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Ann Link answers five Transition questions


Ann Link is currently working on KIIGS; campaigning to keep most fossil fuels in the ground and for a global cap on carbon emissions, and When I'm 84; planning a festival to celebrate our progress towards a liveable, flourishing Lewes in 2030.

With Transition in mind...

Was there a specific ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
When I first heard about Peak Oil and making a plan to use far less of it, in 2005. I just thought: "this could be the future - it's obvious to begin to prepare for it. Now I think climate change is the crucial reason.

What lifestyle choices have you made that might inspire other people?
I think I am a bit too obsessive to actually inspire people - I try to do everything I can to support low carbon and local, especially food.. When we refurbished our house though, I realised it was as important for it to be beautiful as to be low carbon - that should just go without saying. Parts of it are lovely, although we are chronically untidy and I wish I was better at colours and layout.

What are your concerns for the future?
That we might have another five years of austerity, with social mayhem and no capacity to work towards zero carbon. We need to start now. It's possible to get to zero carbon by 2030 and have a pleasant lifestyle.

What changes would you like to see in Lewes?
Frequent electric buses, and fewer cars and big delivery vehicles - sometimes I think "surely that is too BIG - madness to come through Lewes!" Cycleways everywhere, partly enabled by less parking in centre. It would be nicer to walk and cycle about, and healthier.

Do you have a guilty secret?
I enjoy driving, in favourable conditions - it's an occasional treat, but not in Lewes.

1 Jan 1970.

Lewes Phoenix Rising

Development by Lewes people for Lewes people


Lewes Phoenix Rising is a development company set up by local people to ensure that imminent redevelopment of the North Street/Phoenix area of Lewes, East Sussex meets the real needs of the town.

Watch the film...

1 Jan 1970.

Nature and wellbeing by numbers

There's an interesting article on nature and wellbeing on the RPPB website:

Creating more space for nature and encouraging human connection with nature is a major societal challenge requiring change in land-use, health care provision, planning, education and economics.   We need a step change in thinking and approach. A Nature and Wellbeing Act could be just the catalyst we need. More...

1 Jan 1970.

The Fruit Factory - Brighton Permaculture Trust - Crowdfunding Appeal - £12K in 30 Days


Brighton Permaculture Trust’s Fruit Factory is all about local food

Watch the video here...

Here's their message: 'One week ago we launched a crowdfunding campaign to complete our straw bale Fruit Factory. You can watch our short video about it here...

One of the Brighton Permaculture Trust’s key projects for the last six years has been our pop-up scrumping project – turning unwanted and wasted fruit into delicious produce.

Now, we want to scale-up the scrump. We need to raise £12K in 30 days for the completion of our straw bale 'Fruit Factory'. Located in an old tractor shed in Stanmer Park the straw-bale renovation will be used for the processing of local and seasonal fruits into jams, chutneys, and juices. The Fruit Factory could process up to 40 tons of fruit a year – the equivalent of 250,000 apples!' More...

1 Jan 1970.

When I'm 84

It will be 2030. My about-to-be grandson will be a large hungry teenager and our world will have changed hugely. Zero Carbon Britain 2030 (Centre for Alternative Technology) calculates that we can reach zero carbon emissions using current technology, and still have a good standard of living. Lewes has already made a start with solar panels on Harveys and elsewhere, and there is much more in the pipeline locally. ZCB also addresses food and agriculture and shows that a healthy diet is lower in carbon emissions.

  I propose we plan towards this date and start with a festival celebrating our progress towards a liveable, flourishing Lewes in 2030, covering all aspects of life from zero carbon to community care, health, education and fair employment. The Lewes 2030 project will bring in different sections of the community planning for its welfare and ask: how will we achieve our desires and needs by 2030?

My generation will need to be part of a supportive community - how will health and caring be managed in the Lewes area? How can we increase wellbeing, eliminate poverty and make sure that people doing essential work can live nearby? What will Lewes produce and sell?

Even if the world reduces carbon emissions drastically, climate change will still have got worse, probably with more droughts, more winter rain and more storms and flooding - what preparation do we need to make?

Lewes 2030 will start this autumn and become an annual event, showcasing viable future plans and preparations, in which any group can get involved. Please get in touch if you would like to take part.

1 Jan 1970.

Keep It In the Ground

The Guardian has thrown its weight behind the global divestment movement and they have even chosen the same name as our group (a coincidence/great minds etc)!

So please act local and don't forget to sign our petition to the East Sussex Pension Fund


1 Jan 1970.

Global Divestment Day

Members of Keep It In the Ground Sussex (KIIGS) started our local petition with 55 signatures on Saturday 14th February despite the showers for Global Divestment Day. Thanks to all who helped. We are asking East Sussex County Council's pension fund to divest from fossil fuels. The pension fund has around £185 million in fossil fuel companies. Lots of people employed by local councils, academies and other organisations will be members of this scheme.


The petition is now online here... 

A growing number of universities, local authorities, religious institutions and other organisations  around the world have already committed to move their pension funds and other investments away from fossil fuels. These include the British Medical Association, the Society of Friends (the Quakers), the World Council of Churches and the Rockefeller Foundation. The universities of Glasgow and Bedfordshire have also committed to not invest in the fossil fuel industry. This is the fastest-growing divestment movement ever.


Move Your Money has revealed how much the major banks are propping up the oil, coal and gas industries with our savings.

Contact Arnold Simanowitz or Ann Link

1 Jan 1970.

Magnetic-strip secondary glazing - the video

The popular TTL web-page on magnetic-strip secondary glazing now has its own Lewes-made video. Magnetic-strip secondary glazing is one of the most cost-effective and unobtrusive household measures for reducing fuel costs and improving comfort and warmth; but it is very little advertised (unlike the well-known and more expensive/ obtrusive framed secondary glazing), so a small Lewes team have made a short video for householders interested in its advantages and installation process.  Have a look at it here...

Neil, Jill and Olivier plan to produce more videos on energy-saving measures in the future.

1 Jan 1970.

The Helping Arms Eco Project

Their message:

Here at The Helping Arms Eco Project we are trying to address the social, political, economic and ecological barriers to food security. Gaining access to affordable, organic food is a right that must be available to all, and achieving local self-sufficiency and creating economic opportunities are major challenges to lower-income people. The Helping Arms Eco Project, with its community gardens, simultaneously addresses these issues and is part of a growing food justice movement which we aim to spread all across the country. We are open to all that wish to better the world around them, to make new friends and build a growing community of like-minded people.

Our founder is Mathew Moulding, a local man with good roots in the local community. As the chairman of the Malling and District Food Bank, Mathew noticed a need to bring our community together, not only to help the low income people of our town, but to help ourselves by helping others. I asked him once why he is working for this project and this was his response: "We should be ashamed of ourselves if one person goes hungry or is left to be lonely in a time of fast planes and mobile phones." He told me: "never has man been so far apart from each other".

Please come along and be inspired to help others, while making a better life for yourselves. We are friendly and fun and we have lots of things planned over the year so watch this space!

For more information or to get involved please email:  we are located at Cockshut Road Lewes, opposite the Lewes tennis and hockey club. All are welcome!

1 Jan 1970.

L&OVe update for March

During March L&OVe would like to try something out; We’d like to map L&OVe in a new way! How about a map of the area around Lewes on which everyone can mark the places they like, love and/or visit a lot? AND get the map to portray how people feel about these places? If those of you with the appropriate skills and creative visions chip in, we may be able to produce something rather unique! – can you help?



L&OVe update for March 2015
1 Jan 1970.

A very special volunteer required

Are you interested in being involved in how Lewes will develop in the future? If so, Transition Town Lewes is looking for someone with energy and enthusiasm to represent us on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan.


A Neighbourhood Plan enables local people to influence future development in their community. Introduced through the 2011 Localism Act it can establish policies for the development and use of local land. So it can be a powerful way to help shape and protect the neighbourhood we want to see. More...

1 Jan 1970.

2015: A TTL year of health and well-being

In 2015, Transition Town Lewes is putting health, happiness and well-being at the top of its agenda – asking what can we do at a personal and community level to be healthier and feel better.


Supporting physical and mental health has always been on the Transition Town Lewes (TT) agenda, and at our seventh birthday celebrations in June this year it was something that many people said they'd like to see us focus on a lot more. 


So, over the next year we want to explore how the particular strengths and knowledge in and around TTL can be used to complement other services related to health and well-being available in the town - and of course what's provided by the NHS. Most of all, we want to open a debate as to what we can each do at a grass-roots, community level to be healthier, feel better and help others do the same. Read more...

1 Jan 1970.

Supporting Public Transport

Transition Town Lewes believes that good public transport with good local connections is essential if we are to reduce our carbon emissions. We can all resolve to use existing services more so that no-one can say that are not used and therefore not needed, but there are also a number of local resources and campaigns that TTL supporters can link to. More...

1 Jan 1970.

News in brief from Ovesco

Transition HKD has launched HKD Energy to install solar panels at Dowlands School in Hassocks following OVESCO’s training on how to set up an Energy Co-op. Read more in the Mid Sussex Times news.  The OVESCO team is training Transition groups across Sussex and expects to see more share issue launches in 2015.  For more information about training and future share issues contact See OVESCO offers mentoring service for energy groups in the South East 

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP and Norman Baker MP visited Harveys Depot in Lewes to see community energy in action. More about the ministerial visit here...

OVESCO supports pop up energy in Newhaven Town Centre and Ollie Pendered will be helping local residents to check their bills two days a week. OVESCO is looking for volunteer who are interested in training to become local energy champions as part of the Big Energy Saving Network. For information about training and bill checking contact or call OVESCO in Lewes on 01273 472405.

OVESCO is offering to support communities in the SE with applications for the Rural and Urban Community Energy Fund. The fund will help communities with initial project development costs for renewable energy and help them take their projects to a pre planning application stage. For more information and help with an application, feasibility study and how to set up an energy Co-op contact

1 Jan 1970.

L&OVe - planning for nature at the heart of well-being


There's lots going on to light things up as the days shorten and darkness comes earlier... L&OVe for Phoenix Rising; L&OVe for our Neighbourhood; L&OVe for trees and their benefits and L&OVe for Health & Happiness... Read it here...

1 Jan 1970.

Volunteers needed at Lewes Food Market

Thinking of volunteering? ...Lewes Food Market would love to hear from you. All the information is here...


Apart from one paid employee (our market manager) all the routine tasks and administration of the market are done by volunteers - and we really could do with some more!
If you're able to help then we want to hear from you! Please phone 07824711727. More...


1 Jan 1970.

Should Transition Town Lewes actively support the Living Wage?

A proposal by Ann Link

  I have recently been inspired by the examples of York, Croydon and Brighton declaring themselves Living Wage cities and towns and I want to gauge support in TTL.

Is it a ‘campaign’ (with political charge & therefore possibly not for us?) or is it a ‘citizen response to transform society’ (in which case may be relevant to Transition initiatives – see below)

This is a current issue since Living Wage Week is November 2nd to 8th - please respond and give your views. Read more...
1 Jan 1970.

Helping Lewes’ independent traders

Do you wish to support our local independent traders?

Do you wish to see the local economy being 3 x more valuable to Lewes?


If so, we need to get the Lewes Pound circulating more around Lewes. We have a simple request: PLEASE, when you go shopping in Lewes, whatever shop you go to ask for Lewes Pounds in your change. If you get Lewes Pounds in your change, then PLEASE go and re-spend them. There are up to 80 traders that take Lewes Pounds – find them here and go and spend the Lewes Pounds you get in your change with them. If you make this a habit, it could have a huge positive impact!

ASK FOR your CHANGE in Lewes Pounds!!


1 Jan 1970.

Learning through Nature

The activities in this book are designed to help children develop practical and social skills, to be aware of their place in the world and to respect their environment – all whilst having fun in the great outdoors! Read more...


Learning with Nature Book: A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities.

Written by Circle of Life Rediscovery's founder and managing director Marina Robb and co-authored by Anna Richardson and Victoria Mew.

1 Jan 1970.
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