Liz can look back on two years which saw the overseeing of a Project Officer and the inaugural ‘Cittaslow in the City’. This London based activity, organised by Sophie McKeand, provided the opportunity to showcase our Cittaslow Towns, enjoy local produce and be entertained by skilled poets. Such was the success of this venture, which was part financed by Cittaslow International, that we have been invited to repeat the exercise.
The new Chair is to be Bernard Shaw of Cittaslow Berwick, the first Cittaslow town in the North East. He took up his appointment on March 2nd. During his time as Chair he hopes to welcome other towns into the UK network, to support the work of our PHD student and try to ensure that Cittaslow UK continues to be respected throughout the Cittaslow movement. He will be supported by the secretariat from Aylsham, without whom he would have been unable to accept the position as Chair and other board members, notably Andrea Mearns, who as Vice President of Cittaslow International, is able to exert influence on our behalf. He also expresses thanks to Helen Jarvis, who as one of Cittaslow’s international academic advisors, also assists in ensuring the UK remaining a prominent force within Cittaslow International.
Bernard Shaw can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01289 308005.
LLANGOLLEN is taking a fast route to officially becoming a slow town.
The Denbighshire tourist mecca is currently bidding to become part of the Cittaslow movement, a worldwide organisation which aims to show a community is serious about sustainability – economic, social and environmental.
It developed from the Slow Food Movement, another international scheme which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment by promoting local, seasonal produce and reconnecting people with where their food comes from.
After more than a decade of working to improve the quality of life for residents in its towns, Cittaslow UK visits central London this autumn to celebrate past successes and future plans. Continue reading
Newcastle University and slow-town champions, Cittaslow UK, have been successful in obtaining highly sought-after sponsorship for a groundbreaking research collaboration through the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Continue reading
Community groups last week joined forces with students at Mold Alun High School to plant an orchard and a hedgerow in their school grounds. The apple trees and shrubs are all native which means that, with a little luck, they will be growing on well into the next century – when the children’s grandchildren will still be able to inspect their handiwork and eat some delicious home-grown apples. Continue reading