Transition Hull – What did we do in 2010?
We were successful in obtaining further grant funding from Hull City Council St Andrews Ward, and a grant from the Hessle Road Pram Race Committee. This has been useful to fund public liability insurance to cover all our activities, to support any of our activities which are not self-funding, and to purchase resources for workshops and film showings.
Two of us attended a weekend Permaculture Course in Ruswarp, near Whitby, in February. This was delivered by Suzi High from the Permaculture Association and allowed us to gain an overview of the ethics and principles of permaculture, and gain some practical experience of designing and planning a small site for community usage.
Four of us attended a weekend event in Carlisle in September organised by the Co-op entitled Ethics in Enterprise. We learned about Co-op support for renewable energy initiatives, including finance for community-owned wind farms in Scotland, and many other smaller scale community- based initiatives with an environmental focus which the Co-op supports through its Community Fund.
Two of us attended an event entitled Power, Process and Policies: Building a regional renewables future. Held at Bishop Burton College in September, it was organised by Humber Chemicals Focus and the National Non Food Crops Council (NNFCC). It was mainly attended by businesses, growers and researchers in the Humber region and gave an insight into research into bio-renewables and development of products from waste materials by local firms.
Two of us attended the Renewable Energy Showcase organised by the Energy Saving Trust at the Ramada Jarvis in Willerby in October. This gave us an opportunity to chat to local suppliers of Solar and other renewable energy options and explore a range of insulation products. We also picked up the Energy Saving Trust’s excellent range of information leaflets about saving energy and installing renewables.
We organised seven Scrappy Doo Workshops during school holidays, for children accompanied by their parents, where they were lots of scrap materials available to play with, dress up in and make into things. Some of these workshops were focused on making a paper Dragon for Hull Carnival.
We took part in the Hull Carnival in May, parading the Climate Change Dragon made by children at the Scrappy Doo Workshops, and running a Transition Hull stall. We also ran stalls at the Princes Ave Vista Festival in June, the Hessle Road Pram Race in September, and the Green Fair in November, meeting lots of interesting people and making new contacts.
We wrote to all Hull City Councillors in February, introducing ourselves and offering to come and talk to ward meetings. This resulted in us giving a talk to Ings Ward in April.
We were involved, with Hull Friends of the Earth and the United Nations Association (Hull), in organising a Hustings prior to the General Election, at which North Hull Parliamentary Candidates could be quizzed about their policies, including their attitude to various environmental issues.
During the year members gave talks at Beverley, Cottingham, Hornsea, and Leven about the Transition movement and Hull’s local group. A planned talk to Hull Interfaith group in December had to be cancelled but will be rearranged.
In September we hosted a Permaculture Day organised by the Permaculture Association in conjunction with the Co-op. It was targeted at the East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire area and was held in the Quaker Meeting Place on Bean Street, attracting over 50 participants. Sessions included an opportunity to hear from local bee keepers, and how to set up a food co-op.
The opportunity for us to cultivate a small section of the field left after the closure of Constable Street School in the Boulevard area was arranged in conjunction with the Playscape scheme. We will be growing crops and some flowers in spring 2011 and will welcome volunteers.
A few of us have got involved in the Hull Guerilla Gardening sessions in the autumn, planting bulbs in public spaces.
We’ve talked about a scheme for putting people who want to grow food but haven’t the land in touch with people who have gardens or other spare land they can no longer manage. We got as far as advertising it in Hull Eco but it hasn’t taken off and will need more work to get it going.
Two of us are on the steering group for the Goodwin Trust proposal to set up a community-owned shop in the Great Thornton Street area, currently waiting for funding to come through.
We’ve had regular meetings throughout the year, and these have included talks on Organic Gardening in March, Transition Llambed in April, Permaculture in May, Air Ships in June, and Transition Norwich in November. Our AGM was held in March.
As part of our awareness raining we’ve organised public showings of the following films
The Pig Business (Jan)
In Transition 1.0 (March)
The Turning Point (Oct)
Food Inc (Nov)
Socially we’ve got together at the Barn Dance in September (with practice sessions in the weeks beforehand) and we held a Christmas Party in December.
There were about a dozen of us involved in the various activities above, plus we have a more passive membership of 50 on our mailing list. We would very much like to grow in size and accomplish some of the things we’ve been talking about. Meanwhile we’ll go on informing ourselves and trying to raise awareness amongst others of the challenges of reducing oil supplies and climate change, and community responses to them.