Remembering Colin Tingle

Transition Town Lewes is sad to announce the death of Dr Colin Tingle, a member of TTL’s steering group, community campaigner, environmental scientist and much loved friend.

Having been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer nine months ago, Colin died on 18th May at St Peter and St James hospice, surrounded by close friends, love and music.


Colin on the Downs


Colin was loved and admired by many friends and colleagues for his unwavering support for local environmental and community causes, his welcoming openness and his determination to live by his beliefs. He is perhaps best known in Lewes for leading the Lewes & Ouse Valley eco-nomics group (L&OVe). This ground-breaking group looked to promote ‘eco-systems services’ – the benefits that a local community and economy gets from our environment, such as pollination, water purification, flood protection and climate regulation. He created 'naturegain' walks and workshops where he skilfully drew out participants' awareness of connections between the environment and the economy, community and personal well-being.


Transition Town Lewes 10th Anniversary Celebration Night

How can we really change stuff?

Wednesday 5th July, 7.30pm (doors 7pm) at the Depot Cinema, Lewes. Tickets £10 (£5 concession) available from Includes complimentary drink.

Transition Town Lewes is 10 years old. You are warmly invited to join in the celebrations as TTL asks a panel of writers, economists and local activists the big question: In a world facing its most urgent challenges yet, how can we effect change for the better and do it fast?

Taking lessons of rapid transition from history and current examples of how local communities are working to transform lives, we hope to discover that the solutions to issues like climate change, resource scarcity and social inequality may not be as far away as we often think.

Held in Lewes' stunning new eco-built Depot community cinema and restaurant, with live music from funk reggae band Bring Back the Wolf plus seasonal food and drink available, it's going to be a lively, inspiring and thought-provoking evening - and we'd love you to be there.


Our panel of speakers are:

Andrew Simms - Author of 'Cancel the Apocalypse', 'Tescopoly' and co-director of the New Weather Institute

Howard Johns - Community energy champion, founder of Ovesco and author of 'Energy Revolution'

Alex Kirby - Former BBC Online environmental correspondent and a founder editor of Climate News Network

Helen Meade - Community co-ordinator for the Lewes Railway Land Trust

Zoe Wangler - Executive director of the Ecological Land Co-operative



Lewes Raiway Land Festival

Sunday 18 June, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes, 11am-4pm, FREE

  Come and see Transition Town Lewes at this month's Railway Land Festival, held at the Linklater Pavilion. The theme of this year's festival is 'Balancing Act', focusing on the balance that needs to be struck across the world between conservation and development.

Transition Town Lewes will be demonstrating the benefits of rain gardens as a means of maintaining bio-diversity, managing pollution and mitigating flood risk in the face of greater urban development. The family-friendly festival will also include talks, films, puppet shows and story-telling for younger visitors plus plenty more in the beautiful surroundings of the Railway Land nature reserve.

More information here:


Connecting up the dots workshop

June 24th 2017 at the Subud Centre 26a Station Street, Lewes, 11am to 5pm.


A workshop to create a Transition network for the South East...

There are currently 19 Transition Towns in East Sussex and Kent, very few of which known about each other let alone have regular contact. The aim of the workshop is for representatives from each group in the area to share experiences, hopes, successes and failures, and explore if and how a regional network could work. It might be both achievable and beneficial, or a good idea in theory but not in practice. More...


TTL June Social

Monday 26 June 2017, The Lewes Arms

  Don't miss the monthly Transition Town Lewes get-together. If you're new to TTL or just want to find out more, come along and share your ideas, whether you're interested in local food growing, renewable energy, green transport, inspiring films and talks, or something else. Everyone warmly welcome. Call Juliet on 07887 556 177. (There's no room booked so just wander round until you find us!)


Lewes area renewable energy sites


Worth a click...

A little video about electric cars and how they might influence global oil prices as they become cheaper, safer and more reliable:

The Peak Oil Myth and the Rise of the Electric Car


LED Lighting

Confused about lightbulbs and wha to buy? Is it worth changing your existing ones for LED?


Read this excellent new short easy guide: LED Lighting: A Beginner's Guide (2016) by one of our local Eco Open House hosts, Jill Goulder.

And see here for some illustrations of LED ‘warm’ lighting.


Transition Town Lewes (TTL)  is a network of Lewes people. We’re working on local solutions in response to the global problems of climate change, economic change and the end of cheap energy and other resources.

Please get in touch if you would like to meet some of the people involved in project work for TTL.

And don't forget to subscribe to the TTL monthly newsletter to keep up to date with our news and events.

Transition is about the creation of resilient communities. It's not about campaigning but designing. It's about putting in place systems that will help us to deal with the big changes that are on the way. Those changes will be in three main areas: energy, the economy and the environment. Read more and get linked in to the bigger picture!

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