Health & Consciousness Group Past Discussions

Health & Consciousness Group Meetings 2009 – 2017


Gaia and geological time scale

Perceptions and conceptions of life   



Human values

Environmental values

Building a resilient future

The United Nations Earth Charter


Happiness: Human right, responsibility and response

Holistic perspectives: unity and diversity

Global citizenship: small steps to the Big Society

How belief is shaping the modern world

Human consciousness in the computer age

Promoting health: failure and success

Funtime: humour is no mere laughing matter

Exploring links between local food and good health   


Wildlife and wellbeing

Humans and nature: harmony or conflict

Hypnosis and human consciousness

Peak water, drought and human health

Perspectives on awareness and self-consciousness

Facilitating family mediation


Transhumanism: can evolution be improved?

Deep ecology: a radical environmental perspective

Health and biodiversity: a vital inter-relationship

Christian environmental stewardship


Fracking:  economic value and environmental costs

Homeopathy and health

Local food challenge

Ageing, longevity, demography: Health perspectives and policies


Democracy in Crisis: Principles of Good Governance

Child and youth mental health: Cause for concern

Why do we argue about climate change?


The Three Strange Angels: Ritual, Myth & Poetry

Cultural Narratives and Personal Truths

Vegetarian Diet:  Issues of Human Health, Animal Welfare and Sustainable Food Supply


Localism and Globalization: Co-operation or Competition

Education for Patients Programme – Cymru

Monmouthshire Well-being Plan

Chepstow Festival Events 2010 – 2016

Chairman:  Dr Peter Evans, Transition Chepstow


Looking Up in the Downturn:

Sustaining Health and Happiness in Challenging Times

Ageing Well: Dr John Gallacher, Cardiff University

 Bibliotherapy: Can Books Provide Psychological Benefit? Prof Neil Frude, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Climate change: sustaining environmental resilience

Prof Susan Baker, School of Social Science, Cardiff University

Will McLean, Monmouthshire County Council

Janet Rawlings, Transition Chepstow


The legacy of Aneurin Bevan:

Challenges facing NHS Wales

Prof Sir Mansel Aylward, Public Health Wales


Reporting a World in Crisis: 

On the Problems and Possibilities of Today’s Journalism

Prof Simon Cottle, Cardiff University

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Public and Private Health Matters

The Legacy of Aneurin Bevan

Friday June 20, 2014, 7:30pm, Methodist Church Hall, Chepstow

Special guest talk and open public forum

Speaker: Professor Sir Mansel Aylward MD DSc
Chairman: Peter Evans

Aneurin Bevan, born 1897 in Tredegar, died 1960. The son of a miner, his early life provided him with an intimate experience of poverty and occupational disease.  After the Labour election victory in 1945, Bevan was appointed Minister of Health and in 1948 introduced the National Health Service with free diagnosis and treatment for all.

Professor Sir Mansel Aylward is Chairman of Public Health Wales, Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University and Chairman of the Bevan Commission into NHS reforms.  He is uniquely placed to offer valuable insights into the challenges which face the NHS, and the issues of promoting public health now and in the future in times of burgeoning medical, political and climate change.


Dr Peter Evans, PhD

Transition Chepstow
Health & Consciousness Group
Coordinator 2009 –

  • Medical Research Council
  • Pneumoconiosis Unit, Llandough
  • Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge
  • Biomedical Science
  • University of Glasgow Department of Public Health
  • Health Education Board for Scotland
  • Environmental Health Promotion

Margaret Davis – In Memoriam

Margaret was well known for her interest in the environmental sustainability movement, and inspired and created the Chepstow Fair Trade Town Forum in 2006.

As an active member of Friends of the Earth and issues related to climate change, Margaret helped to set up the inaugural meeting of Transition Chepstow on 23 October 2007 and was instrumental in initiating the Heart & Soul Group, subsequently to become the >Health & Consciousness Group

Extremely knowledgeable and compassionate, Margaret was a self-effacing though determined enthusiast, and as a Quaker contributed various writings and poems to Quaker Voices and The Friend.

In June 2007, aged 80 years old and still politically active, she received a prestigious award from the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations in recognition of her enduring services to the environment.

Margaret died peacefully aged 89 at the Royal Gwent Hospital on 10th December 2016, fulfilling a life full of dedicated achievements.

Looking up in the downturn

Sustaining Health and Happiness in Challenging Times

Peter Evans, Transition Chepstow Health & Consciousness Group

Ageing Well

Dr John Gallacher, Cardiff University

Bibliotherapy: Can Books provide Psychological Benefit?

Prof Neil Frude, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Transition Chepstow Festival 2010
TC HCG Guest Forum
Chepstow Rugby Club

Climate Change

Sustaining Environmental and Social Resilience

Peter Evans Transition Chepstow Health & Consciousness Group
Will McLean Strategic Partnership and Engagement Lead, MCC
Susan Baker Professor, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
Janet Rawlings Transition Chepstow Steering Group

Transition Chepstow Festival 2012
TC HCG Guest Forum
10 July 2012
Methodist Church Hall

Reporting a World in Crisis

On the Problems and Possibilities of Today’s Journalism

Simon Cottle Professor, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
Peter Evans Transition Chepstow Health & Consciousness Group

Transition Chepstow Festival 2016
TC HCG Guest Forum
5 July 2016
Methodist Church Hall

Education for Patients Programme – Cymru

Wayne Jepson EPP Care Lead
Peter Evans Transition Chepstow Health & Consciousness Group
Angela Tillcock EPP Coordinator

TC HCG Forum
30 March 2017
Beaufort Hotel

Monmouthshire Well-being Plan

Hazel Clatworthy Sustainability Officer, Monmouthshire County Council

TC HCG Forum
23 November 2017
Beaufort Hotel