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July 2014 Newsletter
Dear <<First Name>>
You'll be delighted to know that we're now sending out this newsletter to 606 people and have 789 people and organisations signed up to our Carbon Neutral 2050 Declaration.
Sustrans' mission is to " enable people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys" and we're looking forward to hearing all about that at our July monthly meeting.
And …. well done to the amazing Fitzmaurice School for reaching their solar target of £16,000 - more about this below.
JULY MONTHLY MEETING "The Work of Sustrans"
7.30 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane BA15 1JU
Alistair Millington, Wiltshire Area Manager for Sustrans
will tell us about the charity's aims to help us walk, cycle and use public transport more in order to reduce our reliance on cars.
AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING and AGM
Monday 18th August 2014 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.
at The Scout Hut, St Margaret's Hill.
After the CFB Community Interest Company AGM there will be a brief, celebratory review of the year followed by a presentation and tasting session from local brewers "Willy Good Ale". Please bring finger food for a shared meal; a "zero waste" event.N.B.
if you are a paid up CFB CIC Member, please take this as notice of the meeting. If you wish to propose a motion or have a question that requires a more detailed answer please submit this in writing beforehand to climate email@example.com
. You will receive a more detailed notification nearer the time.
FITZ SOLAR SCHOOL
They've done it! They've reached their £16,000 target in 8 months of hectic fundraising. In fact, they've exceeded the target by 11% and now have enough for a further 6 panels, so, 46 altogether creating an 11.5 kw system.
They are now awaiting planning approval; it is out for consultation, so if you'd like to add a supportive comment you can do so here
before the end of July. The panels will be installed either during the summer holidays, or, more likely the October half term.
THE ACTIVE TRAVEL GROUP REPORTS ….
'Free Trial period for the Bradford on Avon Town Bus'
The Town Bus, service 98, will be fare-free between August 4th and 16th. The service runs hourly on a circular route between the North and South of the town, and is very useful if you are returning from town centre with shopping! The fare is normally £1 single, £1.50 return.
CFB and Wiltshire Council collaborated on a handy pocket-sized timetable for the service, and these can be picked up from the TIC, the Library and on the bus itself. The bus route is also shown on the CFB Active Travel Map.
You can find out more on the 'Connecting Wiltshire' website.Please try to use this service as it's a vital aid to reducing local traffic in the town.
BoA's WALKING FESTIVAL
CFB plays a key part in the Annual Walking Festival which this year is happening on the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th September. Bookings are now being taken for the 11 walks and some are already beginning to fill up so you'd be wise not to leave it too late.
You can see the full programme here.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP
We are delighted that the Director of the Vice-Chancellor's Office indicates that Bath Spa University is now making great progress concerning
sustainable catering.Duncan Hames, MP, has corresponded with
the University on an occasional basis over the last 2 years, on behalf of the SFDAG,.
The University's Catering Manager is working closely with their Environment team and with the Soil Association's Food for Life (FfL) Scheme which has proved "really beneficial in creating new policies and... the knowledge to work more closely with (their) suppliers to ensure a more sustainable operation" They are applying for the FfL Catering Mark (silver) this year, which "will certify (their) use of local suppliers, free range eggs, fish that is not on the Marines Stewardship Council avoid list and a percentage of organic food." A four week menu is planned for each term working from a seasonal list to ensure the use of fresh produce. Local sourcing has been extended to include meat, dairy, cakes and confectionery and they are working to also source fruit and vegetables locally. Disposable/takeaway products in their outlets have been changed so that they are recycleable. A water filter machine has been installed to enable chilled water to be served from the mains supply and reduce reliance on purchasing bottled water.
Their new website pages on their Sustainable Food Policy state also that they provide food that is not from genetically modified sources; more information here. Well done Bath Spa University!
Next SFADG meeting - Tuesday 2nd September 7.30pm. upstairs at the Town Club, 29 Market St., BoA.
THE SOUTH WEST'S ROLE IN OFFSHORE ENERGY
Last month Roger Jones attended a meeting in Bath about the research and technology involved in offshore energy generation. Roger has written a short report
of the meeting which is a very interesting read.
GOOD NEWS SECTION
Jewson takes Amazon timber off its shelves. Following pressure from Greenpeace and other similar organisations Jewson has agreed not to stock illegally logged Amazon timber. Read more.
How about this for a thought provoking, if rather whacky idea; it's called "Solar Roadways" and you can see a short video here.
MONTHLY MEETING DATES
Mon. July 21st "Sustrans" - Alistair Millington Sustrans Area Manager.
Mon. August 18th AGM + Willy Good Ale presentation + tasting!
Mon. Sept 15th "Cool Communities" - Susie Phillips of Winchester Climate Action Network
Mon Oct. 20th "Electric Vehicles" - Kevin Sharpe & Shay Parsons
Tues. 2nd Sept
SFADGroup meeting 7.30w/e 5,6,7 Sept
BoA Walking Festival. More.Sun 7 Sept
"Grow It Show It"Sun 22 Feb 2015
Weekly Saturday Market in Lamb Yard
from May - September
If you would like to book a stall for regular weekly events, are a community group that want to promote or recruit, make handmade products, belong to a band or just want more information - then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AND, FINALLY ……
Julia Warin and Jeff Pigott have created this art work to draw attention to fracking issues, with the message, "You're wasting your time fracking here boys, I've already got all my own gas out with this 4EEs DIY Home Fracking kit . Available from all reputable dealers and Fringe Art Bath"
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon Community Interest Company no. 07093166