September 2012 Newsletter

Come and join us for the second annual
Transition Shipston & Surrounding Communities
Harvest Fayre
Sunday 30th September, 10am – 2pm

The Fayre is set to be a relaxed family day, where residents and visitors can buy local produce, find out more about environmental initiatives and indulge in some additional retail therapy. The free event will also showcase traditional crafts such as apple pressing and provide information on how to get involved in local environmental schemes, including “harvest share” and children's games.
Don’t forget that many of Shipston’s retailers will also be open to help you make the most of your Sunday in the town.

Fruit Picking / Harvest Share
For many years now old fruit trees and orchards have been neglected and the harvest left to rot. For the last two years Transition Shipston has picked unwanted apples and other fruit from orchards around Shipston then shared them with the High School who have pressed them for apple juice and made fruit pies. Last year the Scouts & Guides collected apples for their stall at the Shipston Harvest Fayre and made a good amount of money to boost their funds.
Despite these initiatives there is still tons of fruit in Shipston each year which goes to waste so we thought it would be useful to set up a wider "Harvest Share" group.If your group or Church would like to be involved we have an organising meeting at 7.30 on Wednesday 12th September at Verity Richardson's house, 11 Mill Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warks. CV36 4AN . At the meeting there will be a short talk from Philip Morris who is from the very successful Stratford Harvest scheme.
If you are interested in attending please contact Helen Winnifrith at
or Dave Passingham 01608661816
Basket-making Course
Also there will be a basket-making course at the farm on 5th October, run by Norah Kennedy. The materials are supplied and you will go home with a basket by the end on the day. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is £50 including a light lunch, drinks, etc. Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment
Details from: Sue Finlay 01608 661157 or
Heart of England Transition Networking‏

Meeting of Transition Town groups in and around Warwickshire

Saturday 22nd September, The Lodge, Leamington

We will be discussing how we can work together on our ‘bioregion’ towards planning for energy descent and the future. How groups can work together to look at issues and options that affect many areas – and even more so when there are many local factors in common. We hope to hold a consultation exercise to find out what the local communities want.

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