<<First Name>>Welcome to
our April newsletter. Our monthly meeting on Monday 16th April at St Laurence School (N.B. venue change) is one not to be missed as the sustainable food group really builds momentum. The LEAF project is now complete so we have loads of good ideas to take forward as we move closer towards carbon neutrality and there's plenty of other interesting news for you as well.
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1. April monthly meeting, Monday 16th April, St Laurence School
2. LEAF project update
3. May 5th Climate Impact Day "Connect the Dots"
4. May 7th Christ Church School May Fair - help needed
5. CPRE event - May 17th - help needed
6. Solar PV grows hugely
7. Food and drink group news
8. BoA Freegle
9. CFB's on Facebook
10. New, local "green" website
11. Dates summary
April monthly meeting
"Eating Sustainably - Bradford on Avon and Beyond"
Monday, April 16 7.30 p.m. Trinity Hall, St Laurence School - please note change of venue.
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 Chief Executive of the Soil Association in 2009 and also has her own organic farm in North Wiltshire. Toby Quantrill joined the Fairtrade Foundation in June 2009 as Head of the Public Policy Team that aims to create wider social change, in pursuit of Fair Trade principles including trade justice, sustainable consumption, climate change and public procurement.
A meeting not to be missed!!
LEAF project update
By the time the LEAF project finished on 31st March, the team had taken 1008 thermal images, done energy audits in 5 community buildings and 20 houses, designed exciting new CFB communications materials, met with local installers, looked at energy saving products and started reaching out to new audiences.
On 15th March the Coordinating group had a wide-ranging discussion at which Jane Ryall, who advised on the setting up of the CIC, was present and who also led a session about issues and requirements to be looked into, and recommended working towards developing a business plan.
For a quick round up of news: thermal images - we are looking into ways of getting these to householders and the exchange of energy saving ideas. Community buildings - Fitzmaurice Primary School has now moved from an E to a C rating (insulation was put in under the Green Streets scheme). Installers list - now that Wiltshire Council are drawing up their own approved traders list, and SWEA are also undertaking something similar, our findings will be fed into theirs.
Please see Leaf project follow up on the website for further information from time to time, we intend to put on updates during the summer such as reports from those who went to Ecobuild, energy savings in community buildings, and to keep in touch about next steps.
Climate Impact Day 5/5/12
Join us to 'Connect the Dots' on Saturday, May 5th.
Inspired by 350.org communities all over the world are connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate change.
To mark the day, CFB are planning a picnic at the willow labyrinth, Barton Farm, beginning at 12.30pm. To find it, in case you don't know it, walk along the river through Barton Farm Country Park towards Avoncliff and continue through the gate into the meadow (don't go up to the canal). You will find the willow labyrinth and the pond right there.
We plan to bring lots of sheets of paper with black dots on them which all (children and adults) can colour in and illustrate with what they feel the bad impacts of climate change might be in our area and/or write messages. We will bring along some ideas to help you. We will then circle the pond (ponds and the amphibians they contain are really under threat from climate change) and hold up our messages for a photo call. Bring lunch, picnic rugs or chairs and colouring pens.
May Fair at Christchurch School
Monday 7th May 12.00 - 4.00
Jerry needs help on the CFB stall this year! Please let him know if you can spend some time to help, even if it's only an hour - contact Jerry Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org We will be setting up from 10.30 and need cover until 4.00.
It is always fun to be at the Fair, plenty happening and things to buy, so come if you can.
CPRE event, Thursday May 17th
Can you help with the food and biodiversity stall at the Wiltshire CPRE event on May 17th., 12 - 7.30pm in St Margaret's Hall?
Sir Max Hastings (a previous President of CPRE) will be opening the event and there will be updates on the new planning laws, Localism Bill and Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy during the afternoon. In the evening author Graham Harvey will give an environmental talk on “Healthy food and climate-friendly farming”, at around 6pm.
Several environmental organisations are being invited to exhibit, including including Friends of the Earth, Cotswold and Cranborne Chase AONB, Sustrans, Campaign for Better Transport, Ecotricity and Triodos Bank,
Solar PV grows 41 times!
It’s official – there is now over 1GW of installed solar capacity in the UK ... in 2010 one of the industry commentators suggested that we might get to 0.5 GW by 2014. It's also worth remembering that that the nuclear station at Oldbury (due to close anytime now) generated 0.6GW in its heyday. There continue to be still new arrays springing up in the area, so BoA and the villages are really contributing to this.
Sustainable Food & Drink Group (SFADG)
The Sustainable Food and Drink Group continues to be very busy with outreach work to the hospitality sector and farmers with regard to raising awareness of sustainable food issues. We have also been to see Duncan Hames, MP, to request his continued support in encouraging public sector bodies to register with relevant sustainable food frameworks. We advised him that we support his request for the government to introduce the Grocery Code Adjudicator Bill in the next session of parliament, to help ensure fair treatment by supermarkets of farmers in UK and abroad.
Sara Cundy will lead a sub-group looking at fruit and linking with the Biodiversity Group (see below). A garden-share initiative by Chris Sylvester was supported, with some interest from those with gardens to share and potential gardeners..
The next meeting of the SFADG will be on Monday, 30th April at 7.45pm, upstairs at the Dandy Lion. All are welcome.
Several exciting ideas have emerged from the recent SFADG meetings.
1. Fruit - sub-group meeting on Monday 23rd April 8.00 p.m.
There has been considerable interest around fruit which has been raised through the CFB Sustainable Food and Drink Group (SFADG), so we are thinking of setting up a sub-group to specifically look at this issue. It is proposed to hold a meeting that will feedback into the food group but will have some cross over with those interested in biodiversity, food production and waste.
We would like to set up an initial meeting on Monday 23rd April at 8pm (venue TBC) to get the ball rolling. We are looking for members of the community who are interested in exploring and taking on the following; mapping current fruit trees in the area; looking at how to harvest current fruit trees (both on private and public land); best ways to distribute/store any surplus, including obtaining resources such as a community apple press/pasteurisation facilities; links with current community orchard groups such as Friends of Woolley Orchard; hosting events to celebrate fruit throughout the seasons for example wassails, blossom days etc. If anyone is interested in joining the group then please contact Sara Cundy at email@example.com
The planting of fruit/nut trees around the community area of Bradford on Avon is being looked into by the Biodiversity group, if you are interested in becoming invovled in this please contact Liz Stephens' firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Visit to Orchard PIg's orchard in Somerset
In conjunction with the Wiltshire and Swindon Food Champions Project (see below) we are offering one space to a CFB member on our fact finding community orchard trip to Orchard Pig in Somerset on Saturday 7th July (exact timings TBC) this will cost £14 including lunch and tastings. Please contact Sara Cundy at email@example.com if you’d like to come along.
3. Wiltshire & Swindon Food Champions is an innovative, focused, three year project in Wiltshire and Swindon to encourage and empower mainly disadvantaged communities to learn about and get involved in growing and accessing healthy local food. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme. We are currently conducting an online survey looking at peoples' experience and understanding of and ability to source locally produced food. We'd be really grateful if you could spend 5 minutes filling out the form, here. If you have any queries please contact Sara Cundy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradford on Avon Freegle (formerly BoAFreecycle)
Having a clear out over the holiday? Don’t throw it away – give it away on Freegle, the best way to recycle! You might not need that old sofa or wheelbarrow any more – but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there’s something you’d like, someone nearby might have one. To join go to boa freegle.
We're on Facebook now!
Please show yor support for CFBN's work and "like" us at our Facebook page. Thank you.
New local 'green' website just starting up
Have you seen this local website for green stuff with mentions of CFB and our events: www.blissfullygreen.co.uk ?
For your diary
Monday April 23rd SFADG fruit sub-group 8pm, venue tbc
Monday, April 30th SFADG 7.45pm, Dandy Lion
Thursday May 17th CPRE event, St Margaret's Hall, 12.00 - 7.30
Monday May 21st. - Monthly meeting on Sustainable building with contributions from Greengauge Building, a building services engineering consultancy specialising in sustainable, low energy design, from Paul Younger on "Making Hay - Building with Straw Bales" and from Ian Walker, local architect, on solid wall insulation with particular reference to that recently installed at the Quaker Meeting House under the LEAF project.
Monday June 18th. - Monthly meeting at Holt Village Hall - more details about LEAF and other CFB projects.
Monday July 16th - Monthly meeting, to be confirmed.
Monday August 20th. - AGM and social at the West Barn.
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