working for a low carbon future
March 2012 Newsletter
<<First Name>> Welcome to
the March newsletter. As the LEAF project draws to a close at the end of the month there is an invitation for you all to come and celebrate all the hard work and achievements of the LEAF team. There's exciting news about the new anaerobic digester being built in Warminster and great things being planned by the new food and drink group. The month finishes with a night time walk to Avoncliff to mark Earth Hour . Please note the change of venues for the March and April monthly meetings.
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1. March monthly meeting - Monday 19th.
2. April monthly meeting - Monday 16th. 3. Active Travel map update
4. LEAF celebration - Thursday 22nd.
5. Earth Hour Saturday - 31st
6. 2050 update
7. Food and drink group update
8. 'Bath Homes Fit for the Future'
9. BoACA tree planting event - Saturday 17th.
March monthly meeting
Monday 19th March 7.30 p.m.
"Food Waste: a global problem with a local solution"
at the Masonic Hall, Church Street (formerly Trinity Church Hall)
Following the very interesting visit by some members of CFB to the soon to be opened Malaby Martin biogas plant near Warminster, members not able to go on the visit will have the chance to hear from Thomas Minter of Malaby Martin, based in BoA, about biogas and their scheme. The Sustainable Food and Drink group are hoping to collaborate with Malaby Martin on finding a way to collect waste food from hospitality outlets in the town and representatives from these outlets have also been invited to this meeting.
Active Travel Map
The Active Travel Map is nearing the printing stage. Amendments to the earlier base map produced by Cycle City Guides of Frome have been noted, and bus map and information will be added on the reverse. After a final check of the draft we will send it for printing. We would like the map to be launched as soon after Easter as possible, but we need funding for the cost of printing and are approaching some possible sponsors, so if you have any suggestions or would like to make a donation we'd love to hear from you: email@example.com
LEAF final celebration: Thursday 22 March Priory Barn 7 - 9.30.
Join us for a glass of wine and a few nibbles, as we celebrate all that’s been achieved in such a short space of time. There’ll be a chance to meet the key people involved and find out what we've been up to, and to meet and share ideas with others about how to take things forward. There is so much to celebrate:
- thermal imaging and energy assessments
- the setting up of a local installer network
- interesting solid wall insulation in one of Bradford's community buildings
- the trip to Ecobuild
- ...and exploring exciting new ways to communicate CFB's messages.
Do come and join us! If you have questions in advance please email CFBLEAF@gmx.co.uk
Earth Hour - Saturday 31st March 7.30 p.m
Join us for a night time walk to Avoncliff
Meet at 7.30pm in Westbury Gardens near the Tourist Information Centre. Look out for owls and badgers as we walk to Avoncliff. We will also have an expert astronomer with us to tell us about the night sky if it is clear. At Avoncliff we will be stopping off at the Cross Guns for a drink and you can order snacks if wanted (they have a range of sandwiches, baguettes, cheesy chips, cake etc). We may be sitting outside or inside by candlelight, depending on space (and the weather!). We hope to be back in Bradford on Avon by about 9.30pm. Children welcome as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Please bring a torch. it would be good to get an approximate idea of numbers so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are thinking of coming.
Earth Hour, when people all over the planet will turn off their lights between 8.30 and 9.30pm is marked all over the world to raise awareness of climate change. It can be a special moment when you think you are joining many thousands of people all over the world in this moment of solidarity. For more information see www.worldwildlife.org/earthhour.
2050 Carbon Neutral Declaration update
Sign ups for the 2050 campaign are still rising steadily and currently stand at 549. If you have signed on line and have not received your free cotton bag you can now pick up one from "Christine's" (formerly Who Cares) in the middle of town. She will also have a sign up sheet for those not on-line and window stickers when the new batch arrive. It would be good if everybody could display a window sticker as a visible reminder of the strength of the campaign.
Sustainable Food and Drink Group
The Sustainable Food and Drink Group (SFADG) have a major initiative underway to promote a sustainable food culture in the BoA locality, which has the potential to really raise the profile of the area. As part of this, we are writing to pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafes, takeaways and B&Bs to raise awareness of the issues and the relevant sustainability frameworks (The Sustainable Restaurant Association and The Food for Life Catering Mark) which may be of interest to them. We are also letting them know about some special meetings of relevance, with expert speakers, that CFB has planned .
Can you help us? We would like to deliver these letters by hand, all 85 of them! Join us at The Swan Hotel at 7pm this Monday (12th March). We need help to address the envelopes, put the letters in, and then deliver that night or the next day. Contact Ros Edwards on email@example.com or just come along on the night. The more the merrier. We'd like to hear from you if you can deliver in Bradford on Avon, Bradford Leigh, South Wraxall, Winsley, Monkton Farleigh, Wingfield or Staverton.
Also click on this link for the list of establishments in the hospitality sector. Have we missed any out? Can you let us know the surname of the owner or manager of any of them by Monday?
Lots of other things are also going on in this lively group, with many lovely ideas being put forward. Next monthly SFADG meeting is upstairs at the Dandy Lion, Monday 2nd April at 7.45pm. Will include discussion on ideas of what to do with surplus garden produce and for a community apple press. All welcome.
By the way, Andre Balkham-Jones, the editor of A Local Life was delighted with the help CFB members gave him last month in helping to develop a directory, mapping local food producers and retailers. Look out for the April/May edition on local food.
"Bath Homes Fit For The Future"
Next weekend there is an excellent opportunity to visit local Bath homes which have been designed or modified to incorporate energy efficiency features and to talk to people who have been through the experience - 17th/18th March and some visits need to be booked. For more information go to http://www.bathhomesfitforthefuture.co.uk/
April monthly meeting
"Eating Sustainably - Bradford on Avon and Beyond".
Monday, April 16 7.30 p.m. Trinity Hall, St Laurence School
Speakers: Helen Browning, Director of the Soil Association and Toby Quantrill, Head of Public Policy, Fairtrade Foundation.
We are extremely lucky to have secured two excellent speakers for this meeting - Helen Browning was appointed director of the Soil Association in 2009 and also has her own farm in north Wiltshire run, obviously, fully organically. Helen and her family also run The Royal Oak pub, situated on the farm. Out of about 450 restaurants, hotels and pubs, the Sustainable Restaurant Association has awarded The Royal Oak Three Gold Stars for its sustainable practices joining only three other establishments in the country in the top bracket of the SRA's league table so Helen brings an extraordinary breadth of knowledge to our subject for the evening. Toby Quantrill joined the Fairtrade Foundation in June 2009 as Head of Public Policy. The Public Policy Team aims to create wider social change, in pursuit of Fair Trade principles, through supporting and leading advocacy in a number of key areas, including trade justice, sustainable consumption, climate change and public procurement.
Helen and Toby will each tell us their thoughts on our topic and then there will be plenty of time for questions and comments. This will certainly be a thought provoking and lively meeting, especially in view of all the activity of our new Sustainable Food and Drink Group. We are expecting a large turnout so the venue has been moved to Trinity Hall, St Laurence School. We will begin at 7.30pm as usual and will be asking for donations on the evening to help cover the cost of this venue.
BoACA Diamond Jubilee Tree Planting
Saturday 17th March 11.00 - 3.00 at the BoACA field
An invitation from BoACA:
We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event on the 17th of March with talks, family friendly games, food and, of course, tree planting. We'll be celebrating the fact that BoACA has won Local Food funding which will allow it to pay for a well, two polytunnels and a full time grower. BoACA can thus kick-start its future as a self-sufficient community agriculture co-operative which in time will produce around 120 vegetable boxes per week and offer a range of training courses.
The event will take place at BoACA (for exact location, please visit http://www.boaca.co.uk/location.html) between 11am and 3pm. The first 30 to 40 minutes will be dedicated to talking, tea drinking and cake eating. We aim to hold the round of speeches at 11:40 and thereafter plant the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Oak. Thereafter we will organise a few family friendly games and competitions, tree planting groups, and other activities. We will put up a couple of marquees in case it rains.
So please come and celebrate with us! If possible, please bring a spade so we can get digging (we have 10 spades on site so can supply one for those who are unable to bring one). It would be great if you could RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to join us so we can adjust our catering needs as well as fine-tune our games and crafts preparations.
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You can find out more and download an application form here.
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon Community Interest Company no. 0793166