Archive for May, 2013


May 31st, 2013

The Convert from Abhishek Mukherjee on Vimeo.

Seeing junk differently

May 29th, 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.

» Read more: Seeing junk differently

Bike Week 2013 begins and ends with Witney events

May 28th, 2013

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)

Bike Week: Infrastructure Safari

May 28th, 2013

WitneyBUGLogoBadgeNewWP3pm 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.

Route here…

(Organized by WitneyBUG and Sustainable Witney)

A Potter to the Pottery, Bike Week

May 28th, 2013

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)

Thermal vests, but no hair shirts

May 26th, 2013

HandbookCover200px-1Twelve 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.

» Read more: Thermal vests, but no hair shirts

Searching for Summer

May 24th, 2013

Mike Taylor – Searchin for Summer from Steven Nicholas Smith on Vimeo.

Want to help Edible Gardens do some urban planting this Thursday?

May 21st, 2013

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!

Neat shoots and leaves in a square-metre garden

May 19th, 2013

Those of you who followed my construction of a raised bed from pallet wood might be interested to know that we’ve already begun square-metre gardening in the resulting bed, with some success!

» Read more: Neat shoots and leaves in a square-metre garden

And A Bike

May 17th, 2013

No Heart Feelings (trailer) from filmCAN on Vimeo.

The value of recycling – why sorting your waste IS worthwhile!

May 15th, 2013

RecycleTruckThere 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.

» Read more: The value of recycling – why sorting your waste IS worthwhile!

Witney Festival of Food & Drink, St Mary’s

May 13th, 2013

wffdCome and see us on our stall at the Witney Festival of Food and Drink in St Mary’s Church, Church Green between 9:30am and 5pm this Saturday 18th May.

Details and news here…


Committee meeting prior to Bee Cause on 6 June

May 12th, 2013

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.)

SW hosting Bee Cause meeting on Thursday 6 June

May 11th, 2013

On Thursday 6 June we’re hosting a meeting for Friends of the Earth to speak to West Oxfordshire groups about the “Bee Cause” campaign. This will start at 7pm, at The Fleece.

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.)

Bee Cause meeting, The Fleece, Thursday 6 June

May 11th, 2013

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!