A big thank you to all of those who responded to the wind power consultation, we now need to keep our fingers and toes crossed.
Two of our groups, zero waste and energy are looking for new members, so, if you'd be interested in helping out please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1. November meeting, Monday 19th - population matters
2. Energy Group news
3. Thermal imaging checks available
4. Restoring historic windows talk
5. Clean energy news
6. December meeting - Christmas party
7. Clean Air Town EV Group news
8. Tree planting
9. "Green is Working" rally
10. The dash for gas
11. Puddy Muddles
12. 2013 Festival of Walking dates
13. Food & Drink Group news
NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEETING
"Population Matters - The Facts, The Problems, The Solutions"Monday 19th November, 7.30 p.m.Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BoASpeaker:
Nigel Reynolds from Population Matters
, an organisation that supports a voluntary reduction in population over time to a level that enables an acceptable quality of life for all, protects wildlife and is ecologically sustainable.
This very active group would really welcome new members. The next meeting will be on the evening of Thursday, November 29th. If you are interested in coming along to find out what we have on the go and plans for the future please email email@example.com and we will give you more details. One project we'd like to get going is "Transition Streets" - if you think this is something you might like to get involved with have a look at www.transitionstreets.org.uk and get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, at the end of December we will be saying farewell to Peter Mann who needs to give up his CFB work for personal reasons. In his two years with us Peter has contributed a great deal; he has been the energy group Chair, played a key role in setting up the solar PV bulk buy scheme and more recently has been a CIC director. His hard work, common sense approach and sense of humour will be missed.
THERMAL ASSESSMENT CHECKS IN BoA & the COMMUNITY AREA
This winter our aim is to work alongside the home owner, so both they and we will go round together, taking an in-depth look at the home by checking various locations in the house with the thermal imaging camera, and at the same time having a general discussion about energy efficiency.
The camera is also a useful tool to carry out a thermal quality check of work done to the house. We will be asking for a small donation this year as we have costs now that we no longer have a government grant.
If you are interested in having this done in your home do get in touch with us.
Phone or text 07507 782523 or email us at email@example.com
TALK & WORKSHOP ON RESTORING HISTORIC WINDOWS
Thursday 15th November, Priory Barn, 7.30 for 8.00
Organised jointly by Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust and CFB
Stuart Foley: West country sash windows
The particular focus is on west country sash windows because they are often built off stone cills and this variant is particularly relevant to Bradford on Avon and its architectural heritage. The talk will have three elements, illustrating design, making and assembly with references to how designs have evolved.
The intention of the 'workshop' is to use unpainted, disassembled traditional joinery examples and jigs to illustrate the content, with participation from the group. The joiner's best work is often hidden with paint. We will also cover contemporary insulation improvements to sash windows and secondary glazing.
CLEAN AIR TOWN EV GROUP
Our next meeting is this Wednesday, 14th November, 7.30 p.m. upstairs at the Fat Fowl. Anyone is welcome to join us so don't be shy if you'd like to come and haven't yet been able to.
A huge amount has happened since the first meeting back in September. We're working with Zero Carbon World, the Town Council and Wiltshire Council to install some electric vehicle charging points in the town and some successes are on the horizon. We're researching the possibilities of an E-car club and the local Renault dealership is loaning us a 100% electric Kangoo ZE van (see photo, with Shay at the wheel!) during the December wekends of the Festival of Christmas, to make zero emission shopping deliveries. So, great progress but still lots to do; it's a very exciting time.
Also, this coming Saturday, 17th November, 2.00 p.m. at the Little Theatre Cinema in Bath, Zero Carbon World is sponsoring a screening of 'Revenge of the Electric Car'; more details. After the film there will be a Q&A session and you can see some electric vehicles outside the cinema.
LOCAL CLEAN ENERGY NEWS
Wind power ...
Thank you to everyone who commented on the Wiltshire wind consultation; there was a huge response, from both sides of the argument. Comments are still being fed onto the Wiltshire Council website although the consultation closed over a week ago. So far among communities round Wiltshire, BoA sent in the most anti-amendment comments, so well done all of you who did. There is still a long way to go and it is now in the hands of the Inspector; the next stage is an Examination in Public, possibly in the New Year. You can read the CFB response here and Duncan Hames' excellent letter here.
... and sun power
with energy bills forever on the up don't forget that solar PV panels are a great way of saving money and generating your own clean, green electricity at the same time. Climate Friendly BoA still has the arrangement with Southern Solar which gives you a £500 discount on solar PV panels installed through our bulk buy scheme. Well worth investigating too are solar thermal panels for hot water. Get in touch with Southern Solar through firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free, no pressure survey to see if your roof is suitable and to talk through the renewable heat incentive and how this could help you.
CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER
Our popular Christmas party will be held once again in Priory Barn, Newtown on Monday December 17th, starting 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the group in a relaxed atmosphere. We will be asking for a donation of £5, payable on the night, which covers hire of the hall and drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks) Please bring some food to share, savoury or sweet. There will be limited facilities for keeping food hot. This will, as always, be a zero waste event.
As there is a limit of 40 for the hall, please let us know if you would like to come by emailing email@example.com First come, first served, so don't miss out. It would also be helpful if you let us know whether you are planning to bring a savoury or sweet dish.
The next tree planting and maintenance session will be on Sunday 25th November, 10.00 - 2.00 at Bearfield Recreation Ground. We will be planting fruit trees and clearing around the hedge we planted last year. Refreshments will be available. Please note this replaces the 18th November date.
GREEN IS WORKING RALLY
Jill and Thalia from CFB (see photo) joined many others in their green hard hats outside the Treasury on 18th October to say that “Green is working”, and to ask the government for more active support for the low-carbon sector which has created growth and jobs in recent years. We raised our hats and called on the government to keep up support for the UK’s carbon targets and to make sure the Energy Bill encourages the development of cleaner technologies. It was a great morning, the sun shone, it was a good opportunity to meet and talk with others who support low-carbon growth.
DASH FOR GAS
A majority of us - 64% of the British public - want clean, renewable energy powering our lives. But right now plans are being drawn up that could see dozens of new dirty gas power stations built in the UK. These stations would undermine every victory won by our climate movement in the last 5 years. Gas is an expensive, polluting fossil fuel and if these power stations go ahead they will result in decades of unrestricted carbon emissions and more pollution in the air we breathe.
You can help prevent this by signing Greenpeace's petition here.
JOIN WASTE WATCHERS & SLIM YOUR BIN!
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is looking for households from across Wiltshire to take part in an 8 week Rubbish Diet Challenge starting in January 2013. With support from our Waste Minimisation Officer, Emma Croft, could you make a New Year’s Resolution to reduce your waste size? Slimming your bin will not only help the environment, it will actually save you money! To find out more, contact Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're missing Scallywags second hand clothes and toy shop, don't despair. Puddy Muddles a similar shop, has opened up at Westdale Garden Centre on the Holt Road just outside BoA, BA15 1TS, and specialises in selling preloved babies' and children's clothing, toys and equipment.
2013 FESTIVAL of WALKING
Following the success of this year's walking festival the Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome Group are already thinking about planning next year's which will be on the weekend of 6/7/8 September 2013.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP (SFADG)
The next Sustainable Food and Drink Group meeting will be held on Monday, 7th January, 2013 at 7.30pm. Venue to be confirmed. The increasing interest in the provenance of food is reflected in the developments described below.
Some people around BoA are already using http://www.landshare.net to request or offer garden or landshare. The more it is used locally, the more valuable it will become as a resource to enable more people to grow their own food and more
growing space to be put to good use. Since its launch through River Cottage in 2009 it has grown into a thriving community of 55,000 growers, sharers and helpers.
Local Morsels - a new online food magazine was launched by Caroline Jones at The Fat Fowl in Bradford on Avon on 2nd November. Some of us went along and enjoyed delicious tasters and a drink. The magazine gives insight into some of the wonderful food that is available from local producers and retailers in Bath, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and Somerset. Go to www.localmorsels.co.uk
BoA Sunday Farmers’ Market – following a successful three month trial the Sunday Farmers’ Market will be held in Lambs’ Yard again in November and December. For dates of these and the Thursday monthly Farmers’ Markets see http://www.bradfordonavon.co.uk/whatson.php
Would you like to demonstrate your commitment to CFB's work and
become a paid-up member? 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. 07093166