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Westcliff – the 47th Transition Town!

We are pleased to announce that Transition Town Westcliff has now been recognised as an official Transition initiative by the Transition Towns Network!

Here is part of an email that we recieved from Ben Brangwyn of TTN;

“Great work – You’re town number 47, so one of the historic first 50!

I recall your first email in July-07: “We are interested in starting up a Transition initiative for Westcliff on Sea in essex… Currently we are not much further on than drunken pub discussions…”

I’m guessing that you might be the first hops-fuelled transition initiative so far.

Seriously, great work, and plenty more to come, I’m sure.

One things we look pretty closely at in the responses to the criteria is the amount of time the core group has lived in the community – and the number of years your group has racked up in Westcliff gives us a lot of confidence.”

We currently have a core team of 5 members, racking up some 100 years of local experience between us, and are interested in meeting other individuals and organisations who share our aims of responding creatively and proactively to climate change and peak oil, and building a resilient and sustainable future for a post-carbon age Westcliff on Sea.

We are also in the process of developing a program of events and projects that will promote and develop this work, including film showings, reskilling workshops, discussions and celebrations exploring issues including food security and production, sustainable energy, sustainable building, local currencies and recreating locally distinctive culture. Keep an eye on our main web site, and let us have your ideas and offers for any workshops, events and venues that you think would fit in with TTW – we welcome all fresh inputs!

One of the questions we have been asked frequently is “Why Westcliff? Why not widen your remit to cover the broad area of South East Essex?” In response we have decided to expand our ‘circle of concern’ to “Westcliff and the surrounding area” – we want to celebrate our local distinctiveness, and our experience with past community based projects and groups has taught us that the key to long term success is to remain focussed on what and where we know, whilst remembering to “think global and act local”. At the same time we are not about being exclusive, and anybody from the area is welcome to come on board with us. In the longer run however we encourage and look forward to working in partnership with other regional Transition initiatives – how about setting up Transition Southend, Transition Leigh, Transition Shoebury and Transition Benfleet just for starters??

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