The Age of the Earth…

Transition Leominster is pleased to support Project Link and promote this course: How is geological evidence used to determine the Earth’s age?

Find out in our one-day course: THE AGE OF THE EARTH. From Bishop Usher to Radiometric Dating with Dr Paul Olver at Grange Court, Leominster. Saturday 18th November 10:30am – 4:00pm

Grange Court is itself a fascinating medieval building and people attending the course will be able to have a look around while they are there. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied and attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch.

£20 per person

To book your place, please contact Christianne:

Email: christianne@project-link.co.uk

Tel: 01547 560021

 

World Population – 7.5 billion & rising…

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Join a presentation & discussion upstairs at De Koffie Pot next Wednesday evening.

World population is now 7.5 billion, and projected to rise to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion by 2050 up to 11.2 billion in 2100!

What are the implications? What are your views? What can be done? Come and hear some details and statistics then listen to and/or join in the ensuing discussion

 

Wednesday 25th October, 7.30 – 9.30pm … and discussions may continue, DKP closes at 11pm!

Come early – drinks & food available at the bar downstairs.

 

This is a DKP hosted Discussion Evening, and one of the regular Politics, Ethics & Environment nights held on Wednesdays at DKP.

 

Permaculture at Applewood

Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. The owners, Designed Visions partners Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a low-impact permaculture demonstration and training centre.

With permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it! The site at Applewood includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. These diverse habitats make for an incredible wildlife and people sanctuary…  a converted barn & outbuildings provide indoor accommodation for courses, and the grounds a peaceful campsite.

And for those who are especially interested, Applewood Permaculture Centre offers an extra emphasis on social permaculture.

Follow the links below for details of 2018 courses: 

Introduction to Permaculture course
Weekend Permaculture Design Course
Observation & Mapping course
Fruit Tree Grafting and Pruning Workshop
Residential Permaculture Design Course
Forest Gardening
Cultural Emergence Design Course

.. and keep an eye on the Designed Visions website & Applewood Facebook page for updates.
Any enquiries or questions to Chris & Looby 01584 831195 or this email cevans@gn.apc.org

h.ENERGY! 14 – 15 October 2017

This year h.Energy is brought to you by New Leaf Sustainable Development in partnership with our own Herefordshire Green Network. Massive respect to Gordon Coppock (Kington KLEEN) and Jackie Jones (Pomona Solar) for the hours they have put in organising a fabulous line up of talks and discussions at De Koffie Pot (DKP).

This year’s event is a fusion of ecology and art, music and discussion … with the h.Energy Marketplace, a comprehensive programme of inspiring talks, and the Riversimple hydrogen car at De Koffie Pot, plus art & craft activities and a fun run (Queenswood).

De Koffie Pot also hosts ‘Make, Do & Mend’ for all the family with members of The Big Skill and Etsy, plus ‘Craftivism’ antics for all ages. On Saturday at 10.30 and at 7pm there will be a full performance of the stunning puppet show “The Selfish Giant” from Sealegs Puppet Theatre. This is a real treat – beautiful and uplifting, and suitable for all the family. After the puppet show on Saturday evening Weirdshire Earth Lore is a combination of folk song & tale followed by MASH Cinema and Salt Road VJ & music from Jus’Jay DJ.

Visitors to Queenswood will find a combination of sports and arts fun for all the family. A 5k fun run through the beautiful woodland setting, or a more leisurely contemplative art walk led by local artist Celia Johnson. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be providing craft workshops in the woodland and degree students from Hereford Art College have created land art installations.

Around the county you will find films, discussion forums, permaculture explorations and nature sculptures (see postings below for full details)…

Huge thanks as always to h.Energy sponsors & supporters:

Please come & support the mammoth effort that has been put into the creation of this weekend. This year h.Energy has been an entirely voluntary effort….

 

But what is h.ENERGY?

Whether it’s the energy we use at home or work, our personal energy to be creative, capturing clean, renewable energy, energy to get ourselves moving, the energy to get on track for a sustainable future – h.Energy 2017 has it covered!

See: www.h-energy.org.uk

h.ENERGY AT DE KOFFIE POT

Because the next 2 weeks really are all about h.Energy, here is the listing for De Koffie Pot again – so you can make your plans…

h.Energy @ De Koffie Pot: Stalls, talks, films, music, craft & fun for all the family 

 

In the DKP Courtyard: The h.Energy Market. Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm

including ….

The KLEEN Energy Bikes – come and feel what its like to generate your own electricity, light up bulbs of different types, pump water, and try to fry and egg!

Marches Energy Agency – providing info to help reduce your homes energy costs

Super Nourished – delicious handmade raw chocolate

Growing Local – sales of gorgeous local veg grown by children at the Tillington educational garden

The Woodee –  handcrafted fire pits and artisan tools

Size of Herefordshire – come & join Herefordshire’s battle to save the rainforests

The Nappy Service – information and advice about reusable nappies, continence and menstrual wear.

New Leaf Design – beautiful handmade herbal bodycare.

Electric Cars …? – come and have a look for yourself…

Browse the stalls or join a Foraging Walk led by Tim Kaye (Clan CIC) along the river banks. Setting off from DKP at 12:45pm (on Saturday only).

Also in the Courtyard, New Leaf presents Treasure Trees, a Heritage Lottery Funded interactive touch screen dark tent on the Women’s Land Army.

 

In Gwynn House: Make Do & Mend. Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Join local creative artists, repairers and craft makers just off the DKP Courtyard.

With felting from FfolkyFfelt, textile upcycling & fun with GinnsCreative, “Nozbug” scrap metal workshops with Tinkan Designs, and more to be confirmed soon.

 

Upstairs at DKP:

h.Energy talks, shows & craftivism

 

Puppet show: “The Selfish Giant” Saturday only, 10.30am & 7pm

An eerie & beautiful retelling of Oscar Wilde’s tale from the brilliant Sealegs Puppet Theatre. Suitable for ages 4 and upwards.

 

Craftivism in the Gallery. Saturday & Sunday, 11am onwards

Come and join in with some craftivism creation in the DKP Gallery. Curated by New Leaf & Salt Road. Suitable for all ages.

 

Upstairs at DKP: The h.Energy Talks, 12 noon – 5pm

Saturday Talks Timetable

The theme for the first part of today is creating a more comfortable home that has impact on the environment

12 noon – Um – but where do I begin? So you want to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. But how to get started? Jackie Jones

12.15pm – A pioneering passive solar house. Local energy consultant David Olivier introduces his own home

12.45pm – What works? – your chance to quiz a panel of people who have upgraded their own homes about what’s worked for them

1.15pm – B-R-E-A-K

2.15pm – Struggling with a cold house? How to get some help. Sometimes a cold house is not just uncomfortable, but has a huge impact on finances and health. Davina Allen of Marches Energy Agency/Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help

3pm – Why home solar makes real sense Solar PV feed-in tariffs are not what they were – but nor are costs. Gordon Yole of local installer Solar Kinetics will be answering questions on the pros and cons of solar PV right now. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Renewables and the bigger picture…

3.45pm – Herefordshire’s clean energy strategy Our county is making truly impressive progress on producing clean energy and dramatically cutting use and expenditure. Ben Boswell (Herefordshire Council Energy and Active Travel Manager) explains

4.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved  Local community energy groups

4.30pm – We need to talk about K… limate  Enough of Kevin for now, There’s another big subject we need to discuss. Gordon Coppock brings us up to date on climate science, and how effectively we are reducing carbon emissions

 

Upstairs After Dark at DKP: Wierdshire Earth Lore, Saturday 7pm onwards 

Stories, folklore & film exploring our connections to the land. With music, performance and puppetry from local artists and folklorists.

Opening the evening at 7pm today’s second performance of The Selfish Giant from Sealegs Puppet Theatre.

Followed by music and folk tale with Sproatly Smith, Bill Laws, Libertine Spragg & Mark Stevenson.

And from 10:15pm Mash Cinema and Salt road present Treeline a range of audio visual works including New Leaf commissioned artists from the Art Council. With music from Jus Jay DJ.

 

The h.Energy Talks, Sunday, 12 noon – 4.30pm

Sunday Talks Timetable             

We need our trains and buses and bikes – but let’s take a look at where we are going with CARS

12 noon – River Simple hydrogen car Hugo Spowers of River Simple explains his thinking on fuelling vehicles with hydrogen – and introduces his revolutionary vehicle. Is it time for us to H2Go?

12.45pm – Confessions of a former petrol head – why electric cars make sense right now  Gordon Coppock

1.15pm – What works? Your chance to quiz a panel of people who drive electric cars or vans locally about how it works for them

B-R-E-A-K

Personal, local and global …

2.30pm – Creating a sustainable livelihood and career Dave Prescott explores opportunities to make your passion into your work, and explains his own professional path

3.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved  Local community energy groups

3.30pm – The Solar Age: Global Energy Futures Local energy expert Richard Priestley explains the massive global uptake of clean, renewable energy and looks at where we are going next….

 

 

Check the other blog posts below to see whats happening at Queenswood & around the county…

h.ENERGY AROUND HEREFORDSHIRE

… IN HEREFORD CITY

 

Power To Change – The Energy Rebellion (15)

Monday 9th October, 8.15pm

Hereford Courtyard

An entertaining, fascinating and faith-restoring film for future-thinkers.

Following the film, join a discussion with Herefordshire Green Network to find out about actions & projects already going on in Herefordshire and to look ahead to the future.

£7, Concession £6.50, Child Under 16 £5

  

Vacuum Arts

12 – 16 October, 11am –  7pm

Old Market, Newmarket Street, HR4 9HR

Vacuum Arts a touring exhibition of Fine Art graduates from Chelsea, Manchester, Hereford, Derby, Lincoln, Leeds, Loughborough. Vacuum can be found in Old Market – the entrance is at the back of Wagamuma.

 

 

… AROUND THE COUNTY

 

Out of Nature

1 – 22 October, 10.30am to 5.30pm, Newport House, HR3 6LL

More than 40 sculptors create a visual feast set against the stunning autumnal colours of Newport House gardens. More information at: www.outofnature.org.uk

Admission £5, Children & students free.

  

Learning the Language of Systems and Patterns,

12 – 15 October, Applewood Permaculture Centre

An experiential journey into the world of systems and patterns with Looby Macnamara & Aranya. Booking is essential.

For more information see: www.designedvisions.co.uk

  

‘Tomorrow’ (‘Demain’) (PG)

13 October 7.30pm, Knighton Community Centre

An inspiring film that investigates concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges. Shown as part of Flicks in the Sticks autumn programme. Tickets £4.

For more info see: www.artsalive.co.uk/Projects/MidPowys-Flicks.aspx

 

Routemap to a Low Carbon Future

14th October 9.30 – 3.45, Baskerville Hall, Clyro

‘What shall we do about transport’.  A Transition Powys event with keynote speakers Paul Allen of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain and Mike Woolacott of the National Low Carbon Centre.

For more details see: www.powystransition.org

 

 

Please check out other blog posts for details of h.Energy at De Koffie Pot and h.Energy at Queenswood.

h.ENERGY AT QUEENSWOOD

A follow up to our post about h.Energy at De Koffie Pot. Here is what you will find over the h.Energy Weekend at Queenswood (Dinmore Hill, Leominster, HR6 0PY)

h.Energy at Queenswood, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October: Sport, Arts & Activities in the Woodland

 

Hope Spring 5k Fun Run, Saturday 10am – 11am

Race, run, jog or walk the awesome 5K course, specially created as part of h.Energy, on the 14th of October 2017.

Run it alone or with all the family. Queenswood country park is without a doubt the best place for an off road 5K Fun Run in the autum.

Proceeds from the event goes to support Hope Spring water charity. Tickets at www.hopespring.org.uk

 

Art in the Park, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm

Art in the Park introduces a series of land art installations made at Queenswood by students studying for a Fine Art Degree at Hereford College of Arts.

 

Participatory Walks, Saturday & Sunday

2 participatory walks led by local artist Celia Johnson

  1. Walk 1: 11.30am – 1.15pm This walk takes participants to less well known areas of the woodland to make a creative response to the environment. Walking mostly in silence to draw and/or write in response to the landscape and its ambient sounds. Bring a notebook/sketchbook and a pencil/pen.
  2. Walk 2: 2.30pm – 4pm Bringing attention to the variety of tree species, exploring and using the Arboretum at Queenswood as a metaphor of inclusion and a host/hospitable site, this is a story based walk that begins to uncover the history of the site.

For both walks participants should wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear – the first walk is uneven in parts. These are free events but places are limited. Please see http://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/whats-on for more information & for booking.

  

Woodland Activities, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm

Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Kate Broad for some ‘Wild Recycling’. Come and make bird feeders, bug houses and leaf lanterns in the woods using recycled materials. Find us in the picnic area. Each craft activity will cost £2.

 

 

 

 

 

h.ENERGY AT DE KOFFIE POT

Here is the plan of what will be coming up for you all at De Koffie Pot over the h.Energy weekend….

h.Energy @ De Koffie Pot: Stalls, talks, films, music, craft & fun for all the family 

 

In the DKP Courtyard: The h.Energy Market. Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm

including ….

The KLEEN Energy Bikes – come and feel what its like to generate your own electricity, light up bulbs of different types, pump water, and try to fry and egg!

Marches Energy Agency – providing info to help reduce your homes energy costs

Canon Frome Court – information, inspiration and produce from the Windflower Community in rural Herefordshire

Super Nourished – delicious handmade raw chocolate

Growing Local – sales of gorgeous local veg grown by children at the Tillington educational garden

The Woodee –  handcrafted fire pits and artisan tools

Size of Herefordshire – come & join Herefordshire’s battle to save the rainforests

The Nappy Service – information and advice about reusable nappies, continence and menstrual wear.

New Leaf Design – beautiful handmade herbal bodycare.

Electric Cars …? – come and have a look for yourself…

Browse the stalls or join a Foraging Walk led by Tim Kaye (Clan CIC) along the river banks. Setting off from DKP at 12:45pm (on Saturday only).

Also in the Courtyard, New Leaf presents Treasure Trees, a Heritage Lottery Funded interactive touch screen dark tent on the Women’s Land Army.

 

In Gwynn House: Make Do & Mend. Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Join local creative artists, repairers and craft makers just off the DKP Courtyard.

With felting from FfolkyFfelt, textile upcycling & fun with GinnsCreative, “Nozbug” scrap metal workshops with Tinkan Designs, and more to be confirmed soon.

 

Upstairs at DKP: h.Energy shows, talks, & craftivism

Puppet show: “The Selfish Giant” Saturday only, 10.30am & 7pm

An eerie & beautiful retelling of Oscar Wilde’s tale from the brilliant Sealegs Puppet Theatre. Suitable for ages 4 and upwards.

Craftivism in the Gallery. Saturday & Sunday, 11am onwards

Come and join in with some craftivism creation in the DKP Gallery. Curated by New Leaf & Salt Road. Suitable for all ages.

 

The h.Energy Talks. Saturday, 12 noon onwards

Saturday Talks Timetable

The theme for the first part of today is creating a more comfortable home that has impact on the environment

12 noon – Um – but where do I begin? So you want to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. But how to get started? Jackie Jones

12.15pm – A pioneering passive solar house. Local energy consultant David Olivier introduces his own home

12.45pm – What works? – your chance to quiz a panel of people who have upgraded their own homes about what’s worked for them

1.15pm – B-R-E-A-K

2.15pm – Struggling with a cold house? How to get some help. Sometimes a cold house is not just uncomfortable, but has a huge impact on finances and health. Davina Allen of Marches Energy Agency/Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help

3pm – Why home solar makes real sense Solar PV feed-in tariffs are not what they were – but nor are costs. Gordon Yole of local installer Solar Kinetics will be answering questions on the pros and cons of solar PV right now. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Renewables and the bigger picture

3.45pm – Herefordshire’s clean energy strategy Our county is making truly impressive progress on producing clean energy and dramatically cutting use and expenditure. Ben Boswell (Herefordshire Council Energy and Active Travel Manager) explains

4.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved  Local community energy groups

4.30pm – We need to talk about K… limate  Enough of Kevin for now, There’s another big subject we need to discuss. Gordon Coppock brings us up to date on climate science, and how effectively we are reducing carbon emissions

 

Upstairs After Dark at DKP: Wierdshire Earth Lore. Saturday 7pm onwards 

Stories, folklore & film exploring our connections to the land. With music, performance and puppetry from local artists and folklorists.

Opening the evening at 7pm today’s second performance of The Selfish Giant from Sealegs Puppet Theatre.

Followed by music and folk tale with Sproatly Smith, Bill Laws, Libertine Spragg & Mark Stevenson.

And from 10:15pm Mash Cinema and Salt road present Treeline a range of audio visual works including New Leaf commissioned artists from the Art Council. With music from Jus Jay DJ.

 

The h.Energy Talks. Sunday, 12 noon onwards

Sunday Talks Timetable             

We need our trains and buses and bikes – but let’s take a look at where we are going with CARS

12 noon – River Simple hydrogen car Hugo Spowers of River Simple explains his thinking on fuelling vehicles with hydrogen – and introduces his revolutionary vehicle. Is it time for us to H2Go?

12.45pm – Confessions of a former petrol head – why electric cars make sense right now  Gordon Coppock

1.15pm – What works? Your chance to quiz a panel of people who drive electric cars or vans locally about how it works for them

B-R-E-A-K

Personal, local and global …

2.30pm – Creating a sustainable livelihood and career Dave Prescott explores opportunities to make your passion into your work, and explains his own professional path

3.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved  Local community energy groups

3.30pm – The Solar Age: Global Energy Futures Local energy expert Richard Priestley explains the massive global uptake of clean, renewable energy and looks at where we are going next….

 

 

This year h.Energy is a collaboration between New Leaf and Herefordshire Green Network – with some additional help and support from a number of wonderful friends. Our two main venues are Left Bank Village (De Koffie Pot) in Hereford, and Queenswood.

More in other blog posts, with details of a fun run, arts and activities in the woodland at Queenswood, and more activities, films and talks around the county….

A flier is also available now with all of the details – look out for it in all likely venues around the county!

 

The Fool & His Dancers

Rob Elliott is well known to many of you for his much respected writings on local food. He is now turning his hand to a long held interest in a different relationship with the land and its potential for local food production – the role of the people, relationships and custom that surrounds the Morris.

In a new book that he is currently crowdfunding, Rob will take us through his personal story of what it was like to spend 20 years as a dancer and would-be musician with a side known simply as Silurian, a group of innovative, iconic and anarchic revivalists of black-faced Welsh Border morris.

To find out more, and to visit The Fool & His Dancers Crowdfunder site, click here.

 

… and I’m quietly hoping that I might persuade Rob to come along and talk to us a little about this project as part of the evening ‘Weirdshire Earth Lore’ event during this years h.Energy (14th & 15th October).

More h.Energy details to follow very soon! but make sure it is in your diaries…

Making Hereford’s Labyrinth

Many thanks to Mike Booth who came along and spoke so inspiringly about the Hereford Labyrinth project at our HGN Members Meeting last week. The project is to install a replica of the Mappa Mundi labyrinth on Hereford’s Bishop’s Meadows. There is more information about the project on the Hereford Labyrinth website: www.herefordlabyrinth.co.uk

Mike has promised to come back and talk to an HGN Gathering in the near future.. so watch this space!

In the meantime here is an update on the project from Mike, with details for those of you who might be interested to support – or to get actively involved:

Well, we’ve raised the money (thank you) and the Council have granted us a Licence (thank you).  Its now up to us! The Contractors are starting work tomorrow (Monday), preparing the ground for us to Lay the Labyrinth this coming weekend (30th and Oct 1st).
Are you free this weekend? Would you like to help? Or do you know someone who would?
The work will be mainly trundling wheelbarrows around with small amounts of soil or gravel to fill in the pattern of the Labyrinth.
If you can help, please email with the following details:
1.  How many of you?
2.  Can you bring a wheelbarrow and/or a spade/shovel?
3.  Which days or parts of days you can manage?
We will start at 10.00 on the Saturday and the Sunday.  Lunch break 1.00 – 2.00.
Toilets and refreshments will be available at the Leisure Pool or the Tennis Kiosk.
Looking forward to hearing from you and thank you for helping with this unique project for the people of Herefordshire.
Mike Booth
The South Wye Development Trust.

Email: iammikebooth@gmail.com

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