New Bude Community Group Establishes Itself by Launching a Film Season

Transition Bude is a group of local people who want to help make Bude and surrounding areas more resilient to big challenges in an uncertain future.

A working group was formed following the Shaping My Community event held in February, with an initial focus on Economic Development, Education and Training. After a few meetings the group decided that starting a local Transition movement would be a great way to support or develop projects that re-localise Bude’s economy while providing opportunities for young people to learn new skills and embed them into new locally based businesses or social enterprises.

As a way of building support and awareness, Transition Bude are organising a Winter/Spring film season, to be held at The Venue, Bude on the third Thursday each month – starting in November 2019 and running through until June 2020. The films will be thought-provoking but positive – highlighting challenges that have been faced by other communities around the world. Entry is free, although donations and purchase of raffle tickets are welcome.


Transition Bude have identified four fundamental human needs where Bude is hugely reliant on external suppliers – food, water, shelter (housing) and energy. The films will look at examples of how communities are increasing their independence in these areas at the same time as re-energising the local economy and building better connected local communities. After a few of the film screenings Transition Bude plan to hold a public event where they will gather ideas about how the community wants Bude to be in 30 years’ time – a ‘visioning’ exercise that will help to spark ideas for practical projects to be developed by the wider community.


The first film, Albatross, will be shown on Thursday 21st November and is sponsored by Bude Refill Shop. Since it’s inception, one of the Refill Shops main priorities has been to reduce the amount of single use plastic in our local economy. The film, Albatross, by Chris Jordan, is thought provoking, designed to show us why action by all is needed.


For us, doing away with unnecessary packaging and reducing food waste were at the top of our list but the sense of community and sharing of knowledge in our little shop has been such a pleasant surprise. We are very keen to support Transition Bude and this first film is a stark reminder that our current lifestyle can have far reaching and tragic consequences“. Sue Holmes; Refill Shop Bude


The full programme of films can be seen on Transition Bude’s Facebook page and it includes:


In Our Hands – a film that examines farming and agriculture in the UK and how global companies influence and to some extent own the UK’s produce. The film opens with a dairy farmer talking about the reductions in milk prices since 1980’s compared to now 2017. This screening is sponsored by Bude Friends of the Earth, who have been actively setting up biodiversity trails across Bude and established a community orchard next to Neetside Community Centre encouraging people to learn about growing their own food and the importance of wildlife to our food production.


Tomorrow – a film that encourages local communities to work together to build a new future, will be sponsored by The Green Party. And Human Energy is a look at how we use energy. This screening is supported by Generation Solar Ltd a Bude based company.


We have a passion for solar energy which goes beyond business. Adoption of sustainable sources of energy is integral to our planet’s future. We have chosen to support the film season by sponsoring this film to support the awareness and growth of renewable energy. We feel it’s essential for our society to look at their energy use and make changes.” Eilidh and Tom Maccormack; Generation Solar.


And finally Transition 2.0 a film made about the Transition movement sharing stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things including communities printing their own money, growing food, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It stimulates the creative juices of people on the streets to get together beyond their differences, to make the best use of their resources, energies and their spirits!


Members of Transition Bude visited Totnes, Devon, the original “Transition Town” to learn how, 12 years on, the movement has developed and to explore how elements of Transition might work in Bude


Simon Browning, member of the Transition Bude initiating group said, “Rather than relying on large national/international corporations to bring wealth, jobs, etc. we’d like to see smaller, local enterprises flourish. Enterprises that help to strengthen our community economy and increase our resilience for the challenging times ahead. At a basic level this means food, water, shelter and energy – and a healthy dollop of locally based creative arts, in particular music and storytelling – but essentially those things that provide the community cohesion. Bude already has many of the elements that other Transition towns have, but in those four areas we can do even better.


The Transition Town movement began in 2006 and Totnes, Devon, was the first town to declare itself to be “in transition”.


At the heart of Transition is the desire for communities to make themselves more resilient and less vulnerable to external events such as financial crisis and climate change.  “Transition proposes new ways to regenerate the economy by making things much more local again and really cutting down on fossil fuel dependence. This could be hugely economically advantageous to our communities, with significant potential for more local skills and employment.” Taken from Transition Town Totness website.


We hope that people will come and see the films, learn more, meet like-minded people and start to think about how some of these issues relate to our community. This might be by getting involved in growing their own food, supporting the community orchard, rainwater harvesting, using public transport or cycling, shopping locally, volunteering at Repair Café or even just switching off their lights.” Miranda Clarke Transition Bude initiating group member.

Film Screening – Albatross
Thursday 21st November
All welcome, although not suitable for under 12’s.
Free Entry

See Transition Bude Facebook page for more details.

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