Monday, 13 August 2018

Transition Town Milton Keynes Film Night - The Future Of Bees



Transition Town Milton Keynes warmly invite you to join us for our next Film Night on Thursday 6th September. We will be watching some interesting films about bees and explore what we can do in MK to create more pollinator-friendly habitats in our neighbourhoods and give bees a better future. 

The event is free but we always welcome donations towards our work.  

Hope to see you there! 


Monday, 6 August 2018

Plawking at Caldecotte a great success!

Thanks to everyone who came litter picking at Caldecotte Lake on 4th August. It was a bit cooler by the lake.  We are gradually getting more people which is great. 

Transition Town Milton Keynes plan to run a monthly plawking events on the first Saturday of each month, from 5-6pm at different locations around MK. 

The next event will be on 8th September at the Teardrop Lakes (meeting at MK Station). See you there!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Join us for 'Plawking' on 4th August

Join Transition Town Milton Keynes for our next 'Plawking' event on 4th August at 5pm
For those of you who aren't familiar with this term  (like me!) it's essentially litter picking and walking (there is also 'plogging' - litter picking and jogging!)

Meet at the Caldecotte Arms Pub entrance (that's the pub with the windmill) at 5pm. Equipment is provided but please bring your own gloves. We will litter pick for around an hour, and then reward ourselves with a hard earned drink at the Caldecotte Arms (optional).

Transition Town Milton Keynes plan to run a monthly plawking events on the first Saturday of each month, from 5-6pm at different locations around MK. The following event will be on 5th September at the Teardrop Lakes (meeting at MK Station).

Hope to see you there! 

Our merry band of volunteers plawking at the Blue Lagoon

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Planting Up summer social - 5th August


Secrets to gardening success
5th August
10.30 -14.30 at Westbury Arts Studio



Join us for a talk at the Planting Up plot and Westbury Arts Centre gardens as our guest speaker does a show & tell to reveal the secrets to gardening success.

This event will end with a BBQ veggie lunch but before we eat, children can create their own rock art pebble signs for the garden you’ll be shown how to make your own low-cost, home-made compost factory (wormery).

Led by our Master Composter, this wormery workshop will show you everything you need to know about vermicomposting and how to make your own “black gold” for your lawn, flowers and vegetables at home. This demo not only promises to help you save your kitchen waste from landfill but also to save money – no more buying compost and no need to buy a worm bin which can cost anything from £30 – £200+ in the shops.

Reserve your place today by booking your ticket via the Planting Up website.

Tickets cost £15pp or £10pp when you book two or more together. Children under 10 go free but must be accompanied by an adult.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Cyclists - Join Bicycle Bell-ero event on 22nd July!



Bicycle Bell-ero, part of the IF Festival, is on Sunday 22nd July at MK Rose in CMK. More cyclists are needed for this fun event.

This is a unique project that makes cycling into a musical experience for riders and audience. The project welcomes beginners, families, individuals, regular casual cyclists, cycle commuters, active hobby cyclists, cycling clubs and sports cyclists.

Download and read more about taking part here and sign up here.

Visit their website for more information.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Transition Town Milton Keynes clean up at the Blue Lagoon


On Sunday 1st July at around 5 o'clock six of us set off from Milton Keynes College- Bletchley with litter pickers and bags on hoops provided by the local council.It was another beautiful, hot, sunny day. We crossed the road and took the path down to the Blue Lagoon. There was litter to pick up on the way and a chance to chat.The path was often shady and passed a pond rented out to a private fishing club.All the way down there was litter to pick up. Arriving at the Blue Lagoon was a bit like getting to the seaside.Instead of going to the lake edge which might have made us look like kill-joys we made our way to the car park. It's a long time since I've seen so much litter piled around an overflowing litter bin. Jean-Louis took photos to provide Milton Keynes Council with evidence of the mess. At about 6 we started back. We'd cleared some litter and talked to each other. An hour or so well spent.




Join us for our next 'plawalking' (litter picking and walking) event on 4th August at 5pm. Meet at the Caldecotte Arms Pub entrance (that's the pub with the windmill). All equipment is provided. Transition Town Milton Keynes plan to run a monthly event and will publish details on our website.

And here's a great article about Transition Town Milton Keynes member Jean-louis who has been selected as one of the first 100 Keep Britain Tidy #LitterHeroes Ambassadors

Green Fair - 14th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes and friends are holding a Green Fair on Sat 14th July at MK Museum as part of the MK Festival Fringe. Don't forget to pop by and say hello!

Facebook details can be found here or the website is here


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Planting Up - forthcoming events


Planting Up have a series of upcoming events - visit their website for more information. 
  • Thu 5 Jul, 7pm - 8.30pm: Have your say at our monthly “Coffee Corner” Volunteer Planning Evening where we'll be discussing the project and planning our Summer Social. 
  • Thu 19 Jul, 7pm - 8.30pm: Our second “Coffee Corner” Volunteer Planning Evening for July, where we'll be checking our progress as we gear up for our next speaker event.
  • Sun 22 Jul, 11am - 2pm: As if we need a reason to get together for some gardening and to eat! Join us for our final July Weekend Permablitz (with “Bring & Share” lunch).
  • Wed 25 Jul, 10am - 1pm: An opportunity to get out in the fresh air mid-week with Westbury gardeners. Muck-in on the plot at our Week-Day Permablitz (with “Bring & Share” lunch) for the final permablitz of this month.

MK Fringe Festival Green Fair - 14th July

MK Festival Fringe in partnership with Transition Town MK are pleased to present this mini ‘green’ fair bringing together a selection of organisations and groups dedicated to championing more sustainable, ethnical ways of living. Click here to find out more.

11am - 6pm, 14th July at MK Museum 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

People-led homes, from big society dreams, to local community reality

A great meeting with 40 people and several local organisations represented: Citizens MK, Community Action MK, Elderflowers, Fred Roche Foundation, MK Forum, Giffard Park Housing Co-operative, Rainbow Housing Co-op, Still Green and Xplain, and including also Scott Jennings, board member of Students for Co-operation and member of Nottingham Student Housing Co-operative. http://www.students.coop, who gave us a quick introduction to the his organisation.



Videos were shown about Community Land trusts, self build & right to build, Granby Four Streets community-led regeneration in Liverpool, Lilac co-housing group in Leeds with their straw bale houses and (OWCH), Older Women Co-Housing in Barnet, London.

A final section of options suitable for young people of the millennial generation as well as future new generations showed student co-op homes, co-living in London and a UK maker of Beautiful small homes (“Tiny House”)

Prospective self and custom builders and groups who want to develop group housing are encouraged to sign up to the Milton Keynes council’s “Self Build register”, found at: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/property/self-build-register

In accordance with central government Under the Self-Build & Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, Milton Keynes Council are obliged to maintain a register of individuals or groups seeking to acquire land in the Borough for self-build or custom-build homes, as are all local authorities in the UK.

The council are then obliged to find land that can be offered for the buildings. A number of local groups are taking action to scale things up and allow access to more genuinely affordable homes for all, including MK Community Land Trust (http://mkclt.org) whose progress can be read about in their newsletter found at https://tinyurl.com/yb9nqxnn and Community Housing Action:MK, at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHousingAction/

A lot of people signed up to stay involved with the group, and Alissa of Community Action:MK offered support with setting up community led housing initiatives in Milton Keynes, by people signing up for Community Action’s courses on an Introduction to Good Governance.