A MEETING of the Transition Evesham Vale group at Evesham Rowing Club last weekend set out plans to develop 20 local projects over the next year.

After first looking back at their achievements to date - including producing a local food directory and a comprehensive response to the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan - members discussed ideas on how to further increase instances of sustainable living within Vale communities.

The energy group confirmed it will be organising a workshop with Act on Energy to develop people’s skills in energy assessment, and proposed working with three other Transition Towns to organise a South Worcestershire Energy Conference in September.

The transport group expressed its “deep concern” over the potential loss of local bus routes and said it will be working hard to ensure the continuation of services such as the 559 and 540.

It also promised to investigate the possibility of increasing volunteer drivers within local communities, together with the potential for reviving the Wychavon Hopper project - a bus service which would serve Vale villages on a circular route.

The awareness and communities group said it will be exploring ways to develop networks of like-minded people, and set out several proposals such as a land share scheme to match people who want to grow their own food with those who have spare land.

To get involved, ‘green drinks’ which would take place at The Royal Oak pub in Vine Street, on the first Tuesday of every month, from 7.30pm, while there are also plans to establish ‘green teas’ in the Word of Mouth cafe on Friday afternoons, from 2.30pm.

For more information on the Transition Evesham Vale group and its agenda email info.tev@skyfield.demon.co.uk, or visit the website at transitioneveshamvale.org.uk