Archive for May, 2012

SW meeting, last Wednesday

May 26th, 2012

We had a meeting at the Fleece last Wednesday. There was a lot to discuss:

  • Refashion: Saturday 3 November is the date that Refashion comes to Witney! This will be all about clothes upcycling, and includes workshops and a “swishing” event.

    We agreed a few new actions, including getting in touch with local charity shops and independents for clothes seconds; because the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (including OCC and WODC) are directing a lot of the event, it takes most of the strain of organizing off us!

  • Car club: Kevin has been doing sterling work getting together funding, in order to take advantage of the suggestion from a not-for-profit that they might trial a Witney car club. However, the organization has recently said that they’ll only help out in a franchise arrangement – so we would have to set up a company, employ a fleet manager for the cars etc. – and we don’t have the time available to do that.

    However, the work hasn’t all been in vain: we’ll be putting everything together, along with documentation of the foibles we’ve worked out, in case the right people make themselves known to run such a company; and we’ve also made contact with commercial providers. So there are still possibilities in the future and we’ll keep pursuing them.

  • Carbon conversations: these are intentionally small workshops – around half a dozen attendees – where people can share knowledge and skills to reduce their own carbon footprints. The idea is also that perhaps one in ten of these attendees go on to run their own workshop elsewhere.

    The first series, starting in late June, are already booked up; we’ve also got 3 or 4 people for the second round of workshops. If you’re interested in getting involved, then get in touch.

We also discussed possible awards applications for Sustainable Witney, and events for Bike Week in just under a month’s time. The Bike Week schedule should appear on this site soon!

The next SW meeting will probably be in a couple of months – register as a subscriber if you want to receive alerts!

The why, what and how of getting free insulation on CERT

May 25th, 2012

We’ve talked a lot about insulation in the past here, including offers like Cocoon. But if you haven’t taken advantage of an insulation offer yet, here’s why you should:

  • Time is running out for thegovernment to meet their Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT)
  • Energy companies are obligated to meet these targets by the end of 2012
  • … So they’re giving away loft and cavity wall insulation for free!

Sounds great, right? But these offers are always a pain to take advantage of, right? Not any more. Low Carbon Oxford has summarized all the information you need, and CAG Oxfordshire have made it available on their website. Click here for all the information you’ll need in a handy Word or Powerpoint document; and then ask for the latest information and key contacts.

If you’re still not sure, then let me give you a personal recommendation. We took advantage of Cocoon, and that cost us £200 for loft and cavity insulation; yet we immediately saw the benefits the next winter: a cosier house and lower fuel bills. Now that insulation is being offered free, the only thing I recommend to you is: get insulated, right now.

TGiF – Shopper gets a makeover…

May 25th, 2012

TGiF – What do you see?

May 18th, 2012

Next meeting, Wednesday 23 May

May 12th, 2012

It’s been a couple of months since our last meeting, so Sustainable Witney will be found at The Fleece on Wednesday 23 May. Come and socialize from 7.30pm; the committee themselves will be there from 6.30pm: by all means come along earlier too, but only if you’re happy getting roped into helping out with something!

There’s a lot to discuss since last we met:

There’ll probably be more on the night, as we’re still putting together an agenda. But do come along and say hi later on, even if all you want to get involved in is being friendly!

TGiF – Three’s a Crowd

May 11th, 2012

SW Meeting – The Fleece

May 10th, 2012

Sustainable Witney Meeting in the meeting room of the Fleece (Church Green) at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 23 May.

TGiF – How a Bicycle is Made

May 4th, 2012

Edible Gardens at Cogges Manor House

May 2nd, 2012

Edible Gardens will be meeting at the Manor House at Cogges on May 8, starting at 10:30am.

More information about Edible Gardens is available here.

Witney Allotments Assoc AGM – Cogges

May 1st, 2012

Tuesday 1st May, 7:30pm, Cogges Manor Farm.

More info here at the Witney Allotments Association website…