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Thanks to everyone who took part in WWF's Earth Hour on March 29th. Below is a photo of the antics after the movie and just before the lights went out. If you couldn't make it and turned the lights out at home then thank you for participating at home too. A great evening, yummy cake, great film and a hoot playing at giants on the side of the palace. Thanks also to WLC and Historic Scotland for the room, film fees, promotional materials and for switching OFF the lights at 8:30pm.



Our next meeting is on Monday 28th at 7:30pm in the Low Port Centre lounge.
We will use this meeting to discuss Sustainable Employment and to consider how TL could assist in encouraging Linlithgow towards a low-carbon future through a focus on local employment. Transition Network have a specific name for this, and they call it REconomy [Resilient Economy]. If there's time, we'll also reflect on the implications of the IPCC's latest report on Climate Change.

For other news and information on the Litter Pick this Saturday12th 10am, read on...

Happy Easter

Alan, Chris(C), Neil, Chris(G) & Michael
TL’s Management Committee

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Dates for your Diary
Monthly meetings are in the Low Port Centre starting at 7:30pm unless stated otherwise.
  • 12th Apr - Litter Pick @ The Vennel and behind the Doocot @ 10am.
  • 28th Apr - Sustainable Jobs - what is a low carbon economy
  • 31st May - TL Family Day out, talk from Fintry Development Trust & mini AGM at Beecraigs
  • 9th Jun - Practical Skills, learning something new
  • ??? Jul [Date TBC] - Summer Social
  • 11th Aug - Autumn skills, orchards, jams, foraging?...
  • 8th Sep - Aye or Naw Transition Dinner
  • 13th Oct - Cozy Homes
  • 10th Nov - Young People and their future. Hearing their views.
  • 8th Jan 2015 - New Year Social - joint event with Burgh Beautiful
Vennel Gardens
Local residents kicked off the Vennel Gardens project with 500 snowdrops planted around the trees at the car park. (see photo). Next is a litter pick on Sat 12th 10am-noon. After that we'll plant wildflowers and poppies. Then detailed plans of a residents garden will be drawn up and funding identified to help make it possible. Plenty of space to put in fruit trees and growing spaces for residents.
Litter Pick - Sat 12th April
TL will be working with Burgh Beautiful to help clean up Linlithgow. Two areas have been allocated to TL on Saturday and we need 5-10 people at each location. 2 locations:
  • Behind the Doocot (nr. Canal Basin)
  • Vennel Gardens and loch-side.
If you can help, please reply to this email so we know names and numbers for picking equipment.
Remember to wear sturdy footwear, thick gloves and old clothes as there's often brambles and nettles etc.
Family Fun Day and AGM - 31st May 12:30-3pm

A formal announcement will be sent out for our annual AGM, but we wish to send everyone advance notice. Adopting a bit of transition lateral thinking, we'll have our AGM in the woods!. Yes, hopefully a BBQ or light lunch up at Beecraigs with a talk from our friends at Fintry Dev Trust and a quick run-through of formal AGM matters.

TL is a registered Scottish Charity and we need 4-12 trustees to maintain our registration and to continue our efforts to make Linlithgow a more sustainable place to live. As a few of the board have stood for several years now and wish to step down we have space for new members to come forward. If you are interested or wish to know more, please email: mc@transitionlinlithgow.org.uk or phone 670433. Ideally we need more ladies to come forward and if anyone is interested in managing our bank account and financial transactions, that would be greatly appreciated.
Charts above show the latest data on domestic Electricity and Gas consumption in Linlithgow. As you can see the trend is broadly downward with gas consumption not reducing much between 2011 and 2012. Converting these figures into £'s this is approx £6 - 6.5 million we spend each year. Money lost from our local economy. What if we could reduce that by 10-20%?... 

TL's Energy group are continuing to look at options to make reductions in this consumption and to install more renewable energy solutions across town. We've identified some flats that might be able to have wall insulation fitted and a few locations for possible solar panel arrays to be commissioned. Perhaps the community could own the panels and get the financial benefit? Many other communities are already forming Energy Supply Companies to do just this. Along with our research from University of Aberdeen, we'll continue to explore options to conserve and use fossil fuels more efficiently.
Another plan might be to upgrade all single glazed windows in the town centre through a bulk purchase scheme, or grant funding application.
Low Port - Vegetable Display
After 3 years of transforming the Vennel with vegetables and cereal crops, TL's Food and Gardening team will re-locate their efforts in 2014 to plant in the beds on either side of the entrance to the Low Port Primary School. A few more volunteers would be greatly appreciated to help grow, plant and maintain the display over the summer. The F&G group would love new members to join them and if you are interested please email: food@transitionlinlithgow.org.uk
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

At long last, the UK Government have opened up applications for the RHI. This is a scheme which will benefit those who installed Solar Thermal (hot water) panels and offers a small financial return for those who fitted renewable heat technology. As part of the scheme to get payments you need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). TL will explore to see if we can get a discount EPC price for everyone who took part in our bulk scheme a few years ago. Please email us if interested. Reply to this email or phone 670433.
Other News Snippets
  • TL will be attending the Climate Challenge Fund Gathering on Thu 24th April. There's space for one more person if you wish to attend.
  • TL will also be attending Fintry FRESh on May 2nd. The event is on 2nd and 3rd if you wish to go along.
  • Remember the two Linlithgow Harvest Feasts? - well it seems that the council and local businesses might be up for an event on the Peel in September as part of Scottish Food & Drink fortnight. Watch this space. We'll bring you more news as it develops. If anyone would like to help, please get in touch.
  • While TL will endeavour to remain neutral through the Scottish Independence process, it is worth hearing the environmental viewpoint from both sides before making a decision Yes or No. If we hear of a Better Together event we'll post it, but for now, the only event on the horizon is a talk by Louise Batchelor on 29th April in Linlithgow Bowling Club at 7:30pm. Louise is a member of the Green Party, journalist and former BBC correspondent. If you would like to attend, please email: Yeslinlithgow@gmail.com or telephone 01506 847258 - lets hope the other side also organise a similar talk for us to compare and contrast viewpoints.
  • TL have been invited to talk to the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council on 27th June. Alan will give a short talk and Q&A session. If any other groups in town wish to know more about Transition then please let us know. email: hello@transitionlinlithgow.org.uk 
  • Congratulations to St.Ninian's Craigmailens Church who have been awarded £42k of CCF funding to improve the Longcroft halls. They are exploring other funding to upgrade their boiler too.
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