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., 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:

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 ( whose progress can be read about in their newsletter found at and Community Housing Action:MK, at

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.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Plastic Ocean film screening- 8th July

Lush are showing Plastic Ocean film on 8th July. See poster for more details 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

MK Sustainable Futures - 28th June

MK Sustainable Futures talk
Thursday 28 June 2018, 7pm at MK Gallery

This talk initiates the debate about MK’s sustainable future, and an overarching vision with a particular emphasis on housing and buildings that In the UK are responsible for almost half of our carbon emissions, and the need for new and innovative measures that go well beyond the approach of traditional house builders.

Visit the MK Gallery website to book your space.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum - trip to local solar farm

Our friends from the Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum have invited people to visit a local solar farm on 27th June. 

The site, near Westoning, is actually 2 solar farms – one built with Feed in Tariff subsidy and the other built privately as the first in the UK with a battery installation.

They will meet in Westoning at the Running Duck at the Bell pub at 7.30 on June 27th and from there we will walk to the farm (about 300m). The walk around the farm will take about an hour (maximum) but that depends on how much discussion we have about the contribution of solar energy to the national energy mix and the development of battery technology.

If you are coming by car there should be parking in Westoning at the pub or on the roadside. They can offer a small number of places in cars from Bedford but please book with BCCF if you would like a lift. For those coming from Flitwick Railway station it’s about a 2 mile walk, some of it along a busy road without pavements, but straightforward for cycling. They could arrange to pick people up from Flitwick station but please let them know well in advance and ensure you arrive at the station well before 7.30 and the actual start of the walk.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

MK Feast - 8th July

MK FEAST, Milton Keynes’ premier food and drinks festival returns to Bradwell Abbey on Sunday the 8th July 2018. Initiated by MK Food Revolution and supported by Total MK, the festival will showcase the best of Milton Keynes’ home-grown products and produce in a family-friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Visit their website for more information.