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.'
SOLID WALL INSULATION FUNDING UPDATE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do come along on the morning to get some seeds ready for the coming growing season.
CFB STAND AT HARTLEY FARM
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.
LOCAL CHURCHES ENCOURAGING CONGREGATIONS TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINTS OVER LENT
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.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EXTERIOR INSULATION BEING INSTALLED
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 email@example.com
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.
GOOD NEWS SECTION
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.
MONTHLY MEETING DATES
Mon. February 19th "One Million Climate Jobs"
Mon. March 16th "Energy: Fairness, Physics & Sustainability"
Thur 19 Feb
7.30 Tax Justice meeting in BoA. MoreSun 22 Feb
Seedy Sunday 11 - 1Sat 28 Feb
Biodiv. group Bearfield working party a.m.
Sat 7 March
10 – 12.30 Fairtrade coffee morning Quaker Meeting HouseSat 7 March
Climate Change March transport from Bristol. MoreFri 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. MoreFri 10 April
"Bigger Picture" Question Time in Melksham