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The April 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Let's start on the UK's south coast, where Transition Town Worthing's annual beach clean-up was given a boost through some funding from Southern Water, which covered their insurance and 100 high visibility jackets.  Barbara Shaw from TTW (right, with David Bone from Southern Water)  told The Worthing Herald

“It’s reassuring to have the backing of an important environmental organisation like Southern Water.  The beach clean attracts around a hundred volunteers participating in a well organised scientific survey of coastal litter. With the help of Southern Water we now have the certainty of covering some essential overheads for the next three years, which as a voluntary group is a huge relief.”

April 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

This month sees a new Digest which brings together all the articles on the theme of the month. REconomy relaunches its website and has a job offer, Transition Free Press gets ready to relaunch, ideas of reusing stuff, saying goodbye to supermarkets and a school dips in its river. Plus new training, the World Roundup and of course much more.

Transition Network launches new fragrance range

April sees an exciting new initiative from Transition Network, the launch of our own fragrance collection.  All the celebrities are at it, so in our push to help make Transition Network more financially independent as well as to broaden its mainstream appeal, we have teamed up with the people at Estée Lauder to launch a new range for the Spring.  Chanelle La Touche from Estée Lauder says:

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Transition Network in this way.  To us, Transition says chic, it says, resilience, it says inspiration and independence, and that’s what we have captured in this new range.  We like to think of this as "the perfume of just doing stuff"”. 

William Lana's thoughts for incoming Transition Network Trustees.

Transition Network is seeking new Trustees, four in fact.  You can find out everything you need to know about it here, and download the information pack here.  Last week we heard from Sarah McAdam on what makes a good Trustee, today from outgoing Trustee William Lana.  William has been on the Board since Transition Network began, and after 7 years' service is standing down.  We started by asking him how it's been, what has been his experience of being a Trustee?  

A selection of funding opportunities for Transition initiatives

We are very grateful to Christine Jones for sending us this, which is something we hope to do on a more regular basis.  Here is a selection of current funding possibilities for Transition initiatives in the UK.  If you know of any others that might be of interest, do post them in the comments below. For more general advice for Transition groups on funding, check out our Funding Primer.  

The March 2014 Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Anyone reading this who was a fan of punk legends The Damned, or indeed of Captain Sensible's solo work, will be impressed to read of his interaction with Crystal Palace Transition Town (CPTT).  According to 'Inside Croydon', CPTT and other groups got together to clear up a "long neglected piece of greenery on South Norwood High Street, removing mountains of rubbish from the site" (see right).

Transition Phillipines focus on urban agriculture

Transition Communities Initiative Philippines (or Kaya Natin Magbago Pagsama Sama) in Nuevo Ecija (NE) province in the Philippines are in process of developing a Permaculture demonstration site, fish ponds, development of production of coconut products.  During March they will also be advancing Transition with six to eight municipalities in NE to raise awareness of what is involved.  Meanwhile they also have an urban project about which you can find the background on their revamped web site.  Julie Viloria and Adrian Atkinson take up the story:

Transition Network conference news for 2014!

It is around this time that Transition Network often announces its annual UK conference.  We've been having a think about how best we can connect to, and support, Transitioners in the UK and have decided that in 2014 we'll try something a little different.  And we'll be inviting UK Transition Initiatives to help us shape what this looks like.

Your opportunity to become a Trustee of Transition Network

Due to a number of our Trustees coming to the end of their terms of office, we are looking for four new board members to fill their shoes.  The board of Trustees are responsible for the strategic development and the good governance of the organisation.  If you think you might have the time, the skills and the passion to support Transition Network in this way, we'd love to hear from you.   

March 2014 - Transition Network Newsletter

This month the newsletter includes an invitation to become a Trustee, the Conference, a new Funding Primer, and more about the Network Initiative Support, which ties in with the theme of Resoucing Your Initiative. Our Social Reporters explore communications in Transition and the Free Press introduces its new team.

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