HAVERFORDWEST has become an “official” Transition Town.

The Transition Town movement promotes economic development with a view to moving towards self-sufficiency at a local level – particularly with regards to food and energy.

Becoming an “official” Transition Town marks the beginning of an exciting new phase in Transition Haverfordwest’s (TH) plan to create a sustainable future for the county town and the area it serves.

Over the last 5 years, the group has built a membership of over 400 individuals and organisations, and delivered a wide-ranging programme of work to raise awareness of peak oil and promote local action to combat climate change.

“In the early days we concentrated on raising awareness through screenings of films and hosting talks,” said Guy Norman, a founder member of the group. “These days we are much more focused on the power of ‘just doing stuff’.”

The ‘stuff’ the group has done includes working with talented local chefs to run a monthly local food supper club, organising a successful series of Green Fayres, and – under the Orchard Mawr project - planting hundreds of fruit and nut trees on public land in and around Haverfordwest.

The next phase of TH’s work is marked by two new initiatives - a mind body and spirit group and an energy group focusing on provision of solar energy for those in fuel poverty.

“25 organisations have signed up to ‘Be Part of It‘, our partnership initiative to network and raise awareness of the positive work of local individuals and organisations contributing to addressing the great transition of our times by building a reinvigorated more localized economy,” said Guy. “That economy will help us to build a truly sustainable, inclusive future.”

To find out more, visit www.transitionhaverfordwest.org.uk. The AGM is on November 24, at 6.30pm at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.