Wind turbines continue to excercise our minds and we hope you have already responded to the invitation to Wiltshire Council's consultation, details below. We are holding our own meeting about wind energy on Tuesday 30th October (not 18th as we said in the last newsletter), to hold a proper debate with real facts. As ever, CFB is mightily busy and electric vehicles in particular are providing lots of interest.
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1. October monthly meeting - "Water"
2. Wind turbine consultation & open meeting
3. November monthly meeting "Population Matters"
4. Clean Air Town EV (electric vehicles) meeting
5. Biodiversity Group dates & activities
6. River Story
7. Sustainable Food & Drink Group news
8. Community Energy Action Day
9. Talk/workshop on restoring sash windows
10. Stop Climate Chaos intern vacancy
October monthly meeting
"Water - Where the 'System' Fails Us"
Monday 15th October, 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BoA
Julian Jones of the 'Water 21' organisation will be opening our eyes to important issues regarding this most precious of resources. For further information before the talk go to www.water21.org.uk.
The meeting is free and open to all, with donations towards the cost of room hire always welcome.
Wind turbine consultation & open meeting
Just a reminder that the Wiltshire Council consultation closes at the end of October and the easiest way for you to respond is via the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance's website: www.wiltshirecea.org.uk
Also, on Tuesday 30th October, 7.30 p.m. we are holding an open meeting about wind power in an attempt to bring a balanced, reasoned view to the debate. It will be held in the upper Masonic Hall in Church Street, BoA.
November monthly meeting "Population Matters"
Monday 19th November 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane
Nigel Reynolds from the global organisation Population Matters will be our speaker on this critical, yet often avoided subject.
Clean Air Town EV (electric vehicles) meeting
Our first meeting last month was very well attended and generated lots of interesting ideas, some of which are already being followed up. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 16th October, 7.30 p.m. upstairs at the Fat Fowl and is open to all.
Biodiversity Group dates & activities
Saturday 13th October 9.30 a.m. The conservation group will be clearing around the trees we planted 4 years ago in Barton Farm Country Park. Meet by the packhorse bridge at 9.30am, tea and cakes break included. leader: Leo Wirtz.
Sunday 18th November 10.00 - 2.00 Planting fruit trees and clearing around the hedge planted at Bearfield Recreation Ground football play area, Ashley Road.
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon have been invited to contribute to the "River Story" project. We have already been recorded, on film, talking about our hopes that the river can generate more hydro electricity and the drought, followed by high water which destroyed the nest of the swan below the town bridge. If you are interested in taking part please send in your contribution to Ruth Coleman, details below.
Photographs, film, drawings, poems and audio about the River Avon and its watercourses are invited to help compile an innovative new map and film. The project will help Bristol Avon catchment management planning by finding out about your relationship with these waters in a non-technical way. Submissions should aim to capture:
How you use the river and how it affects you; What you do and don’t like about it – the good, the bad, the ugly; How does your stretch of river, brook or stream shape where you live, work and play? Imaginative impressions of e.g. pattern, texture, mood, storm clouds over the water are as welcome as any other subject you may to include. These may feature wildlife, waterfront, lifestyles, work, play etc. You can send in new or existing material that’s just waiting for this exposure! Publication is not guaranteed but full credits will be given where used.
The only rules are that:
Film and images should only feature the Bristol Avon or its tributaries (bounded roughly by Clevedon, Severn Beach, Tytherington, Tetbury, Wootton Bassett, Calne, Devizes, Warminster, Shepton Mallet). Material should be your own copyright/copyright free and you need to have the permission of featured people to include them.
Please submit images at high resolution, with your name, the location and names of people featured and anything you wish to add. Your images will not be used for any other purposes. River Story is an initiative of the Avon Frome Partnership. Please mail enquiries and contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th November. Thank you.
The Sustainable Food and Drink Group (SFADG)
Local events coming up:
Saturday, 13th October 10 - 4: Trowbridge Apple Festival - Courtfield House, Polebarn Road, Trowbridge.
15 - 20th October: display in the Library - SFADG, Oxfam & Fair Trade.
Thursday 18th October & Sunday 28th October: Farmers' markets.
There are multiple problems in the food chain worldwide, such as Climate Change, Food Price Spikes (often caused by Speculation), and Land Grabs where people are losing the land where they grow their food and often their homes. During Oxfam's national GROW week come and see the display by BoA Oxfam, Fairtrade and the SFADG All three groups are campaigning for a fairer and more sustainable food system both locally and globally. There will also be a display at the Thursday Farmers' Market. If anyone can offer to make tasters of local and fairtrade produce for the 28th October please contact Hazel Jones via email@example.com
Also, there is much ongoing activity in the meantime, including the work of the Fruit, Veg Plus More and Food Chain Zero Waste Hubs.
The next SFADG meeting is planned for Monday 5th November, venue to be confirmed.
Community Energy Action Day
Saturday 17th November 10.00 - 4.00
Trowbridge Civic Hall
Join us for this free workshop which is open to all community representatives, from parish councils and village halls to WIs and low carbon groups, as well as interested individuals. We’d like to share experience of successful community projects that save or generate energy and explore ways of working together for greater impact. It is organised by Wiltshire Council, as part of an EU funded initiative. Further information, including how to book, can be found here or you can email Jane Laurie for more details.
Talk/workshop on restoring sash windows
by Stuart Foley, local craftsman
Thursday 15th November, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.
A joint event between CFB and the BoA Preservation Trust. More details in the November newsletter.
Vacancy with Stop Climate Chaos
SCC are seeking a new intern, details below.
Deadline: Friday 19th October
Duration: 6 months, 3 days per week
Salary: £15,100 pro rata
We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated campaigns intern who can work on a range of tasks supporting the coordination of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. The role is mainly administrative, although given the range of work carried out by a tiny team, you will support all aspects of coalition campaigns and events with a particular focus on Social Media. Click here to find out more about the role/apply.
Would you like to demonstrate your commitment to CFB's work and
become a member of CFB? It will only cost a one off payment of £5.
You can find out more and download an application form here.
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon Community Interest Company no. 0793166