On the 4th and 5th of June three of us went to do the Transitioning Training course at Wivenhoe. Thanks TTW for being such great hosts, and thanks Gerri and Marina for the excellent training.
On the 18th of June we began work on our Banner. The upcoming Fling Festival was great motivation, and seeing Transition Stour Valley's banner at the Transition training was great motivation.
It was a bit of a social gathering, so we each came with a plate, and took our time. Before we knew it hours had passed, and it was time for home. But we got enough done so ...
.... on the 23rd June, when we had our regular monthly main meeting, we could unfurl it. Don't worry, we didn't stitch a huge crease in it, just didn't hang it up very well.
Transition Chelmsford was at the Fling 2011
and so our Banner was approved (as a work in progress). Which meant we could unfurl it publicly, for the first time.
We look a bit of a rag tag crowd and not too well organised, but hey, we're just babes and we will do better next time.
Some of us performed
Some of us peddled, in the foreground is Jay from Transition Wivenhoe with the Revolutionary Bicycle Powered Cinema. He kindly came along to support us with his great set-up (and lungs!).
We met up with friends like Hannah from Make Do and Mend
Their tent was rammed all day, good on them, they're doing great stuff, and we're very hopeful that we can do things together in a mutually supportive way in the near future.
And some of us spent most of the day (and some the night!) sitting behind the desk, recruiting, demonstrating activities and signing people up to launch a Time Bank.
One did an energy review of the whole festival (sadly not a public document).
... 'twas a very good day, next year we'll be back, and we'll be better!