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We are pleased to announce the date of our first Repair Café in Bradford on Avon: Saturday 6th May, 10-30-12.30. This is an exciting new initiative for the area and has been inspired by the success of the Repair Cafés run by a group in Corsham and others around the world. Find out more about Repair Cafés here.
At a repair cafe, visitors bring their broken items from home. A volunteer with relevant expertise may be able to repair the item for free at the café or offer advice on what further work may be required. Visitors can enjoy a drink and chat to others from their community while repairs are being made.
Often it is too easy to send things to landfill due to the inconvenience and cost of repair. Sometimes we do not know if a repair is even possible so we buy a cheap replacement which may not be built to last. Repair Cafés aim to offer a FREE and easy solution and keep household items going for as long as possible. In a lot of cases items can be repaired easily and quickly at the café at no cost to the owner. Our repair volunteers can not guarantee to fix something there and then but at least you will be able to find out if repair is an option.
A group from CFBoA visited the most recent Repair Café at Selwyn Hall in Box where volunteers were on hand to offer sewing repairs and revive household items including electrical appliances. We are on the look out for volunteers to make the first BoA Repair Café a success. We hope to offer a range
of services to repair clothing and textiles, computers, plastic items, electrical appliances and bikes. We will also have a basic repair kit available so if you have something to fix, bring it along and we will see what we can do! Please do get in touch if you are able to offer your services or have some suggestions on who to ask.
Repair Café: Saturday 6th May, 10.30-12.30 at the Hub (old HSBC bank), Church Street, BoA, BA15 1LS
MONTHLY MEETING: SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN SOUTHERN CO-OPERATIVE
For the March meeting, Justin Jones from Southern Co-operative will speak on the company's Sustainable Practices.
You can view the presentation from last month's meeting about the launch of the BoA Refill Project here or read the meeting report. Read on for an update on the project.
Monday 20th March 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JU
REFILL PROJECT UPDATE
The Refill project is well under way now. The St Laurence School competition for the bottle sticker design finishes on March 17th and entries are already coming in. The winner will be announced in late March and then the stickers can be printed. We spoke to BoA Town Council about the project and they gave us their whole hearted support. They want the Council Offices to be a Refill Station where free tap water is available - our first Refill Station! When the Refill Station stickers arrive we will start to visit local businesses to explain the scheme and ask them to sign up as Refill Stations. By the beginning of the Summer we hope the scheme will be in full operation.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND DRINK GROUP (SFADG) UPDATE
BoA Food Assembly
Have you heard the exciting news that BoA is to have a Food Assembly? It will be at Mount Pleasant Centre on Thursdays from 5.30-7pm launching on 30th March. The first orders will take place a week before starting on 23rd March. To register visit Bradford on Avon Food Assembly.
Lee Morgan-Geer, of Teeny Weeny Greens, is the organiser. You may have seen Lee's stall at the BoA Thursday morning market outside the library. Lee says: "The Food Assembly is essentially an online Farmers Market. It is a network of communities buying the best local food available directly from local producers and farmers. You choose your products in the online marketplace and on collection day, you will be able to pick up your order and meet the people that farmed, cooked or prepared it for you. This is open to anyone within Bradford-On-Avon and the surrounding areas! Support the local economy and buy the freshest tastiest produce, directly from your local suppliers!" Contact Lee: 07867430453, Email, Facebook or Twitter
For so many years now supermarkets have dominated our food supply chains, and more and more of our food is being imported. Gradually however local supply chains are strengthening, with a variety of innovative means being developed to connect us more closely again with local farmers and producers and food that grows well in our locality. More people in the area are now interested in where their food (and drink) comes from and how it is produced. Hopefully, the early evening collection time of the Food Assembly will enable more people to access local food, who may otherwise find it difficult. As well as the new Food Assembly, farm shops, local markets and independent shops are all sources of local food and drink.
The BoAfood website was launched in 2014 as a shared initiative with A Local Life magazine. The directory included over 100 local food and drink producers, as well as outlets for local food and drink. CFBoA has unfortunately decided that it now needs to step down from this project as it has not been possible to identify sufficient administrative support to keep the directory updated and develop the potential of the site. We would like to thank Andre Balkham Jones, Publisher of A Local Life, for working with CFBoA and his commitment to championing well produced local food and its environmental benefits.
Next SFADG meeting
Wednesday 15th March 5.30-7.30pm upstairs at the Town Club, 29 Market St, BoA. All welcome.
BIODIVERSITY GROUP UPDATE
Seedy Sunday – another success! Seeds were bought or swapped. Solitary insect boxes were taken for a donation and there was a rush on people wanting the Asian hornet trap. Asian hornets were seen in Tetbury last year and predate on honey bees. Frog spawn information was collected, check your pond to see what is going on.
Water monitoring for Earthwatch is producing some interesting results. There are Only 2 more sessions left before funding runs out.
The swift group are busy getting ready to welcome swifts but before they arrive, keep an eye out for swallows travelling all the way from Africa to be with us towards the end of March and beginning of April. It’s a great time to start birdwatching before there are too many singers!
Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) want volunteers to help monitor our river through the insects found living on the river. No experience necessary for the one day training. To book your place for either May 11th at Batheaston or May 20th at Freshford (10am-4pm) contact Harriet Alvis.
Habitat mapping will be starting in a few months. If you would like to get involved contact Wiltshire Wildlife Trust regarding training.
CAN YOU HELP ON MORRIS DANCE DAY?
Saturday May 20th will see Bradford on Avon hosting up to 300 Morris Dancers and musicians at the event in aid of Dorothy House. CFBoA needs volunteers to help run a stall on Victory Field from 10.30am - 5.30pm. Please do think if you could offer an hour or two to help out, no experience needed and email email@example.com if you can, giving an idea of the times you could help.
SMALL STEPS TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRALITY
Have you signed the 2050 Declaration? Each month we aim to offer a handy tip that can help you on your way to carbon neutrality.
Have you considered using compostable paper bin liners instead of plastic bin bags? A variety of sizes are available online and in some stores, so why not have a search for paper waste liners and find the best option for you?
UK SOLAR INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO FACE DEVASTATION AND WHAT ABOUT WIND POWER?
Chancellor Philip Hammond refused to listen to pleas to cancel a planned tax hike of up to 800 per cent on rooftop solar schemes in the 2017 Budget. This means some businesses and schools will face massive tax rises or pay rates for the first time. More.
There was no mention of wind power in the Budget either, which has made climate change charity 10:10 ask: The budget: where were the renewables? You can offer your support to the UK wind power industry here.
25 MILLION DRAUGHTY HOMES IN UK
25 million homes need refurbishing to the highest standards - at a rate of 1.4 homes every minute – to meet the insulation standards required by 2050. This is according to a new report by the UK Green Building Council. The building sector is keen to boost housebuilding standards and calls for the government to introduce an array of policies to create jobs, lower fuel bills and reduce emissions. The UK needs to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and with a third of those emissions coming from the heating of draughty buildings, improvements in energy efficiency are vital. Read more here.
Harvey Fremlin, managing director of the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, spoke to BBC Wiltshire's Sue Davies about some of the ways we can improve the energy efficiency of our homes. More.
GOOD NEWS STORIES
Locally: Dyrham Park in top 5 old building sustainable facelifts More
Nationally: UK carbon emissions fell 6% in 2016 More
Globally 1: 7000 railway stations in India to become solar powered More
Globally 2: Delhi bans all plastic More
MONTHLY MEETING DATES
Monday 20th March: Southern Cooperative - Sustainable Practices
Monday 17th April: The delights of s
Monday 15th May: Green Gas - Helen Taylor, Ecotricity Ambassador
Monday 19th June: Eco-proofing your Existing Building: Environmental Considerations & Basic Building Principles for your Retrofit Project. An evening talk and workshop by local architect Klas Hyllén from Klas Hyllén Architecture.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 15th March: SFADG Meeting, 5.30-7.30pm upstairs at the Town Club, 29 Market St, BoA. All welcome.
Tuesday 28th March: Free screening of Climate Change film Tomorrow 7.30pm at Pound Arts Centre, Corsham.
Saturday 6th May: Repair Cafe, 10.30-12.30 in The Hub, Church Street, BoA, BA15 1LS
Saturday 20th May: Bradford on Avon Day of Morris Dance - Please can you help on the CFBoA stall? See above.
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