Archive for May, 2013
Junk is just junk, right? Try telling that to Paraguayan music teacher Flavio Chavez. He’s the man behind the Melodias de la Basura, known in English as the Landfill Harmonic. He worked with a local craftsman to turn rubbish from the local tip into musical instruments: violins, guitars and flutes all made from things other people have thrown away.
A documentary is being made about the Landfill Harmonic, but it’s still in production. In the meantime, you can catch them on YouTube:
It’s the same thing, on a smaller scale, with local swapshops. People bring what they think is junk, only to find that other people can find a use for it.
It’s National Bike Week on 15-22 June. As always, Witney will be hosting a few events to mark the occasion.
It all begins with a gentle ride to Aston for tea and cake. If you fancy taking a trip out on bridle paths and quiet country lanes, to have cake in an idyllic Oxfordshire village, then you should come along and join other riders of any age and skill, leaving from St Mary’s on Church Green at 10am on Saturday 15 June. We’ll go at a leisurely pace, and hope to be back by 1pm.
At the other end of the week on Saturday 22 June, we’ll tour south and west Witney and imagine how it might become a cycletopia. Starting at 3pm at the Buttercross, we’ll looking at the existing bike infrastructure, then end up at a pub in town to discuss the improvements we’d like to see.
We’ll announce mid-week events here as and when they’re arranged. Don’t forget that there’s even more events planned in Oxford!
(Witney Bike Week events are organized by WitneyBUG, Sustainable Witney and Witney Mountain Bike Club)
3pm Saturday 22nd June starting at the Buttercross. A geeky, slow ride looking at the cycle infrastructure of South and West Witney. Several stops along the way to make observations finishing in a hostelry to discuss improvements we’d like to see for bike users in Witney.
(Organized by WitneyBUG and Sustainable Witney)
Begin National Bike Week on Saturday 15 June with a gentle ride to Aston for tea and cake.
Start at 10am, at St Mary’s on Church Green; back by 1pm. Brigitte Hickman leads cyclists of any age and skill along bridle paths and quiet country lanes to an idyllic Oxfordshire village. All welcome!
(Organized by WitneyBUG, Sustainable Witney and Witney Mountain Bike Club)
Twelve months on from starting our Carbon Conversations.
The most useful part of the six session course was training myself into the habit of measuring carbon output. It became a little obsession to improve on my personal best by being clever rather than causing ourselves any hardship. Over the last few weeks I set up a first annual review looking at four areas ; transport, water, electricity and gas usage.
Edible Gardens have got permission to plant up the raised beds at the end of Welch Way, and they’re planning to do so this Thursday (May 23) from 10.30am.
If you’d like to help out, feel free to email Brenda or just turn up!
There has been some negative press about the value of recycling recently, so I felt compelled to explain what happens to recycling in Oxfordshire, and some of the things which are done to help ensure that as much is recycled as possible.
Apologies for the rash of emails you might have received in the past couple of days, but this is just a quick addendum to the previous, to let you know that we’ll have a committee meeting immediately before the Bee Cause meeting on Thursday 6 June.
The committee meeting starts at 6pm and all are welcome. If you’d like to get more involved with the projects we do, then do come along.
(By the way, if you haven’t been receiving news emails, but you’d like to, then do feel free to register for them! They’re usually fairly infrequent, and they’ll keep you informed on the progress of all our projects.)
The talk will cover: an introduction to the campaign; what’s happened since the campaign was launched last year; activities currently ongoing in Oxfordshire (including Witney) and beyond; and what we can do to help reverse the decline in British bee populations.
We’re aiming for a 50/50 talk/discussion and we’d love people to come along and take part!
(Please arrive promptly for the 7pm start.)
Sustainable Witney host: Friends of the Earth, speaking to West Oxfordshire groups about the “Bee Cause” campaign.
The meeting will start promptly at 7pm, at The Fleece. More information on this blogpost.
There’ll also be a committee meeting beforehand, starting at 6pm. Everyone welcome!