Posted by: Mike Grenville | 28 February 2009

Transition Chepstow – The Big Launch

Transition Chepstow logo
Welsh market town Chepstow unleashed last week. Marcus Perrin tells us how it went.

TT Chepstow Rob Hopkins
Chepstow is a Welsh market town of approximately 15,000 people, neighbouring the English border that is marked by the scenic River Wye. Our Big Launch (unleashing!) took place last Wednesday, 25th February in Chepstow’s ‘Drill Hall’. One hundred and twenty people came along to help celebrate, listen to two captivating speakers and learn more about Transition Chepstow’s progress in its first year. Whilst the majority of those attending were from the town, we also had ‘Transtioners’ from Monmouth, Abergavenny, Calidicot and the Forest of Dean.

Local science teacher, song writer and ambassador for Polar Bears International Tom Rugg gave a talk on his work with the polar bear charity and a recent visit to Hudson’s Bay where he saw first hand how the Polar Bear is coping with the impacts of climate change. His talk finished with a playing of his moving and thought provoking ‘Polar Bear Song’ which is available to view on YouTube.

Following on from Tom we heard from Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town idea. Rob as usual, captivated and fired the imaginations of those assembled. Rob focused on Peak Oil and the analysis behind the challenge before moving on to talk about how Transition Towns can tackle this threat in tandem with reducing their carbon footprint. The question and answer session that followed Rob’s talk drew lively debate around topics such as whether oil companies had access to reserves they were not making publically known, how we as customers should treat the big supermarkets and how Transition can defend itself against the claims of being protectionist.

Transition Chepstow stalls at the unleashing
The event had a terrific buzz, which was further fuelled by the live ‘folk-rock’ of Bob Smith, colourful Transition working group displays, local producer stands and the drinking of locally produced beer and wine! The event took significant planning but it paid off with a real feeling that we had marked Transition Chepstow’s unleashing in style.

A big thank you to all those who helped on the night or came along. We can’t wait for the next party!

For more information on Transition Chepstow visit



  1. Dear people,
    could you kind to send me the text of the song The polar bear song, because I have not found it in internet. Please you to help me.
    Edit from Hungary

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