Transition Stroud’s Winterfest 2012: a celebration of great projects in Stroud

Posted on 28. Dec, 2012 by in Arts, Business, Charity, Community, Environment & Nature, Featured, Youth

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A film of the stalls, inspiring ideas, projects and more at Transition Stroud’s Winterfest 2012. The film by Philip Booth meets many of the participants in a whole range of projects looking to tackle climate change and peak oil, improve health and build community. The film is 20 minutes but still doesn’t cover all the stalls at the event – for example sadly missed Stroud Pounds due to a fault in operating my camera. Thanks also to Erik Wilkinson for a couple of short clips in this film.

 See more from Winterfest 2012 on Stroud Community TV:

More about Transition Stroud’s Skills Gain group:

Talking to Youth Exploring Sustainability:

Stroud Valleys Community Car Club:

Also see Winterfest 2011:

About Philip

Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

4 Responses to “Transition Stroud’s Winterfest 2012: a celebration of great projects in Stroud”

  1. Matt

    22. Jan, 2013

    Once again, a very slick piece of footage, Philip! It is all very well trying to live sustainably, however, but unfortunately this generally comes at a cost, and I don’t think this video included very many working class people in the Stroud Valleys.

    In fact I only heard one local accent in the whole 20 minutes of filming!

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  2. Nick James

    06. Feb, 2013

    Matt, that’s an old one. I once did a two day conference about Mozambique and Bristol’s twin city Beira. This I decided to hold at the Malcolm X Centre, Bristol. This was very well attended but not a single local black person attended [not even for the Misty in Roots gig in the evening] and very few so-called local accents. The really awful thing was that the Mozambican family went for a walk into St Pauls and were mugged!
    On the Winterfest, I would check more carefully because I can recall up to five people that born and brought up in Stroud. Who is working class?

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    • Matt

      08. Feb, 2013

      This probably isn’t the right place to answer your question, but here goes, in any case:

      Perhaps those people without the dosh to be able to afford to live a “sustainable lifestyle” (even if they wanted to) could be deemed to be working class?

      I also, do not have a very local accent despite being born and bred, among these five valleys, which probably has something to do with my working class parents having very middle class aspirations, and threatening me with elocution classes, every time I uttered a Gloucestershire vowel, (not that they’d have been able to afford such a thing, on reflection), as well as having travelled quite extensively in my late teens/early twenties, (all self-funded I might add…)

      My point, is that the so called “green movement” does not really open itself up very much to those with little/no disposable income, and it could be seen by many to have its’ “head in the clouds”, so to speak,.

      In all honesty, I think one has to have a fair degree of exposure to the alternatives, that may present themselves, to truly realise the potential impacts that our lifestyle has.

      For which, I believe, one has to be blessed (or cursed depending on which way one cares to look at it) with either having a very inquisitive mind , or else coming from a background with a degree of privilege, these days.

      And, it is all very well talking about localism and community etcetera, when I suspect that the majority of people who appear in this film have moved here from outside, within possibly the last 10 years (this, of course is merely conjecture on my part), but do you, I wonder see my point?

      It could appear to an onlooker to this video, that your average, so called “Stroudie”, is, in fact, an upper middle-class self-congratulatory individual, with little appreciation for the realities of the struggles that face a lot of people within the wider community.

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  3. philip

    08. Feb, 2013

    Of course we all need to do more within Transition and wider to reach all parts of communities – environment and social justice are two sides of the same coin – you can’t have one without the other – Winterfest was a great celebration of many aspects of being ‘green’. I think to suggest people are out of touch is not entirely fair – many of those people are working hard to be more inclusive and find ways to live more lightly on this planet – I’m sure they would welcome support and thoughts about how ‘to open up more’.

    See also from Positive News: ‘Being green has nothing to do with wealth’:

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