Well, 2013 is rapidly drawing to a close but CFB is still involved with a wide variety of projects and causes. This newsletter will provide you with opportunities to find out more about topics such as carbon offsetting and fracking as well reading about good news, globally as well as locally.
NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEETING
"Carbon offsetting: a case study with Rainforest Concern"
Monday 18th November 7.30 p.m.
Friends Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BA15 1JU
As usual we will begin the meeting with updates on recent CFB activities and then Sarah Fraser, Forest Carbon Consultant for Rainforest Concern will tell us about Rainforest Concern's carbon offsetting scheme, and the Neblina Reserve in Ecuador. 'Forest Credits' is a unique programme from Rainforest Concern that allows you to offset your carbon emissions and at the same time help protect native forests, their biodiversity and the important environmental services they provide.
DECEMBER MONTHLY "MEETING" - Christmas party
Monday December 17th 7.30 - about 9.30 p.m.
Priory Barn, Newtown
Our popular Christmas party will be held once again in Priory Barn, Newtown starting 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the group in a relaxed atmosphere and to look back over the last year. Please bring food and drink to share - a "Zero Waste Event". There are limited facilities for keeping things hot. We will be offering a glass of mullled wine on arrival.
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. No charge this year but donations to cover the cost of the hall will be very welcome.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP (SFADG)
There is a great deal of very positive progress going on at present. We are working on:
plans for the launch of the Local Food Map;
a Local Food Trade Event where between 40 and 50 local food and drink producers will have the opportunity to have a stand displaying their produce and potential buyers from the retail sector and pubs, restaurants, hotels etc can meet the producers. To organise this we are working in partnership with Sue Thomson, who will be the Event Manager, (many of you will know Sue as the Administrator of Wiltshire Farmers Markets), and with Cllr Magnus Macdonald and an Advisory Group, including Geraldine McKibbin from Business in the Community;
an event with speaker Graham Harvey, script writer and formerly agricultural editor of The Archers and author of The Carbon Fields and We Want Real Food.
The next main SFADG meeting will be on Tuesday 12th November, 7.30 p.m. upstairs at the Town Club, 29 Market Street, BoA; all welcome. We will be discussing all of the above and more, including an update from Hazel Jones, Chair of BoA Oxfam Group on Oxfam's new campaign 'Behind the Brands'.
For dates and more information about the above events that are being planned please keep an eye on the CFB website and the local magazines. For more information, or to get involved, contact Ros Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
RENEWABLE HEAT INCENTIVE - heat your water by the sun!
The domestic element of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is due to launch in Spring 2014. Much like the Feed-In Tarrif for renewable electricity generating systems, the RHI will pay generators of heat from renewable sources for the energy they produce. Solar thermal is one means of generating heat that qualifies for the RHI.
For those householders about to replace their central heating boiler and/or those wishing to supplement their existing boiler it may be worth considering installing solar thermal. There are technical considerations installing solar thermal, for instance you might need to replace your hot water tank as part of an installation, but it is proven and reliable technology that should save you money and help protect the environment.
The company Southern Solar, that has supported CFB's drive for installation of solar PV in BoA, is offering a discount on solar thermal installations. The terms of the discount will be as follows: Phase 1 of the RHI discount scheme is open from now until 31st March 2014. Customers have until then to register with CFB in order to be eligible for a discount. At the end of this term CFB can pass us the list of interested customers. If we get up to 20 people on the list then the discount rate will be 5%. If we get more than 20 people on the list, then it will be 7%. Eligible solar collectors are Thermomax evacuated tubes, Kingspan or Wagner flat plate panels.
For further information on the RHI please click here and to register your interest for solar thermal heating from Southern Solar please email email@example.com or ring 07507 782523 Once we have a good number of households registered we will arrange a meeting for all with Southern Solar so you can ask any questions you have.
FITZMAURICE SOLAR SCHOOL UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal to help Fitzmaurice School raise £16,000 for their solar panels. CFB is working closely with the school and we're already over 10% of the way there, enough for 4 of the panels, which is a fantastic start: www.solarschools.org.uk/fitzmaurice.
We know some people are worried about paying through the internet; this is not a problem as the school can accept cash or cheques, payable to "Fitzmaurice Primary School - Solar School Account" and dropped in or posted to the school in Frome Road, BA15 1LE. You can also donate by buying £5 vouchers from Christine's Sustainable Supermarket in the centre of town; these will make a lovely birthday or Christmas present.
GOOD NEWS STORIES
10:00.org have recently sent out a really encouraging and inspiring message to all its supporters - why not spend a few minutes to have a look at their gallery to really inspire you.
With all the current talk about switching energy suppliers, don't forget that the two leading energy companies Good Energy and Ecotricity are providing green energy at very competitive prices and you can link to them from the CFB website. Not only do they supply clean, renewable energy, they also invest in new sources of green energy unlike some other 'green' companies. In addition Ecotricity are now promising their customers there will be no fracked gas in their mix - read their latest newsletter here.
FILM ABOUT FRACKING
“Drill Baby Drill” wil be showing at the Bath Film Festival at the Chapel Arts Centre on Monday 2nd December at 9.00 p.m. The film documents the potential impact from “fracking” for oil/gas on our water supplies. More information. And, if we think we're immune in Wiltshire, this article on the BBC News website may change your mind.
WOODLAND TRUST PETITION
"Unlock Government grants for tree planting"
If you've not already seen it, this petition is well worth signing. The Woodland Trust has discovered that after 2014 there will be no new Defra grants available, for at least 2 years and it's not clear what might happen after 2016. You can find more information here.
JANUARY MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 20th January - an open discussion meeting to share your ideas about the future direction of CFB.
Sunday 14th February - start saving your seeds for the seed swap.
FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 17th February - harnessing tidal power, the Swansea lagoons.
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon Community Interest Company no. 07093166