 7 January

Event starts from 12 noon

We invite you to join an event which continues an ancient tradition while planting a legacy for the future.apples

The physic garden is open from 12 noon – 2pm. Please feel free to bring snacks and sandwiches; there are plenty of benches to sit on, or lawns to lie on if you bring a rug.
From 1pm – 2pm, join in song and ceremony to toast our orchard trees.

blossomWassail is an Old English word meaning ‘be healthy’ or ‘be whole’ – ‘hale and hearty’. Wassailing the trees in the orchard wakes them from their winter sleep and brings a bountiful crop of fruit in season. This ancient tradition recognizes the importance of our relationship to nature.

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Local druids will toast a chosen fruit tree with an offering of cider poured over its roots. This is followed by a sharing of the wassail bowl, and the singing of carols, led by members of the local community choir. We encourage the making of much noise by all present! A family event, come in costume if you wish – but remember your weather proof footwear!
Transition Tynedale provide the cider from recent apple pressing days.

From 2-3pm, you can join in a weather dependent walk through Dukeshouse Woods to Hexham Middle School, where tree planting takes place from 3:15pm. Sound therapist Johanna Sheehan will be leading a reflection on our connection to the earth during this final part of the event.
Transition Tynedale’s blog can be accessed here

This event is open to all and unticketed. Donations to the physic garden, an independent, local charity, will be much appreciated.

For more on wassailing, please click here and here.

Participation in all activities is at the individual’s own risk.

Notice of Transition Tynedale Limited AGM 2015

Transition Tynedale Limited AGM 2015: Voting Process and Agenda

This page explains the processes that we follow when electing our Directors, and Officers in the forthcoming Transition Tynedale Ltd AGM, to be held on Wednesday 2nd December, 2015 at Scott’s Café, Forum Cinema, Hexham.

Roles

Members
In order to be eligible to vote or to stand as a Director or an Officer, you must first become a Member of Transition Tynedale Ltd. Being a Member incurs a yearly subscription fee of £5.00. Registering as a member is easy. Simply email the following information to info@transitiontynedale.org:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Postal Address including
    • House Name/Number and Street
    • Postal Town
    • Postcode

Prior to the AGM, registration will start at 7.00 pm to be completed by 7.30 pm. Members registering at the time or by email should pay at the AGM registration the sum of £5.00 to establish the rights to vote by receiving a voting slip.

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Electric Bikes in Hexham

Electric Bikes have now arrived in Hexham! Green Energy Cycles, a sub division of The Centre for Green Energy, has recently opened in July offering alternative transport systems to the Tyne Valley. An electric bike is similar to a push bike yet has an electric motor and battery attached which helps push you along (for up to 200km on one charge). These bikes allow steep hills to be tackled with ease, trailers to be pulled and headwinds to be tackled, with a range of bikes from city cruisers to mountain monsters. Even those who currently love their pushbike may be suited to them; one can take various perspectives when assessing them. Some would say ‘that’s for lazy riders’ others understand that instead of X effort getting you 5 miles of travel, X effort with an e-bike could get you 35 miles, for example. Green Energy Cycles stock Go Cycle, KTM and Raleigh bikes so far and are offering free test rides and hires to the public. If you are interested, please pop along to the showroom on Anick Road – and you will be able to have a go. They really are great fun!

Transition Tynedale Planning Meeting 2015

tt-planningThe 2015 TT Planning Meeting is on Sunday afternoon, 26th April 2015 at the Forum Cinema, Hexham.

We have arranged for a special Our Screen showing of the award winning film Trashed, starring Jeremy Irons. The film will start at 2:30pm and runs for 98 minutes. At 4:30pm, we will hold our planning meeting in the cinema, full of inspiration to make some positive change! The planning meeting will finish at 6:30pm.

Tickets to the film cost just £4.00. What’s more, if you buy a ticket to see Trashed, you will be eligible for a free ticket to see Bike vs Cars on 6th May (see below). Remember to ask for the free ticket when booking so The Forum can keep track of sales.

The aim of the meeting is to raise awareness of Transition Tynedale and to plan what we want to do in the coming year. If you have an idea for how Tynedale residents can adapt to a low carbon future, then get in touch and come along. We currently have the following themes and projects, but don’t be constrained. If you have an idea you want to pursue, then come and make it happen.

Energy

  • The Energy Group are hosting a series draft busting workshops offering practical advice and support in reducing carbon emissions in the home.
  • Members have been discussing whether to actively support the Restart Project in the coming year.

Transport

  • The Transport Group have just had a great year in which they successfully launched the Co-Wheels car club in Hexham.
  • Richard has offered to host another of his popular bicycle maintenance workshops, Love Your Bike.

Food

  • The Food Group was very active last year, with the fantastic Edible Hexham project transforming neglected corners of the town into attractive and bountiful beds full of edible plants.
  • The Hexham Middle School Community Garden is growing from strength to strength with the taming of weed patch/jungle into vegetable and fruit beds, restoration of the store room, creation of a willow den and generally making the garden a beautiful refuge for all.

Transition Tynedale, Transition Network and Party Politics

There has been some debate recently within Transition Tynedale about how members should publicise a political party that they support and whether Transition Tynedale as a whole should align with one single party.

The Transition Network, based in Totnes have been very helpful in clarifying their position on this by referring us to this blog post by Rob Hopkins. I’ve cut and pasted the relevant part of his post here:

Transition and politics

Transition has always sought to bring about and support change at all levels of scale, but with a particular focus on the local level.  Here’s how we at Transition Network talk about our relationship with politics:

Political parties and institutions are part of the landscape within which we’re operating. People within the Transition movement differ in the extent to which they are interested in pursuing change by engaging with the various tiers of government and working through party political channels.  For all these reasons, TN will not:

  • align ourselves formally or explicitly with any political party
  • urge support for any particular party

TN may, from time to time:

  • share platforms with representatives of political parties
  • explore the potential impact of party policies on the changes we want to see in the world
  • publish interviews with, and articles by, party spokespeople. 

In deciding what activities to undertake and what information to publish, TN will: 

  • take a balanced approach which recognises and engages with the full range of political opinions;
  • subject politicians, their policies and opinions to critical appraisal guided by our principles and focusing always on the changes we want to see in the world.

Whether your Hub or individual initiative’s position should be exactly the same or not is up to you, but hopefully the above will be a useful starter for your discussions.

There is general agreement within TT that as we are not a party political organisation, we should not align to any one party as a group. Transition Tynedale should be seen as a place where people of any political persuasion can find acceptance and support in pursuit of our shared aims and objectives. We certainly do not wish to alienate any existing or potential members.

This does not mean that individual members shouldn’t continue their hard work in support of their chosen party. Furthermore, the TT website and blog should be a place where good news within the mainstream political arena can be shared. But it is important that all posts make it very clear that activities external to TT, are not endorsed by the wider membership of Transition Tynedale.

As a general guideline, I propose the following when publicising activities external to Transition Tynedale:

  • Provide links to the external website that is the original source of the information instead of re-blogging/cutting and pasting.
  • Use the ‘blockquote’ feature when quoting external sources. I have used this above when quoting Rob Hopkins.
  • If news is being reported first hand and relates to a non-TT activity, please make this clear; explicitly state that any views are held personally or by the organisation being described. This can be as simple as using the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘my’ in place of the more ambiguous ‘we’ and ‘our’.

I hope that covers most of the points on this particular debate, but if you have any comments, please feel free to add them below or contact me via the TT email address.

Pat Turner
Chair Transition Tynedale