CFBoA February 2015 newsletter

CFBoA February 2015 newsletter

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February 2015 Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to February.  Monday's monthly meeting about the potential for the "green job" sector promises to be very interesting and if you're a keen gardener don't forget Seedy Sunday on 22nd February.

FEBRUARY MONTHLY MEETING  "One Million Climate Jobs"

Monday 16th February 7.30pm  Quaker Meeting House

Whiteheads Lane   BA15 1JU

Jonathan Neale from the Campaign Against Climate Change will give a talk on the "One Million Climate Jobs" pamphlet. Created by a coalition of trade unions, and edited by Jonathan, this pamphlet is thoroughly researched and recently updated. The report shows there is an alternative to both perpetual austerity and climate pessimism and that a future of real jobs and a stable climate is not only possible, it is very much desirable. This is a 'must read' for anyone campaigning on the issue of climate change.   Copies will be available to buy for £2 on the night.


MARCH MONTHLY MEETING  "Energy: Fairness, Physics & Sustainability"  

Monday 16th March 7.30pm Quaker Meeting House  

Whiteheads Lane BA15 1JU

Peter Harper - Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Schumacher College and University of Bath.  Peter  is Head of Research and Innovation at the Centre for Alternative Technology.  His most recent work, as a member of CAT’s ZeroCarbonBritain team, has focused on the large-scale infrastructural changes required to decarbonise the UK economy within 20 years. He says: 'my talk will be about energy, and my simple calculator for detecting naked emperors.'


It is anticipated that the DECC Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will soon reopen and start accepting new applications for solid wall insulation. Households considering solid wall insulation can be advised to go ahead and have an assessment carried out as well as getting quotes for the work from Green Deal installers registered with GDHIF that are on the Link to Energy installer network.  For more information on the eligibility criteria and what steps to take to ensure you are prepared for the funding to be reopened, visit the the Warm and Well website here.

Alternatively, please call the Warm and Well advice line on 0800 500 3076. Our advice team can provide you with futher advice or book you in for an assessment of your property. It is also recommended that if you are interesting in applying for funding towards solid wall insulation you sign up to the DECC Bulletin that can be found on their website. It will allow you to stay up to date and receive announcements of when the funding is to be released.


Sunday 22nd February  Upper Masonic Hall 11.00 - 1.00

Do you have an hour to spare to help with the refreshments or make a cake for us?  If so please contact us at:

Do come along on the morning to get some seeds ready for the coming growing season.



Hartley Farm, Winsley have kindly agreed for us to have a stand on the weekend of February 21/22. We will be concentrating on energy and sustainable and local food and drink. Do come and visit us there and if you have a couple of hours to spare to help please email us.


The Biodiversity Group has recently erected an information panel to explain the orchard and wildflower planting at Bearfield Recreation Ground on Ashley Road.  Do go up and have a look.

The group will be clearing around the hedge on  Saturday 28th February 10 - 12, refreshments available. You are very welcome to join them.



It's really good to hear that the South West Dioceses are running a Carbon Fast for Lent 2015. It is 40 days to consider what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and how they affect the planet through the pattern of their own energy consumption?  If you'd like to find out more please go to this website.


A BoA householder is currently having extensive alterations made to his house.  One very exciting feature is the fitting of external insulation.  It is likely this will be started within the next couple of weeks and he has offered the chance of seeing some of the work in action.

If you are interested we could arrange a date to go along and watch some of the work in progress.  Please let us know if you're interested by e-mailing

The BIGGER Picture: Question Time with our prospective MPs

Friday, April 10th 2015 - Melksham Town Hall

Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

Hosted by: Melksham Energy Group, Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon, Bradford on Avon Fairtrade group and the local branches of Oxfam and Amnesty International.

This is a chance to focus, just a few weeks before the general election, on issues that the politicians tend to ignore.




Locally: First straw houses to go on the open market, in Bristol. Watch the video.

Nationally:  Balcombe fights back.  The village of Balcombe in Sussex has come together to install renewables - an inspirational story.

Globally: Not necessarily good news but an interesting view on how falling oil prices might impact on renewables.  More.


Mon. February 19th "One Million Climate Jobs"

Mon. March 16th "Energy: Fairness, Physics & Sustainability"  



Thur 19 Feb 7.30 Tax Justice meeting in BoA. More

Sun 22 Feb  Seedy Sunday 11 - 1

Sat 28 Feb  Biodiv. group Bearfield working party a.m.
Sat 7 March 10 – 12.30 Fairtrade coffee morning Quaker Meeting House

Sat 7 March Climate Change March transport from Bristol. More

Fri 20 March  Senior Citizens MP Question Time St Mgts Hall. More.

Sat 28 March  Earth Hour 8.30 - 9.30 p.m.

Sun 29 March  Electric vehicle show in Frome. More

Fri 10 April "Bigger Picture" Question Time in Melksham


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