Friday evening started with registering and trying to choose from an array of workshops for Saturday.
Dinner followed; meeting up with old friends, meeting new friends and generally diverse discussions. This started with Somerset County Council allegedly using the Transition label as greenwash PR, while the local borough councils are positive, and transition groups have held a series of training workshops with council staff. Also transition in cities.
Finally digital stories – personal stories of transition. After dinner there were games. Some people are instantly turned off ‘organised’ games - but many people enjoyed ice-breaking opportunities to find people who share your passions (and transition talk was off-limits!)
I then took my chance to escape before frivolities turned into charades/hokey-cokey/conga... (I think you had to be there...) Socialising continued in the bar, singing happy birthday to Ben Brangwyn – someone from Hull donated a cake...
Conversations included home insulation and the success of Transition Streets in Totnes, herbal medicine and community gardens, climate change concerts and cycling and sailing to Copenhagen. Enough for me and I pedalled off to get the train back over the water to Wirral.
By Neil Chadborn