Members of Transition Scotland will be at the forthcoming SCCAN gathering and we'll be running one of the afternoon workshops on the health of your organisation.
Come along and network with many different types of active communities and learn about the range of actions that are going on across Scotland and beyond.
SCCAN Gathering - Feb 4th 2017, Edinburgh
The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) are having their Annual Gathering 9.30-4.30 on Saturday 4 February 2017, David Hume Tower*, George Sq, Edinburgh EH8 9JX.
Book at https://sccan4feb.eventbrite.co.uk
A day packed with inspirational talks and workshops with lots of space for you to share as well!
Paul Allen, Director of the Zero Carbon Britain project at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales, will give a keynote address on their Zero Carbon – Making It Happen research.
Highlights of the day include:
Social evening 6-9pm Friday 3 February, David Hume Tower.
For those of you nearby – or coming the day before to stay over – we invite you for an informal Social with food and drink on the Friday evening. This is a chance to get to know each other more. Paul Allen will join us for this – to share his experience of moving ideas into action. Register at https://sccan3feb.eventbrite.co.uk
9.30 Registration opens. - refreshments
10.00 Welcome and warm up session
10.30 Plenary Session
Suzy Goodsir of Greener Kirkcaldy, on Lessons from Fife CCAN’s pilot regional network
Paul Allen of Centre for Alternative Technology, on Zero Carbon Britain 2: Making It Happen
11.15 Workshops 1
13.25 Workshops 2
14.40 Open Space: topics generated by participants
A Special Guest gives feedback from Open Space discussions: sharing the next steps
* Location map at https://goo.gl/lb1Q92
Transition Scotland’s (TS) 2016 annual gathering was held on September 10th and 11th. This year it was hosted by Transition Black Isle in the beautiful village of Cromarty. Based at the Old Brewery run by Cromarty Arts Trust, we ventured firstly to the Cromarty Community Market which provided us with an excellent learning exchange around how to run community markets, as well as tasty local produce, plants, and crafts.
In the afternoon there was an Open Space discussion around different aspects of the question: "How can we, as a national movement, be more effective in facilitating a move to a low-impact lifestyle?". It was followed by a delicious pot-luck dinner and plenty of chat and getting to know each other - as always - probably the most important part of the weekend!
The Sunday was spent walking around Cromarty, learning more about the local history of how the area around the Cromarty Firth had gone through its own transition from crofting, fishing, hemp production, brewing, sea-borne trading, oil rig construction and now looking over to Nigg where wind turbines are being constructed. . This provided us with time for informal brainstorms giving birth to exciting future ideas and projects which may be a part of Cromarty’s future. Who knows....
Reflections from visitors and TBI’ers.
Transition Scotland Get-Together
Cromarty Old Brewery
Join us to catch up, share stories and learning, and re-inspire the vision of a Scotland in Transition to a low carbon, resilient country. Hear about the budding Transition Scotland national Hub – and get involved.
Representatives of any of the Scottish Transition groups are invited, together with anyone else who is interested in our agenda for strong communities working to a more sustainable future.
This will be a family-friendly event with lots to do for kids and partners.
This event is FREE, but you'll need to book your own accommodation - B&B at reasonable rates is available at the Old Brewery itself, or there are other options, see below.
Sign up here.
Cromarty is a beautiful historic village at the eastern tip of the Black Isle. Attractions include Hugh Miller’s birthplace museum, beach and hill walks, and wildlife-watching boat trips. There are buses to the village from Inverness.
11am – 2pm
Visit to Cromarty Community Market - this is one of 2 monthly community markets run by Transition Black Isle. Lunch is available at the market – or for those who prefer to have a look around Cromarty, there are other cafes in the village – and it’s hard to beat a picnic on the beach if it’s sunny!
2.30 – 5.30pm
Open Space discussion – share experiences and develop ideas for the future. To be held in the Old Brewery, 10 minutes’ walk from the market.
Pot luck dinner – please bring something to share.
Ad hoc activities and chat – maybe visit Fortrose for dolphin watching (optimum time around 4.00 p.m), fun on the beach, visit Rosemarkie beach café, hire bikes, sight-seeing in Cromarty and Fortrose.
The Old Brewery
B&B costs £35/ adult, £20/ child under 12, sharing room with parent(s). There are single, twin, double and triple rooms available.
Fortrose Bay Campsite
The campsite is about 15 minutes’ drive from Cromarty (there are buses, but the last one on Saturday leaves quite early). See their website for prices and other details.
Campervans frequently stop overnight on Cromarty Links – just inland from the beach. A great informal location, but there are no facilities.
If all else fails…
TBI members may be able to offer accommodation! Contact Martin Sherring at TBI.
Photos from the last gathering / un-conference in Comrie Croft below.