Like us, many of you will be extremely disappointed at the outcome of the Energy Bill last week and particularly so as our very supportive local MP voted against the introduction of an immediate decarbonisation target. However, the Bill still has to get through the Lords so there is another chance to make our feelings known, which we hope you will do; organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and 38 Degrees are very good at advising on their websites.
Closer to home there is good news and much to praise, particularly as the first electric car charging point has now been installed locally and BOACA are about to launch their veg. box scheme - more below.
JUNE MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 17 June 7.30pm
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BA15 1JU
We will be screening the short version of "Plastic Shores" first, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. At around 8.30 we will show 350.org's "Do The Math" which explores the effects of the rise in carbon emissions and the attitude of the fossil fuel suppliers.
JULY MONTHLY MEETING "Why save seeds?"
Monday 15th July 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BA15 1JU
Our speaker for the July meeting is Karen Skeates, a ‘Seed Guardian’ for Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. Karen is a seed-saving enthusiast and has an interest in genetic diversity and food security. Telling the stories and histories of some special varieties of garden vegetables Karen will illustrate what can be accomplished by seed-saving and will give practical tips.
Preserving seed diversity globally is a key tool for adapting to a changing climate and Rachel Berger, consultant and former Climate Change Policy Advisor at Practical Action, will explain the importance of seed-saving by small scale farmers in an international context and give some examples of Practical Action's work in this area.
See www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl and www.practicalaction.org/climate-change for more information.
FIRST ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINT IN BoA
On 31st May the Beeches B&B on the Holt Road installed the first public car charging point in the area, for use by their guests. Zero Carbon World provided the charging point and the event was attended by our local MP, town and county councillors and members of CFB. The photo shows Pauline Stanley from The Beeches;, Shay Parsons, CFB; Duncan Hames, MP and Kevin Sharpe, Zero Carbon World.
We now await the two charging points shortly to be installed by Wiltshire Council in the station car park. And even better news is that Wiltshire Council now have 3 Nissan LEAF electric cars in their staff car pool and are planning on getting more, including some hybrids.
HELP NEEDED PLEASE
Unfortunately only three people offered to be on a general list of helpers so we are appealing again for help for two events in July. The first is for our stall at the Westbury Gardens Street market on Saturday July 6 when we will need people between 10am and 4pm.
The second event is on Saturday July 13 when we are running a game (Hippos and Hosepipes) alongside the Noyes Fludde activities. We need people to help set up from 10 - 12 a.m. and then to help run the game or talk to people from 12 - about 6 p.m.
Please volunteer for an hour or two if you possibly can. To volunteer for either event email firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRET GARDENS DAY - cakes needed please
Sylvia and Dennis Tate will be opening their garden, at 34 Budbury Close, for the BoA Secret Gardens Day on Sunday 30 June. The garden includes a recently completed green garage roof so will be rather different!
They will be selling tea and cakes in aid of CFB and would greatly appreciate donations of cakes on the day. If friends who are able to assist with this could ring 866056 or email email@example.com in advance, that would be very helpful. Please come and visit them in any case, you will be very welcome; tickets for Secret Gardens are purchased from the TIC in Westbury Gardens.
WILTSHIRE CORE STRATEGY
Inspector’s Examination of the Wiltshire Core Strategy
On May 16th the Planning Inspector heard evidence on Core Policy 42: Standalone Renewable Energy Installations. Most of the session was taken up with the amendment to the Policy, which imposed mandatory separation distances between wind turbines and housing. Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance of whom CFB is a member, provided written and oral evidence arguing against the amendment at the inquiry. The Inspector's final report will be published in several months' time and we will let you know when there is any news.
To re-affirm that CFB's stance is still the same; leave the policy as it is and consider each application on its own merits.
We've recently received a very welcome cheque for £40 from Ecotricity, who pay us for everyone who switches to them via our website; you can do this easily here: www.climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk. We have a similar arrangement with Good Energy.
NEWS FROM BOACA
(BoA Community Agriculture)
Great news - BoACA is launching seasonal, local and fresh vegetable boxes from July 2013. There are two box sizes available, small for £8 and standard for £12.
Vegetables will be harvested from our field every Wednesday and you can pick up your box weekly or fortnightly from BoACA at 78 Bath Road, or from The Swan Hotel in the centre of town. Please contact Nicky Couch to order a box or if you have any questions - tel: 07980 692883 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTO EXHIBITION IN JULY
'Clean British Energy' is a touring exhibition of the 12 winning photographs from a national competition organised by Friends of the Earth. The photographs can be seen in the upstairs room at the Fat Fowl during the Arts Festival in July.
SCHUMACHER LECTURES 2013 - next Saturday!
Once again, the Schumacher Lectures will be an important aspect of this year’s Bristol Big Green Week (15th – 23rd June). The main Lectures are on the opening Saturday, June 15th. There are 2 further events – the first on Tuesday, 18th June, featuring acclaimed economist Charles Eisenstein, and the second a fascinating look at some huge changes happening in ‘Beyond (Party) Politics’ on Friday, 21st June. Click here to book tickets and for more information.
WORLD'S LARGEST COAL PRODUCER TURNS TO SOLAR PV!
How ironic is that? See the full article here.
AND FINALLY - CHRISTCHURCH MAY FAYRE APPEAL
Could Milo and Leo, who had their picture taken with the Polar Bear at the May Fayre, please call 07507 782523 or e-mail: email@example.com and leave their email address again if they would like the photo.
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