Archive for August, 2011

Swap shop this Saturday, Corn Exchange

August 30th, 2011

Witney’s Corn Exchange plays host once more to the Green Cafe and Swap Shop, this Saturday 3 September in the Corn Exchange. The Green Cafe will be stocked with fairtrade tea and coffee, home-made cakes, and rolls made with home-baked bread.

The idea of a swap shop is that we want to minimize the amount of stuff that might otherwise go to landfill. So you should bring anything you think someone might use, but which charity shops probably wouldn’t accept! Also, anyone can take anything away that they want. There’s no obligation to bring before you take, although if you’re taking a lot of items we’d appreciate a donation to running costs.

Last time we ran a swap shop it was a tremendous success. We had over 300 visitors, and we processed half a ton of swaps. Of all the donations made to the swap shop, over 97% of the goods were passed on, with only 12.5kg or 2.5% going to landfill.

If you want to empty out your loft or garage, and donate to a good cause; or if you’re looking for a few odds and ends to help with home storage or a DIY job, or even toys for the kids; or if you’re just after a good fairtrade cuppa while you shop, then you should come to the Green Cafe and Swap Shop this Saturday in Witney’s Corn Exchange. Bring 9am-11am; take 10am-12 noon; food and drink 9am-1pm.

Experimental Cycle Route

August 30th, 2011

An idea from the Charlbury Cycling Group for a route from Charlbury to Finstock has been taken up by the Cornbury Estate on a trial basis. See the full story here in the Witney Gazette.

The trial ends Sep 30th so if you’re interested best try it out sooner rather than later.

There are many reasons for taking a trip to Charlbury: the train station, the Rose & Crown and the Good Food Shop and Cafe are some.

We tried it on the tandem not realising there’s a kissing gate half way along the route – that was a real struggle. There’s also a short section of field which doesn’t look suitable during wet spells, but otherwise it’s a delightful alternative to the fast, hilly B4022.

Let us know what you think if you try it out.

Many a True Word…

August 28th, 2011

An Aussie, a Geordie, a Farmer’s Boy from Chippy and a Copper from Yorkshire walk into a club on Corn Street to raise money for Maggies Cancer Caring Centres. It was a scream, but you had to be there. And if you haven’t been there, you really should. Comedy night at Fat Lil’s is a great local night out. Next one’s September 14th, tickets from Rapture in the Woolgate.

I’d never thought about it but I guess it’s no surprise that police work in Scunthorpe is a rich source of stand-up material. I can’t recall all the gags during the evening, but I won’t forget the last.

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TGiF – A Thousand Words

August 26th, 2011

A Thousand Words from Ted Chung on Vimeo.

Green Cafe & Swap Shop

August 22nd, 2011

Green Cafe and Swapshop @ The Corn Exchange, Witney on Saturday 3rd September. Cafe 9-1pm. Swapshop: bring 9-11; Take 10-12. Fair-trade drinks, cakes and gifts. Oxford Bread Group providing local, heritage grain, filled bread rolls. And Sustainable Witney will be running a Green Surgery. Come and meet like-minded people and discover: Living Streets, Bicycle User Groups, 20's Plenty etc. More details: ring the cafe on 01993 709596, or the swapshop on 01993 700837.

TGiF – The Reluctant Tourist

August 19th, 2011

Cocoon: 8 things I wish I’d known

August 16th, 2011

I wrote yesterday about getting my home insulated with Cocoon, the subsidised scheme where you can get loft or cavity wall insulation done for just £99. I’m very happy we had it done, but there are a few things I wish I’d known before I started the process, things that weren’t clear from the Cocoon website or the literature I saw before booking.

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Wrap your home up warm for winter

August 15th, 2011

Sometimes it feels like a conspiracy to wish the summer away. The fashion mags are talking about autumn collections, department stores are doing “Back to School” deals,  and now Sustainable Witney is blogging about insulation. But if you can bear reading on, we’ll explain why now is the perfect time to get it sorted.

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TGiF – Style Over Speed

August 12th, 2011

What’s The Big Idea?

August 4th, 2011

Most people would like to be more active – so why do so many of us jump in the car when we need to get somewhere? This was the question asked in What’s The Big Idea?, a thought-provoking presentation about the way we travel in town.

Kevin Hickman of Witney Bike User Group (Witney BUG for short) told us that 40% of car journeys in Witney are 5km or shorter, while nearly 25% are less than 2km. Why are nearly a quarter of people getting in their cars to travel distances of less than a mile?

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