Archive for May, 2014
Climate Outreach and Information Network are running a series of free workshops this summer, finishing with an event in the Langdale Hale in Witney on 13 July.
Spaces are limited but there’s more information including details of how to book here.
Climate Outreach and Information Network are running a series of free workshops this summer, including an event at the Langdale Hall in Witney on 13 July.
The workshops will discuss a number of issues arising from flooding, which much of Witney has been historically prone to. These include:
- Will flooding get worse?
- Is the weather changing?
- How is climate change connected?
- How can we be prepared for future floods?
You can join fellow Witney inhabitants in discussing these issues, and learn how to communicate to others the risks we all face.
Spaces are limited but you can book for free here.
The site is managed by Witney Woodland Volunteers, and many local volunteers have since been busy preparing the ground for sowing the special bee-friendly wildflower seed, sent courtesy of FoE, along with a plaque to install at the site to mark its importance to the campaign to save our bees. I’ve also written to David Cameron, informing him of what is happening and inviting him to come and see for himself. His Diary Secretary is working on the possibility of a visit.
On the wider scale, following pressure from FoE and others, the Government has developed a National Pollinator Strategy. It remains to be seen whether this will counteract the loss of habitat, use of pesticides, monocultures, pests and diseases and climate change with which bees have to contend. In the UK we have over 250 different species of bee and we want them all to survive and flourish.
The most common question we hear at a WitneyBUG stall is: “Where can I take my children cycling?”
On Saturday, hosted by Caterham at the technical centre, Cycle Leafield attracted over 130 children to a closed road afternoon of cycling. Of course it’s not only children and their parents who want some space to use a bike. Wouldn’t it be nice if that space were on your doorstep and continued to the shops, to the schools and to work?
If you think so too please take a moment to ask your councillor to back the call to make Space for Cycling in and around Witney.
Do you do a lot of your rail travel with another person? A new railcard allows you to save money when you travel as a pair. The Two Together railcard gives you a third off train fares – and it´s valid for a much wider area than the Network Railcard.
The person you travel with could be a friend, partner or colleague, but it does have to be the same person every time for the Two Together card to be valid. You both have to sign the card and supply a photo before you can start using it.
Another point to note is that it´s not valid on the morning rush hour (before 9:30am Monday to Friday). But at just 30 pounds it´s still well worth it for frequent train travellers.