Transition Chester aims to engage its members in useful and inspiring projects that fulfil the dual objectives of reducing carbon emissions and empowering local communities. We do this by forming sub-groups in which the members are interested and want to contribute to because they enjoy and are passionate about a particular subject or project. These subgroups form by mutual consent and grow organically when there is sufficient energy within the group to push a project forward. At the moment, there are two functioning sub-groups under the Transition umbrella and three small projects run by individual members. We are always looking for people to join us so if you are interested in any of our group projects please come to a meeting or get in touch using the contact page.
Community Energy Group
At the moment the community energy group is the most dynamic of the sub-groups with five active members. The group made impressive progress last in 2015 by establishing itself as a Community Benefit Society, finding a host building for a solar pv installation and successfully applying for funding to carry out a feasibility study. In September 2016, the solar installation was successfully completed at the Northgate Arena where 200 solar panels are now generating electricity for the leisure centre. During 2017 the group has been looking at further projects to add to the Northgate project. Although there are obstacles to overcome for the renewable energy sector, there is no doubting the optimism in the sector that community energy has a big part to play in the unfolding renewable energy revolution. You can find out more by going to the Community Energy sub-menu.
The Incredible Edible concept was started eight years ago in Todmordon, West Yorkshire by two local residents, Pamela Warhurst and Mary Clear. It is an urban gardening project that aims to bring communities together through actions around growing food. Transition Chester has a small group who are adopting the model to utilize neglected and unused land to grow food that can be harvested by local people. There are currently two sites in Hoole where soft fruit bushes have been planted and are reaching maturity. You can find out more by going to the Incredible Edible sub-menu.
Garden Quarter Initiative
The Garden Quarter initiative was a community project to identify the extent of fuel poverty in the Garden Quarter ward. The last census had flagged it as one of the the highest areas of fuel poverty in the borough council. Working closely with the Garden Quarter Association, Cheshire West & Chester borough council and the University of Chester, the project stated by attempting to find the extent of fuel poverty by delivering a questionnaire to over 800 households in the ward. Unfortunately, this only resulted in a handful of responses.This was followed by a collaberation with Energy Projects Plus, a specialist charity helping people in fuel poverty, who organised another questionnaire delivered to 1500 households. This resulted in fifty home visits being made by Energy Projects Plus advising and helping residents to reduce their energy bills. In October 2016 a public advice event “Save energy, Save money” was held in the ward. Find out more by clicking here.
Transition Chester has an apple press for hire that can be used for producing fresh apple juice from surplus or wind-fall apples. This service is available in the autumn months of September, October and November and is co-ordinated for Transition Chester by Simon Brown. You can find more information about the apple press service by going to the Apple Press sub-menu.
Suma Wholefood Coop.
Transition members can take advantage of the Suma wholefood buying service which is organized for Transition members by Arnold. Vegetarian, vegan and organic food can be ordered and delivered to Arnold’s home at wholesale prices with a surcharge of 5% which is paid into the Transition account. The food order must be collected on the same day and for new members payment made in advance. Members can find full details by Clicking Here.
The SuperHomes scheme allows anyone interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home the opportunity to learn from people who have already done so. When a home has been improved by retro-fitting measures to become 60% less reliant on fossil fuels it becomes a “SuperHome”. SuperHome refers to the superior energy efficiency of the home, not to it being superior in any other way. SuperHomes come in all shapes and sizes, from a humble terrace, to a 5 bedroomed detached. The SuperHomes network allows you to contact the nearest registered home on the scheme and arrange a viewing with the owner. You can find out more by clicking here.