Transition Stroud

This is a shared history blog. Together we can write the history of our process of transition as it happens.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Transition Stroud woodfuel group!

Cartoon by Russ
Did you miss our film earlier in the year about our Woodfuel group working with the National Trust. See it at:

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Stroud Potato Day 7th Feb 2015

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Stroud Community TV Awards 2014

Stroud Community TV is a Transition Stroud project and this year we are running our third Stroud Film Awards. Nominations are now open and it would be great if folk could send us their best Stroud films of 2014 - including in the new category - Best 'Green' film. You can see details at:

Friday, 14 March 2014


We are pleased to announce the 7 winning films for 2013. Stroud Community TV is a Transition Stroud project and now has over 1,100 films with a Stroud connection. We are awarding some of the best!

Philip Booth, co-founder of the project said: "Stroud Community TV is a way of celebrating Stroud and the Five Valleys, sharing inspiring stories and building a greater sense of identity. It is run entirely by volunteers. We like to tell good news stories about the projects and events in Stroud and encourage more of those - but it is also about showcasing the creative talent here, nurturing more, supporting local organisations and businesses and giving a voice to those less often heard."

Members of the public suggested nominations for their best 2013 films and now they have been voted on by a team of judges including Neil Carmichael MP, Mayor of Stroud Amanda Moriarty, Stroud Life's Victoria Temple, Eastenders actor Sean Gleason, Chair of Stroud District Council Community Committee Cllr June Cordwell and more.

The results which include a Transition film of the Fix It For Free cafes are available at:

Philip Booth, who organised the awards said: "It is great to see so much interest in the project. We'd love to hear from more filmmakers. amateur or professional, who would be interested in filming local events and projects."

Thursday, 13 March 2014


Liz Hilary who opened home with low cost ideas
Transition Stroud is again bringing together householders, individuals and organisations across the Stroud Valleys to celebrate ‘fit for future’ homes.

Transition Stroud will again be opening homes to share tips and information on eco-renovation and building. This year a record 27 homes will be open - from old, listed buildings to self built wooden homes; from modern terraced to 17th century detached.

The event will be held on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th, from 11.00am - 5.00pm and homes will be opening across the Stroud valleys.

An organiser, Jane Brown said: "We are looking forward to welcoming people from all over the West Country to come and get inspiration from home owners who have experienced the highs and lows of sustainable building work. Many people return year after year since they have found the event so helpful. Many are choosing to take several measures in their own homes."

Philip Booth, a local District councillor, who set up the Open Homes project added: "This is a great opportunity for people to learn more, cut their bills, increase energy security, support local suppliers/jobs and cut carbon."

You can see films from previous years by going to:

This year we will also be holding an Installers' Fair in the Stroud Subscription Rooms on Saturday 26th April, 10.00am - 2.00pm to give people the opportunity of talking to suppliers and getting some ideas before the Eco Open Homes event the following weekend.Children can come and build their own home at the Installers' Fair too.

See more at:

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Stroud Potato Day today: film of Amanda Godber saying what it is all about!

See the film at:

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Woodfuel Group celebrate 600 hours of conservation

A group of volunteers supported by Transition Stroud has been helping the National Trust with their woodland management. Transition Stroud is a network for local people and groups working on the transition to a locally-based low carbon lifestyle. The project started in 2011 and the team meet about 5 times a year to support work in Randwick and Standish Woods, Shortwood and Haresfield Beacon.

On Saturday 14th December the group celebrated 600 hours work with potatoes and sausages baked on a fire.

John Fisher, Coordinator of the group, said: "It''s been great for us to work in partnership with the National Trust; to be able to assist, Tim Jenkins, the Ranger, with some conservation and woodland management. In nearly 3 years the group has provided over 600 hours!"

Philip Booth, who helped set up the group, added: "It is great to come together with other local residents - and a bonus is, that often the members are able to leave with a boot load of wood to chop at home. Tim Jenkins has been fantastic - particularly great is learning more about our local woods from the ancient barrows to 70 year old anthills and rare moths. Many of us have missed some of the great stories and life of our countryside; it is wonderful to reconnect and learn."

Tim Jenkin's, the Ranger who supports the work, said: “It’s a real privilege to work in partnership with Transition Stroud, to have the local community involvement is so important. Their enthusiasm and commitment has helped to manage a beautiful part of the Cotswolds, here at Haresfield.  We are very lucky in the Stroud area to have so much free access to wonderful countryside providing so many benefits.”

See more about Transition Stroud at:

You can see a video made March 2011 about the project at: