Amazing Immersive Energy..

The ‘Great Energy Escape’ immersive energy system balancing game for children and families launches at Manchester Science Festival 2017 this week.

On Wednesday 25th October 2017, Carbon Coop and Energy Democracy Greater Manchester[1] launched a brand new, family-friendly immersive game, The Great Energy Escape, premiering at Manchester Museum as part of Manchester Science Festival 2017[2].

Families race against the clock to save the day, rebooting Greater Manchester’s energy network and transforming it in to a re-balanced, clean system in a immersive experience which is fun, involving and educational.

Set within a fictional Greater Manchester Energy System Control Centre, the game features actors, video game interaction, tests of logic, problem solving, ingenuity and a large scale, interactive game to refigure Manchester’s energy to make it cleaner, more stable and more affordable.

Commenting on the games launch, Laura Williams from Carbon Coop said:

Players take on the role of today’s energy experts in a race against time to avoid black outs, stop runaway climate change and keep the whole system in balance. If younger people are going to meet these challenges head on, we hope being given the opportunity to learn about these issues through a fun and immersive game will be the perfect way to introduce the topic and enthuse any future energy scientists and engineers.’.

At the heart of the Great Energy Escape, participants must work together to re-order the city’s notional energy system, using game counters to represent different forms of energy such as wind and coal, and different technologies such as smart grids and smart grids.

Working in turn through the ‘energy trilemma’ they must first ensure the city region generates sufficient power, secondly that costs are kept affordable and thirdly that carbon emission targets are met. Players find that the task is made easier with special pieces such as smart grids, battery storage and energy efficiency.

The game was launched by Councillor Ageliki Stogia who represents the Whalley Range ward of Manchester City Council, she says:
As a Local Authority we face great challenges in assisting with the adaptation of our city’s future energy system, making sure our energy is clean, keeps the lights on whilst being affordable and tackling issues such as fuel poverty. Initiatives such as the Great Energy Escape help citizens understand these huge challenges and will enable them to assist us in making those big decisions that lie ahead.

The game has been designed in collaboration with Manchester based creatives [3], BAFTA-winning creative technologist and digital artist Dan Hett, performer and script writer Natasha Hodgson, urban design consultancy URBED and designers M3 Industries. Carbon Co-op have overseen project development and the technical energy system content of the game.

The game runs until Sunday 29th October 2017, the Great Energy Escape is supported by Electricity North West, Lush Cosmetics and the Seedbed Trust.

You can find out more –


Though the run at the Science Festival is completely sold out, Carbon Co-op plan to tour the game to new cities and educational institutes and are currently seeking partner organisations to facilitate this…. does anyone out there in Herefordshire have ideas about how we can support this and bring it our way?


Sunset Markets

Calling all Growers, Makers, Artists, Creators – and also all you Movers & Shakers out there in the Herefordshire Green Network ..

The Sunset Market at De Koffie Pot now takes place weekly on a Wednesday afternoon. DKP are experimenting with putting the market inside over the winter months – and certainly hope to run it right up to and including Christmas Markets.

This is a fabulous opportunity to spread the word about local produce and activities to members of the public, and to fund raise for your organisations – particularly in the run up to Christmas.

If you would be interested to book a (free) market stall please contact Sophie Higgins at De Koffie Pot (

Please also spread word about the markets to friends and colleagues in Hereford. The intention with the Sunset Market longer term is that it will become a regular stop off point en route home from school and work for people looking for fresh and innovative local produce.

For more information see:


The Age of the Earth…

Transition Leominster is pleased to support Project Link and promote this course: How is geological evidence used to determine the Earth’s age?

Find out in our one-day course: THE AGE OF THE EARTH. From Bishop Usher to Radiometric Dating with Dr Paul Olver at Grange Court, Leominster. Saturday 18th November 10:30am – 4:00pm

Grange Court is itself a fascinating medieval building and people attending the course will be able to have a look around while they are there. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied and attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch.

£20 per person

To book your place, please contact Christianne:


Tel: 01547 560021


A message & survey from Transition Network

Hello all – this needs a speedy response if possible – and ideally from those of you who have been around the Transition Town Network for sometime now. They are hoping for responses by the end of this week! Thank you 🙂


Dear Transition Group contact,
Transition Network (the organisation) is reviewing and renewing our organisational strategy.  We will be looking at what our organisational purpose is, in a rapidly changing global context.  A crucial part of this process is understanding better what’s happening in the wider picture of Transition.
There are now Transition groups now in at least 48 countries.  There are established Transition Hub organisations in 21 countries or regions, and many very experienced individuals in Transition groups, projects, enterprises and Hubs around the world.  “Transition” ideas and similar grassroots movements seem to be gaining strength in many places, while the complex environmental and social challenges we are facing are getting more difficult.
We’re keen to get feedback from the movement about what is happening for Transition groups.  We’re starting by sending out a short survey of three initial open questions. We are keen to support the flow of information, inspiration and connection around the movement, so anyone who participates in this survey will be able to see all the responses.
The survey:
We would love to see your responses by 30th October so we can consider these ahead of a meeting of Transition Network staff and trustees in early November 2017.   We will keep the survey live until end of November 2017 so we, and you, can continue to see what fellow Transitioners around the world are writing.  
Ahead of spring 2018 there will also be other opportunities to give your views and continue this conversation with the movement, as we develop our new strategy.

If you, or anyone else from your Transition group, can answer this short survey, we would be very grateful.  Please do pass on to other Transitioners that you know!  Please answer in your native language if you prefer.

For any further information about the review of organisational purpose, please contact Nicola Hillary

Best wishes,

Nicola Hillary
Transition Network: Funding Manager
Address:  43 Fore St, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5HN, UK

Direct Line:  +44 1453 821904/  +44 7976 771309
Skype: nicolahillary
Main Transition Network Office Totnes: +44 1803 865669
company no. 6135675  charity no. 1128675

Positive News

Thank to Liz Hughes for this link to a blog from Chris Goodall: some interesting and thought provoking stuff here:

And of course another good read comes from Richard Priestley’s blog: Global Problems, Global Solutions. A number of you will have heard Richard speak during h.Energy – or know his work already. Today there is a new post from Richard about China’s work to tackle local pollution.


HWT – Ross Branch AGM & Talk

On Thursday 2nd November join the Ross-on-Wye local branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for their AGM – lasting approximately 30 minutes – followed by a talk from HWT Trustee Roger Beck on how four species of petrel adapt their breeding to feeding and weather conditions on an Antarctic island.

Christchurch Hall, Edde Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7BZ

Herefordshire Meadows Talk

A New Way of Working on a Landscape Scale

Join this talk on Thursday 2nd November 7:30pm – 9:00pm at the Wembley & District Branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, with Caroline Hanks, of the Herefordshire Meadows Group and Tony Norman, Herefordshire Farmer

Donations at the door remain the same at £2.00 for Trust members and £3.00 for visitors, who will be encouraged to join HWT.

Hopelands, Weobley Village Hall, Weobley, Herefordshire, HR4 8SN

Sharenergy Update

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For all you lovers of community energy, here is an update from our friends at Sharenergy:


Dear Community Energy supporter

A quick update for October.

YnNi Teg share offer now open.

We are pleased to announce that a new community wind turbine share offer is now open. YnNi Teg (Fair Energy in Welsh) is a new Welsh society that has just commissioned a single 900 kW wind turbine in West Carmarthenshire within very tight FIT deadlines.

Because of the need for speed, construction was undertaken with loan finance. Now YnNi Teg needs to raise capital from shares so the loans can be repaid. Surplus will go to a local community fund and to support the future work of Community Energy Wales to help groups in Wales build more community energy projects, and shareholder members are projected a 5% average return.

This share offer features a new innovation for Sharenergy – you can apply for shares online and can pay by card online if you wish on our new secure website. Full details can be found on the project website


Oldham Community Power

There is still a chance to join Oldham Community Power who have put up 6 solar installations on schools and public buildings in partnership with Oldham Council. The share return is projected at 4%  – see their story so far here.


New projects

As always we are working on new projects – we are actively involved in development of wind, hydro, solar PV and district heating projects across the UK despite the considerable difficulties created by a lack of joined-up energy policy in the UK. If you have new ideas then please do get in touch – we are always keen to discuss how to create new projects or rescue good projects which have stalled.


Undergraduate research

We liked the sound of this work on community energy from an undergraduate at University of Birmingham – you might like to participate in his questionnare here if you have the time.


All the best

The Sharenergy team


Sharenergy Co-operative, The Pump House, Shrewsbury SY1 2DP 01743 835242

Aymestrey film showing tonight!

Aymestrey Branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be showing the film Life in a Meadow on Thursday 26th October, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Microcosmos: a film by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou

A French meadow on a summer’s day is the setting for this incredible, highly acclaimed film, that takes its’ microscopic cameras into the heart of the insect world. In this miniature environment where a single raindrop can cause havoc, we are treated to an array of jaw dropping moments: an underwater spider makes a home out of an air bubble, a colony of ants face a massacre when a pheasant attacks and a determined beetle struggles to relocate his ball of dung. There’s drama, comedy, action and even a little love in this astonishing film that invites us to share the trials and tribulations of its wonderful cast.

Aymestrey Village Hall, A4110,

h.Energy – thank you!

A huge thank you to all of you who came along and contributed to the activities of h.Energy over last weekend. We were really pleased with the reaction of local people to the event, and delighted by the varied groups who came along and engaged with our various activities … A particular favourite moment of my own was the Hay-on-Wye cycle group arriving led by Anna Heywood – thank you Anna!

The programme of talks and discussions that Gordon Coppock and Jackie Jones put together at De Koffie Pot provided a strong energy-centred heart to the weekend, with the information and local produce available on our h.Energy Market stalls and inspiring art, music, craft and sporting activity across De Koffie Pot and Queenswood providing a strong supporting role – bringing in the crowds and helping to generate a holistic response to the challenges of considering our energy futures. All of which benefited enormously from the surprising sunshine of a summer’s day in mid October!

We will be considering our responses to the weekend over the coming few weeks – please do send along any of your own feedback to to inform this process.

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