An opportunity to work with Transition Stroud

Sustainability Project Officer

6 months contract on self-employed basis, contract value £3,000.

With financial support from the Summerfield Trust, we have an opportunity, for the right person, to deliver an exciting new project that will build support for Transition Stroud, leading to greater financial sustainability.

The person appointed will have the key aim of developing reliable funding streams via our supporter base and the Stroud community (including the business community), to support Transition Stroud’s aims and objectives.

For more information please download the project brief and job description.

Closing date for applications is Friday November 6th at 12 noon.


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TRASHION show returns to Stroud!

Randwick Hall is booked for yet another Trashion show where we strut the catwalk with our upcycled creations. On Saturday September 19th from 6-11pm there will be stalls with our creations and opportunity to buy upcycled items. There will be a catwalk presentation of upcycled and creations from waste materials as good as any Paris fashion house. Refreshments will be available for sale.

A great night out all in aid of Transition Stroud!

For further info contact Clare on

Textile group update

On Monday next 15th June the Textile group have use of the upstairs room at Ruskin Mill from 10am-1pm, please let me know if you want to come as we can car share. We will park in Nailsworth Town Hall car park and walk to Ruskin Mill as there is no week day parking there. We will have lunch in the lovely cafe there. Bring any project you are currently working on and any ideas for future themes of textile groups. Come along if you can’t sew, knit etc and would like to learn. That’s what we are here for.

For further info contact Clare on

Upcylced Art Outdoors

Every Wednesday

After a very sucessful launch Upcycled Art Outdoors continue to meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10-12 in the Stonehouse rest garden behind the Co-op and the High Street. From the High Street go past the Co-op left into Laburnum Road,  left again into small path and take left turn into Rest Garden. Weekly FREE sessions  where anyone can come and be creative with objects we would throw away or with natural found matter, we will do this in the park to be closer to the natural suroundings that we wish to protect by recycling. The project promotes the benefits of bio diversity and multigenerational friendly living while expressing the idea of Supporting your community and your environment. It hopes to inspire individuals to re think, re-use and recycle in a very integrated and creative way. Come and have fun, no experience necessary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Clare, Angie and Agnieszka
contact Clare on or Agnieszka on 07910 707 611

Transition Stroud joining in Seed Festival 2015

Transition Stroud joining in Seed Festival 2015

Seed Festival 2015: Planting big ideas is being held at Hawkwood College from Friday 17th to Sunday 19 July 2015 at Hawkwood.

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival will focus on the sectors of society that are equipped to make the greatest difference and lead the way forward – business and the arts. Seed Festival 2015 will feature thought leaders from local, national and international arenas who are advancing the latest innovations in the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Our debate will reveal the resulting social impact and show how businesses who are on the cutting edge of change can be aligned with social action, arts and celebration. Creative support, road maps, toolkits for our future world and lots of fun in beautiful surroundings are included in the package!
Transition Stroud will have a presence at the event, and be involved in some talks, alongside other Transition Stroud partners like Stroudco.

Next Reading Group Meeting

Transition Stroud reading group discusses The Future of Food

Following the film and discussion event on Sunday February 22nd, we will be discussing the ideas in more depth and in relation to books in the TS library at a meeting of the Transition Stroud reading group.

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015
Place: Black Book Cafe, Nelson St, Stroud, GL5 2HL
Time: 4 am – 6pm.

Rather than focus on a single book, this month the Transition Stroud reading group invites anyone who has read a book on the future of food to come and offer a review and discuss how insights from a range of books compare and could be implemented locally.

The following questions will form a structure to the discussion:

What are the problems a future food system needs to address?
Are there conflicts between different ideals of a future food system? What other barriers do we face in improving the provision and sustainability of food?
What most inspires you to take action locally – what new projects might help?

Books currently in the Transition Stroud library which people may find relevant include:

“Good Food for Everyone Forever: A People’s Takeover of the World’s Food Supply” – by Colin Tudge
“The Carbon Fields: How Our Countryside Can Save Britain” – by Graham Harvey
“So Shall We Reap: What’s Gone Wrong with the World’s Food – and How to Fix it” – by Colin Tudge
“The Killing of the Countryside” – by Graham Harvey
“The End of Food” – by Paul Roberts
“Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters” – by Andrew Simms
“Meat – a benign extravagance?” – by Simon Fairlie
“On Guerilla Gardening” – by Richard Reynolds
“The Organic Tradition: An Anthology of Writings on Organic Farming, 1900-1950” – edited by Philip Conford

Knitted Garden

Knitted Garden

22042Here’s a message from one of our members…
I would like to create a textile ‘Edible Garden’ which can be rolled up and taken to events to engage people with creativity and thinking of growing food. I still have a knitted Leek from your Xmas stall years ago!

It would need to be planned a bit, with the ‘soil’ perhaps made from rag rugging, and a call for knitted ‘worms’ and soil bugs could be made to schools etc….perhaps. I would need to specify sizes!! It would need a compost bin, bee hive, forks and spades, anything anyone could think of made from any material. I would like to announce it in the local paper, which would help to promote Transition Stroud and then invite people to bring their offerings to the Spring Garden Show in April 2015 as the first event. I hope to have some refreshments to give to those who turn up, but even if no-one does, it will still be worth doing as it is an On-Going Project, not a complete thing. I am hoping it will take off but if it doesn’t then it will just last as long as it lasts. Jane Brown

If you’re interested in joining us please contact Jane on