Transition Spotlight

Once a week we are going to put the Spotlight on one South Coast Transition group or one South Coast event which fits the aim of resilience, letting everyone know a few of the great things they are doing.

This week it is the New Forest, and I have chosen them because they have a great Summer Soltice:


Join us as we eat, dance and celebrate the longest day of the year!



New Forest Transition


Celebrate the Summer Solstice


at Ipley Manor


between Applemore and Beaulieu Rd Station SO40 4UR


Tuesday 21st June 2011 from 6pm until late



6:00pm   Transition Quarterly review (business meeting & updates in the kitchen, open to any Transition member)


7:00pm   Baked potatoes around an open fire


8:30pm   Circle dancing with Barbara Driscoll in the barn


Bring to share some salad, baked beans, coleslaw, butter, grated cheese, as you choose to go with the baked potato. 

Bring such drink as you wish, and your dancing shoes!


People of all races and in all eras have celebrated the summer solstice. Druids, the Ancient Celt priestly corps in Northern Europe, celebrated the Apex of Light, the longest day.  In Ancient China the summer solstice ceremony celebrated the earth, the feminine, and the yin forces.  In Ancient Gaul the Midsummer celebration was called Feast of Epona, named after a mare goddess who personified fertility, sovereignty and agriculture.  Ancient Pagan tribes in Europe celebrated Midsummer with fire festivals; bonfires in which pairs of lovers would jump through the luck-bringing flames; it was believed that the crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.  In Ancient Sweden a Midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town and the villagers danced around it; it was a magical ritual, intended to bring rain for the crops.



Dancing in a circle is the oldest form of community dance.  Traditional folk dances celebrate the seasons, work, life, love and loss.  The dances introduce us to music and rhythms that we would not normally meet.  Circle Dancing is open to everyone – no experience is necessary.


Last week it was Havant. So much is happening in Havant that I have had to devote two posts to it. Congrats to Havant and team for making things happen!

The week before it was Southampton

I was impressed by their way of making their calendar work on a click, I will have to look into that. But an awful lot going on, so browse their web site or just take a idea from something I have picked out, can we do this in all the Transition Groups?

No, I mean this: (note it says Freeconomists, which sounds like Freak Onomists, but I am sure they don’t really mean that do they? 😉 ) :

Wednesday, 25 May 2011, 19:30 by  cara Hits : 3
Monthly gathering of Freeconomists in Southampton. This month we are giving away bike bits and bobs. Bring along anything bike related you don’t need.We’ll be planning the next Summer of Love festival events and also trying to set up an Urban Scrap Carpenters group, inspired by in Australia.
Location : The Art House
Contact : cara

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