Past Events

Peg and Loom Workshop

Sun, 10/06/2018


Hockerton Housing Project (HHP), nr Southwell

Organised by HHP


A creative day of learning how to use a peg loom and create a rug or wall-hanging of your own. The workshop is led by the shepherdess for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Agnes Kiemel, with the looms made by her husband Mark, and the wool provided by our Herdwick sheep at Hockerton. Participants will be able to take the loom and sufficient wool home to complete their work, and can return the loom within three months for a refund of £40. The day includes refreshments and a vegetarian lunch. Book via

Propagate, Prosper, Preserve - A series of Workshops

Sun, 10/06/2018


Organised by Whistlewood Common with Ryan Sandford-Blackburn

Cost: £35 per workshop or £95 if all 3 are booked

Includes handouts, some plant takeaways, food and home-cooked lunch at all 3 workshops.

(a limited number of concessionary places are available)


The second of three workshops

Propagate - Sat, 10th March. The underlying theme of the first workshop will be proliferation. It will cover planning your growing space and plant propagation.

Prosper - Sunday, 10th June. Bring life to your soil to grow healthy food for you, your family and friends. This workshop will cover ‘no dig’ garden beds, composting and mulching and green manure.

Preserve - Sunday, 9th September. Plan what to do with your harvest. Learn about making preserves and juice, as well as drying fruit. We can also cover setting up social systems, like small community groups, to help preserve and share abundant harvests.

Torrs Hydro Study Tour

Sat, 02/06/2018

Torrs Hydro, New Mills, Derbyshire
Organised by Marches Energy Agency
Free: pre-booking essential

A chance to visit one of Britain’s first community-owned hydro projects and hear from those who made it happen. Torrs Hydro is owned by more than 200 local shareholders, sells the power it generates to the local Co-operative supermarket and has given grants to many local community projects. Come and meet ‘Archie’ (the single archimedes screw turbine) and hear from some of the project’s volunteer Directors.
This tour is specifically aimed at those who are thinking of starting their own community-owned renewable project (whatever source of power you’re thinking of using) and would like to get inspiration and advice from those who have already done it. We have a small fund available to assist with travel costs to the event if travel costs would otherwise be a barrier to you attending. Please email Caroline Harmon for more information.

Belper Goes Green

Fri, 01/06/2018 - Sun, 03/06/2018

Organised by Transition Belper

Transition Belper’s eco festival aims to share a simpler, low carbon and environmentally friendly way of doing things in a relaxed and uplifting way. Includes two stage of entertainment, a CAMRA beer festival, hot and cold food, crafts and community art projects, activities for children, a wellbeing area, energy and low carbon travel advice, craft and recycling stalls and stalls from a whole range of community groups.

Nottingham’s Pint of Science Festival

Wed, 16/05/2018 - Fri, 18/05/2018

Various locations in and near the city

This festival includes talks on environmental law, recycling electric vehicles, sustainability in action, recycling, how climate change is affecting our food, and environmentally friendly food production.  

NEW DATE: Sustainable Transport Webinar

Tue, 15/05/2018


Organised by MEA/Community Climate Action Network

This event has been reschedule to allow more people to be involved. Last year we surveyed the people who receive this newsletter and you told us you'd like to know more about community-led sustainable transport projects. This event will allow you to hear from people involved in several local projects and discuss your own ideas without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Confirmed contributors include:

  • Alastair Meikle of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign (CCC). CCC promotes cycle use in Chesterfield for both leisure and utility journeys.  By campaigning for a comprehensive network, they aim to improve conditions for cyclists so that cycling becomes a safer and more attractive option than car travel for local journeys. Alastair is also involved in delivering Bikeability training at 90 local schools and Inclusive Pedals, a cycling project for those who can’t ride a standard bike because of disability or age. 
  • Roland Strube of Hayfield Sustainable Transport (HSTL). HSTL was set up in March 2013 and has been conducting a pilot transport project to develop new transport provision based on a minibus version of a car club. The success of the pilot has lead to HSTL being involved in an EU project to develop Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in 2017. 
  • John Shoesmith of Transition Belper. John is a member of Transition Belper’s Transport Group which has undertaken several projects including measuring levels of local air pollution, contributing to a Neighbourhood Plan, producing a report on cycling and local cycling maps, and creating cartoons depicting what life in Belper might be like in 2050 if we tackle environmental problems.
  • Hugh McClintock of Pedals. Pedals is a Nottingham-based community organisations which encourages more people to use bikes and campaigns for safer and more attractive conditions for cyclists in the Nottingham area. It has been running since 1979 and has been instrumental in establishing one of the largest urban cycling networks in the UK.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss your own ideas for projects and share ideas and knowledge with other attendees.


To attend this webinar you will need a computer that is connected to the internet, plus a webcam, speakers and microphone (built in or attached). More information. The webinar will be recorded as a video and placed online afterwards - by signing up to it you agree to this.

Fracking Exploration Solidarity Weekend

Sat, 12/05/2018 - Sun, 13/05/2018

Misson Springs Protection Camp, Misson, DN10 6ES 

Mission Springs Protection Camp is challenging IGas’ attempts to frack for shale gas at Spring Road, Nottinghamshire. Come and find out more about the camp and share food and celebration with those who set it up. The event will include a screening on Power Up (see above event) on the Saturday at 7pm at Mission Community Centre and an interactive workshop about how we use and produce energy in the UK.
Interactive workshop: 

FREE film screening: Power Up: Fracking in the UK

Thu, 10/05/2018


YMCA ICC, 61B Mansfield Rd, Nottingham

Organised by Frack Free Nottinghamshire



Power Trip: Fracking in the UK takes us onto the frontlines of UK resistance in the battle to stop the controversial energy extraction process known as fracking. Follow grandmothers who set up a campaign group (Lancashire Nanas) and teamed up with younger activists (Reclaim the Power) to shut down the fracking sites of Cuadrilla. Blackpool (Lancashire) and Balcombe (West Sussex) have become the frontline of Fracking resistance as trucks are occupied and gates are blocked. The film explores how social media is being used by both fracking companies and activists. Hear from energy experts, journalists and key politicians as well as the voices of local residents and councillors. Followed by a Q&A session.

Part of a UK tour:

Wirksworth: Better by Bus

Wed, 09/05/2018


Wellspring Church, Wood Street, Wirksworth DE4 4DS

Organised by: Transition Wirksworth


An evening exploring the future of transport in the Wirksworth area and its surrounds. All are welcome to come along. Topics will include what type of bus Trent could be running in future and whether Derbyshire Connect is a better way of serving the villages and linking with Wirksworth. Speakers: Vicky Williams, Commercial Manager, Trent Barton Buses & Chris Hegarty, Senior Project Officer, Public Transport Unit, Derbyshire County Council.

Water Power in Belper – Past and Present

Sun, 06/05/2018


Start Point: The Old Swiss Tea Rooms, Belper River Gardens (DE56 1BE).

Organised by Strutts North Mill

£4 per person, Under 16s free.

A walk around the water ways of the Belper Mill complex, seeing how the Strutts used water from the River Derwent to power their cotton mills and also discussing the hydro power currently being produced on site and along the Derwent Valley.