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Transition Festival at the Gregson

John Freeman
This coming Saturday (17th April) will be a big day for community organisation Transition City Lancaster, which is hosting a big, open free festival at Lancaster's Storey centre on Meeting House Lane.

Aiming to help Lancaster make the transition from an economy with a high dependence on fossil fuels to a sustainable resilient way of life, this launch Festival will offer lots of practical things to achieve that aim – as well as music and more, along with talks/films on "peak oil" and climate change etc.

The Festival includes an evening performance by Howard Haigh and Lava, playing for a bit of a party at the Storey. Tickets are £5/4: to book in advance, call 01524 382431.

For more information and full programme information visit:, or check out the free newspaper that should have come through your door, which comes packed with plenty of interesting articles about all things green (definitely more interesting than the Reporter!). A detailed program is also available in PDF format here.

More events follow after the Festival. On Tuesday 20th April, at 7.30 in St Thomas Church on Penny Street, the organisation plays host to a talk led by Transition movement co-founder Rob Hopkins, also author of The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience. Tickets: £5/£3 to cover costs etc.

Then, on 1st May, from 10-4, there will be an all-day workshop for any and all local folks to start looking at a timeline to Lancaster in 2030. This is community based forward visioning stuff - led by Shaun Chamberlin, author of 'Transition Timelines' and the organisation hopes this event will again hopefully involve the wider public in some positive, practical local action. Cost: £8/5. Tickets may be spare on the door - but to be sure of a place please book online of the transition website.