Archive for January, 2011

Electrickery

January 26th, 2011

You know civilization is advancing at warp speed when your toaster wakes you up, tells you the time in Tokyo and displays the state of play, via twitter pic, of the carcinogised crispiness of your optimised bread product.

Can-openers with mains leads, tooth brushes with massage settings, so much choice but so few sockets – what’s a 21st century eco-warrior to make of it all?

Well fear not fellow waste watchers, for here is one wifi-display-with-a-mains-lead to rule them all. What’s more it’s free to use and it’ll save many times its weight in equivalent CO2 emissions, once that is, it’s finished saving YOU money on YOUR electricity bill. All hail – the Current Cost Meter.

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Kultcha

January 25th, 2011

Dutch kids steal Emperor’s clothes in 60 seconds…

Dig for Victory

January 21st, 2011

I couldn’t resist recycling this old newsreel – it is Friday afternoon after all.

And it is about time I gave some thought to planning this year’s growth on the allotment. But if that film hasn’t got you fired up for digging, I lifted this from the NEF blog

“If your fingers are green enough, growing your own vegetables could save you around £1,500 a year, according to new research by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners. The study priced the amount of food grown by gardeners at cheapest supermarket costs. (Hat tip to Rob Hopkins)”

Cycle Training, Queen’s Dyke School

January 20th, 2011

Free cycle training this Saturday. More details here:-

http://sustainablewitney.org.uk/2011/01/14/free-cycle-training/

Free Cycle Training

January 14th, 2011

Do you want to learn how to ride a bike? Are you a nervous cyclist? Do you want to learn how to ride a bike in traffic?

Whatever age you are or cycling ability you have we can help you improve your confidence and skills on a bike.

Call 01993 700837 to book your place on the next cycle training course in Witney at Queen’s Dyke School on Saturday 22nd January 10.15am until 12.30pm.

To find out more about the bikeability initiative visit:- http://www.dft.gov.uk/bikeability

Help us to help you.

A Fishy Business

January 10th, 2011

Witney historically has less than its fair share of independent fishmongers: understandably, because it’s so far from the nearest fishing port. But the major supermarkets — Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, the Co-Op, Marks & Spencers and Tesco — all stock fish. So if you really don’t want to get your Omega 3 oils from the most sustainable source — oddly enough, flax seeds — then you’ve got plenty of local suppliers to choose from.

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Meeting May Gurney

January 10th, 2011

Following on from the meeting with WODC in August about the new waste contract that has been introduced in West Oxon, Paul Mocroft of the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership, has arranged a further meeting with the contractor May Gurney.

Making a success of waste reduction and handling is an important factor in making Witney sustainable. Come along and find out how this is being achieved and how we might help.

Meeting at 6pm Tuesday 11th January in committee room 2 of the Woodgreen council offices.

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Local Transport Plan – Final Draft

January 5th, 2011

The final stage of consultation on the Local Transport Plan closes on Sunday.

From the point of view of sustainable, active travel it’s looking pretty good; the priority of cycling and walking has been ranked as High, High, High and High for Oxford, large towns, small towns and rural Oxfordshire – the only objective to do so.

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Local Transport Plan Consultation

January 5th, 2011

See http://sustainablewitney.org.uk/2011/01/05/local-transport-plan-final-draft/

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

January 3rd, 2011

The BUG’s stocking revealed a couple of surprise presents to round off 2010.

First out of the bag was secure cycle parking at the newly completed Community Centre on Madley Park. Not a complete surprise this one – we had questioned the District and Town Councils about the provision for cycles earlier in the year – but a very pleasant one nevertheless.

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