CFB May newsletter

CFB May newsletter

Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon

May 2012 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>

As our 2050 sign ups hit 600 and our e-mail membership continues to grow it's clear that more and more people are wanting to take practical action to support our work and show that we can truly make a difference.   There is so much going on in CFB at present that we can really only give you a flavour here, so the best thing to do to find out more is to visit the CFB website, come along to our meetings or, better still, get involved in one of our action groups.


1.    May monthly meeting, May 21st

2.    June monthly meeting, June 18th

3.    Storage space needed for CFB resources

4.    More help needed for events

5.    Solar PV bulk buy update

6.    Sustainable Food & Drink Group news

Wilts CPRE Open Day

8.    Active Travel Map

9.    "Taking Root" screening

10.  Iford Manor hydro scheme

11.  March's food meeting - brief report

May monthly meeting

Monday 21st May, 7.30 p.m. Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane

The theme of this month's meeting is "Sustainable building" with contributions from  Paul Younger of Hewitt Studios, on  "Making Hay - Building with Straw Bales" and from Ian Walker, of CaSA Architects on solid wall insulation with particular reference to that recently installed at the Quaker Meeting House under the LEAF project. Paul Younger will talk about the HCA Hub which was short listed for 2012 Public Building of the Year, about the Straw Bale Cafe and  the Murhill Eco House.

The meeting will begin as usual at 7.30pm and will include feedback on recent CFB activities. Open to all and free, though donations to cover expenses are always welcome.

June Meeting

Monday 18th June, Holt Village Hall, 7.30 p.m.

For our June meeting we will be in Holt Village Hall and hearing about some of the really good sustainability work going on in Holt as well as a brief introduction to Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon for Holt residents and an update of CFB news. As usual we will begin at 7.30pm and the meeting will be free and open to all. If you would like a lift, or can offer one please e-mail

Storage space required

Over the six years of our existence CFB has accumulated quite a few possessions from a polar bear suit to display boards to the pledge machine to boxes of leaflets. Stacked up together they would not take up a great deal of space but at present they are scattered around the houses of various members of the group and this is not at all satisfactory so we are looking for some storage space  preferably in central Bradford on Avon and with ready access. If you, or anyone you know, has a bit of  storage space such as a spare room or a garage we would love to hear about it. Please email or ring 07507 782 523.

A little more help needed

A very big thank you to all who responded to our plea for help at the CFB stall in the Health and Well Being marquee at the Sports Festival next weekend, May 19th/20th and at the Westbury Gardens street market on July 7th.  It was great to get enough offers to mean we will be able to be represented at both these events and especially to see so many 'new faces' offering.

However, because both events are quite  long days, helpers will still be spread rather thinly and a few more offers would be really appreciated. If you have an hour or two to spare we would love to hear from you. Please email If you have previously offered but have not heard back with a proposed rota we apologise and would ask you to get in touch with your offer again.

Solar PV is alive and well

We’ve had a boost on our PV deal with Southern Solar, who have offered to go back to £500 off, rather than 5%, now that PV systems generally cost less than £10,000 (now about £6,000-£8,000 on average). This guarantees everyone a really good deal through the scheme regardless of system size.

The feed-in tariff itself is also very much alive and kicking and, thanks to very low solar panel prices, is possibly more profitable than ever before – this has been shown by Yougen, the renewable energy website. At any rate, it’s worth a free consultation from Southern Solar to get a better idea of payback etc. for your home. On a good, south-facing roof you could be seeing returns of 14-15%! However, the feed in tariff may go down in July so, while it will still be worth your while to install after that, if you want the full benefit of the tariff, good to get moving as soon as you can. And, of course, we should not forget that one of the best reasons for installing your own PV system is that you will be reducing your carbon footprint and doing your bit towards lower emissions in our area.

If you want solar now, to get the feed in tariff there is also a requirement to get an EPC (energy performance certificate) of D or above for your home. Southern Solar have told us that they have this in hand and can give you a very good idea of your likely rating at the consultation stage and on the phone and so you won’t have to spend anything on this until you are fairly certain of a result – they will also book you an EPC should you decide to go ahead as part of their service.

If you would like any further clarification on any of these points, we’ll have Jon Starks of Southern Solar with us at the Climate Friendly B o A stall in the Health and Well Being marquee (between the Tithe Barn and Victory Field) at the Sports Festival, Barton Farm Park on the 19th – 20th May,  so come and speak to him directly then. If you can't get along to that but would like to arrange a quote, email Phil Nelms or ring him on 0845 456 1706.  If you would just like to ask questions or speak to someone who already has PV installed then email or ring 07507 782 523.

Sustainable Food & Drink Group (SFADG)

The group has been really active since it came together at the start of 2012.  You can read a full report from the most recent meeting on the CFB website. Headlines are:

- "Catering for Our Futures" meeting, Monday 28th May, 7.30pm at Leigh Park Hotel,Bradford on Avon.  The speakers will be Mike Bond, Manager of the the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark and Ed Franklin, Sales and Marketing Manager of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.                              

This will be an exceptional opportunity to hear about the two nationally recognised sustainability frameworks relevant to the hospitality sector, and to ask questions. The support and expert guidance can significantly benefit a business or organisation by enabling the, often small, changes that can make a big impact. With the increasing interest in the provenance of food, and the environmental impacts of the food chain, this meeting is of relevance to all.  Entrance is free.

the  Fruit Group has agreed: a) that they should maintain a strong link with the Biodiversity Group and investigate the local need for getting our own apple juice pasteurisation equipment; b) to link more with the Friends of Woolley and find out more about their project to fund trees in the Woolley area and c) to consider holding an apple/community juice activity in autumn 2012 or 2013. The next meeting of the fruit group will be on Tuesday 12th June, 8pm at The Swan Hotel, BoA.

The next meeting of the Sustainable Food and Drink Group will be held on Tuesday, 3rd July at 7.30pm, upstairs at the Dandy Lion. All welcome.


Wiltshire CPRE Open Day,

Thursday May 17th St Margaret's Hall, 12 - 7.30pm

We are running an information stall and there are several talks that may be of interest to CFB members:

2.45 pm    “A new agriculture for a better countryside”     Graham Harvey– author       

4.00 pm    “The future of water in Wiltshire”    Wessex Water          

6.30 pm    “Guidance to the New Planning Regulations, Localism Act and Where now for Parish Planning and Local Plans”


Active Travel Map

We're nearly there!  The map should be going to the printers over the next few days so we're expecting it to be available by the end of May, hopefully before.  They will be available at various points around the town including the TIC, schools and library and there will soon be a version downloadable from the CFB website.

Film screening

Wednesday 16th May & Monday 28th May, 7.30 p.m. at The Fat Fowl

"Taking Root" is a film about the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. Plus…a brief introduction to Tree Sisters – Can we reforest the tropics within 10 years? Can we support a shift towards a sustainable world?

Iford Manor hydro scheme

On Saturday 21st April, Iford Manor held an open day for their new hydro-electric plant at Iford Weir and were delighted to welcome over 150 people to the event.

The Iford Hydro will generate, annually, the consumption of  around 20 average homes; so although it is a small scheme, it is a significant contribution to reducing reliance on fossil fuels.  So far, since December 2011 they have saved about 35 tonnes of carbon, which is nice!

(Photo by Rob Coles).

March's meeting on sustainable food

There was a great turnout at St Laurence School at our biggest ever meeting with around 70 present and we were very privileged to hear the talks from Helen Browning of the Soil Association and Toby Quantrill from the Fair Trade Foundation. Those people present were thrilled to hear from two very influential organisations and their views on various aspects of food production and supply. If you are interested in supporting the work of either organisation please click here: Fair Trade Foundation or Soil Association.

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download an application form here.

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