Archive for January, 2012

TGiF – Coffee?

January 28th, 2012

NORD Spring/Summer 2012 from NORD on Vimeo.

Witney Swap Shop and cafe

January 23rd, 2012

At Cogges Manor Farm, on Saturday 18 February.

  • 9am onwards: drop items off
  • 9am – 1pm: cafe open
  • 10am – 12 noon: take items away

What’s a swap shop, I hear you ask? Bring what you like; take away what you like, for free; no obligation to bring, before you take. That way we reduce the amount going to landfill, clear out your clutter, and everybody wins. Check out the blogpost for more information, but also:

We need your help! Can you provide us with:

  • Water carriers
  • An urn or two

? If so, we’d love it if you would email us to say so!

Put up a poster! You can download and print a PDF of our poster; or if you need a printed copy, just ask.

Witney Swap Shop and cafe returns in February

January 23rd, 2012

If you find your house full of clutter you don’t want after the festive season, you’ll be relieved to hear that we’re running another swap shop and cafe on Saturday 18 February. A swap shop lets you bring whatever items you no longer need in your house, and then take away things you think you might be able to use, for free! Donations are welcome, though, and the cafe will be running all day.

This time we’re holding it at the lovely, roomy buildings of Cogges Manor Farm, which is either a lovely five minutes’ walk across fields from the town centre, or a drive round to the car park at the end of Cogges Hill Road, depending on your preference. We’ll be taking over the barns on the corner and running the cafe from there too.

There’s no obligation to bring items, but you can do so from 9am on the day, and the cafe will be open 9-1pm. Doors are fully open for people wanting to take items 10-12 noon. A summary is are available on the event page.

The cafe also needs your help: don’t worry, you don’t have to bake any cakes (although, if you’re offering….) There’s an up-to-date list of things we need here: mostly urns and water carriers for the cafe. If you can help, please do get in touch with Brigitte.

LCCN Session: Low carbon communities working with the wider community

January 22nd, 2012

In the afternoon at the Low Carbon Communities conference I attended the workshop entitled: Low carbon communities working with the wider community.

There were presentations from the following people representing a range of groups:

» Read more: LCCN Session: Low carbon communities working with the wider community

LCCN Session: Homes and Energy Efficiency – lessons learnt from projects

January 21st, 2012

Another workshop on energy efficiency focussed on lessons from projects run by two low carbon community groups: Low Carbon West Oxford and Muswell Hill Sustainability Group

Firstly Low Carbon West Oxford which covers the area from Oxford’s railway station and extends along the very busy Botley Road and includes 1600 households in mainly terraced housing and an industrial estate where the King’s Conference centre is located which hosted the conference.

» Read more: LCCN Session: Homes and Energy Efficiency – lessons learnt from projects

TGiF – Biking by Design

January 20th, 2012

Copenhagenizing Copenhagen from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

LCCN session: homes and energy efficiency

January 18th, 2012

How can you get people to care about the link between fuel and climate change when they can’t even afford to pay the gas bill? This question kept coming up, in different ways, during the second morning session I attended at the Low Carbon Communities conference. As Chris Church, session facilitator, put it: “Energy is about bills for many people, not about climate change or renewables.”

» Read more: LCCN session: homes and energy efficiency

LCCN session: carbon allowances and trading

January 17th, 2012

The Low Carbon Communities conference was split into various different sessions, with a choice about what to attend. I’m interested in carbon allowances and carbon trading, so my first session was the one entitled Community energy, carbon allowances and the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Unsnappy title, but a very interesting discussion.

» Read more: LCCN session: carbon allowances and trading

Getting started at the Low Carbon Communities conference

January 14th, 2012

When a national low-carbon event happens just a short bus ride away, it would be rude not to pop along. That’s why Sustainable Witney sent two delegates to the Low Carbon Communities conference today.

» Read more: Getting started at the Low Carbon Communities conference

TGiF – Only a Bike

January 13th, 2012

Extraordinary Paths Series – Albert Pereta from Share the Path on Vimeo.

ReFashion: A Brand New Fashion Event (Oxford)

January 12th, 2012

Have you got any clothes lurking in your wardrobe that you are unlikely to wear again? Or even outfits that have never been worn at all? You’re not alone – everyone is prone to a few shopping blunders; misjudging size or style, or receiving unwanted presents. But there are lots of things that can be done with old textiles – without resorting to sending anything to landfill. Clothes swapping ‘Swishing’ events are becoming increasingly popular, and this is just one of the options for your old clothes.

On 19th January 2012 at Oxford Town Hall ReFashion, a brand new fashion event, will celebrate all the innovative ways textiles can be re-used and recycled.  Visitors will be invited to bring along any unwanted clothes or textiles where they can then swap, sell, alter or donate them, or upcycle them into something altogether more exciting.  Those who come empty-handed can buy second-hand clothes, learn new skills in craft demos or just enjoy the catwalk fashion shows throughout the day showcasing recycled fashions created by local schools and colleges. The event will run from 1pm-7pm at the Main Hall in Oxford Town Hall and entrance will be free.

Thermal imaging comes to West Oxfordshire

January 10th, 2012

OK, so you’ve finally fixed the dud units in your double glazing, and you’ve taken advantage of the local offers on loft and cavity insulation. You’ve got a draught excluder behind the front door and you’ve even fitted one of those brushes behind your letterbox.

It’s difficult, when you’ve made the obvious improvements, to work out what’s next on the list of fixes that can keep your house toasty and warm in winter, and cool in summer. If only you could see the heat loss from the property, as if it were a bright light shining from under the eaves; heat, like a car’s headlights, peeking out from the gap where the insulation wasn’t properly laid.

» Read more: Thermal imaging comes to West Oxfordshire

TGiF – Bicicleta

January 6th, 2012

VECINA // Domingo from vecina canciones on Vimeo.

Community Energy, Osney Mead

January 2nd, 2012

9:15 to 16:30 Saturday 14 January 2012, Kings’ Conference Centre, Osney Mead, OX2 0ES.

The Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN) 2012 annual conference will look at new ways forward for community action in a time of significant economic and social change.

It will focus on

• Community Energy – now and for the future

• New partnerships to tackle climate change

Full agenda here…

Online booking here…

(Sustainable Witney is a member of LCCN)