Transition Belper Newsletter September 2014 

Newsletter - September 2014

In this issue:


I would like to welcome both new subscribers and old to this months Transition Belper newsletter.

It's somewhat of an understatement to state how difficult a few weeks it has been for those who care about the future of our town, but we have been actively working hard to challenge the Amber Valley core strategy and will continue to do so long after the consultations end on the 8th of September.

Please feel free to come to any of the events below and get involved. We welcome your support.

Transition Meeting - Projects updates

Tuesday 9th September, 7.30 at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road Belper

The September meeting will be an update of all current projects and activity depending on who is present. We'll hear from Tony Webster about the Big Energy Project, Christine Gray about the station mosaic, yarnbombing and skill shares. Hopefully Ian will be able to give an update on the Ambergate hydro project, Alice can tell us how the Crich Lane Community Garden open day went and Kate can give a station crew update. We may also hear from the Travel and Transport Group and get any updates on the Amber Valley Housing proposals. All are welcome.


Transition Belper response to Housing land allocation consultation


The proposals by Amber Valley Borough Council to allocate land at Bullsmoor, Cherry Hill Farm and Pottery Farm have been met with an outpouring of objections from Belper people. In Transition Belper we have listened to and collated all that those objecting to the plans have had to say. We were at the incredibly well attended public meeting on 18th August and the consultation event at No 28 the following day. We held an informal meeting that evening to consider the main thrusts of our response.

Transition Belper's response can be downloaded here (PDF 455 KB)and is based on:

  • our desire to counter the effects of climate change and ever more extreme weather events,
  • cutting out waste and encouraging recycling - in this case of brownfield land
  • honouring our heritage as a sustainable example for the future
  • moving to a local low-carbon economy where the numbers of jobs and homes are in a harmonious balance
It was thought that these ideas were consistent with the ethos of Transition. Once the first draft was written trustees, core group members and other leading activists were consulted. This resulted in several amendments. 

If you would like to show your support for our response please email your name and address to us. We will pass on your support to Amber Valley so they are aware of the strength of feeling.

Extraordinary Town Council Meeting

There is an extraordinary meeting of the Town Council today (Tuesday 2nd September) to discuss the Council’s response to AVBC’s Core Strategy. This meeting is open to all residents of Belper, and there will be time allocated for Public Speaking. It will be held at St Johns Chapel in Belper and starts at 7.00 PM.

Belper Goes Green - shall we do it again?


BGG Meeting - Tuesday 23rd September - 7.30 at The Queen's Head, Chesterfield Road, Belper. 

It's decision time - if we are going to organise Belper Goes Green for 2015 we need to start now! Please come along, we want to hear your ideas. If we all help out and get stuck in we can make next year's event even better. All welcome.


The Big Energy Project

Over the past few months a small group of people have been meeting in a local pub to evolve an idea arising from the Energy Descent Action Plan group. The original idea was to produce a k-film (see below) but it is becoming clear that the process could be more important than the end product.

What if we can get ordinary Belper folk together to discuss a whole range of issues amongst themselves, or to collectively meet some fun challenges? What if we could get more Belper folk talking to each other and making friends, sharing ideas and experiences and laughing, learning, eating and drinking together? What if this becomes a spur to adapting to the challenges and opportunities we’ll increasingly come across?

The filming bit might just be documenting a journey that others can dip in and out of – taking their own inspiration on the way and joining our expanding community of positively minded friends.

We have made some progress towards defining the project but may have some distance yet to go. Tony Webster will expand on these ideas at the next Transition meeting on Tuesday 9th September (7.30 at Strutts) but do let Tony, Andrew or David know if you’d like to work on the project. See contacts at the end of this newsletter.

A k film is a way of allowing the viewer to create their own narrative through a series of interlinked short films. If you want to see some examples of K films or to learn more about them then follow the link to:

The VOICE of the Belper people

The results of the wonderful community art lead by Nicky Ward of the Bowerwirks are now available on the web site. The inVOICE was prepared at Belper Goes Green and is ‘the voice of the Belper people’ aimed at showing the real value of spaces in Belper to the local community. It is aimed at the organisations and individuals who make decisions about spaces in Belper.

More than 80 people contributed to the work and what is very clear is that Belper people love their home town.

Over the next few weeks/months there will be discussions about what to do with the artwork and whether it can be extended, printed as posters, postcards or used to wallpaper planning offices.

Bullsmoor Ramblers Walk

A three mile walk around the footpaths of the Bullsmoor site is being organised by John Morrissey of the Ramblers Association.

This is a great opportunity for people to get a better understanding of the site in question and what is being proposed by Amber Valley Council.

It will be leaving from Belper Market Place at 2pm on Saturday September 6th.


Crich Lane Community Garden Open Day

Crich Community Gardens are having an open day this Sunday (September 7th) for all to come and give their views on what should be done with the gardens. It will be open from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Alice is looking for volunteers to come and help out on the day. Also if anyone can make cakes for the event that would be great - you can either bring them down on the day or she will collect.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Transition Belper's AGM will take place on Wednesday 8th October at 7.30pm at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper. The agenda will include an annual report and accounts plus the election of trustees for the coming year. Please notify Richard Keighley if you wish any matter to be added to the agenda.

Please note that only current paid members will be allowed to vote. If you wish to become an official member you can complete the membership form and return it with your fee (£5 minimum) to Transition Belper, 30 Crich Lane, Belper Derbyshire DE56 1EN.

Membership is per calendar year so will be renewable in January.



2nd September - Town Council meeting council to discuss their response to the AVBC Core Strategy. 7PM St Johns Chapel, Belper.
6th September - Bullsmoor Walk - Starting at Belper Market Place at 2PM
7th September - Crich Lane Community Garden Consultation, 11.00 - 15.00 at Crich Lane Festival Gardens.
9th September - Transition Belper meeting 7.30 PM at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper.
23rd September - Belper Goes Green Meeting - 7.30 PM at the Queens Head, Chesterfield Road Belper.


Transition Belper Facebook Group
Keep up-to-date with the latest developments and join any discussions on Facebook. Join us here
Belper Goes Green
The shared space for all those involved in organising Belper Goes Green. Join us here
Belper and DE56 Energy Descent Action Plan
The shared space for those involved in developing our EDAP. Join us here
Travel and Transport Belper

Transition Belper group to share ideas, information and resources for travelling more sustainably in and around Belper. Join us here
Belper's fruit and veg grower's forum

There is a Facebook Group locally for exchanging tips and ideas for your garden and anything to do with growing fruit and veg. Join the Forum here
A Local group to advertise for Recycling, Upcycling, Neighbourly Help & Advice, Lending & Borrowing in the DE56 Area. Join us here
Belper Gardening Club
The Facebook page for members of the Belper Gardening Club - supported by Transition Belper. Join us here


The trustees of Transition Belper are:
Chair - 
David George
Secretary - Richard Keighley
Treasurer and Social Secretary - Adrian Rochford
Core Group - Craig Scott  
Core Group and Station Crew Co-ordinator - Kate Pudney
Core Group and Transport Group leader - Jennie Lindop

Core Group and Creativity and Wellbeing Group Organiser - Christine Gray

Newsletter Editor - Ed Sills
The Big Energy Project - Andrew Martyn-Sugars and Tony Webster
Trustee - Mick Hepworth

Trustee - Tony Cooper
Trustee and webmaster - Lynne Henley
Trustee - Maurice Neville
Trustee - Dick Watson

Or you can contact us via the Transition Belper email address:
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