Mike Wignall addressing the April 25 Climater Emergency session at City Chambers

Transition Edinburgh Activities 2018-19

The last year was a busy one for Transition Edinburgh – the community-led network connecting and supporting individuals and groups, initiating practical projects that strive for a greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient Edinburgh.  These highlights focus on our concerns: Energy, Food Sovereignty; Air Pollution / Transport, Plastics + Climate Crisis.

Imagining Edinburgh city in 2050

Following Fire Starter Festival events in February on a Just Transition for Scotland and a Carbon Neutral Edinburgh we co-hosted a visioning process in June with many of the city’s heritage bodies.  60 people gathered at the City Chambers to explore what needs changing and how.  Councillor Neil Gardiner, convener of the Planning Committee, responded positively to the ideas shared. 

Food Sovereignty

A stakeholder gathering on a Sustainable Food City Plan in June explored how a diversity of initiatives in Edinburgh – food growing, healthy eating, availability of fresh local produce, reducing food waste and ending food poverty – could be brought together on some sort of online hub, gateway or map.  We contributed to Kitchen Table Talks with Nourish Scotland and Scottish Food Coalition – aiming for a strong Good Food Nation Bill. 

Plastics / Circular Economy

An interactive workshop with Nicola Peel explored the impacts of our oil addiction.  Nicola  promoted open sourced machines to chip and melt plastic into new saleable products.

More recently this February a Plastic Problems: Human Solutions workshop explored what can be done about the plastic plague to free us from fossil-fueled plastic addiction.  Our Circular Economy working group – jointly with Friends of the Earth Edinburgh – is looking into strategies for reducing single use plastic packaging. 

Healthy Streets

We gathered the city’s Sustainable Active Travel advocates in May to discuss ways to promote an attractive and livable city and cut ill-health caused by vehicles congesting the city of Edinburgh. This was just before launch of City Centre Transformation consultations.

Climate Emergency

The climate crisis loomed large in early 2019.  We jointly hosted, with Councillor Karen Doran, a successful Climate Emergency forum in the City Chambers.  In May we spoke at two deputations to the City Council urging a 2030 target for the Declaration of a Climate Emergency for Edinburgh and the creation of a Climate Emergency partnership.  As a result of the deputations we have met with City Councilors to discuss how to implement these challenging initiatives for the city and the wider environment.

Join our Working Groups

In all this work we have collaborated with a wide range of civil society organisations. 
We invite you to get involved with one of the above strands of work by joining one of the action teams progressing each topic.  See these at and visit our members page

Mike, Johanna, Reem, Katharina, Pat and David,  TE trustees, 19 June 2019

Transition Edinburgh:  Collective hopes for 2018

On Friday 26 January friends and supporters sat down for a convivial evening meal at the Greyfriars Charteris Centre on the Pleasance.  A new social enterprise “Prep Table” offers pop-up Friday community meals and fifteen of us went along for a delicious two-course meal for just £12.  See Fiona’s next one on

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FEBRUARY 2018 issue

Hi there,

Due to technical issues, I have been unable
to access my Handy form eeek!  A friend named
Dorothy said to me “Always turn Disaster to
Advantage”.  This was ok with food mishaps, but
I am having to dig deep with this one!  Thank you
for your patience with the delay and having to
go to the websites yourselves this month.

Have a wonderful Valentines or Anti-Valentines Day
and a lovely February.

If you would like to volunteer on the Newsletter and/or have any information for the next issue, please contact us by email on (the deadline is normally 7 days before the 1st of each month).

In this month’s newsletter:

Transition Edinburgh newsletter group:
Joy Stockley

Transition News & Events

Transition Network’s Purpose –
Tell us what you think
[29 Jan – Sam Allen Transition Network]

 Transition Network is developing a new strategy.  In fact, it will be a strategic framework, with a number of different aspects, rather than a fixed strategy.  One part of this will be an organisational purpose – to help us check, prioritise and decide what actions to take and which projects to develop.  Please read all the aspects and give your feedback before 22 Feb.  Go to:  www.transitionnetwork.orrg/news-and-blog/

Prep Table – Our Meal in January
[Report – by Joy TE]

The evening at the Charteris Centre was lovely with a choice of mains, sides and desserts to follow.  It was lovely to catch up with Transitioners and friends in a great atmosphere and with great company.    Fiona Donaldson, the Founder of Preptable, told us how she came from cheffing in restaurants to deciding to create Preptable and help her community as she does today.  Preptables mission is:  Empowering people through food, providing freedom of choice and the means to give, receive and share in a comfy relaxed environment.  “We believe that everyone deserves to feel the pleasure of good food and that somebody has taken the time and effort to cook for them because they matter.”  They hold weekly or fortnightly food nights and get togethers.  Check out her website at:

Events From Other Groups – Food

Annual Potato Day – Bridgend
[Bridgend Growing Communities]

Date: Sun 25 Feb
Time: 11.00 – 14.00
Location: Bridgend Growing Communities, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4TE
Price:  Free

Come along to this annual event for all things Spuddy!

10 Years of Bruncheon – Carnival Brunch Party
[Out of the Blue]

Date: Sat, 10 Feb
Time: 11.30 – 15.00
Location: Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St. EH6 8RG
Price: Free

 We’re celebrating a decade of music at Bruncheon fest – the Sound of Muesli.  Join us for a bite to eat and performances from ‘Fish to Fry’, ‘Toby Mothershead’anf the ‘Whole Shebang’.
Go to:

Anti-Valentines Dinner with TRJFP

[The Real Junk Food Project]

Date:  Wed, 14 Feb
Time:  19.30 – 21.30
Location:  Ostara Cafe, 50 Coburg St, Leith EH6 6HJ
Price:  Pay as you feel

Join us at the Ostara cafe for a delicious 3-course meal celebrating the value of that food and the vallue of those preparing and eating it whatever their relationship status.  We promise this is not speed dating, but a rare chance for commensality to share food with people you don’t know.  BYOB or buy from Ostara’s excellent wine list.  Book your table by emailing:

Vegan Potluck Lunch at the Secret Garden

[Lochend Community Growing Project]

Date:  Sun, 18 Feb
Time:  11.00 – 14.00
Location:  Lochend Community Growing Project, 6A Lochend
Quadrant.  EH7 6DL
Price:  Free

Come along to our monthly vegan potluck lunch at the garden.  Bring along some vegan food to share.  You don’t have to be vegan to come along and enjoy some tasty food.  Everyone welcome.  Family friendly.  Go to:  The Secret Garden Facebook page

Organic Market in U.K. now worth £2.2 billion after sixth year of growth
[7 Feb – The Ecologist]

Organic food and drink now makes up 1.5% of Britain’s shopping baskets after 6 years of steady growth, according to a Soil Association report.  Go to:  htpps://

Other Exciting Events

Potions and Plants: A Magical Evening at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
[Botanical Gardens)

Date: Frid, 16 Feb
Time: 19.00 – 22.30
Location: The Royal Botanic Garden, John Hope Gateway, Edinburgh
Price: £19.95 – Adults (over 18’s only)

Your timetable for the evening will include classes on herbology, history of magic plants, Alchemy, Transfiguration and of course potions.  (some will also get the chance to make thier own Gin)
Booking via Eventbrite:

Create wooden tables and Art with luminous rivers of coloured resin – Free Workshops
[Bridgend Farmhouse – BIG]

Date:  Sat 17 Feb
Time 11.00
Location: Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4TE
Price:  Free – and lunch included

Keep Sat 17 Feb free in your diaries.  Help Bridgend Farmhouse create tables for their new cafe and learn how to do this great skill at the same time.  Contact: to volunteer.             (Sat 10 Feb now fully booked)

Support Bridgend Farmhouse – Would you like to invest in the project?

Would you like to become a co-owner of Bridgend Farmhouse?  Complete the 1 minute survey to help us get a sense of how many people and how much people would like to invest to support the project.  Go to: http://www.bridgend  for more information

SHRUB – Open meeting
[Swap and Reuse Hub]

Date:  Thu, 22 Feb
Time:  18.00 – 19.30
Location:  Swap & Reuse Hub Cooperative,
13 Guthrie Street.  EH1 1JG
Price:  Free

Come along to the open meeting to find out about the current projects.  See more info on the SHRUB facebook page.

Cyrenians appoints Manager for Social Bite Village
[Cyrenians – Edinburgh]

Homelessness and inclusion charity Cyrenians has appointed Kathy Hoyle as Manager for the Social Bite village set to provide a home for up to 20 people affected by homelessness.  With almost 50 yrs experience in delivering residential community models, Cyrenians is now journeying with Social Bite by providing the support and care for the community.  The aim of the village is to empower residents with the skills required to maintain an independent and meaningful life away from the issues which may have contributed to their homelessness experience e.g. unemployment, relationship breakdown, debt, addiction and mental health.