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Transition Town Whitehead

Transition Town Whitehead is a small group with big aspirations. They want to make Whitehead an example of a great place to live, a great place to work a great place for visitors and have a glowing reputation, not only in Northern Ireland but beyond. They would like Whitehead to be a town where local businesses would sell more locally produced food, where the local people could restore land and have local residents pay less for light and heat. They believe in putting the local people in the centre of Transition Town Whitehead to share ideas and help each other to make Whitehead a true example to all.

Official Website… www.transitiontownwhitehead.org.uk

Follow on Twitter… www.twitter.com/WhiteheadTT

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Transition Town Whitehead hit the airwaves!

23rd December, 2011 10:28

Neil Coleman and Kirsty Pollock from Power NI with Mick O'Reilly from Action Renewables and Jim Kitchen from Transition Town Whitehead in the TuneFM studio.

Transition Town Whitehead took to the airwaves to promote their BIG Energy Saving Challenge campaign this week on local youth radio station TuneFM.

The local radio station is running from Genesis Youth Club in Whitehead and will be broadcasting local news and music on 105.3FM all this week.

On Wednesday, Jim Kitchen from Transition Town Whitehead hosted an hour long ‘energy’ show, informing listeners about the benefits of energy saving and help available to improve their home’s energy efficiency.

Local resident and group member Noel McKee spoke about his recent ‘home energy audit’ which was funded through the BIG Energy Saving Challenge whilst Mick O’Reilly from Action Renewables discussed the benefits of audits for the homeowners.

Neil Coleman from Power NI also spoke about the background of the BIG Energy Saving Challenge and updated listeners with news from across the groups and the progress of Transition Town Whitehead in their energy saving campaign.


Time running out for BIG Picture entries

19th December, 2011 14:10

A reminder that closing date for entries for the ‘BIG Picture’ Competition is just over a month away with all submissions having to be in before 31st January, 2012.

To help young people get ‘switched on’ to the benefits of energy saving, Power NI launched the ‘BIG Picture’ Competition and have been calling on young people to express their creative side with some great prizes on offer.

Power NI are looking for entrants to paint, draw, colour-in or even photograph their interpretation of energy saving in their area. This could be anything from wind turbines to solar panels; the Power NI judging panel are looking for the most original ideas!

The competition is divided into two age sections for primary and secondary school pupils, and is open to all individuals within the local area. The winners from the Primary School section can win a new Nintendo 3DS while the Secondary School section will be competing for a new iPod.

Competition Overview

  • The competition will be split into two age categories – primary and secondary.
  • Entrants are asked to paint, sketch or take a picture of their interpretation of ‘Saving Energy’
  • The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of energy efficiency amongst children and teenagers and encourage them to save energy at home.
  • Two winners will be chosen in each ‘Big Energy Saving Challenge’ group area, one from each age category.
  • Each winner will receive a prize. Winners in the primary age category will win a Nintendo DS and the winners in the secondary age category will win an i-pod.
  • Terms and Conditions

    1. The competition is open to all children of primary and secondary school age.
    2. The picture/photograph must show the entrants interpretation of how to save energy in the home or community.
    3. Entrants may only submit one picture/photograph each.
    4. Pictures may be drawn in pencil, felt tip, crayon or painted.
    5. Photographs entered must be taken in the UK.
    6. Each entry should be submitted of a sheet of plain A3 or A4 paper, either portrait or landscape.
    7. Images may be digitally enhance to remove spots or scratches but not manipulated. Entrants may enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc but not manipulate the content. Power NI reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.
    8. Entrants must attach their name, address, contact phone number, date of birth, school and class to their picture. Power NI will only ever use these personal details for the purposes of administering this scheme.
    9. Entries should be sent to: Kirsty Pollock, Power NI, Woodchester House, 50 Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5NW.
    10. The competition closes on 31st January, 2012. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
    11. The competition is open to Northern Ireland residents only.
    12. Power NI cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with the postal service which may result in an entry being lost or delayed.
    13. A panel of judges will select the winning entries. When making their final decision the judges will take into account creativity, artistic merit as well as the pictures relevance to the theme. The judge’s decision is final.
    14. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on an entry will be provided.
    15. The competition winners will be notified by telephone within a month of the closing date.
    16. Prizes are non-transferable and will only be awarded to the prize winner. No cash equivalent is available as an alternative to the prizes offered.
    17. The winners name and picture may be used by Power NI in promotional material.
    18. Power NI reserves the right to amend rules prior to the closing date, after posting notice on the website.
    19. For further questions please contact energysavingchallenge@powerni.co.uk.


    Power NI’s BIG Picture Competition

    11th October, 2011 13:48

    Neil Coleman and Kirsty Pollock from Power NI at the launch of the BIG Picture Competition.

    To help young people get ‘switched on’ to the benefits of energy saving, Power NI, the new name for NIE Energy, have launched the ‘BIG Picture’ Competition and is calling on young people to express their creative side with some great prizes on offer.

    The competition is part of the BIG Energy Saving Challenge initiative, in which six finalists from across Northern Ireland, competing to win a share of the £100,000 energy saving prize fund.

    Power NI are looking for entrants to take part in the ‘BIG Picture’ Competition to paint, draw, colour-in or even photograph their interpretation of energy saving in their area. This could be anything from wind turbines to solar panels; the Power NI judging panel are looking for the most original ideas!

    Neil Coleman from Power NI said; “We are delighted to be launching this competition to help get kids to think about energy saving in their community. It is very important we try to educate the next generation of families and communities in Northern Ireland about the benefits of saving energy.”

    The competition is divided into two age sections for primary and secondary school pupils, and is open to all individuals within the local area. The winners from the Primary School section can win a new Nintendo 3DS while the Secondary School section will be competing for a new iPod.

    Competition Overview

  • The competition will be split into two age categories – primary and secondary.
  • Entrants are asked to paint, sketch or take a picture of their interpretation of ‘Saving Energy’
  • The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of energy efficiency amongst children and teenagers and encourage them to save energy at home.
  • Two winners will be chosen in each ‘Big Energy Saving Challenge’ group area, one from each age category.
  • Each winner will receive a prize. Winners in the primary age category will win a Nintendo DS and the winners in the secondary age category will win an i-pod.
  • Terms and Conditions

    1. The competition is open to all children of primary and secondary school age.
    2. The picture/photograph must show the entrants interpretation of how to save energy in the home or community.
    3. Entrants may only submit one picture/photograph each.
    4. Pictures may be drawn in pencil, felt tip, crayon or painted.
    5. Photographs entered must be taken in the UK.
    6. Each entry should be submitted of a sheet of plain A3 or A4 paper, either portrait or landscape.
    7. Images may be digitally enhance to remove spots or scratches but not manipulated. Entrants may enhance the picture to make it brighter, clearer etc but not manipulate the content. Power NI reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity.
    8. Entrants must attach their name, address, contact phone number, date of birth, school and class to their picture. Power NI will only ever use these personal details for the purposes of administering this scheme.
    9. Entries should be sent to: Kirsty Pollock, Power NI, Woodchester House, 50 Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5NW.
    10. The competition closes on 31st January, 2012. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
    11. The competition is open to Northern Ireland residents only.
    12. Power NI cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with the postal service which may result in an entry being lost or delayed.
    13. A panel of judges will select the winning entries. When making their final decision the judges will take into account creativity, artistic merit as well as the pictures relevance to the theme. The judge’s decision is final.
    14. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted and no feedback on an entry will be provided.
    15. The competition winners will be notified by telephone within a month of the closing date.
    16. Prizes are non-transferable and will only be awarded to the prize winner. No cash equivalent is available as an alternative to the prizes offered.
    17. The winners name and picture may be used by Power NI in promotional material.
    18. Power NI reserves the right to amend rules prior to the closing date, after posting notice on the website.
    19. For further questions please contact energysavingchallenge@powerni.co.uk.


    BIG Energy Saving Challenge online newsletter launched!

    15th September, 2011 8:50

    Power NI are pleased to announce the launch of the BIG Energy Saving Challenge newsletter which will go live on Monday 3rd October.

    The free e-newsletter will be sent directly to your e-mail address every month and contain the latest news and events from the six community groups from across Northern Ireland competing to win the £20,000 prize of energy saving equipment.

    To sign up to the newsletter simply just enter your e-mail address into the sign up box on the right hand menu of the site and we will keep you updated with all the latest news from the challenge.

    Help your favourite community group promote their campaign by encouraging your friends and family to get signed up to our BIG Energy Saving Challenge newsletter.


    Whitehead group take first energy saving steps

    25th July, 2011 15:11

    Twenty families in Whitehead took their first steps into the year-long Big Energy Saving Challenge being organised by Transition Town Whitehead.

    Each family received an energy ‘starter pack’ from Power NI containing an electricity monitor, a standby switch-off lead and some low-energy lightbulbs. This equipment will help people to get a clearer understanding of how much energy they actually use and begin to make the small changes that will save them money and reduce their personal impact on climate change. “It’s a clear way to think global and act local”, said Declan McGivern from the Transition Town group.

    Another group member, Rosalyn Davidson, has put her monitor to immediate use. She told us, “The ‘background’ charge for electricity in my house is less than one penny an hour. As soon as I switch on the kettle, the monitor shows the cost shooting up to 18p an hour. If I put enough water in for just one cup of tea, it boils in less than 30 seconds. That’s a pretty good reason for not filling the kettle.”

    Jim Kitchen examined the number of lightbulbs in his house. “I was shocked to realise I have 81 lightbulbs throughout the house. I’ve already switched many of them to low-energy bulbs but I’ve still got a lot more to change.”

    Neil Coleman from Power NI spoke to the group, congratulating them on being one of six groups from all over Northern Ireland – and the only one in County Antrim – which has been awarded funding as part of the Big Energy Saving Challenge. He said, “We’re delighted to be working with Transition Town Whitehead to help people take action to reduce their energy use. It’s good for people’s pockets and it’s good for the community.”

    The Challenge has just started and will last for a year, during which the Whitehead group will carry out home energy audits, advise on home improvements and organise a series of events as part of their campaign to tackle climate change and address the threat of Peak Oil by building resilience within the Whitehead community.


    Transition Town Whitehead shortlisted in Power NI’s BIG Energy Saving Challenge

    25th July, 2011 15:06

    Neil Coleman and Caitriona Butcher from Power NI present members of the Transition Town Whitehead group with their energy saving starter pack also present is Councillor Isobel Day. Picture Courtesy of Carrick Times.

    Transition Town Whitehead is one of just six community organisations from across Northern Ireland who have been selected to compete in The BIG Energy Saving Challenge, an exciting new initiative from Power NI which is giving £100,000 to communities to encourage energy saving.

    The Challenge team toured the country earlier this year in search of community groups who are switched onto energy saving and Power NI is delighted to announce that Transition Town Whitehead is one of the six successful participants.

    Transition Town Whitehead is a small group who want to make Whitehead an example of a great place to live, a great place to work a great place for visitors and have a glowing reputation, not only in Northern Ireland but beyond. They would like Whitehead to be a town where local businesses would sell more locally produced food, where the local people could restore land and have local residents pay less for light and heat. They believe in putting the local people in the centre of Transition Town Whitehead to share ideas and help each other to make Whitehead a true example to all. The group has committed to working with Power NI over the next year to introduce energy saving measures into their wider communities, educate residents and save them money.

    Project Coordinator Neil Coleman said, “This competition is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and we are very excited. We recently delivered the starter pack to Transition Town Whitehead full of energy saving devices and information as well as £7,500 of funding for their homes. For the next 12 months, we will assist and mentor the group through their energy saving journey. At the end of the year long challenge, each of the six groups will receive another £7,500 for communities, with the most successful energy saving group winning a fantastic total of £20,000!”

    You can follow Transition Town Whitehead’s progress in the BIG Energy Saving Challenge on www.powerni.co.uk.


    Transition Town Whitehead: Background

    15th June, 2011 7:45

    Transition Town Whitehead are no strangers to energy saving as they are already involved within another Power NI pilot project; ‘Warmer Whitehead’.

    By their own admissions TTW is a small group with big aspirations – they want to increase the town of Whitehead’s growing reputation across Northern Ireland and make it known as a town where local businesses sell more locally produced food, where their people can restore land and biodiversity for everyone’s benefit and where home-owners can pay less for energy and electricity.

    From their base in the Whitehead community centre, they have identified six key areas for action; energy, transport, waste, food, biodiversity and community. The well organized and enthusiastic group has already put together some impressive plans for their BESC campaign with the intention of hosting an Energy Fair as the centerpiece of their Greenhead Day.

    They plan to use their initial funding to help further educate the residents within the town as to energy saving methods and practices. If successful, the completion amount will be spent towards increasing the energy efficiency of the community centre.

    In the words of their mission statement, Transition Town Whitehead seeks to inspire and empower the people of Whitehead in achieving a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. They are convinced that participation in the BIG Energy Saving Challenge will help deliever that mission.

    The group have also recently revamped their official website which can be found at: www.transitiontownwhitehead.org.uk and you can also now follow the group on Twitter: www.twitter.com/WhiteheadTT.

    Good luck to Transition Town Whitehead and keep following their updates throughout the coming year through their online blog and also in the local press.


    Power NI kicks off The BIG Energy Saving Challenge £100,000 Giveaway

    14th June, 2011 15:18

    Neil Coleman and Jemma Geary from Power NI are set for Power NI’s BIG Energy Saving Challenge, which will give six community groups from Northern Ireland in total over £100,000 worth of energy saving measures.

    Six community groups from across Northern Ireland have cause for celebration after being selected to compete in The BIG Energy Saving Challenge, an exciting new initiative from Power NI which is giving £100,000 to communities to encourage energy saving.

    The Challenge team toured the country this year in search of community groups who are switched onto energy saving and Power NI are delighted to announce the six successful participants. 

    The six finalists include Annaclone Community Engagement Group, NI Chest Heart and Stroke Group from Banbridge and Craigavon, Drumarg Community Association in Armagh, Mullaghadun Community Association in Belcoo; and Transition Towns Omagh and Whitehead.  All have committed to working with Power NI over the next year to introduce energy saving measures into their premises and wider communities, educate residents and save them money.

    Project Coordinator Neil Coleman said, “This competition is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and we are very excited.  Each group will receive a starter pack of energy saving measures and £7,500 of funding for their homes. For the next 12 months, we will assist and mentor the six groups through their energy saving journey. At the end of the year long challenge, they will each receive another £7,500 for communities, with the most successful energy saving group winning a fantastic total of £20,000!” 

    You can follow each of the group’s progress in the BIG Energy Saving Challenge at www.powerni.co.uk.