Well, March is proving to be really active for CFB. Why not come along to the 18th March meeting at the Fat Fowl, to celebrate our past year's work and think about our priorities for the coming year; every year we hold this review meeting and we'd love to see as many of you there as possible. If you can't manage this, do try to visit the Eco Trade Fair on the 16th and see what's on offer. Oh, and don't forget to switch off during Earth Hour on the 23rd and maybe even join us in the evening.The Energy Bill
- please help keep up the pressure on the Government and your local MP by asking them to support a more ambitious Energy Bill with a target to take the carbon out of our electricity by 2030. You can do so here: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/cleanenergy
MARCH MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 18th March 7.30 p.m. upstairs at the Fat Fowl
Our annual 'review' meeting where we invite members to contribute to discussion on what should be CFB's priorities. We will start with a short presentation about the new website, followed by another one from Rachel Berger about the need for resilience training . We will then lead in to the discussion with photographs of some of our activities over the past 7 years.
Is what we are doing effective? Can we attract more people to take an active role in the group? What should our priorities be?
Please come along and have your say.
ECO TRADE FAIR
Saturday 16th March
10.00 - 3.30 St Margaret's Hall
This promises to be an excellent event with a wide range of stalls booked.
Whether you want to see and discuss electric cars, talk to renewable energy installers, find out how to make your house warmer and save on your heating bills, invest your money in community renewable energy, make your displays more environmentally friendly, buy greener beauty and cleaning products, find out about the Green Deal, see what local shops have to offer in environmentally friendly products, or draughtproof your sash windows, we will have the stall for you.
Children's activities. Make bird boxes from re-cycled wood. Refreshments all day. Raffle. Make sure you don't miss out on this great event
STOP PRESS Once again Platinum Motors of Trowbridge are lending us their electric van for the day so we can provide a free shopping delivery service from many of the shops around town on the day of the trade fair.
URGENT - HELP NEEDED we are still short of people to help out at this event. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can spare an hour or two to help with refreshments or on one of the CFB stands. It would also be great to have more donations of cakes and/or biscuits for the refreshments. Again, please email us if you can donate something.
Saturday, March 23rd 8.30 - 9.30 p.m.
Earth Hour will be marked globally (for the seventh time) between 8.30 and 9.30pm. If you haven’t planned anything yet, why not join our night walk, meeting outside the Tourist Information Centre at 8.20 p.m., and heading towards Avoncliff, along the river (or along the canal depending on degree of muddiness) where we have permission for a bonfire. We will toast marshmallows, sing songs, recite poetry, etc. Please bring a large piece of firewood (for the fire) and a torch. A poem or song or percussion instrument would be good too. Everyone welcome. Marshmallows provided! This is a fine-weather event, so please check www.climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk if weather is poor. For more details about Earth Hour itself, visit www.earthhour.wwf.org.uk
APRIL MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 15th April 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BoA
IF the climate warms.... The 'Enough Food for Everyone IF...' campaign and climate change. Roger James, from Oxfam SW will be our speaker.
"ENERGY WE CAN ALL AFFORD" - meeting report
NEW CFB DIRECTOR
We welcome Shay Parsons as a new Director for our CFB Community Interest Company. Shay has an extensive business and marketing background and is very involved in the local community. She has been involved with CFB for several months now and is taking the lead in the Clean Air Town EV Group - you can meet her in the electric van at Saturday's Eco Fair!
CARBON NEUTRAL 2050 DECLARATION
Have you signed up? We've come across lots of people who've signed up to receive this newsletter and think they've also signed our 2050 Declaration but this isn't always the case, so, if you're not sure please sign up. It's easy to do online from our website and will only take a couple of minutes. We need just 4 more to reach 700, so do please check. Thank you.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP
The group's next meeting is on Tuesday, 12th March 7.30pm. at the The Town Club, 59 Market Street and will include an illustrated talk by Vivienne Kynaston on her visit with the Fairtrade Foundation to Ghana. All welcome.
11.00 - 1.00 Sunday 24th March, St Margaret's Hall
BoA's 3rd Seedy Sunday - seed swap, plant sales, information stalls and lots more.
Sara has plenty of empty seed envelopes, get in touch if you want some at: SaraC@wiltshirewildlife.orgHelp needed:
can you help with the welcome table, seed swap or refreshments? There are two volunteer shifts either 11.45 -12 noon or 11.55 am - 1.10pm for all these roles. If anyone can also help from 9.30am onwards to set up or between 1-2pm to pack up that would be fantastic as well. Contact SaraC@wiltshirewildlife.org
LOCAL FOOD MAP & WEBSITE
Good progress is being made with the map and help is still needed to get as many local food producers, independent retailers of local food etc as possible on it! CFB are working with "A Local Life" magazine to produce a map/directory of local food producers (within a 35 mile radius of BoA), and independent retailers selling local food as well as pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes who use local food, within a 10 mile radius.
The BoA local food directory website is also being updated. Please help us to bring this to the attention of as many relevant businesses as possible. If they wish to be included they should e-mail: email@example.com
to express their interest in receiving the registration form giving contact name, business, e-mail and phone number. Thank you.
Britain in Bloom this year is turning attention to edible planting in public spaces and moves are afoot to establish something edible around BoA, on a small scale this year. A group have already planted herbs at the railway station and CFB has planted fruit trees at Bearfield Playing Field and are planning wildflower planting later on in the year.
The next phase is to establish an edible planter in Lamb Yard. Cally Smart is working with the relevant bodies to get permission for this, consulting the traders about their views and designing a planting plan. Once this is finalised a morning of communal planting will take place in April when there will be coffee, cake and an opportunity to showcase what has been achieved so far. Cally hopes to have details available at Seedy Sunday and to sign up volunteers for planting and plant donations. Further details from firstname.lastname@example.org.
BoACA is also exploring the possibility of an edible planter in the town.
FREE WATER SAVING DEVICES
Wessex Water are offering free packs to help you save water.
Go to the Wessex Water website
to find out more.
Jackie Easby, one of our very active members has written a very interesting article about harnessing wave power and questions why it is taking so long for this renewable energy source to become commonplace. It has now been published in "Positive News" and you can read it on the Positive News website.
SOME MORE POSITIVE NEWS
Ecotricity is making great progress; read all about it here. If you're interested in switching to a proper green energy provider, you can do so from the home page on the CFB website.
For carbon busting ideas and support, the 10:10 campaign is well worth joining (CFB has already joined); check out their good news pages.
THE ENERGY BILL (again!) - we make no apologies for repeating this as it's so important.
Please help keep up the pressure on the Government and your local MP by asking them to support a more ambitious Energy Bill with a target to take the carbon out of our electricity by 2030. You can do so here: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/cleanenergy
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