Q: Why should we care?
A: Because climate change and depleting resources will make our lives increasingly difficult …
unless we start to change the way we live now.

The idea of Transition is for people to work together with others on projects that will help the community to thrive even as we adapt to cope with fluctuating energy prices and climate change.

Anyone who lives or works in Buxton and the surrounding catchment area can be a member of Transition Buxton CIC – the Application form is here. We are happy to accept donations from members and  supporters, see the Funding and Donations page for more information.

We have groups working on a range of projects – a community orchard, a floating solar array, a home energy scheme, producing more food locally, encouraging better use of public transport and cycling – browse our site to find out more.

For more information about why we need to do this, check out the Oil Dependency and Climate Change pages.

Global Climate Strike

As you probably know, a Global Climate Strike and week of action to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone started on Friday 20th September (see Climate Strike). Transition Buxton needs your help to plan and deliver events to highlight the urgency of practical action by every community.


The first monthly Buxton Repair Café was held on Saturday 28th September in the lower hall at Buxton Methodist Church on the Market Place 11am-3pm.

35 items came in for attention and most left fixed or at least improved.

We had several toasters, 2 hoovers, a humidifier, 3 or 4 radios/cd players, an umbrella, an electric razor, a shopping trolley, several pairs of trousers, a tea pot lid, and the control for an electric train set, amongst other things.

The repairers and the folks who brought in items all seemed to enjoy themselves.

One chap said it was the best bit of live theatre he’d seen in a while.

The monthly Repair Café sessions will be on the 4th Saturday of the month, so subsequent dates are 26 October, 23 November and possibly 28 December (we may skip this one), then 25 January, and so on.

We have also been successful in securing a small grant from The Bingham Trust for the start-up phase. This means that we can afford the room hire for the first 6 months, pay for a couple of volunteers to get trained to PAT test electrical items that come in for repair, buy a PAT test gadget, get some proper publicity materials produced, and join the international Repair Café organisation which has lots of useful tools and guidance from the 1300+ other Repair Cafes around the world.

For more detail click here.


One of our members recently visited the site where our recycling material is processed at UPM at Shotton in North wales.  It was a fascinating and very impressive visit.  The organiser of the trip has sent this update on what is happening at the plant.
  1. UPM have confirmed that none of their plastic output goes overseas.
  2. The first stage of their process crushed glass items in to small pieces, which fell out of the bottom of the machine, together with other small items such as metal lids and bottle tops, and were all conveyed away.
  3. UPM have clarified that this stream goes to Recresco at Ellesmere port, where they extract the metal items for recycling, and (remarkably) are able to optically sort the glass pieces by colour. Then 95% goes into re-melt with a local glass manufacturer, 5% goes into aggregate, for such use as cement blocks (breeze blocks) or aggregate for road construction.
  4. The last stage of plastic sorting was switched off when we visited, because there was no commercial outlet for polypropylene (PP, recycling code5) items, such as yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs etc.
  5. After trials in August this year UPM now have UK outlet for these materials.
  6. You can read the visit report here http://www.maccinfo.com/Recycling.html

Click here to read about our recycling initiative and how to identify what sort of plastic it is.

Transition Buxton director, Derek Bodey recently gave a talk on becoming plastics free.

He has split his presentation into two parts which you can download here:

What’s Going On?

For information on what is happening see our Events Calendar.

Regular Events

Green Drinks from 8pm 17th of every month in the Sun Inn. A sociable get together to chat about all things sustainable and environmental.

Members Meeting 7:30pm 2nd Tuesday of every month at Pooles Cavern. Regular meeting to help plan our activities.