March 1st marks the beginning of ‘meteorological spring’ and even if it’s still freezing outside, the longer days turn our thoughts towards renewal and regeneration.
This is the first of a series of regular columns by Transition Keynsham. We’re part of a global network of communities that are getting together to help their neighbourhoods become stronger and happier.
Around the world Transition towns (and villages and cities) are running projects in food, transport, education, energy, the arts and housing – and they’re all community led responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and diminishing supplies of cheap energy.
Here in Keynsham we’re working to make our town a better place to live in a number of ways.
Our Wombles are picking up litter; our food group’s growing veg in Memorial Park; our Caterpillars are hosting children’s outdoor play sessions; our ‘stitch and bitch’ sessions are sharing craft skills; and our energy group’s about to launch Keynsham’s very own community energy company (watch this space!).
We’re inspired by other Transition Towns across the UK. They’re planting trees, setting up social enterprises, sharing skills, showing films, developing sustainable transport, setting up community farms and a whole host of other exciting and creative projects.
One of Keynsham’s real strengths lies in its community roots. We’ve got a vibrant community network from the WI to Community @67, from the Rotary Club to the Food Bank, and our thriving churches. As the town grows we need to make sure those roots spread and anchor new residents to our town, so that they can share our sense of belonging.
As we celebrate the promise of spring and shake off winter’s lethargy why don’t you join us on our journey towards a healthier, happier community?
Find out what we’re up to on our website www.transitionkeynsham.org or stop by at our regular Farmers Market stall. Better still, come and join our next Womble event on 7th March from 2pm to 4pm, meeting at Waitrose.
Published in Keynsham Voice March 2015, www.keynshamvoice.co.uk