‘The Transition Streets leaflet fell through my door one morning in mid March 2010. A neighbour who I met whilst we were both out walking our dogs was as enthusiastic as me and, like bees round a honeypot of hope and positivity, our group quickly grew to a total of ten-strong, and being of the dog-walking community in Follaton, we called ourselves ‘Walk the Talk’.
‘The first meeting dissolved into childish giggles as we found ourselves blindly ignorant to many basic heating operations in our homes. The water and space heating systems are largely all the same on the Follaton estate, but it was amazing, and hilarious to us, how so few actually knew how to turn the temperatures up and down on both water tanks and storage heaters. Straight away we had found benefit and support in putting heads together and sharing.
We continued to meet every fortnight at different homes as we worked our way through the folder: sharing information and research, biscuits and laughter. On top of our normal meetings, we also arranged shared trips to some local events and afternoon garden tours at each others houses.
‘As I see it, the Transition Street project has a huge vision which ultimately paves the way toward an equally enormous task: to return to working together for the good of all instead of the singular selfish nuclear existence that we have all become used to. In fact this is not limited to our group this is, I found to be, a general feeling among members from other groups that I have chatted to: the outstanding benefit that we have all enjoyed about the Transition Streets project has been to feel community again; to know our neighbours; to feel part of a greater whole; to feel connected.’