Sue & Greg Dance's views of Nailstock
Sue - Pre planned commitments to duty lists saw us catching the 93 bus amongst many young people and young families. Toddlers and teenagers in anticipation & excitement. We ended up stuck in a traffic jam for 20 mins & missed the procession. Arriving at the Nailstock festival site keen to sign in and participate.
The site was busy - finding a well organised gazebo & meeting fellow transitioners for the first time in person - putting faces to e mails. Others well known to us showing our Transition Town Stroud bright yellow jackets, new leaflets, and other useful tools of the day.
I was impressed by the young people's commitment to recycling. Tiny people being helped to put their bottles in the right bins. Archway school boys wanting to wear the fluorescent jackets sharing their knowledge of carbon footprints. A variety of folk wanted technical information in order to make practical changes to their homes. All wanting to do something for our future even though they had not heard of Peak Oil. I met potential new members encouraged some to leave their details and realised that Transition Town Stroud is mushrooming into a large dynamic umbrella group.....we all have so many ideas to share, practical ways to learn & it would be great to harvest the enthusiasm that we met.
I was very sad to see the field change as the afternoon progressed, alarmed about those who ere out of control & in need of first aid, the wearing of the yellow jackets drew people to us who asked for help & we were able to summon first aiders.
Greg - The day was a successful one, I spoke to many curious people who in the main wanted to discuss the practicalities of having solar panels of one sort or another. One chap wanted to make his driving school business low or zero carbon which certainly presents challenges!
I didn't meet any anti sorts (denialists), some who hadn't heard of peak oil/gas had a concerned look in their eyes when I said what the possible implications could be.
The site remained tidy throughout the day thanks to the hard work done by the teams, and also I think the tidy attitudes of the daytime festival goers.
The night time revelers, mostly young who arrived in large numbers from 8pm onwards were another type though. We went off site until around 9:30pm and on our return the site had become a waste land of rubbish. Was it the anonimity of the darkness that transformed people into wasters? Or was it that the families had gone and the "too cool to care" rabble were on duty?
The bus trip home was crowded and well natured, if a bit loud at times. Lots of cheering for no particular reason through which one young chap managed to sleep! Overall the day was well worth it, thanks to Simon Allen!
Thoughts for the 2009 event - Maybe the rubbish issue would be helped by illuminating the bins with low level lighting so they can be easily seem, and asking the organisers to put out reminders to the crowds over the entire day to use the bins correctly. Also reminders about the no glass on site rule would prevent the accidents that occurred.