News update - Mid-February 2014
Thank you, Kathy
Following Kathy Fairweather's resignation from Transition Belper the trustees and core group unanimously agreed a vote of thanks for Kathy's enormous contribution to the Transition movement and to life in Belper in particular. There is no doubt that Kathy's other projects will flourish from her being able to devote even more time and her boundless energy to the Belper Gardening Club, Belper Open Gardens and to the Literary Festival as part of the Belper Arts Festival. We'll also still be treated to Kathy's articles in Belper News but hope the paper doesn't cut her off in mid-sentence again.
Kathy's Transition projects will continue and her huge role in getting them going honoured:
Station Crew meeting
Kate Pudney has agreed, for the time being, to take responsibility for and act as co-ordinator for the Station Crew. Kate has also been co-opted to the Core Group. A meeting for anyone involved, or wanting to get involved, in the ongoing development of planting and maintenance at the station will be held at Fresh Ground (upstairs) on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30. As well as looking at the programme of planting and maintenance we'll discuss the arts and mosaic project, health and safety and how to involve more people in planning, doing and developing a team spirit and ethic. There will be another meeting in March where, hopefully, differing planting schemes and ideas can be discussed.
If you would like to be involved - whether for 1 day per week or 1 hour per month - you'll be part of the 'crew' and be consulted where decisions are needed. There may be opportunity for those who can dedicate most time to become Station 'Adopters' later in the year. If you can't make the meeting but would like to be involved please email Kate.
Festival Garden - Crich Lane
David George and Rob Lindop have met Amber Valley Borough Council to look at the possibilities of adopting the Festival Garden as a Community Garden. The Festival Garden covers a former landfill site on the site of an old quarry so Amber Valley have been asked to carry out testing to ensure there are no contaminants that would prevent the garden being used for growing edible fruit and vegetables. Adrian Rochford has carried out some rudimentary testing of the top-soil without any obvious adverse conclusions and assessed the site in relation to surrounding trees, many of which are covered by Tree Preservation Orders.
Once we have a satisfactory conclusion from Amber Valley's testing we'll be able to open the idea to local residents. This will involve, leaflets, questionnaires and public meetings at the Queen's Head where we can explore what is possible and what the local people would like to see as well as how much work they are prepared to contribute to make the scheme a success. Amber Valley quickly ruled out any scheme that did not involve significant input and commitment from local residents. They also ruled out any built features (except compost bins with water collectors) until much further down the line once the ongoing dedication of local volunteers and participants has been proven.
If you'd like to help organise all this - especially if you live within a couple of hundred yards of the junction of Chesterfield Road and Crich Lane - please contact David by email or on 07443 650 039.
As we will have marquees on site at the Rugby Club for the weekend before Belper Goes Green to allow for Arts Festival events (and to help pay for the marquees) Dick Watson is exploring the possibility of organising a Youth Market on Sunday 25th May to coincide with the Young Belper's Got Talent being organised by the Arts Festival. If you'd like to help out with organising stalls or arranging publicity please email Dick or phone him on 01773 826750
Neighbourhood Plan - Civic Forum open meeting - 25th February
Belper Town Council once again debated the idea of developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Belper at their meeting on Tuesday. They agreed to look at the idea further and bring the subject back to a future meeting. In the mean time the Civic Forum have organised an open meeting at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, on Tuesday 25th February at 7.30. Mike Ratcliffe, who has been leading on Wirksworth's plan, will speak to us on that town's experiences of the process. The meeting may also be able to give a clear idea of the purpose and extent of Neighbourhood Plans.
Belper Garage Sale
Like a giant car boot sale spread over Belper! Transition Belper are organising Belper's first Garage Sale for May Day Bank Holiday on Monday 5th May. If you'd like to take part you'll need to turn your front garden/drive into a shop for the day and possibly offer some refreshments. To let people know where there are open garages we'll produce a map that will be available in town and through participants. The cost of being included on the map will be £5 per house - hopefully, that will cover the costs although we will look at sponsorship possibilities. If you want to get involved in this giant recycling project please email David or Dick.
February and March meetings and events
- Sunday 23rd February - Belper Gardening Club visit to Hopton Hall departing 10.30
- Tuesday 25th February - Belper Goes Green Meeting at the Queen's Head at 7.30
- Tuesday 25th February - Civic Forum meeting to dicuss Neighbourhood Plans at Strutts at 7.30
- Wednesday 26th February - Station Crew meeting at Fresh Ground, King Street at 7.30
- Wednesday 26th February - Belper Gardening Club meeting with guest speaker at Strutts at 7.30
- Thursday 27th February - Travel and Transport Group meeting at the Old King's Head at 7.30
- Tuesday 4th March - Climate Week event - a special meeting at Strutts to discuss energy supplier switching and to hear the latest plans from ADVyCe
- Wednesday 5th March - Social evening at Arkwright Bar, 5 Campbell Street Belper from 7.30
- Thursday 6th March - Core Group meeting - please email Richard if you have any ideas or items you would like adding to the agenda
- Thursday 13th March - Transition Belper meeting at Strutts at 7.30- Travel & Transport theme
- Monday 17th March - Energy Descent Action Plan meeting at the Old King's Head at 7.30
- Tuesday 25th March - Belper Goes Green Meeting at the Queen's Head at 7.30
- Thursday 27th March - Travel and Transport Group meeting at the Old King's Head at 7.30
Transition Belper Facebook Group
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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 new Facebook page for members of the newly formed Gardening Club - supported by Transition Belper. Join us here