Archive for February, 2015
To mark Fairtrade Fortnight this year the Witney Area Fair Trade Action Group is holding a special event with the focus on supporting producers of tea, cocoa and sugar in developing countries. We consume vast amounts of these items in Britain, and sometimes give little thought to the lives of those whose hard work enables us to do so.
“A date with Fair Trade” is just that – an opportunity to come and find out more about Fair Trade and how it helps to give producers a fair wage. There will be stalls where you can buy beautiful and delicious Fair Trade goods, a pop-up cafe serving soup and filled rolls and a tempting range of home-made cakes with tea and coffee, a film which will have several showings throughout the day and bring the message of Fair Trade to life, plus music, singing by the Songscope Choir and face-painting for the children.
So please come along to the High Street Methodist Church on Saturday, 28th February from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to join in the fun and give your support to a very worthwhile cause!
(Poster available here, if you’ve got a space to display it in!)
We’ve run a longstanding project to thermally image people’s homes (this is its third season) and we’d like new volunteers to be a part of the team. Could you help others reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty?
Over winter, usually in November and February, we accept requests to photograph the outsides of people’s houses, looking for heat escape that might indicate something they can improve in their property. By March this year we’ll have visited over 200 houses, and we hope to have given extra in-person advice to around 80 of those householders.
Interested? You’ll need to have several evenings free in November and February, to spend 2+hrs walking around Witney estates with another volunteer. Good photographs are strongly dependent on clear, cold, dry, not-windy weather, so you might need to be on email at fairly short notice when the weather forecasts come out. You’ll be given training in using the camera and advice on how we as a group usually use it.
The more volunteers we have on a roster, the simpler it gets to find enough evenings where at least two are free. So we’d love it if you could contact us, or come along to the feedback meeting on Tuesday 10 March to see what it involves.
A week on Wednesday, Sustainable Witney has its yearly AGM: and you’re all invited!
We’ll be in a room in St Mary’s Church, off Church Green, from 7.30pm and we’ll be discussing both our successes for 2014 and plans for 2015, and also electing new committee members: more details on the event’s own page. See you there?