March was really busy. April is proving less so but there's still a lot going on behind the scenes. The energy group's CO2e baselining project is gaining momentum, the Clean Air town EV group is beavering away looking at how we might get an electric bus for the town, the local food map and directory are getting ever closer to completion and several exciting planting projects are about to happen.
To check dates, times and venues of any event our website is the best place to visit.
APRIL MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 15th April 7.30 p.m. Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane BA15 1JU
IF the climate warms.... The 'Enough Food for Everyone IF...' campaign and climate change. Roger James, from Oxfam SW will be our speaker on this important campaign run by a coalition of charities and NGOs. All over the world more extreme and less predictable weather is having an impact in people's ability to feed themselves. Roger will explore some of these issues and tell us how the IFcampaign is helping to tackle them.
MAY MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 20th May 7.30 p.m. Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane BA15 1JU
"Towards zero carbon homes: how can planning help?" Ralph Perry Robinson from Wiltshire Council.
Ralph will explore how the planning system can encourage the construction or retrofitting of low or zero carbon homes in Wiltshire, together with some of the barriers and opportunities. He is a member of the Wiltshire Council Green Economy team, working closely with the Council’s planning department. He has considerable experience in architectural practice, and an MSc from the Centre for Alternative Technology.
2 PLANTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO HELP WITH
"Incredible Edibles" Sunday 21st April, 2 p.m. in Lamb Yard
Thanks to Pentland Estates, CFB has now adopted a planter in Lamb Yard, BoA, with Cally Smart of Country Gate Gardens who is leading the project. We will be planting it up, mainly with edibles, including a pear tree, strawberries and thyme and some companion plants. Some local businesses are kindly donating towards the planting. Do come and give us a hand. Refreshments will be available for helpers and there will also be expert advice available on growing edibles. Further details from firstname.lastname@example.org. There's a great article about it in the Wiltshire Times.
Wildflower seed planting Sunday 28th April 2 p.m.
This is a family event taking place on the newly laid path between Mythern Meadow & Avon Close in the South of the town. We will be planting bee and insect friendly wildflower seeds on the path verges. Seeds are provided; come armed with trowels. Refreshments available. Further details from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP
The next SFADG meeting will include feedback from Sara Cundy on WWT's progress over the last year with the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Food Network and the Local Growing Project. The Town Club, 59 Market Street on Tuesday, 14th May 7.30pm.
Local food map and directory update
CFB is working with "A Local Life" magazine to produce a map/directory of local food producers and update the BoA Food Website. An email with more detail about this initiative has now been sent to many businesses inviting them to register. You will also be able to see it on the CFB website soon. Do spread the word and encourage your favourite businesses to sign up by the end of April.
Producers (within a 35 mile radius of BoA), and independent retailers selling local food, and pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes who use local food, within a 10 mile radius should register now on www.boafood.co.uk
Seedy Sunday was very successful with a real buzz of conversation going on. Well done to Sara Cundy, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, for organising it so well and all who helped. Some of the profit was kindly donated to CFB.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust events: If you are interested in any of the following free events which have excellent keynote speakers contact Sara Cundy, Local Food Project Officer, Wiltshire & Swindon, Direct Line: 01380 736080.
Wed. 8th May Local Food Network event at Riverbourne Farm, Salisbury
Thur. 30th May Local Food Network event at Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon
Sat. 27th April Community Orchards Conference, Rowde, nr Devizes - http://wsfc-orchardconf.eventbrite.com
Probiotics for your garden: talk on friendly microbes for successful gardening. Wednesday 17 April 7.30 - 9pm at The Coffee House (opposite Grumpy Badger) in The Shambles. It would help hugely if you could contact email@example.com Tel 0771 2051837 if you wish to attend.
CLEAN AIR TOWN EV GROUP
The Electric Vehicle group's next meeting is being held on Wednesday 17th April, 7.30 p.m. at The Swan. All welcome to join us.
The Energy Group's next meeting is also being held on Wednesday 17th April, 7.30 p.m. at the Town Club in Market Street. All welcome to join us.
STOP CLIMATE CHAOS
CFB is a member of Stop Climate Chaos, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change. The combined supporter base of more than 11 million people spans over 100 organisations. They co-ordinate political campaigning on climate change, disseminate information and organise events such as the 2009 pre Copenhagen 'Blue Wave' in London which a large contingent from CFBoA attended.
On April 9th Rowena Quantrill attended a Stop Climate Chaos meeting. "We were given feedback on the Green is Working campaign which is felt to have been very effective with its emphasis on the fact that the emerging green economy accounts for one third of economic growth and gives one million jobs. We were also given briefings on the present political scene, both national and international. The EU is seen as crucial in the latter and it is exciting that we have Sir Graham Watson MEP for SW England coming to talk to CFBoA on Oct 14"
The Stop Climate Chaos meeting also gave lots of opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss plans. A fuller report will be on our website in the near future.
An interesting event announced at the meeting which members of CFB may be interested in attending is the following conference bringing together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental activists:
CACC Trade Union group: Confronting the Climate Crisis
Saturday, June 8th, 2013 11:00 am - 5:00pm
London Metropolitan University http://www.climate-change-jobs.org/
The number of Green Deal building assessments during March increased dramatically, from 1,700 in February to 7,400 during March. You can read more here on Business Green.
SOLAR POWER WORKSHOPS
DIY Solar Hot Water on Saturday 27th April.
£65 (including lunch), 9 – 4.30, £30 (half day) 9 - 12
Dick Willows Farm and Cider Shop, Box Road, Bathford. Contact Nic on 07799 896731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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