Archive for September, 2014
Hands up who would like a safe, off-road walking/cycling route between Eynsham and Botley. If you put your own hand up, you’re in good company; 4,000 people have signed a petition created by local group Bike Safe for a path running between Eynsham and Botley, via Farmoor. At the moment, cyclists have to use th B4044, which means sharing a single-track road with double-decker buses.
Eynsham to Botley is only 5km, a comfortable cycling distance, but many people are put off by the density and speed of the traffic (the speed limit is 50mph). So they get in their cars, contributing to the motorised traffic on the road, which contributes to putting off potential cyclists, and so on. That vicious circle could be ended by the provision of a safe, convenient alternative route. That’s why the B4044 community path campaigners will be handing over their 4,000-signature petition to Councillor Ian Hudspeth on Wednesday (24th September).
Cllr Hudspeth will be cycling from Eynsham to Hill End Centre before the petition is formally handed over. The campaigners are looking for as many people as possible to escort him and show support for the campaign. All are welcome. The ride will assemble at the junction of Orchard Road and Eynsham Road at 2pm before riding to Hill End. The ride should only take five minutes (see route). They still need at least 30 more cyclists to make the escort really special – can you join them? If so, please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
We’ve come back from our summer break with a great schedule of sustainable events for Witney in autumn. We’re not finished yet, but here’s what’s already planned thanks to SW and other CAGs and like-minded organizations:
- The committee is having its quarterly meeting at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday 15 October. All welcome: you don’t have to volunteer if you come along.
- There’s an autumn Swap Shop at Cogges on Sunday 26 October. Come along, get rid of your old (working) stuff, and maybe find a bargain.
- Dinnertime returns to Witney on Sunday 19 October. Click through and have a look at that amazing food they cooked last time; and then let Ellie know you’re coming along via the contact link on that post.
- We have a stall at Cogges Christmas fair on Sunday 7 December, where we’ll be demonstrating sustainable Christmas decorations!
We’re also planning a sustainable drinks some time in the autumn, an informal social evening where we don’t have to feel like we’re organizing or doing specific tasks. Keep informed of this, and all our events, by registering to subscribe to our news feed.
On Sunday 26 October we’ll be organizing one of our swap shops at Cogges.
Bring unwanted but usable items from around your home; or come along, browse and pick up a bargain: all for free and with no obligation to bring before you take!
Items can be dropped off from 9am; doors are open to browse 10am–12.30pm. We accept books, clothes, electric items (we’ll PAT-test them) and even old bras to send to developing countries. If we can divert it from landfill, it’s suitable for a swap shop!
Sunday 7 December sees the Cogges Christmas fair, and Sustainable Witney will have a table there.
Along with our usual information, leaflets etc. we’ll be hosting sustainable Christmas decorations! More on that closer to the time.